Frida Hyvönen composes Lars Rudolfsson’s new musical play

By on March 1, 2018
Carl Bengtsson

Tomorrow, March 2, Ilya has premiered at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern. A newly written, musical, black comedy by the dramatist and director Lars Rudolfsson. Frida Hyvönen has written the music. It’s the first time she writes music for a play at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern. An orchestra trio performs the arrangements live during the play.

A woman wakes up on the floor at a police station. Nobody knows who she is – not even herself. A police call her Ilya after a Ukrainian dog he read about in the newspaper. Ilya only remembers one thing. That she is looking for her child. The search for the daughter takes her on a long journey where she meets a myriad of different characters, all accompanied by Frida Hyvönen’s suggestive composition.

The ensemble features 75 characters in 40 scenes. On stage, we can see Birthe Wingren, Gunilla Röör, Sven Ahlström and Fredrik Lycke. Ilya meets ad dealers, police officers, bus drivers, and not least women who are in similar situations as herself. She moves around in a male world that does not understand her.

The dramatist and director Lars Rudolfsson directed Molnets Bröder at Dramaten 2017. He is also famous for dramatizing and directed the now classic musical Kristina from Duvemåla. He is a musician, and plays accordion in BAO/Benny Andersson’s orchestra. This is the first time he collaborates with Frida Hyvönen.

– Ilya is not an introverted thinker, the music helps us understand what she’s wearing within itself. She is in a combat situation and tries to counter her confusion. The music can give clues, says Lars Rudolfsson.

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music | Stockholm