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For some festive high culture in the run up to Easter, Folkoperan, the People’s Opera, has put on a performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion, making for both an intriguing and extremely Swedish night out, according to YLC’s Danny Chapman.

 
I am coming to the conclusion that there aren’t a lot of laughs in Swedish high art. Just think of the behemoths of Bergman and Strindberg. So if ALL you want is some fun, the Peoples Opera’s (Folkoperan) current concert won’t be for you. But if you fancy something different, yet very Swedish and with some excellent music, then book the remaining tickets now.

I say “concert” but to be honest I am not entirely sure how to categorise what I saw last night. And as I tend to find getting such basic information from Swedish websites is not usually forthcoming, I was not surprised this morning to see the Folk Opera website calling their St Matthew Passion a “performance concept.” Which doesn’t help clarify things.

It is mostly a concert though. In fact Bach’s St Matthew Passion is an oratorio, which means a large musical composition for orchestra choir and soloists. But interspersed throughout the performance , are interviews with some of the performers about aspects of their lives, projected on a huge screen. And there are also various other theatrical techniques being employed such as the live writing of letters, also projected on the giant screen. The performance is very experimental, to put it mildly.

Some of this works some of it doesn’t, often at the same time. Perhaps one of the most striking aspects is the dress of the performers. There must have been some 30+ singers on stage, mostly young, stood on three or four tiers, and seemingly dressed however they wanted to be.

There were primary colours galore with red and green t-shirts, sweaters, tie-tied loose trousers, highly patterned dresses and jeans. With a predominantly brightly lit stage this made for a very colourful scene. It also felt modern. Or did it feel like it was trying too hard to be modern?

passion1Because I also had the distinct feeling I had been transported back to a BBC studio in the 1970s and was watching some worthy attempt to make the classics relevant. And this seems very Swedish to me. The desire to make everything relevant, rather than just enjoy something for its inherent beauty. Indeed, Folkoperan say on their website that they “are driven by a desire to renew the art of opera and reflect our times by being open to different expressions…”

Located on Hornsgatan on Södermalm, Folkoperan was founded in the 1970s and has garnered much respect and popularity in part on account of its intimate stage and unconventional productions. They say on their website that their vision is “Opera for all” (the ticket prices don’t exactly reflect this though are still much cheaper than most opera houses) and they sing in Swedish to come closer to their audience.

Bach’s St Matthew Passion was originally sung in German, and as most opera is in German or Italian, the language shouldn’t be too much of a problem to non-Swedish speakers. In fact the text being sung at any given time is projected on the big screen, which stretches the entire width of the stage above the performers. So if you speak a little Swedish you should easily be able to understand the texts.

Indeed Bach’s St Matthew Passion is actually Chapters 26 and 27 of the Gospel of St Matthew set to music. This gospel is the first book of the new testament and these chapters are about the last days of Jesus’s life including the passion of Christ and his death. Written in 1727, and meant to be performed on Good Friday, Bach’s oratorio is widely considered as one of the masterpieces of classical sacred music.

And Bach’s St Matthew Passion is particularly appropriate for Sweden because of its extensive use of chorales (hymns traditionally sung by large congregations). The Swedes love their choirs. And this of course is the highlight of the evening.

The other main aspect of the performance was the airing of interviews with half a dozen of the performers, in which they talk about personal tales connected with forgiveness, guilt, pain, fear, loneliness, love, and joy. The Swedes do like to beat themselves up.

Now my Swedish isn’t really up to understanding these monologues. Which didn’t help. But I got the gist. And I am afraid I found them to be increasingly long, serious, done in a pretty amateurish daytime TV kind of way, and by the last couple, frankly boring. I was told though by Swedes in my party that some of this was very moving.

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Fortunately the early baroque music and the vast number of singers, consisting of an opera troupe and church choir, made up the bulk of the evening’s “performance,” providing a wonderful evening of music.

And despite my criticisms of the other aspects of the evening, these still made for a fascinating night, and gave me some more insights into the country I now live in. Not a lot of laughs perhaps, but experimental, full of Bergmanesque introspective concerns about guilt and pain, snappily dressed and full of joyous song. What better way to mark Easter in Stockholm!

The Peoples Opera’s St Matthew Passion remaining performances are on  17th, 18th,19th and 20 April. Visit the website for tickets.

