Olav Dalgard – Politics, Film, Theatre and the Avant-Garde in Norway in the Interwar Years

In: A Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries 1925-1950

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Abstract

This essay will deal with the often troubled relationship between the political workers’ movement (the Socialist and Communist parties) and the avant-garde movement in Europe during the interwar years, using the Norwegian workers’ movement as an example. Centre-stage in this conflict we find the film and theatre pioneer Olav Dalgard, caught between enthusiasm for the ideas of avant-garde film and theatre and the mundane realities of everyday political struggle for the Norwegian working class.