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"I Dream, Therefore I Exist": Centenary Commemoration Events

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Celebrating the Swedish playwright's contributions to world literature, art, history, photography, and drama, the University of Illinois presents a number of events commemorating August Strindberg's legacy and introducing his work to new audiences. A special Strindberg course, a production of the avant-garde drama A Dream Play, and numerous presentations and talks serve as a fitting tribute. Most events are open to the public. For more information, and to enroll in the course, email aws@illinois.edu.

 

Strindberg Course

A Dream Play by August Strindberg

Strindberg Talks and Related Events, Free and Open to the Public


 

Strindberg Course

The International Strindberg
SCAN/CWL464/THEA484/ENG455
Fall 2012 TuThu 2-3.30 PM
Anna Westerståhl Stenport

Swedish cultural icon August Strindberg (1849-1912) has been both praised and reviled during the last century—some have called him a demented woman-hater, others have lauded him as the father of modern drama, while a few have chosen to see him as a modern esoteric.

Regardless of label, Strindberg's impact on Western literature and art is indisputable. In this course you will explore the scope of these contributions from comparative and international perspectives. These highlight an idiosyncratic and fascinating production, evident in unique articulations of naturalist and psychological drama, painting and photography, and forays into expressionism and surrealism. Strindberg's influence on English-language drama will be emphasized; readings by Beckett, Albee, O'Neill or Sarah Kane included.

Celebrating a centenary commemoration of August Strindberg's in 2012, this course is offered in conjunction with several high-profile Strindberg events. These include an Illinois Theatre and Krannert Center for the Arts Production of A Dream Play and numerous guest lectures and workshops by international and US experts on Strindberg, art, performance, and modern drama. All readings and assignments in English. The course is open to advanced undergraduate and graduate student.

Classroom external speaker presentations:

September 18: Freddie Rokem, Tel Aviv University, on Strindberg’s conception of Theatrical Space.

October 2: Chip Sheffield, Rochester Institute of Technology, on Strindberg and the Visual Arts.

October 16: Kristina Hagström Ståhl, Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, on Staging Strindberg’s Miss Julie.

October 23: Elisabeth Wåghäll Nivre, Stockholm University, on Queen Christina and History.

November 1: Eszter Szalczer, University at Albany, A Dream Play reconfigured.

Pending: Max Truax, Guest Director of A Dream Play; Chad-Eric Bergman, North Park University and Akvavit Theatre, on adapting To Damascus.


A Dream Play by August Strindberg

October 25-November 4, 7.30 PM.
Illinois Theatre and the Krannert Center.
Guest Director Max Truax.
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Strindberg Talks and Related Events, Free and Open to the Public

Events co-sponsored by the Swedish Institute, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, the Department of Theatre, and the Scandinavian Program at the University of Illinois.

Strindberg Talks

October 2, 6 PM. Levis Faculty Center.
"The Melancholic Impulse of Scandinavian Modernism":
Clarence (Chip) Sheffield, History of Art, Rochester Institute of Technology.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Art History.

October 16, 6 PM. Levis Faculty Center, 3rd floor.
"Dreams and Kitchens and Visual Scores: Perspectives on Staging Strindberg Today"
Kristina Hagström Ståhl, Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, and Independent Director and Dramaturg.
Co-sponsored by the Swedish Institute, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, the U of I Scandinavian Program, and the Department of Theatre.This talk is free and open to the public.
Reception to follow.

November 1, 6 PM. Levis Faculty Center, 3rd floor.
"Dream Matters: August Strindberg's Dream Play and Constructions of Subjective Space on the Stage":
Eszter Szalczer, Department of Theatre and English. University at Albany.
Co-sponsored by the Swedish Institute, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, the U of I Scandinavian Program, and the Department of Theatre. This talk is free and open to the public.
Reception to follow.

 

Related Events

September 18, 6 PM. Lucy Ellis Lounge in FLB
‘“The Truth is Concrete”: Bertolt Brecht’s and Walter Benjamin’s Crude and Sublime Thinking":
Freddie Rokem, Theater and Performance, Tel Aviv University.
Co-sponsored by the Departments of English and Philosophy; Programs in Comparative and World Literature, the Program in Jewish Culture and Society; the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies; the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory; and the Center for Advanced Study.

September 25, 8 PM. Armory Free Theatre.
"Strindberg Café": Performance of "The Stronger" and "Mother Love"
Director Christopher Mitchell, Eastern Illinois University, and EIU theatre students.

October 22, 5:15 PM. Lucy Ellis Lounge, FLB.
“Literary and Cultural Historiography: Telling Early Modern Life Stories from a Gender Perspective”
Elisabeth Wåghäll Nivre of Stockholm University, Sweden
This lecture is open to the public; a reception will follow.

November 13, 6 PM. Location TBA
‘"Their Own Worlds of Ice": Arctic Exploration in Christoph Ransmayr and W. G. Sebal"’
Judith Ryan, Harvard University
Co-sponsored by the EU Center.