 

Featured Image: Frida Marklund. Additional Images: Markus Gårder.

We sent reader Sharon M and a friend to see Legally Blonde at Stockholm’s glorious Maxim Theatre a few weeks ago. YLC’s Solveig Rundquist also took in the show and has this review of the hilarious musical about love and ambition. 

Sweden has professional theater and high school theater, but not much in-between. So what if you want some good ol’ fashioned musical fun without a Broadway-esque price tag? Well, Viktor Rydberg Gymnasium, a Stockholm high school for the arts, puts on a full-scale musical at Maxim Theatre every year. This time around it was Legally Blonde (fitting for a country overpopulated with blondes, no?) and we found out just how good Swedish high school musicals can be. 

During the first few phrases of the opening song it was almost painfully obvious that this was a high school production – even if it was a high school for the performing arts. But the actors quickly warmed up and took the show to new heights – away from cold Stockholm to a magical world of sparkles, silliness, and extraordinary amounts of pink.

The leading lady could have carried the entire show on her shoulders and still made it a hit.

Jennifer Jerlin fits the role perfectly, embracing Elle’s ditziness and being excessively devoted and cute – and yet, somehow it works. Her performance was exactly what you expect, and yet not cliché or shallow. And what a voice!

The show was performed in Swedish – and there simply is no equivalent Swedish phrase as effective as “Oh my god, you guys.” Nor can you really translate the title or title song, “Legally Blonde”. But it works. After all, it takes place in (Swedish-speaking) Boston!

As for the Swedish lyrics themselves, they were surprisingly good.

Legally Blonde the Musical has been performed in Sweden twice before, including the professional premier in Malmö, but this production at Viktor Rydbergs Gymnasium used their own original translation for much of the script and lyrics.

While the ensemble’s singing was at times weak, the dance numbers are energetic, quirky, varied, and professional.  An awe-inspiring set complements the song and dance, with the stage convincingly and quickly transformed from bedroom to trailer park to court of law and back again.

At curtain, the conclusion was clear: Money well spent, and an evening of good, uplifting musical fun!

 

Legally Blonde’s limited run is over but Maxim Teater has plenty of other shows for you to check out!

 

Solveig Rundquist

Solveig is a recently-graduated American cactus who plucked up her ancient Scandinavian roots and transplanted them back to snowy Stockholm soil. When not writing for YLC she can be found cantering about town in search of culture, chai and cheer.

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Giant horses, striking colours and the Prime Minister in a dress! Friday saw the unveiling of the Spring Salon at Liljevalchs Art Gallery. YLC braved the cold to attend!

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It was a cold and crisp winter morning in Stockholm when the press gathered at the Liljevalchs gallery to sneak a first peek at this year’s exhibition. Spring felt far away, yet it was the Spring Salon we were there to see.

“Many said that last year’s exhibition was the best so far – I would say that this one is even better,” said Mårten Castenfors, the director of the gallery, as he greeted the gathered press.

The Liljevalchs art venue belongs to the City of Stockholm and was opened back in 1916 as the first independent, public museum for contemporay art in Sweden. The building is the work of renowned Swedish architect Carl Bergsten and is situated amidst the captivating natural surroundings of the Djurgården Island in Stockholm.

The Spring Salon, which has become a fixture on the Stockholm art scene since the first exhibition in 1921, is visited by young and old and for many Stockholmers it is the first and sometimes only art exhibition visited on a regular basis.

“It is important to us that this is a place where you can experience just how fun art can be, said Castenfors.

And fun it certainly is! This is the kind of exhibition where you can bring your children, as well as your parents or your friends – no one will be disappointed as it appeals to all ages. There are sculptures and paintings, installations and film clips.

reinfeldt.2It would be hard to forget the lingering image of the Swedish prime minister dressed as a 18-century lady in Synergi 1 by Hanna Lundgren Herder, or stay unmoved by the striking images Equatorial and Simple by Samir Soudah. However, YLC was particularly smitten with artist Bo Ljung’s two paintings Rörelse mot Söder and Återsken.  A special mention will also have to go to  artist Thomas Carlsson and his work Burkfåglar (Can-birds), beautifully crafted birds made out of re-folded soft drink cans in striking colours.

