Ten years with Spoken Word at Dramaten

By on April 17, 2019
Märta Thisner

Since the start of Spoken Word at Dramaten 2009, both beginners and veterans from the Spoken Word and music scene have performed for sold out houses. The tenth anniversary is celebrated with a party for public, poets and musicians after the premiere performance on May 7th.

For ten years, poets, rappers, musicians and actors have with their words attracted to both crying and laughing at Dramaten. Niklas Mesaros has been with since the start and is now in directing.

The spring’s first Spoken Word at the Dramaten is followed by a party in the foyer at the Little Stage. It becomes “open mike” where new and old talents in a relaxed context are given the opportunity to read their poetry. Poets from previous performances will also be in place.

The tenth anniversary is then celebrated for another three evenings in May, when Dramaten invited new voices which have received much attention recently. In addition participates the Swedish reggaeband Partiet and DJ Shaya. It will be perhaps this year’s most well-formulated live show with music, politics and love and celebration.

Participator to all spring performances:

Farhiya Feysal, Linköping poet who took everyone by storm and won Ortens best poet in 2018 and knocked the audience at the Grammis gala in 2019. Farhiya’s poetry is unstoppable and merciless “to the point”.

Charlotte Jansdotter, well-established Uppsalapoet and bronze medalist in poetry slam-SM 2018. Charlotte’s poetry touches man’s vulnerability and that which chafes and tearing in us. Burning and closeness, but with glimpses of light and hope.

Sara Nazari has toured with the performance Ortens Verklighet and performed at, among others, Unga Klara and in Dramatenbar. With poetic brilliance and honesty, she speaks from heart to heart.

Rene Lobos lived as a serious criminal. During his last prison period, he began writing poetry, which he read aloud to his fellow prisoners through the doorway of his cell. When he came out in 2016, he came into contact with Fryshuset’s defector operation. In the spring of 2020, he is up to date with a documentary theater performance, Bye Bye Bror, together with Teater Fryshuset and Riksteatern.

Oskar Hanska is not just one of Sweden’s most estrad poets. He recently become a father and everything is screwed up to “eleven” with tour visits in Norway, Sweden and Denmark this spring. With a vulnerable gaze and paved masculinity, destroyed growth, class complexity and political anxiety, Oskar has never been so afflictive and feverish as now.

Partiet has made over 300 gigs in eleven countries and is a big name for the Swedish reggae scene. Few can match Partiet when it comes to mixing music, politics and live shows in an innovative way. The politics feels red-green-pink, the music sounds red-yellow-green.

Niklas Mesaros has been involved since the start of Spoken Word and now stands for directing and presents the performance. He book debuted in 2018 with the relationship novel Sjöhästar (Rabén & Sjögren).

DJ Shaya is Spoken Word’s own house DJ. She always gets the salon in the mood with the best selection of soul/funk and hip-hop.

Spoken Word, 7, 8, 21 and 22 May, Little Stage, Dramaten.

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music | Östermalm