Trinidad and Tobago 

Miss Julie a promising start for new production company

By Shivanee Ramlochan
Digital Guardian, Thursday, December 28, 2014

The thwarted ambitions and frustrated sexual scope of a woman’s desire were at the centre of Fab Productions’ presentation of Miss Julie: A Lust Story, staged at the Cipriani College’s CLR James Auditorium on December 21. Men have been writing about, and policing, female expressions of autonomy or their deficit since before 1888, when Swedish playwright August Strindberg composed the one act, naturalistic drama. Produced by Farrukh A Barlas, the play was adapted for the Trinidadian stage and directed by Errol Sitahal and Aryanna Mohamad. On Christmas Eve, while peasants drunkenly revel in the streets outside, Jean (Vedesh Nath), a driver of humble origins but with the aspirations of an arriviste, conducts a dangerous flirtation with Miss Julie (Rebecca Foster), the daughter of his master, and the lady of the grand house. While his fiancée, the house cook Christine (Tishanna Williams), sleeps, Jean and Miss Julie’s flirtations escalate past the point of no return, and they must decide whether to flee or confront the class cataclysm they have wrought into being. 

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.tt/arts/2014-12-28/miss-julie-promising-start-new-production-company 


Trinidad and Tobago 

Miss Julie—Theatre with a difference

By Wesley Gibbings
Digital Guardian, Thursday, December 27, 2014

Veteran dramatist, Errol Sitahal and young, promising theatre director Aryanna Mohamad took a shot at August Strindberg’s 19th century Swedish drama, Miss Julie, with a youthful cast a week before Christmas on a Cipriani College stage. It was the significantly absent theatre-goers’ loss. The business risk had always been high, the theatrical risk even more challenging. Here is a play set in the context of post-manorial/feudal Europe focusing on a covert relationship between the daughter of a powerful and wealthy estate owner and a senior servant/driver. 
The relationship deepens and is eventually consummated behind the back of the male servant’s fiancée, Christine, who is played by Tishanna Williams. It is finally determined that Miss Julie’s suicide is the only way out of the forbidden relationship. The play has been described as being after the tradition of “naturalistic” theatre which strives for authenticity and resists the temptation of the magical realism and farce now well known on local stages. There is nothing supernatural, no transcendental message—simply a story of two people in love in a situation of inequality and servitude. The play has even borne a “Darwinian” tag to emphasise its theme of survival. 

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.tt/entertainment/2014-12-27/miss-julie%E2%80%94theatre-difference 



Review: Good performances can't save 'Miss Julie'

By Lindsey Bahr, AP Film Writer
Redding Record Searchlight, Dec 26, 2014

The battle of the sexes and classes rages on in director Liv Ullmann's adaptation of August Strindberg's infamous 1888 play "Miss Julie." One tempestuous Midsummer's Eve finds a vast country estate nearly abandoned, save for the eponymous baron's daughter (Jessica Chastain), John the valet (Colin Farrell), and Kathleen the cook (Samantha Morton). 
The original play, borne out of Strindberg's naturalistic phase, pits this privileged woman, entitled and depressed, against the arrogant, social-climbing valet. Miss Julie was taught by her unconventional mother that she is equal to all men, and that she should hate them. John, intelligent and well-travelled, meanwhile, imagines that he is above his station in life and aspires to escape. 

Read more: http://www.redding.com/entertainment/review-good-performances-cant-save-miss-julie 


Heidenstam skänker skönhet åt östgötarna

Av Rolf Bengtsson
Corren, 14-12-23

Ordet fritt – Correns krönikör Torbjörn Gustavsson återkommer regelbundet till sin idol August Strindberg. Senast i missnöje över utebliven hyllning av en biografi. Varje gång Gustavsson nämner Strindberg i sina krönikor angriper han Verner von Heidenstam och Övralid. 
Varför en stor författare som Strindberg behöver förminskning av en annan författare för att hyllas är svårt att förstå. Gustavssons naiva pladder, för att sänka sig till hans nivå, är normalt sätt inte värt att offra tid och tankemöda på om det inte ställde till skada för Heidenstams rykte och arvet efter honom. 