This year’s jury, which consisted of art historian Göran Ståhle, Greta Burman of the Moderna muséet in Malmö, Lisa Lundström from the Bildmuseum in Umeå and Mårten Castenfors of Liljevalchs, said they were very pleased to have received so many different types of pieces this year. 2,192 artists entered their work and out of these 288 were chosen to be displayed in this year’s exhibition. There were 78 women and 74 men chosen – but the age span is wide, as the youngest artist will soon turn 19 and the oldest is 92.

Wandering around the beautiful space that is the Liljewalchs art gallery is always a pleasure and this year’s exhibition is well worth a visit.

Some pieces are striking and others more understated but somehow they all stay with you when you leave. Some you wish you could actually take home with you. And of course – if you move quickly – you can. All the pieces displayed in the  exhibition are for sale and it is up to the artists how much they will cost. This year, the least expensive piece, a DVD, was priced at 1 SEK and the most expensive at 280,000 SEK. Something for everyone, in other words.

This time YLC left empty handed but with a wealth of impressions and having spent a lovely morning looking at sometimes beautiful, sometimes disturbing but always interesting, works of art.

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Återsken, Bo Ljung

 

Where:  Djurgårdsvägen 60, Djurgården

When: Monday closed, Tuesday 11.00–20.00, Wednesday 11.00–17.00, Thursday 11.00–20.00, Friday-Sunday 11.00–17.00. The exhibition runs from January 24th to March 23rd.

Damage: Adults 80 SEK, Seniors and Students 60 SEK, under-18s free. The ticket is valid all day!

Click here for more information about the gallery, the artists and the works of art.

 

Rebecca Martin

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Kick start the year by feasting your eyes on some fresh visuals. Stockholm’s vibrant art scene is a great way to replenish your creative coffers after a busy holiday season! 

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From conceptual canvases to fabulous photography, here’s YLC’s top picks for the art lover in you. 

Gallery and Exhibition Openings

6 January:  Solo exhibition by  Swedish artist & film maker Anna Kleberg.  Djurkyrkogården (The Pet Cemetery) @Andrehn-Schiptienko 

9 January:  Solo Exhibition @ Galleri NordenhakeIn conjunction with the Moderna Museet exhibition, an interesting retrospective by the Cypriot artist Christodoulos Panayiotou.

16 January:  Martin Erik Andersen, Endless Promises @ Galleri RiisSolo show by the conceptual Danish artist.

18 January:  Mikkel Carl @AnnaElle GallerySolo exhibition by Danish artist & philosopher Mikkel Carl

18 January:  Peter Frie, Some Trees @ Lars Bohman Solo exhibition by Swedish painter Peter Frie.

22 January:  - Group Show, Dancing Machines – From Léger to Kraftwerk @Moderna Museet.  The exhibition focuses on the relationship between man and machine. It includes the 3-D video installation “1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9” by Kraftwerk.

23 January:  Charlie Roberts, Hex @ Galleri Magnus Karlsson.

25 January:   Beckers Art Award 2014 @ Fargfabriken.  The Beckers Award are fantastic opportunity to discover emerging artists on the Swedish artistic scene.  This year’s winner is David Molander.

29 January:  Andreas Eriksson @ Bonniers KonsthallFirst large-scale solo exhibition by Swedish artist Andreas Eriksson.  

Art Listings

Through 19 January:  Martina Hoogland Ivanow @ Kulturhuset - Solo exhibition dedicated to the internationally acclaimed Swedish photographer.

Through 19 January:  Cindy Sherman - Untitled Horrors.  Retrospective dedicated to the acclaimed American photographer and artist @ Moderna Muséet

Through 19 January:  Blackboard: Teaching and learning from art Group Show @ Artipelag

Through 26 January:  – Joan Jonas - Reanimation @ Kulturhuset.  Exhibition dedicated to one of the pioneers of performance and video art.

Through 2 February: Ernst Billgren - Old future @ Kulturhuset.  To celebrate the opening of a new gallery. Gallery Wonderland, within Kulturhuset this exhibition features an installation from the well-known contemporary Swedish artist.  

Through 2 February:  Jill GreenbergWorks 2001-2011 @ Fotografiska.Selection of work by the American artist/photographer.

Through 16 February:  – Gunnar Smoliansky - Moment @ Moderna Muséet- An unprecedented exhibition by Sweden’s most prominent photographer.

Through 2 March:  Elliott Erwitt - 100+1 @ Fotografiska - A unique opportunity to see the amazing photographs by one of the world’s most celebrated photographers.

