Forward (Norway)

©  Kansas State University

©  Kansas State University

“Chantal has cleverly intertwined social change with climate change. The subtle messages are very powerful reminder of the impacts of our economic actions at the personal and the global level.”

— Charles (Chuck) W. Rice. Chair, Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine


4W, 5M

The second play of The Arctic CycleForward presents a poetic and humorous history of Norway, from the initial passion that drove explorer Fridtjof Nansen to the North Pole to our present-day anxiety over the rapidly changing climate. Woven through this history is the passionate love affair between Nansen and the character Ice. A blend of theatre, opera, and electropop music, the play progresses backwards from 2017 to 1893 and zeroes in on 40+ characters whose choices have unintended consequences that ripple through the generations.


Kansas State University, 2016