Violence and poetry when Anna Pettersson put up Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba

By on February 22, 2017

The House of Bernarda Alba , Federico García Lorca’s sharp and humorous play about fascism and social control, becomes acclaimed director Anna Pettersson first set at the Culture House City Theatre. The music that ranges from classical, flamenco and hip hop is composed and processed by Gustave Lund (Gurra G in JustD). Cast: Nadia Hussein, Siri Hamari, Angelika Prick, Tove Edfeldt, Eva Rexed, Matilda Ragnerstam and Hanna Nygårds.

Premiere March 10, at Klarascenen.

In our set is Bernarda death, but even so the daughters continues to control and oppress each other. The show is about the fight for space with a strong focus on the group’s freedom and responsibility. I have replaced parts of the text with movements and allowed the ensemble portray all the different voices. My ambition is to highlight the essence of the play where the violence and poetry is central and examine how Lorca’s text gets new meaning today, says director Anna Petersson.

The House of Bernarda Alba is Federico García Lorca’s last play – completed only two months before he was murdered by Franco supporters during the Spanish Civil War. There is a sharp humorous play about fascism and social control – how a group act and react in a trapped situation where everyone shares the responsibility for regulations and documents. Five sisters live their lives as prisoners in their childhood home. Only the oldest can hope for something else – she has a dowry. The only way to freedom is through a suitor. The others will continue to play their roles and live their lives trapped. But under the surface something else going on. Director Anna Pettersson is acclaimed for her way of unearthing the painful point in the classics, through to dismantle and reconstruct.
 
Anna Pettersson is a director, actor and graduate student at Stockholm University of the Arts, and becomes the theater manager of Strindberg’s Intima Theatre on April 1 this year. In 2013 she received the Cultural Prize of DN.

The House of Bernarda Alba

Premiere March 10 at Klarascenen

 
By: Federico García Lorca
Translation: Jens Nordenhök
Director and processing: Anna Pettersson
Set Design: Jan Lundberg
Costume: Kajsa Larsson
Light: Max Mitle
Sound: Michael Breschi
Mask: Susanne von Platen
Composer: Gustave Lund

In the roles:

Nadia Hussein, Siri Hamari, Angelika Prick, Tove Edfeldt, Eva Rexed, Matilda Ragnerstam and Hanna Nygårds

 
Photographer: Saga Berlin
 
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