Läs mer: http://www.corren.se/asikter/ordet-fritt/heidenstam-skanker-skonhet-at-ostgotarna-7622327.aspx 



2014 Year in Review
Worst Movies of 2014: 'Tammy,' 'Amazing Spider-Man 2,' 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' and more 

 , December 23, 2014 


25. 'Miss Julie' 

Worst scene: Any scene in the servant's kitchen. And there are lots of them. Lots. 
Why it's so bad it's bad: You'd think a period piece with Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton could be something good, right? "Miss Julie" proves that wrong. Liv Ullmann's adaptation of August Strindberg's play is one big bore that is hindered by Farrell's nails-on-a-chalkboard performance. Chastain is the only one who really comes through unscathed, but you know a movie is pretty bad when you'd rather go to the dentist than sit through it again in a theater. 
- Gregory Ellwood 

Link: http://www.hitfix.com/galleries/worst-movies-of-2014-tammy-amazing-spider-man-3-exodus-gods-and-kings-and-more 



La señorita Julia (2014), de Liv Ullman 

Por Miguel Martín Maestro.
Culturamas, 23 diciembre 2014

Hay cine que nace muerto, como la imagen de Ofelia en el cuadro de John  Everett Millais, hay cine que pretende engañar con el espejo de la estética y la recreación de ambientes perdidos en la memoria y olvida la emoción y el sentimiento, hay cine que piensa que la banda sonora consiste en introducir bellas piezas de música clásica aunque no sean contemporáneas de la acción, y lo peor, hay cine que piensa que cualquier actor sirve para interpretar cualquier papel. 
La señorita Julia es una película desequilibrada, cuyo segmento inicial es sostenido por una convincente interpretación de Jessica Chastain, pero que en su segunda parte termina contagiada por la inane y absolutamente perdida presencia de alguien muy limitado para personajes de fondo dramático como Colin Farell, absolutamente impostado, un fantoche vestido de librea de nombre John que no alcanza a comprender el significado de la lucha de clases interna que circula por la obra de Strindberg, ni el apabullante drama sexual de insatisfacción que asola a la señorita Julia, su mala interpretación termina contagiando a su pareja cinematográfica. 

Leer más: http://www.culturamas.es/blog/2014/12/23/la-senorita-julia-2014-de-liv-ullman/ 


Trinidad and Tobago 

Tag Archives: Errol Sitahal    
REVIEW: “Miss Julie”- A Slow, Awkward but Much Anticipated Intro to FAB Productions 

By Triston Wallace
BreakTheProscenium, December 20, 2014

A NEW THEATRE COMPANY!!!! YESSSSS!!! Oh, pardon me was that too loud? In case you don’t know by now I am completely obsessed with theatre, and when a new company comes on the scene my heart leaps… perhaps for no other reason than its existence value; knowing that it is there diversifying our theatre landscape enough to keep things interesting and keep actors busy. I have been awaiting the debut of Fab-Productions (named after its founder, 25 year old Farrukh Altaf Barlas) since they held auditions for Eajmah, to see what they’re all about.  Farrukh is from Pakistan so I’m very curious to what influences he may bring to our local scene. Whatever the reasons unfortunately, Eajmah did not make it to the stage,  but on 18th December 2014, at the CLR James Auditorium, the company introduced itself to the theatre going public with August Strinberg’s 1888 naturalistic play, “Miss Julie”. It is being  directed by Local Theatre Veteran, Errol Sitahal (who apparently is also known for some International  films such as Harold & Kumar goes to White Castle 2004 and  Escape from Guantanamo Bay 2008- I learned something today) and recent UTT BFA Graduate, Aryana Mohommed. 

