What is it that makes stunt people throw themselves in front of cars? Why do they allow themselves to be torched? And how are really fight sequences in films constructed?
Thea Danielsen Fjørtoft is a stuntwoman and an actress and as such the only person of her kind in the Nordic countries.
Superwoman is an autobiographical lecture-performance with the experiences of a stuntwoman as its starting point, containing reflections upon the processes the actress/stuntwoman has to go through in connection with her profession.
The actress has worked as a stuntwoman on 25 films and TV productions. Thematically, this is a performance about following one?s dreams and setting oneself high and at times unrealistic goals. It?s about allowing oneself to think that anything is possible. It?s a performance full of movie clips and sound, action and drama, where stunts are revealed and explained.
With the stunt industry as a starting point, various topics are touched upon - like the setting of boundaries, trust, courage, respect and the value of having good colleagues who stick to their agreements. The performance is a mixture of Thea?s own experiences and her reflections upon these. As the title reveals sometimes the job assignments may be of the more difficult kind.
The expectations that a stunt performer never injures himself/herself, is immortal and never gives second thoughts to going higher, further, faster and harder is a myth that comes with the occupation. Being a stuntwoman is not necessarily about being a jackass or about throwing oneself in front of the first car that happens to be passing. Precision, trust, self-control and patience are just as important as courage, physical abilities, mental strength and about having the guts to do it.
Winner of Gullsekken 2012 for best production!