Janne Robberstad

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Bobby and Kim

By spotogspindel | May 13, 2009

These days I am in Vietnam in my head, trying to get into the feel of the last days of the Vietnam war, to be able to visualize the costumes of Miss Saigon. I am almost done with the designs, after working on them for months. Searching the internet, books, old magazines, films, etc. the process has actually been quite though. Even though I haven´t really-really gotten deep into the war itself, just skimmed pictures for clothes, it has effected my mood. At new-year I was so happy and filled with hope for the world, and by the end of March, it felt as if everything was hopeless. And I know it was just because I saw all these images from the Vietnam-war.

But now that I am nearly finished with the design, I can´t help but become enthusiastic by the thought of a summer with a lot of great and talented people, working with the production, and seeing it through. And by staging this particular show, I hope that it is a small contribution of awareness about the ever-lasting war-peace-issues.

And: I simply refuse to believe that the world is without hope. 


“The girl in the picture” is a book about a napalm-victim from Vietnam, and even though I´m just half-way through the book, I recommend it. It is a strong portrait of  a young girl growing up in a war. 


Another recommandation: 

Yesterday I was at a Bobby McFerrin concert in Haugesund. Man, that man has control over his instrument! Wow! I am so fascinated by such talented people. He is about a lot more than “Don´t worry, be happy”. He sang duetts with himself, he was the whole band, the church-organ and the orchestra. All a capella. If you ever have the chance to go see and hear him live: do so!

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