Dramaten: The Bergman Festival: First performance about the love of art, theater and poetry

By on August 6, 2018
Hans Malm

The newly written play Fenix by Ann-Sofie Bárány gets its first performance at Bergman Festival’s second day on August 24th. In focus stand the Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeveva’s shattering life and artistry and her vision for the theater. Under the direction of Suzanne Osten and with newly written music by Malin Dahlström and Gustaf Karlöf from Niki & The Dove.

Marina Tsvetajeva (1892 – 1941) was a hailed Russian poet, obsessed with the idea of ​​getting into the theater with her sensual poetry and new themes. Armed with her newly written play Fenix, about a girl and an aged Casanova, she chases the city’s most busy male theater genius Jevgenij Vachtangov (1883 – 1922). At the same time it is ongoing the Russian Revolution which crashes the bourgeois life of her and all. She fights for the survival of her soul and her children.

Suzanne Osten about Marina Tsvetajeva:
She was incredibly pretentious – a damn tough woman who worshiped both women and men – and she sought up the foremost director in Moscow – Jevgenij Vachtangov. When he meets Marina in the play, one would have to hope that love and art would occur.

Ann-Sofie Bárány is a dramatist, psychoanalyst, lecturer and researcher. She debuted in 2006 with Babydrama at Unga Klara, which was the first collaboration with Suzanne Osten. Since then, they have made several common sets, among other things, Tröstar jag dig nu? at Unga Klara and I Annas Garderob, a four-hour play about Anna Freud at Gothenburg State Theater. Ann-Sofie Báránys Fenix ​​is ​​written specifically for the current ensemble.

Suzanne Osten, one of Sweden’s most prominent and influential theater and film directors, which in the roll as direct professor has been teaching several generations – about among other things commedians aesthetics and just Vachtangov. At Dramaten she has previously directed Falla ur tiden.

Introductions to Fenix
Introduction to Fenix with dramatist Jacob Hirdwall a while before the performance.

September 13 and October 18th. Free entrance, open to all (even those without ticket to the show).

Conversation after Fenix
Talk after the performance with dramaturg Jacob Hirdwall and actor from the ensemble.

September 9 and October 19th. Free entrance, open to all (even those without tickets for the evening’s performance).

Fenix, first performance August 24, The Little Stage. Part of the Bergman Festival.

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music | Stockholm