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Upcoming Performing Arts

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Claire Parsons Co.

Friday, October 24, 10 am & 11:30 am & Saturday, October 25, 10 am & 11:30 am
$10 ($7 ASF Members) | Recommended ages 2 – 6

Marmalade!Choreographed by Claire Parsons (Sweden, 2013) with music by Mikael Svanevik (Sweden). A delicious sensory performance about meeting, mixing, and blending! Alongside Mira and Viktor, young audiences experience an exquisite visual performance of pictorial and tactile poetic movements and circus activities.

Marmalade! is supported in part by the Consulate General of Sweden in New York. Claire Parsons Co. is supported by The Swedish Arts Council and The Stockholm Cultural Council, with additional support from The Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

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Flagstad – Triumph and Tragedy

Thursday, February 26, 7:30 pm; Friday, February 27, 7:30 pm; Saturday, February 28, 7:30 pm, &
Sunday, March 1, 2015, 2 pm
$20 ($15 ASF Members)

Written and directed by Einar Bjørge (Norway, 2013). A one-woman play presenting an intimate portrait of the world famous Norwegian soprano Kirsten Flagstad (1895 – 1962), portrayed by Norwegian co-producer and actress Nina Bendiksen, Flagstad – Triumph and Tragedy utilizes rare live recordings and newly released source material, including personal correspondence, to portray Kirsten, the woman, as well as the artist Flagstad – considered the voice of the century.

Highlighting key moments in Flagstad’s life and career, the play presents, in her own words, confessions and reflections that she never once shared in public during her lifetime.

The play first opened in June 2013 at The Flagstad Festival in Hamar – the soprano’s birth community – and has since been performed at numerous venues in Norway. This production, performed in Norwegian, has also been shown at Flagstad´s summer residence Amalienborg in southern Norway, as well as during the Oslo Opera Festival in 2013. Flagstad – Triumph and Tragedy also marked the 80th anniversary of Flagstad’s debut at the Metropolitan Opera in February 1935 that launched her into international stardom.

About the playwright and director

Einar Bjørge holds a Master of Arts degree with honors in Theater and Opera from the University of Oslo. He started his career as a theater director in 1986 with a production of The Little Prince based on the book by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry. In 1996 he founded Oslo Project Theatre – an experimental theatre company for young actors in Norway.

Since directing The Little Prince, Bjørge has directed more than 80 theater and opera-productions. His recent work includes the operas La Traviata (2009), Carmen (2010), and Hansel and Gretchen (2011); the operetta Csárdásfürstin (2012); and Lanford Wilson’s play Burn This (2013). As a playwright, his other plays include Nijinsky (1990), Alive (2001), and Waiting for James Dean (2005).

His close collaboration with Liv Ullmann as assistant director includes the 2009 theater production of Streetcar Named Desire with Cate Blanchett as Blanche, which traveled to Sydney, Washington, D.C., and New York; and Uncle Vanya in Oslo (2013).

From 2007 – 2012 Bjørge worked as repertoire advisor for Oslo Opera Festival; in 2009 he became a Member of the Board and an artistic representative of the Festival. He worked as artistic director for The International Ibsen Award from 2008 – 2011, advising the jury on candidates and nominees from all over the world.

Critically acclaimed for his work, in 1997 Bjørge was awarded the Jury Special Prize for the text and production of Callas – La Divina – a one-woman play about Maria Callas. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards from The Norwegian Government including Governmental Artistic Work Grants for young artists 1999 – 2001 and then later for established artists in 2009.

Bjørge is currently directing Bellini’s I Puritani for the Oslo Opera Festival 2014, where he also serves as artistic adviser to the Board. In 2015-16 he will again collaborate with Liv Ullmann on the world premiere of a yet to-be-announced theater project at the National Theater in Oslo.

About the actress

Nina Bendiksen began her career as an actress in 1992 and has over the last 20 years been engaged at many major theaters in Norway, including Riksteatret, Hålogaland Teater, Hordaland Teater, and Oslo Nye Teater.

She has produced and performed in productions such as Auxocrom-Cromofor (1997; based on Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s diary), in connection with the exhibition of Frida Kahlo’s work at Henie-Onstad Art Center near Oslo; and Southbound – a tango performance where she toured in Norway in 2011 and 2012 with an ensemble of 6 Argentine musicians and dancers. Bendiksen still tours all over Norway and Argentina with concerts as a singer and dancer based on excerpts from this production.

Her film work includes Pelle the Policecar/Pelle politibil (2002), where she played the mother Kristine and Away for the Occasion (2007). Bendiksen also appears in Blue Skies/Himmelblå (2008), the successful NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting) TV drama based on the BBC production 2000 Acres of Sky (2001 – 2003). In August 2014 Bendiksen was invited to perform at the most important tango festival – Tango BA Festival y Mundial in Buenos Aires.

The exclusive New York City performances are made possible by contributions and funding from the Fritt Ord Foundation and Fund for Performing Artists in Norway.

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Upcoming Performing Arts Series

SATContemporary Reading Series

Mondays @ 8 pm | Pre-reception 7:30 pm
November 10, 2014 – Series continues spring 2015

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. 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.


November 10

Written by Bjarni Jónsson (Iceland, 2007) and translated by Hilmar Ramos (Iceland). Through the blurred lines of morning TV programming, reality TV, and live theater, a couple's private life is viewed under a microscope. Humor and tragedy collide as what really happened to the relationship begins to unfold. Where does private life end and public life begin?

MISHAP! opened at the Icelandic National Theatre in September 2007 and earned playwright Jónsson a nomination for the Icelandic Theatre Prize and the 2008 Nordic Drama Award.

About the playwright

Bjarni JónssonBjarni Jónsson (b. 1966) is an Icelandic playwright and translator. He received his Master’s Degree in Theatre Studies in 1992 from Ludwig-Maximilians Universität (LMU) in Munich. Jónsson has also frequently worked as a dramaturge and a director of radio drama and has translated numerous plays and novels by authors such as Harold Pinter, Mark Ravenhill, Neil LaBute, David Gieselmann, Marius von Mayenburg, Thomas Bernhard, Roddy Doyle, Henrik Ibsen, George Tabori, Tennessee Williams, Günter Grass, and Hertha Mueller.

Jónsson is co-founder and associate artistic director of the LÓKAL Theate Festival Reykjavík, an annual event that brings new theater to the Icelandic audience and connects Icelandic theater makers with the international scene. In addition to the accolades MISHAP! brought him, he has twice won awards in the “Radio Drama” category of the Nordic Drama Awards.

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