Antiquity and America: big thematic autumn at Dramaten

By on August 29, 2017
Hannah Modigh

Was Antigone Feminist? Or a cold fascist? How could the revenge and honor culture of the ancient Greeks be transformed into democracy? How did the immigrated Swedes live in the plague hole Swede Hollow in Minnesota in the 18th century? How has the US influence in the world been affected since Trump became president?

This fall deep dive Dramaten in Antiquity and America through lectures, talks, radio shows, podcasts and book circles. The recesses are woven around the sets of Oidipus / Antigone, Swede Hollow and Angels in America.

THEME: ANTICS
The drama book circle: Antigone
In the book circle at Dramaten you will be allowed to share your reading experience, along with the dramaturg, actor and other readers. In addition to a larger reading experience, tea (or coffee) with scones is also served.

Kreon:
– The girl has demonstrated graduated arrogance
– she has treated pinned law like air!
Antigone:
– And if you think I act foolishly,
then it’s by a fool as I reproach!

2500 years have passed since Sofokles wrote the drama about Antigones, Oidipus’s daughter, and her confrontation with statesman Kreon. Still captivating this brutal and heartbreaking duel. A human drama and at the same time a fascinating reflection of the birth of Greek democracy. Who is most right, Antigone or Kreon? She who talks about the laws of the gods and family ties, or he who thinks of the state and society? In the conversation, one of the actors participates from the ensemble in Antigone. Conversation leader: Magnus Florin, chief dramaturg.

The book we read; Antigone in translation of Jan Stolpe and Lars-Håkan Svensson (Ellerström’s publisher). ellerstroms.se/butik/antigone/

Tea / coffee with milk, scones with philadelphia cheese, marmalade, butter
October 22, from 15:00 to 16:00, Paulikaféet

A wolf is looking for his pod
Take part in the recording of the popular pod! The dramatist / cartoonist Liv Strømquist and the author Caroline Ringskog Ferrada-Noli talk about Antigone as a symbol for the individual / state.
November 8, 18.00-19.00, Neondämon

Philosophical room about Antigone
Take part in the recording of the P1 Philosophical Room on the theme Antigone. The Philosophical Room is a reflective call program where guests are given time to develop their reasoning.

The program discusses classical philosophical subjects as well as today’s most burning ethical, moral and political dilemma.
Guests: Hans Ruin and others. Actors from Dramaten read from Antigone.
14 Nov, 17:30 to 18:45, Neondämon

Tragedy’s erudition- desiring and knowing at King Oidipus
The lecture gives a brief introduction to Sofokles and the Greek tragedy, with special emphasis on King Oidipus and how it has been read by some modern interpreters.

Lecture by Hans Ruin, Professor of Philosophy at Södertörn University. With reading of Dramatens actor and opportunity for questions and discussion. The lecture can be seen as a longer introduction to the performance that follows, but can also be experienced separately.

Free admission, tickets are distributed by public host from 45 minutes before. The lecture is one hour long.
The evening is a collaboration with Södertörn University.
17 November, 17:30 to 18:30, Marmorfoajén

Conversation after performance with director and actor
Listen to director Eirik Stubø and actor tell us about the work with Kung Oidipus / Antigone. Contributors also make Maria Lundquist, translator.
Conversation leader: Magnus Florin.
November 25, 15 min after the performance, Marmorfoajén

The boundless Antigone
Antigone has become a symbol of feminist struggle and fascist cold, for political action and unreasonable uncompromising; where time finds its Antigone She raises both admiration and fear. There is something animalish and boundless about the style that continues to awaken our fascination. How do we see this limitlessness today?

Lecture by Cecilia Sjöholm, Professor of Ethics at Södertörn University. With reading of Dramaten actor. The lecture can be seen as a longer introduction to the performance that follows, but can also be experienced separately.

Free admission, tickets are distributed by public host from 45 minutes before. The lecture is one hour long.
The evening is a collaboration with Södertörn University.
29 Nov, 17:30 to 18:30, Marmorfoajén

Psychologists go to theater: Oidipus
Hear psychologists discuss the work that gave us the Oidipus complex! Psychologist Jonas Mosskin and psychologist and author Jenny Jägerfeld discuss Oidipus, and invite the audience to conversations.

