Alexander was going to perform in China on 1, 2 and 5 November for the musical “Some Sunny Night” by Thomas Stanghelle, where he portrays Ketil Moe, a respected figure among Norwegian athletes, who gave a personal fight against cystic fibrosis. His parents would participate as well.
Unfortunately, the concerts were suddenly cancelled by the Chinese Department of Culture yesterday, in the context of the general anger of the Chinese government against Norway, after the decision of the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiabo, a dissident and political prisoner in China. No other Norwegian artists are known to face similar problems in China so far.
Alexander talked to NRK and TV2 about this issue. Links found by Marianne Saietz (who also pays the subscription to let us watch TV2!) and Vigdis Ar. Uploading by Yannis Papadopoulos. Many thanks for the translation to Tessa La!
More articles about the cancellation here:
Found by Hege Anita Steinvik: VG Newspaper
Found by Sara Anja Ruske: Dagbladet Newspaper
Found by Vigdis Ar: Side2 website