Read more: https://breaktheproscenium.wordpress.com/tag/errol-sitahal/ 


Trinidad and Tobago 

'Miss Julie' comes to Cipriani 

By Iana Seales
Newsday, Friday, December 19 2014

August Strindberg’s classic play, Miss Julie, which explores gender power struggles and socio-economic class divisions has been adapted for local audiences by recent University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) graduates who believe the issues are relevant to Trinidadian society. 
The play opened last Wednesday at the CLR James Auditorium, Cipriani College of Labour and Co-operative Studies, Valsayn and during the lead-up to the opening, the team was heavily promoting it on social media sites. “This is an interesting play and when we first started work on it we realised how much of it is relevant to our own society...the themes about love, gender and class and others. We’ve adapted it for our own society and we are encouraging people to come see it,” said Vedesh Nath. 

Read more: http://www.newsday.co.tt/features/0,204489.html 


Trinidad and Tobago 

Miss Julie comes to town 

Digital Guardian, Thursday, December 18, 2014

One of theatre’s most performed plays comes to Trinidad for the first time. August Strindberg’s classic play Miss Julie premieres this evening, December 18, and runs until December 21 at the CLR James Auditorium, Cipriani College, Valsayn. The play is directed by local veteran, award-winning actor and director Errol Sitahal and co-directed by Aryana Mohammed. 
The play follows the relationship between Miss Julie (played by Rebecca Foster) a noble-woman and her young servant, Jean, (Vedesh Nath) on Christmas Eve night. Miss Julie has just broken off her engagement to her fiance, and is drawn to Jean’s charm. She flirts with Jean in front of his fiance, Christine (Tishanna Williams), and Jean in turn encourages Miss Julie and flirts back. 
Their relationship escalates when Jean pretends to be in love with Miss Julie, and persuades her to run away as it is the only way they can escape their dark pasts and even darker realities. But how far can they run before the darkness consumes them? 
Miss Julie has received awards globally and is recognised as one of the most powerfully and significantly written plays. 

Call Box office 719-9102 

Link: http://www.guardian.co.tt/entertainment/2014-12-18/miss-julie-comes-town 



The A to Z of Women in Film in 2014: Part 2 

By Matthew Hammett Knott
Women and Hollywood, december 18, 2014


U is for Liv Ullmann 

August Strindberg is widely acknowledged as a misogynist with a problematic attitude towards women. It surely, then, would have horrified him to see a 76-year-old woman reinterpret his classic Miss Julie, inspired by the belief that female artists need to reinterpret his work in order to expose what is troublesome about it. For everyone other than Strindberg’s ghost, it was a delight to see Ullmann return to the stage this year, subverting her reputation as Bergman’s muse by taking on the directorial role herself over no less than Jessica Chastain. 

Link: http://blogs.indiewire.com/womenandhollywood/the-a-to-z-of-women-in-film-in-2014-part-2-20141218 


Kulturkalender #18 

Expressen 18 dec 2014

♥ Vem är vem i kulturhistorien? Fram till julafton avtäcker vi 24 Hugo Raskar. ♥

♥ Lucka 18. August Strindbergs nyckelroman "Svarta fanor" är en veritabel parad av prominenta personer och radikala författare ur sekelskiftets kulturliv med nya alter egon. De skulle lätt kunna fylla återstoden av kalendern. Ellen Key blev Hanna Paj, Anne Charlotte Leffler fick heta Tilda K, författaren Gustaf Geijerstam var Zachris och konstnären Carl Larsson speglades i Nyrax. Det roligaste namnet fick en kombination av en journalist och en redaktör på DN som kallades Smartman. ♥ 