Through 27 March: Group Exhibition - Surrealism & Duchamp @ Moderna Muséet. A unique chance to see an outstanding part of the Moderna Museet’s collection. The exhibition includes works by Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, Meret Oppenheim, Giorgio de Chirico, Hans Arp, Dorothea Tanning, Max Ernst.

Through 27 March: Christodoulos Panayiotou - Days and Ages @ Moderna Muséet - Solo exhibition by the Cypriot artist who revisited and analyzed the complex history of Cyprus.

Last chance to see

Through 5 January:  Christmas Group Show @ AnnaElle Gallery.

Through 6 January: Lena Cronqvist @ Liljevalchs.

Through 10 January Daido Moriyama, Hokkaido / The World Through My Eyes @ Galleri Riis.

Through 12 January: Paolo Roversi, Secrets  @ Fotografiska.

 

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Staged yet so very, very simple – YLC’s Solveig Rundquist visits the Stockholm Fotografiska gallery to check out acclaimed photographer Paolo Roversi’s exhibition.

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Skeppsholmen is looked upon as somewhat of a high-cultural mecca in Stockholm, the scene of prestigious and bold art gallery Moderna Museet (The Museum of Modern Art), the Architectural museum, the East-Asian museum, and Theatre Galeasen, known for its experimental productions.

But one of the true gems of art in Stockholm truly is a diamond in the rough – not polished and poised on Skeppsholmen, nor on dandy Djurgården, but hidden inside an old customs house near the Slussen shipyard.

Fotografiska (or Fotografiska museet) is frequently called a museum, but that’s somewhat of a misnomer. The artwork is constantly changing and remarkably modern – it’s more of a contemporary art gallery than anything else. And an excellent one at that. Fotografiska is very focused and doesn’t dabble in other art forms, just photography – but features an enviable and ephemeral sortiment of world-class photography at any given time. Galleries generally linger for about three months before taking off elsewhere, giving Stockholmers one season to see the art.

YLC decided to use a rainy Friday evening to check out Paolo Roversi: Secrets, on exhibit until January 12th, 2014. Roversi, an Italian fashion photographer who has worked all over the world, had the majority of his career in Paris and worked for magazines such as Elle and Depeche Mode before starting his own studio.

Roveri works mostly in black and white, and as simple as possible. The majority of his images are taken straight-on and rather close-up, in an empty studio with a dark blanket in the background.

“My photography is more subtraction than addition,” Roversi’s words, displayed at the entrance to the gallery, explain.”We all have a sort of mask of expression, and I try to take all these masks away and little by little subtract until you have something pure left.”

The result is a perplexing blend of confrontation, intimacy, and aloofness. Models, mostly female and mostly nude, gaze straight into the camera or slightly off to the side, exposed but oh-so-nonchalant.

“I feel that it is more accurate to say that we give a picture than that we take a picture,” Roversi says.

“It is all about building trust. I see every image as a portrait. . . the person and the relationship between me and who I work with comes first.”

His words are intriguing but puzzling – like the images themselves. How can the pictures be so pure and simple and yet so staged? In several of the images women pose dramatically in outrageous outfits – he is after all a fashion photographer – and in others women kiss passionately, one looking away and one gazing straight into the camera. One has to wonder how the situation came about. What is the relationship there?

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We’ll never know. Roversi has created a world of his own, suspended somewhere between dream and reality. That world is epitomized in my personal favorite image, which shows the reflection of a pair of high-heeled shoes in an empty room. Whose shoes are they? Where did they go? Why did they leave them there? No one truly cares about the shoes; it’s the person who wore them and who has now moved on that intrigues us. But that information is out of our reach.

All we have is a moment of limbo with high-heels.

I do not want to explain my pictures,” says Roversi. “I prefer the mystery.”

Most of the images in the exhibit were taken between 1997 and 2006, but the 66-year-old’s photography has a distinct vintage feel and seems strangely at odds with the speed and noise of the modern streets outside. The thin, fragile but brazen models seem ethereal.

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Fotografiska itself does a phenomenal job of letting the artwork stay in the focus. Soft lighting and soft gray walls compliment but do not distract from the photography, and a few white chaise lounges let visitors pause for a closer look at certain points. Emerging from the dim exhibit is almost like emerging from an underwater dive, and you can’t help but inhale deeply as you feel yourself leaving one world and entering another.

