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Monday, April 7, 8 pm
$20 ($15 ASF Members)
This performance is eligible for Smörgås Chef’s Dinner & a Concert offering.
San 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.
Friday, April 25, 11 am & 3 pm
See That’s What a Princess Does/Så gör prinsessor in KIDS & FAMILIES section.
Mondays @ 8 pm | Pre-reception 7:30 pm
March 10 & May 5, 2014
The 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.
Written by Pasi Lampela (Finland, 2005), translated by Nely Keinänen (Finland), & directed by Henning Hegland (Norway). What happens to people who have sacrificed their lives to achieve success and what price did they pay for that success? Lampela examines the illusion of sanctity and success that wealth supposedly provides, illustrating the impact that a high-tech, Anglo-American style of capitalism has had on the nature of the traditional Finnish family.
Westend is a powerful depiction of twenty-first century Finland, where people’s internal conflicts are suppressed behind a hard exterior.
About the playwright
Pasi Lampela is a Helsinki-based playwright, screenwriter, theater director, and novelist. He studied dramaturgy at the Finnish Theater Academy from 1994-98 and then began to work as a freelance playwright and director.
Lampela is one of the most talked about and productive playwrights in Finland; his plays examine the problems of modern life and its hidden pressures. In form they are intimate chamber pieces, usually focusing on a family or other small group. Lampela attempts to analyze the world and contemporary phenomena by telling stories about what is happening around us right now.
About the director
Henning Hegland has been working as an artist, performer, and director since 1997 in New York and Europe. Henning’s directorial work ranges from re-imagining classics to collaborating with playwrights on new work, from devised theater to opera. He is a founder and co-artistic director of Scandinavian American Theater Company (SATC). Some of his critically notable works include The Threepenny Opera by B. Brecht; BUSSTOP by W. Inge; Ghosts – onepeopleenemy and thosewhowalkagain (from An Enemy of the People) both devised from Henrik Ibsen’s originals; and CCLIT by M.I. Swaye; the folk opera Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdink with original music by Robert Banghart at Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska; a new adaptation of A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde at the Kirk Theatre at Theater Row; I Am My Own Moon by Zhu Yi at 3LD; Pinocchio’s Ashes/Pinocchios aske by Jokum Rohde at Theatre for the New City; and August Strindberg’s Miss Julie/Frøken Julie at Scandinavia House.
Hegland directs for the playwright program and the Atlantic Acting School at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. He presented work at the 2013 Writopia World Play Festival at Theatre Row. This fall he will appear in understudiestheshow.com as a Norwegian Broadway director.
He holds an M.F.A. in directing from Columbia University and a M.A. in devised theater from Dartington College of Arts. Hegland is a member of the LCT Directors Lab and the Stage Director and Choreographer’s Guild.
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.