Bergman Festival: First performance of Persona, persona, persona

By on August 19, 2018
Hans Malm

Masks, Identity and Camouflage. There are some themes that the dramatist Dimen Abdulla explores with actors Nanna Blondell and Bahar Pars in the newly written play Persona, Persona, Persona which is based as much on Ingmar Bergman’s script Persona as in personal interviews with the actors themselves. First performance September 1st in Tornrummet.

Ingmar Bergman’s film Persona from 1966 is often counted as one of his most important work – even by himself. In Bergman’s second autobiography, he writes:
“I experience today that I in Persona – and later in Viskningar och rop – came as far as I can come. That I’m in freedom touch at wordless secrets which only cinematography can highlight.”

The play is about the nurse Alma who talks to her patient Elisabet who remain silent and depicts how they blend with each other. Dimen Abdulla, Bahar Pars and Nanna Blondell each have a very personal relationship with Bergman Persona. In close collaboration they have now taken his masterpiece and created the piece Persona, Persona, Persona. They find that it is almost impossible to talk about Persona but agree on the purpose of the performance.
“We want to enter the Bergman countryside and let Persona meet us three and get to know each other.”

Dimen Abdulla has interviewed her actors and inserted the texts from these in the script so that the play also depicts the meeting between Nanna and Bahar.
“I, Nanna and Dimen will merge with Bergman, Liv and Bibbi,” says Bahar Pars.

Dimen Abdulla has received a series of plays, including the attentive X at Unga Klara, as a dramatist. In 2015 she was appointed Radio Theater’s home dramatist for one year.

Bahar Pars has participated on Dramaten in Figaro’s wedding and Marauders, and is perhaps known primarily from the Oscars nominated A man named Ove. Bahar has also directed the radio drama Salongen, short films Rinkebysvenska and Sundance-nominated Turkkiosken. In 2015 she received the Medea prize.

Conversation after Persona, Persona, Persona
Conversation after the performance led by dramatist Jacob Hirdwall. Participates makes also actors from the ensemble.
Tuesday, September 18th. Free entrance, open to all (even those without tickets for the evening’s performance).

Persona, persona, persona, first performance September 1, Tornrummet. Part of the Bergman Festival.

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music | Stockholm