Länk: http://www.expressen.se/kultur/kulturkalender-18/ 



La señorita Julia

Por Anton Merikaetxebarria
El Correo, 17 diciembre 2014

Los aficionados al teatro apreciarán sin duda esta nueva adaptación cinematográfica de la obra homónima del genial dramaturgo sueco August Strindberg, escrita en 1888. Los amantes del cine no tanto. ¿La razón? Sencillamente, porque la cineasta noruega Liv Ullmann (en su día una de las musas del director Ingmar Bergman) se ha olvidado de actualizar la obra en términos visuales. Además, traslada la trama a Irlanda, con lo cual pierde de alguna forma el ambiente claustrofóbico nórdico propio de la obra en cuestión. Así que Ullmann se limita a filmar de manera correcta el ‘tour de force’ interpretativo de Jessica Chastain y Colin Farrell. 

Leer más: http://www.elcorreo.com/bizkaia/culturas/cine/201412/17/senorita-julia-20141217144544.html 


USA, New York (NY) 

The Best of 2014: Dance Events

By Hedy Weiss
Chicago Sun-Times, December 28, 2014

LARRY YANDO IN “DANCE OF DEATH” AT WRITERS THEATRE: Larry Yando is one of Chicago’s finest and most tireless actors with a unique ability to capture his characters’ body language. His half-deranged, hallucinatory dance of life and death in this play by August Strindberg lasted no more than a minute. But it was a masterpiece. 

Link: http://entertainment.suntimes.com/stage/best-dance-events-2014/ 



“O Sonho” volta ao Luísa Todi 

Zoom, Dezembro 16, 2014 

A peça “O Sonho”, de August Strindberg, está de volta aos palcos numa encenação do Teatro Animação de Setúbal, nos dias 27 e 28, no Fórum Municipal Luísa Todi. 
Baseada na obra homónima do escritor sueco August Strindberg, de 1901, a peça, já apresentada no final de outubro, convida o público a assistir ao desenrolar de um sonho e a fazer uma viagem profunda por um ambiente onírico, com momentos de drama, poesia e comédia. 
Com encenação de Carlos Curto, a peça do TAS, para maiores de 12 anos, que aborda temáticas atuais, como a luta operária e a arrogância do conhecimento, conta com apresentações nos dias 27, às 21h30, com uma sessão especial comemorativa do 39.º aniversário da companhia, e 28, às 16h00. 
Os bilhetes, a 5 euros, podem ser adquiridos na bilheteira online do Fórum Luísa Todi, através da páginawww.forumluisatodi.pt, ou pelo telefone 265 522 127. 
A produção conta com todo o elenco do TAS, bem como com mais dez elementos que fizeram um casting e um workshop de formação promovido pela companhia de teatro. 

Link: http://zoomonline.pt/o-sonho-volta-ao-luisa-todi/arquivo/13074 



Se trata de una adaptación de la clásica obra de August Strindberg
Los problemas de la mala educación: "La señorita Julia", una película de Liv Ullmann 

Por Ricardo Hochet
Magazine Decine21, Jueves, 20 Febrero 2014

La señorita Julia, una magnífica película que adapta la conocida obra teatral de August Strindberg, es en el fondo una película sobre la educación, o si se quiere, sobre la falta de una buena educación. Porque Julie perdió a su madre siendo una niña, y su padre no ha sabido cuidar de ella como es debido. La chica creció, pero encerrada entre las paredes de la casa señorial de su progenitor, un barón, desconoce las realidades del mundo, ella es muy vitalista, pero en realidad lo ignora todo sobre la vida, le falta un punto de necesario equilibrio para desenvolverse, y su juego caprichoso e ingenuo con John, un apuesto lacayo, va a desencandenar una serie de pulsiones que atraerán la tragedia. 
No es la primera vez que esta obra de teatro es llevada al cine, hay una estupenda versión sueca de 1951 de Alf Sjöberg, ganadora del Festival de Cannes, donde brilla en el papel protagonista Anita Björk. Y también el británico Mike Figgis abordó la obra en 1999 rodando en inglés con Saffron Burrows, su esposa en la vida real, de protagonista. 