The focus is on questions about what drives the characters. Who are they? What does the director want to make for feelings with us as an audience? And what does it tell us about us?
December 8, at. 21.00 (after the performance of Oidipus), the Great Stage

Tomas Lappalainen about the state’s origin in ancient Greece
Conversation with Tomas Lappalainen, author of the book The world’s first citizen: About the state’s origin in ancient Greece, which will be released in September. He depicts how an old clan-controlled revenge and honor culture transforms into something brand new: city states based on law and democracy. A shift from the hierarchy of family clergy to a board of equal citizens in common.
Tomas Lappalainen believes that this revolutionary political development is reflected in the Greek tragedies of Aischylos, Sofokles and Euripides, not least in Oidipus and Antigone. In the conversation he tells us how it happens – focusing on the conflict between clan and state and between revenge and law.

In conversation with Magnus Florin, chief dramaturg.
December 9, at 14:45 (after performance), Marmorfoajén

THEME: AMERICA
Swede Hollow – Conversation
Stay for a while after the performance to take part in a conversation about Swede Hollow. In the conversation participates author Ola Larsmo, Dag Blanck, professor of North American studies at Uppsala University, director Alexander Mørk-Eidem, and representatives of the American Swedish Institute (ASI), Minneapolis. Conversation leader: Jacob Hirdwall, dramaturg. The conversation is in English.

November 9, 15 min after the performance, Elverket. Free entrance, open to all (even for those without ticket for the evening’s performance).

Book circle: “Swede Hollow” by Ola Larsmo
“Ola Larsmo has written a brilliant and moving novel. … Swede Hollow is yet another confirmation of the strength of the novel as an art form, how it affects and changes by letting us think of other people’s thoughts. ” Dagens Nyheter

In the book circle at Dramaten you will be allowed to share your reading experience, along with the dramaturg, actor and other readers. In addition to a larger reading experience, tea is also served with scones.

Swede Hollow is a ravine in the middle of St Paul, Minnesota. Today is it unsettled. But at the turn of the century from 1800 to 1900 more than a thousand immigrated Swedes lived in a slum that the city’s authorities described as a plague hole. About these fates, Ola Larsmo has written the acclaimed book, which is also relevant as a theater performance at Dramaten in Alexander Mørk-Eidem’s production. The book is published by Albert Bonniers publisher (2016).

Conversation leader: Jacob Hirdwall, dramaturg.

Tea / coffee with milk, scones with Philadelphia cheese, marmalade, butter.
12 nov at 15:00 to 16:00 in Paulikaféet

USA: Power and Influence
A seminar on the United States global influence, and whether it has been affected since Donald Trump took office as president. In cooperation with the Foreign Policy Institute (UI).

Since 1989, the United States has been the only superpower in the world and dominated politically, economically, militaryly and culturally. In recent years, however, other countries have challenged leadership positions in areas such as economics, technology and moral leadership.

The change of power in Washington in January 2017 has resulted in a major shift in American politics, with potentially major impact in world politics. Donald Trump often argues in his rhetoric that the US is weakened and threatened, but that he should “make America great again”. A strong nationalist and isolationist tone has been used in foreign policy when free trade and climate agreements have been demolished, and the uncertainty about how the United States is going to act internationally is great.

What is the US’s role and influence in the world today? What is its self-image? How does the United States relate to the new world order (which it is now?), And how are we affected in Sweden?

Speaker:
Sanna Thorén Björling, DN’s correspondent in Washington until this summer,
Jan Hallenberg, Senior Research Adviser at the Foreign Policy Institute and Professor Emeritus in Political Science at the Swedish Defense College

The seminar is the first in a series of three talks on the theme of the United States global role. The other seminars are:
Largest go first? – USA and China’s relations and the new world order (January 2018 🙂
HBTQI’s rights every now and then – a global outlook (February 2018)
21 November, 18.00-19.30, Elverket. Free admission tickets are distributed by public host from 45 minutes before.

Swede Hollow – Conversation
Stay a moment after the performance to hear a conversation about Swede Hollow, with director Alexander Mørk-Eidem and author Ola Larsmo. Conversation leader Jacob Hirdwall, dramaturg.

November 26, 15 min after the performance, Elverket. Free entrance, open to all (even for those without ticket for the evening’s performance).

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