Norways internationally celebrated Jo Stromgren Kompani brings this striking and humorous take on Catholic Convents into the church walls of St. Stephens.
Three nuns are stationed in a convent that one can only imagine is in the middle of nowhere. With small amounts of food and only each other, they pass the time by playing pranks on one another and awaiting signs from God.
While everything about The Convent is unique and designed to appeal to theatre fans from around the world (indeed, this company has created an entirely new language designed to sound like the Bern dialect) in any setting, it is especially stunning to watch within the walls of St. Stephens. There is simply something environmentally stunning as we listen to these nuns singing church hymns echoing within the surroundings. The performances are remarkable, switching from physical and comedic to haunting and moving from one moment to the next. The Convent is unlike anything I have ever seen and can only be considered an experience.