Leer más: http://magazine.decine21.com/noticia/102706/Reportajes/Los-problemas-de-la-mala-educacion:-La-senorita-Julia-una-pelicula-de-Liv-Ullmann.html 


USA, New York (NY) 

M-34 and Cloud of Fools’ ALL THAT DIES AND RISES – Review 

Ludus NYC – Your Ultimate Theater Resource, Dec 16, 2014

All That Dies And Rises, now playing at the IATI Theater, is a collection of vignettes based on the writings of August Strindberg, Franz Kafka, Gertrude Stein, and Charles Bukowski. Seven cast members interpret these works together through physical movement, contortions, shadows, mime, and song. 
According to the director’s note printed in the front of the program, the creative team was supposed to be staging a production of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie. For whatever reason, the show “fell apart,” and the director was left with a creative team but no play. Together, they created All That Dies And Rises. While I commend the cast and creative team for making the best of a difficult situation, the resulting show is very much unfinished.' 

Read more:  http://ludusnyc.com/tag/august-strindberg/ 


USA, New York (NY) 

Erotic Play Smoke Extends Again at The Flea
Kim Davies' riff on August Strindberg's Miss Julie is directed by Tom Costello.

By David Gordon
TheaterMania, Dec 15, 2014 • New York City

The Flea Theater has announced another extension of of Kim Davies' acclaimed drama Smoke, directed by Flea resident director Tom Costello. Performances, which began in August, will now run through February 1. 
In this erotic play, Smoke, a contemporary riff on August Strindberg's Miss Julie, brings an entitled college student and a jaded wannabe artist, who have more in common than they thought, past their breaking points. The production features Stephen Stout, Madeleine Bundy, Ivan Dolido, and Adelind Horan. 
The creative team includes Andrew Diaz (set design), Beth Goldenberg (costume design), Daisy Long (lighting design), Lee Kinney (sound design), and Jesse Geguzis (fight choregraphy). 

Link: http://www.theatermania.com/new-york-city-theater/news/smoke-extension-flea-theater_71000.html 



Interview: Liv Ullmann Talks Miss Julie (Exclusive) 

By Karen Benardello
Shockya, December - 15 - 2014

Overcoming challenging adversities to fully realize and achieve your goals and find fulfillment can often become a daunting experience for many people to overcome. Academy Award-nominated actress Liv Ullmann made her triumphant return as a writer and director with the new drama, ‘Miss Julie,’ after last helming effort, the romantic drama, ‘Faithless,’ was released in 2000. ‘Miss Julie,’ which is based on August Strindberg’s 1888 play, captivatedly allowed Ullmann to fully infuse her adaptation with her relatable views about the ever-changing dynamics between classes in society in the independent film that was filmed entirely in 28 days. The drama also grippingly chronicles how both men and women can uninhibtedly capture their personal longing for intimacy, even if their different places in society discourages a personal relationship between them. 
‘Miss Julie’ depicts a fierce battle between a man and a woman, and their struggle for power and dominance enacted through a cruel and compulsive game of seduction and repulsion. Set on a country estate in Ireland in 1880s, their seduction unfolds over the course of one midsummer night, in an atmosphere of wild revelry and loosened social constraints. Miss Julie (Jessica Chastain) and John (Colin Farrell), her father’s valet, dance and drink as they charm and manipulate each other. While she is longing for abasement and he is polished but coarse, they’re both united in mutual loathing and attraction. 