It’s a remarkable world, one always changing but not in the same way as the world we live in. And if you ever feel like escaping into shadowy photography halls, you now know one of YLC’s favorite art haunts. See you there!

Fotofrafiska is open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm Sunday through Wednesday, and from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm Thursday though Saturday. Adults 120 SEK, students and seniors 90 SEK, and children under 12 free.

Solveig Rundquist

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Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without ‘The Nutcracker’! YLC have teamed up with Kungliga Operan to put you in the seasonal mood.

The Nutcracker

Kungliga Operan, the Royal Swedish Opera, has a unique and exciting history. It was a creation of King Gustav III’s and completed in 1782. Ten years later, at a masquerade ball, an assassin shot Gustav III on the stage at his own opera house; he died days later from the wound. His last words were ‘Jag känner mig sömnig, några ögonblicks vila skulle göra mig gott’ (‘I feel sleepy, a few moments rest would do me good’). You couldn’t make it up.

So drama has always reigned at the opera, albeit with less blood and conspiracies now, under the talented directorship of Johannes Öhman. The auditorium holds around 1130 spectators and some 220 performances are put on annually, presenting to the world some of the greatest names: Jenny Lind, Peter Mattei and Birgitta Svendén (today both General Manager and Opera Director of the Royal Swedish Opera) are just some of the legendary Swedish singers. The Royal Swedish Ballet, resident Ballet Company of the Royal Swedish Opera, has fostered Swedish legends such as Jean Börlin, acted as a springboard for dancers such as Johan Renvall of the American Ballet Theatre and today presents its principal dancers, Marie Lindqvist, Olof Westring and our very own extraordinary expat, Gina Tse.

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Of course, the show that everyone is talking about right now is Nötknäpparen, ‘The Nutcracker’. Choreographer Pär Isberg’s version of Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet is subtitled Petters och Lottas jul (Petter and Lotta’s Christmas), taking inspiration from the stories of ETA Hoffmann that inspired the Russian original. Orphaned children Petter and Lotta have been taken care of their aunts and for the first time, they get to celebrate a real Christmas, which turns out to be more eventful and magical than they can have ever imagined…

 

If all this has got you in the mood for Christmas, please fill in our survey for the chance to win two top tickets to The Nutcracker. We have mentioned one of the brilliant performers in the nutcracker, Gina Tse, who was an Extraordinary Expat for YLC. Once you have filled in the survey, you just need to tell us who was your favourite Extrordinary Expat in 2013 in the comments area; you must do both for the chance to win!

If you have already filled in the survey to win something earlier, all you need to do is tell us who was your favourite Extrordinary Expat in 2013 in the comments area* – easy-peasy!

 

This competition is now closed.

THE LUCKY WINNER OF A PAIR OF TOP TICKETS IS: MARIA

Didn’t win? Never fear, there’s still time to book your tickets to The Nutcracker today!

Fine print:

Tickets are for 2 orchestra seats on January 11th at 18.30. These cannot be exchanged or refunded.

Entrants must complete the survey and fill in the comments box to win.

Winners will be drawn at random by the YLC management

*Survey only needs to be completed once; then readers are entitled to enter all give-aways

 

Let us spirit you away to a chilly Victorian London with Dickens’ A Christmas Carol! YLC has two pairs of tickets to give away! There is no ‘Bah, humbug’ about it – YOU have a chance to win!

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The play opened for the first time in Stockholm  in 1988 and was the highlight of many Stockholmers’ holiday season before it was forced to close down in 2003. Luckily, it was brought back to the stage at the Maxim Theatre five years ago and has since continued to enthrall and captivate the city’s audience during the Christmas season!  Frankly, a Stockholm Christmas isn’t the same without it!

Ebenezer Scrooge is a penny-pinching miser of the first degree. He cares nothing for the people around him, and mankind exists only for the money that can be made through exploitation and intimidation. He particularly detests Christmas which he views as ‘a time for finding yourself a year older, and not an hour richer’. Scrooge is visited, on Christmas Eve, by the ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley who died seven Christmas Eves ago… 

See below for performance trailer:

 

If all this has got you in the mood for Christmas, please fill in our survey for the chance to win tickets to A Christmas Carol for the 14th of December. Once you have filled in the survey, you just need to tell us in the comments what book you hope to get in your stocking this Christmas; you must do both for the chance to win!

