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«First and foremost, equal respect for every human being,

fervent love for them,

thirst for justice,

light over the injustice and deep remorse over it

- all this from the heart and out into the life of every single thing that may appear. "

- Ellisif Wessel

Photo: Yngve Grønvik

Some stories have a message for people of all times.

Some human destinies are crucial for change in a contemporary.

Some changes make a difference in the big picture.

Photo: Yngve Grønvik

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Ellisif Wessel
(1866 – 1949)

Ellisif Wessel is one of the most prominent, but still unknown, female figures in Norway's history. Ellisif lived large parts of her adult life in Kirkenes, where her tireless activity became an important driving force for creating a better and more just society. She saw the poverty and injustice done to groups in society. At the same time, she saw how a few privileged people reaped the riches of natural resources. This was at a time before women were given the right to vote, where many still lived in peat hut in a poorly developed society in the north. She was frozen out of the innermost circles for her commitment.

Ellisif stood shoulder to shoulder with the working people in Sør-Varanger, helped establish the mining association "Nordens Klippe" for the workers at Sydvaranger mine, and is one of the most powerful personalities in the history of the Norwegian labor movement.


Photo: Dag Norum


Photo: Dag Norum

Directed by: Bente S. Andersen

Texts and script: Ellisif Wessel, Ingeborg Arvola and Bente S. Andersen

Actors: Turid Skoglund, Hanne Mathisen Haga and

Theresa Haabeth Holand / Oda Aune Andersen

Music and composition: Jurgita Miezelyte

Lighting designer: Jan Harald Jensen

Lighting and sound technician: Magnus Holm Slettebø

Set design / props: Reetta Lisko and the Samovar Theater

Choreography: Nikolay Shchetnev and the Samovar Theater

Stage master: Odd Aune

Sewing: Natalja Egorova

Producer: Audhild Andersen

Communicator of Ellisif's pictures and history: Gry Andreassen, Grenselandsmuseet

Production: The Samovar Theater

Kirkenes, Norway 2016

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