Read more: http://www.shockya.com/news/2014/12/15/interview-liv-ullmann-talks-miss-julie-exclusive/ 



Aos 75 anos, Liv Ullmann se sente como se tivesse apenas 20 

EFEEFE, Yahoo noticías, 14 de dez de 2014

Toronto (Canadá), 14 dez (EFE).- Aos 75 anos de idade, a diretora e atriz norueguesa Liv Ullmann confessa que se sentir como se tivesse 20 anos e que continua obsessiva com o isolamento e a falta de comunicação entre os indivíduos, o que explorou em seu último filme, "Miss Julie". 
Elaapresentou em setembro "Miss Julie" durante o Festival Internacional de Cinema (TIFF) da cidade canadense. Toronto tem um significado especial para a artista, que durante anos foi a musa do diretor sueco Ingmar Bergman. 
"Toronto me está tratando de modo fenomenal", disse Ullmann à Agência Efe durante um encontro pela estreia de "Miss Julie", sobre a obra homônima de August Strindberg e protagonizada por Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell e Samantha Morton. 
Ela Ullmann explicou por que Toronto é um lugar especial para ela. 

Saber mais: https://br.noticias.yahoo.com/jogo-esmeraldas-liz-taylor-%C3%A9-arrematado-us-24-025806706.html 



A sus 75 años, Liv Ullmann reconoce que se siente como si solo tuviera 20

Última Hora, 14 de diciembre de 2014

A sus 75 años de edad, la directora y actriz noruega Liv Ullmann confiesa que se siente como si tuviese 20 años y que sigue obsesionada con el aislamiento y la falta de comunicación entre los individuos, algo que explora en su última película, "Miss Julie". 

Ullmann ha tardado el mismo tiempo en dirigir un largometraje, 14 años desde su anterior película, que en regresar a Toronto, donde presentó en septiembre "Miss Julie" durante el Festival Internacional de Cine (TIFF) de la ciudad canadiense. 
La realizadora reconoce que, pese a su edad, se siente joven: "Puede que tenga 75 años pero en mi interior tengo 20 años". 
Toronto tiene un significado especial para la artista, que durante años fue la musa del director sueco Ingmar Bergman. 
"Toronto me está tratando fenomenal", dijo Ullmann a preguntas de Efe durante un encuentro con medios de comunicación con motivo del estreno de "Miss Julie", sobre la obra homónima de August Strindberg y protagonizada por Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell y Samantha Morton. 

Leer más: http://www.ultimahora.com/a-sus-75-anos-liv-ullmann-reconoce-que-se-siente-como-si-solo-tuviera-20-n856061.html 



La señorita Julia, según Liv Ullman: una mirada muy personal 

Por Horacio Otheguy Riveira
Culturamas, 13 diciembre 2014

Una versión cinematográfica espléndida del primer gran drama social de la historia del teatro. Un drama entre ama y criado, atravesado por una pasión sexual que aprovecha la licenciosa Noche de San Juan para jugar a un juego de placeres encendidos que en realidad no desean. 
Es afuera, en el mundo de los campesinos y los criados donde estalla la alegría del amor y su libertinaje preferido. Pero en la película no se les ve, sólo se les escucha. En la película solamente deambulan los cuerpos y las palabras heridos de muerte de dos personajes de enorme interés, interpretados maravillosamente por Jessica Chastain y Colin Farrell, bajo la dolorosa mirada de Samantha Morton. 

Leer más: http://www.culturamas.es/blog/2014/12/13/la-senorita-julia-segun-liv-ullman-una-mirada-muy-personal/ 



Per als amants del teatre filmat 

Por Carlos Boyero
El País, 12 DIC 2014

Associem Liv Ullman, aquesta senyora rossa, guapa (encara que gens sensual per al meu gust), transparentment nòrdica, amb els turments interiors i les boires metafísiques, psicològiques o carnals del cinema d'Ingmar Bergman. Va protagonitzar nou de les seves pel·lícules i també va tenir una filla amb ell. Era una actriu poderosa, amb una capacitat notable per expressar el patiment. Tenir molt viu el seu record o que et resulti difuminat o pesarós està en funció de les sensacions que et provoqués el cinema de Bergman. És difícil que la generació actual tingui accés a la seva venerada obra, ja que les seves pel·lícules no es reposen als cinemes i a les televisions els deu semblar un acudit surrealista exhibir l'univers de l'etern torturat, ni tan sols en invisibles horaris de matinada. M'imagino que el seu culte només es pot alimentar a les filmoteques, en DVD o a través d'aquesta cosa presumptament màgica anomenada Internet, on, pel que sembla, es troba de tot, de forma legal o exercint de bucaners. 