If you have already filled in the survey, all you need to do is tell us what book you wish Santa will be bringing you this year in the comments* – easy-peasy!

This competition is now closed.

THE LUCKY WINNERS OF A PAIR OF TICKETS EACH ARE: GEMMA & LINDSAY – CONGRATULATIONS

Didn’t win? Don’t be a Scrooge, book tickets for A Christmas Carol in Stockholm today!

Fine print:

Tickets are for 4 seats (a total of 2 pairs of which 1 pair per winner) on December 14th at 19:30. These cannot be exchanged or refunded.

Entrants must complete the survey and fill in the comments box to win.

Winners will be drawn at random by the YLC management

 
*Survey only needs to be completed once; then readers are entitled to enter all give-aways

Come and brighten up your mellandagarna with Stockholm improv comedy show Lost in Translation! Win tickets to the show Dec 27th at 19.00 (or any show this spring)!

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Lost in Translation is the improv show that puts the experience of living in Sweden as a foreigner on stage. After completely selling out fourteen shows this fall, the hit show is entering its fourth season and has thirteen more dates set.

The improvised comedy show focuses on the experience of living in Sweden as a foreigner. Swedes, foreigners and our many cultural differences are put on stage in a forum where we can not only laugh at them, but also try and understand them better.

The show is completely improvised and driven by audience suggestion. The audiences have been extremely diverse hosting people from 15 to 25 different countries every show. All audience members are encouraged to offer inspiration to the actors revolving around Sweden and often relationships between Swedes and foreigners.

 

If all this has got you in the mood for some laughter, please fill in our survey for the chance to win tickets to Lost in Translation. Once you have filled in the survey, you just need to tell us your best Christmas joke in the comments; you must do both for the chance to win!

If you have already filled in the survey to win something earlier, all you need to do is tell us is your best holiday season joke in the comments* – easy-peasy!

This competition is now closed.

THE LUCKY WINNERS OF A PAIR OF TICKETS EACH ARE: ALIKI & CARRIE ALLARD-LEVINSON

Didn’t win? Go to the Lost in Translation, Stockholm website to book tickets to this brilliant show! 

Fine print:

Tickets are for 4 seats (a total of 2 pairs of which 1 pair per winner). These cannot be exchanged or refunded.

Entrants must complete the survey and fill in the comments box to win.

Winners will be drawn at random by the YLC management

*Survey only needs to be completed once; then readers are entitled to enter all give-aways

There is nothing better on a dark November night than a dark drama – YLC’s Vanessa Le Grange went to see rehearsals of a new play in English opening in Stockholm.

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There’s something about November that has us either looking inward and hibernating or painting the town maroon in velvet and autumn chic. I imagine that a piece of delightfully dark theatre followed by a glass of Burgundy would lend a poetic voice to the love, hate and complex paths and relationships in our lives.

Verina Kranak (actor, US), a Phd candidate in the field of solid state chemistry and Niall Balfe (actor, writer from Ireland), a computer programmer along with Colleen Clayton (SE, UK) Director and English Teacher, contrive to bring us the Cordelia Dream.

The play was originally written for The Royal Shakespeare Company by Marina Carr in 2008. Haunted by a dream of King Lear and Cordelia, a young female composer seeks out and confronts her old mentor. He is now old and full of bitterness and regret. He hopes that his isolated life – he has only his piano for company – will produce the ultimate musical finale. Her presence mocks him and her wish for reconciliation takes them on a devastating journey.

When asked why they’ve invested so much at great personal cost to themselves Verina, Niall and Colleen answered “because we must”.

And this is particularly interesting as the desire to have one’s work live on and rise above the limitations of everyday life is in fact in essence what this play is about. (Then again, Verina insists that we’d be surprised by how equally creative chemistry and acting are. We’ll have to take her word for it.)

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For a preview look here! More info can also be found on the website

The original musical compositions for this production are written and performed by Tristessa Åberg – and they promise to be a treat.

Directed by: Colleen Clayton

Performed by: Verina Kranak & Niall Balfe.

Where and when: Teater Tr3, November 21, 22, 23, 29, 30 at 7pm.

Damage: 150 SEK (130 SEK for students with student card) and tickets can be purchased here.

Good English speaking theatre to high standard is a rare thing in Stockholm. Passa på! (Don’t miss it!)

 

Vanessa Le Grange

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