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GERMANIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES -- Dr. Kristina Hagstrom Stahl, Stockholm National School of Dramatic Arts: "Dreams and Kitchens and Visual Scores: Perspectives on Staging Strindberg Today"

SpeakerDr. Kristina Hagstrom Stahl, Stockholm National School of Dramatic Arts
Date Oct 16, 2012
Time 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm  
Location 3rd Floor, Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St., Urbana
Cost Free and open to the public.
Sponsor The Scandinavian Program in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, The Swedish Institute, Department of Theatre, and the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.
Contact Professor Anna Stenport
Event type Lecture
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Abstract--Taking August Strindberg's famous author's note to A Dream Play as her point of departure, Kristina Hagstrom-Stahl, theatre director and visiting professor at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, reflects on the challenges and creative possibilities involved in staging Strindberg's work today. Tracing Strindberg's modernist aesthetic backward from the expressionist "A Dream Play" to the naturalist "Miss Julie," she discusses her own current production of "Miss Julie" at Scenkonst Sormland, a regional theatre in Sweden. In this production, the main creative challenge was to incorporate a critical gender perspective without deconstructing or changing the plot, characters or dialogue of the play. Hagstrom-Stahl decided to make use of visual technology, a musical score, and a range of acting techniques, to create a version of "Miss Julie" that would remain faithful to Strindberg and the social and aestetic movements of his period, while simultaneously offering new ways of seeing the central conflict of the play. In this lecture, she explains her choices and illustrates her argument with video excerpts from the production.

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