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Upcoming Performing Arts

Secrets on the Way:
Inspired by the Poetry of Tomas Tranströmer
Kathryn Roszak’s Danse Lumière

Monday, April 7, 8 pm
$20 ($15 ASF & Poet House Members)
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Secrets on the WaySan Francisco-based Danse Lumière performs Secrets on the Way, a dance-noir that travels through the numinous landscape of Nobel Prize-winning poet Tomas Tranströmer’s poetry. Choreographed by Kathryn Roszak, “young dancers move through a tangled love affair, a strange death on a subway platform, exile in the forest, the threat of dangers both without and within... a narrative of modern life, flashes of strong emotion, and a palpable sense of the world’s beauty” (Linda Rugg, Chair of Scandinavian Department, U.C. Berkeley).

About Danse Lumière

The Danse Lumière company is recognized for adapting great works of literature to the stage through the fusion of dance, music, and theater, and is praised for its “intelligent, finely crafted dance theater” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, which also selected the company’s performance of Pensive Spring: A Portrait of Emily Dickinson as one of the top ten dance performances of 2011.

Danse Lumière’s artistic director, Kathryn Roszak, trained at the San Francisco Ballet, School of American Ballet, and the American Conservatory Theater. She has performed with the San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Opera Ballet, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Roszak has also choreographed for the American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco Opera Center, and Kent Nagano’s Berkeley Symphony. She currently teaches “Dance and Film” at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U.C. Berkeley and also serves as the Dance Specialist for Cal Performances. Rozak’s choreography was presented by La Mama, among others, and at the New York and Copenhagen Cultural Festivals.

About Tomas Tranströmer

Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize, Tomas Tranströmer is one of the most celebrated and influential poetic figures of his generation. He was born in Stockholm in 1931 and is a psychologist by profession. He began his psychology career in the 1960s at a juvenile corrections institute in Sweden, and worked for several decades in the field. He is one of the world's most translated poets, with books appearing in over fifty languages. Tranströmer is also a highly regarded amateur pianist and entomologist.

Co-presented with Poets House and supported in part by a grant from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation and the Scandinavian Department at U.C. Berkeley.

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That’s What a Princess Does/Så gör prinsessor Boulevardteatern

Friday, April 25, 11 am & 3 pm
$7 ($5 ASF Members); Ages 4+

That's What a Princess Does
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Performing Arts Series

SATContemporary Reading Series

Monday, May 5, 8 pm | Pre-reception 7:30 pm

SATContemporary Reading SeriesThe Scandinavian American Theater Company (SATC) introduces a new generation of Nordic playwrights in a series of staged readings representing Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland, and Denmark, including Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

SATC is a collective of theater artists founded to provide Scandinavian perspectives through the new generation of Scandinavian playwrights and theater artists. SATC presents contemporary plays and inventive takes on the classics from the Nordic region, which includes Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands. SATC is committed to strengthening the relationship between Scandinavia and the United States through collaborations and interdisciplinary artistic exchange that examine and challenge the cultural status quo.

Our Boy/Pabbastrákur
May 5

Written by Hávar Sigurjónsson (Iceland, 2003), translated by Árni Ibsen (Iceland), & directed by Onur Karaoglu (Turkey). In a series of isolated scenes of various lengths, Sigurjónsson examines the relationships between a mother, a father, their homosexual son, and his boyfriend. Themes like machismo, love and longing, sex, upbringing, and marriage are dealt with an equal amount of seriousness and humor.

Our Boy premiered at the National Theater in Iceland in January 2003. It was selected at the Bonn/Wiesbaden Biennale for Best New European Drama in 2004.

About the playwright

Hávar Sigurjónsson graduated from Manchester University Drama Department in 1982 with B.A. honors degree and completed his M.A. in Theatre Arts at Leeds University Workshop Theatre in 1983. Since then he has worked professionally in Iceland as a journalist, stage director, and translator and has written plays for the stage, radio, and television.

From 1992-1997 Sigurjónsson was attached to the National Theater of Iceland as a stage director and dramaturg. In 1997 he began working as a freelance writer and cultural journalist for Morgunblaðið – the largest daily newspaper of Iceland. Since 2004 Sigurjónsson has been the President of the Icelandic Union of Playwrights and Screenwriters.

About the director

Onur Karaoglu (b. 1982, Istanbul, Turkey) is a theater and film writer. He received his M.F.A. in theater directing from Columbia University and creates works both in New York and Istanbul, currently working with Orhan Pamuk. Karaoglu is the founder and artistic director of Studio 4 Istanbul. His theater and film works have participated in festivals around the world, including Spain, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Korea, Japan, Switzerland, and Russia.

Co-presented by the Consulate General of Denmark New York, the Consulate General of Finland in New York, the Consulate General of Iceland in New York, the Royal Norwegian Consulate General of New York, the Consulate General of Sweden in New York, and Scandinavia House.

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