Sol av Isfolket is an open-air theatre play based on the three first books of Margit Sandemo's bestselling series "The Legend of the Ice People". The series have sold a total of 36 million copies in Norway and it's neighboring countries, making Margit Sandemo one of the bestselling Scandinavian authors of all time.
In 2008, the three first books from the series was brought to life with an impressing performance at Valdres Folk Museum, and was very well received by critics and audience alike. Following this success, the play is being staged for its third year on the open-air stage at Valdres Folk Museum this summer, with performances every night from the 15th to the 24th of July.
The Legend of The Ice People is a grand saga, containing elements taken directly from both traditional folklore and major historic events. The epic tale of the Ice People begins when the evil Tengel sells his soul to Satan, thus making a pact granting his descendants magic powers, given that Satan can take one of each following generation in his service.
Centuries later, the good Tengel, born with magic powers, tries to start a new life for his family. Together with his wife, Silje, and their three children Sol, Dag and Liv, he tries to find a new home for his people, where they can live peacefully unaffected by the dark powers that for so long have troubled their kin. But their difficulties are far from over. The inquisition does not look kindly upon the descendants of those interacting with diabolic powers, and we follow Sol as she struggles to control both her powers and the forces trying to pull her towards darkness. At the same time she is vigorously fighting to protect her family, and she is also searching for the untamed, wild love that only the Dark Lord can give her.
This thrilling tale, full of darkness, tension and excitement, is transformed to the stage by the acclaimed Swedish director Leif Stinnerbom, and is performed by well-known, professional Norwegian actors and local talents. The play also contains impressing dance numbers, performed by some of the best traditional dancers from this region. The soundtrack, performed for the audience live by a band consisting of top-notch folk-musicians, is heavily influenced by traditional Norwegian folk music. The open-air stage is placed between the historic buildings in the Valdres Folk Museum. All of this contributes to creating a unique atmosphere perfect for staging Margit Sandemo's epic tale.