03:08:38 States of Emergency

Reconstruction of an afternoon in a state of emergency


The seconds, minutes and hours it took a man to blow up a norwegian government building and then proceed to kill young, social-democratic politicians attending a summer camp.

How does the outside world react – not after – but during such a state (of emergency), where everything is uncertain and where speculations wander off in all directions?

The theatre performance 03:08:38 States of Emergency is a reconstruction of the afternoon 22 July 2011. It shows, minute by minute, what happened during that afternoon of the terrorist attacks in Oslo and on Utøya and it incorporates authentic radio broadcasts and recordings from both Norway and abroad.

This way, the story is recreated in scary real time. During the performance, designers, film makers and musicians are working on stage and by using a small cardboard model car, drawings and an alarming ticking sound as part of the soundscape, they trigger the imagination of the audience.

Produced by Transiteatret-Bergen (N)

The performance 03:08:38 STATES OF EMERGENCY has unfortunately been cancelled due to the constantly unpredictable circumstances related to Covid-19.

Performance period
29. - 30. maj 2021

Venue Åbne Scene, Godsbanen

Duration 195 min.


Saturday 15.08

Sunday 15.08


The performance lasts 3 hours and 15 minutes incl. introduction. It is possible to leave for a break when you need to.

PRICE 140-225 KR.

AGE 16+

LANGUAGE Norwegian


"I wouldn't have thought that a minute-by-minute theater performance about the terrorist attack 22 July 2011 was going to be one of the most meaningfull theater experiences for a long time."

NRK. Read the whole reviewHERE.

"At Utøya we can follow the route of the mass murderer by a red line on the map, and we know what happened. This part of the performance seems the most moving, the choir and the musicians are creating a raw atmosphere."

Terningkast 5, Bergensavisen.

Double winner of the Hedda Awards

Winner of the Hedda Award for "Best Audio-Visual Design".

Tore Vagn Lid also received a Hedda Award for “A Special Artistic Effort” for the performance.

About Transiteatret-Bergen

Transiteatret-Bergen is well known for its critical, experimental theatre that portrays contemporary and important issues in modern society. The company often uses music in the creation of a performance and soundscapes play a central role in its work.

The company, which is based in Bergen in Norway, produced its first performance in 2000 and has been an active performance group since. The artistic director of the company is the Norwegian director, screenwriter and musician Tore Vagn Lid, and in addition to him the company consists of artists with different artistic and geographical backgrounds. Additionally, the company collaborate with several national and international partners.


Audiovisual concept and direction

Tore Vagn Lid


Øystein Nesheim / Tore Vagn Lid


Anders Elsrud Hultgreen

Camera team/light/drawing

Tor Christian F. Bleikli (light/research), Øystein Nesheim (live drawing)


Terje Isungset, Tore Vagn Lid, Morten Skage and Per Jørgensen

Technique / Audiovisual performance

Mathias Grønsdahl

Sound design

Tore Vagn Lid / Morten Skage / Mathias Grønsdahl


Hilde Annine Hasselberg and singers from the choir of Aarhus Teater


Tore Vagn Lid / Terje Isungset

Arrangement by

Franz Schuberts «Strykekvartett Døden & Jomfruen» No.14 / Strykekvintett D 956) /Pierre De La Ruhe O Salutaris Hostia : Tore Vagn Lid


Øystein Nesheim, Tor Christian F. Bleikli, Tore Vagn Lid

Listening post Copenhagen

(in collaboration with CPH STAGE, Husets Teater and Sydhavn Teater)


Julie Jayko Fossland & Christa Barlinn Korvald


Morten Skage


Copenhagen Stage

Produced by Transiteatret-Bergen in collaboration with

Det Vestnorske Teateret, Wrap Arts Centre, Dramatikkens hus, Festspillene i Nord-Norge, Teaterfestivalen i Fjaler, Institutt for medievitenskap, Forskergruppen CTRLnet (NTNU), W. Goethe Universitet, (Frankfurt a.Main) and Vega Scene.


Tor Christian F. Bleikli

International Producer

Sigrid Aakvik (Art&About)



The performance is supported by

Norsk Kulturråd, Statens Kunstfond, Fond for lyd og bilde, Pahn (UD) and Bergen Kommune