Leer más: http://cat.elpais.com/cat/2014/12/11/videos/1418302990_169470.html 



Crítica de «La señorita Julia» (**): Colin Farrell desentraña a Strindberg 
Bien podría tratarse del boceto de un modo de lo femenino moribundo y de un modelo de lo masculino naciente

Por Oti Rodríguez Marchante
ABC, HoyCinema, 12/12/2014

En «Infiel», su anterior película como directora, Liv Ullmann le arrojaba a su historia hasta el último gramo del enorme peso de Bergman en un alarde de fidelidad más allá de lo físico; ahora, con Strindberg se contenta, y no es poco, con serle fiel a su texto aunque lo coloque en Irlanda (y le adjudique un sorprendente blancor nórdico a la Noche de San Juan). Esa colisión de clases, de principios y de sexos en una cocina de casa noble a finales del XIX no encuentra otra interpretación por parte de Liv Ullmann que la notable interpretación de sus actores, que recorren de puntillas y a trancos pasionales el texto teatral y manosean los pormenores de ese mundo macho y de dominación social que el último siglo y pico se ha dedicado a desbaratar, o a simular que lo desbarataba. 

Leer más: http://hoycinema.abc.es/critica/20141212/abci-senorita-julia-opiniones-201412112101.html 



Swedish Auction House Sells Work to Online Bidder For $1.9 M. 

By Dan Duray
ArtNews, 12/12/14

The Financial Times reports that the Swedish auction house Bukowskis has sold a work by August Strindberg from 1894 to an online bidder for SKr14.3m, or $1.9 million. Though the opacity of these things can be tricky, that would seem to make it the highest-ever online auction total (even if the auction itself wasn’t online), surpassing a Richard Serra that sold in May for $905,000 at a Christie’s online-only sale. 
From the FT: 
The Swedish auction house Bukowskis is celebrating the sale of a previously unknown painting by August Strindberg, a turbulent seascape dating from 1894. “Storm Landscape” had been in the same family since the playwright gave it to his friend, the Danish poet Sophus Claussen, in that year. It was created when Strindberg was suffering from writer’s block, a period known as his “Inferno crisis”. 
Conservatively estimated at SKr5m (about $660,000), the work was chased by three bidders to SKr14.3m ($1.9m) and went to an online bidder — the highest price ever paid for an internet art purchase in the country. This isn’t, however, a record for Strindberg: that was set in 2007, when Sotheby’s sold another seascape for just over $4 million. 

Link: https://www.artnews.com/2014/12/12/swedish-auction-house-sells-work-to-online-bidder-for-1-9-m/ 



'La soledad es el mayor dolor'
Liv Ullmann, que estrena 'La señorita Julia', habla del oficio de dirigir actores bajo la larga sombra de su amante y amigo Ingmar Bergman

Luis Martiínez, Toronto
El Mundo: 11/12/2014

"Los hombres, al contrario de las mujeres, no ceden nunca. Quizá ésta sea la principal diferencia entre un director y una directora. Las mujeres estamos acostumbradas a pactar, a ceder, a intercambiar cosas...", dice Liv Ullmann justo después de negarse a reconocer diferencia alguna entre su manera de dirigir y la de los muchos directores que ha conocido. Y ha sufrido. 
-¿Se refiere a Ingmar Bergman, por ejemplo? 
-No necesariamente [se ríe]. 
-¿No le molesta que haga lo que haga, siempre alguien le mencione el nombre de Bergman? 
-En absoluto. Soy consciente de lo que él significó tanto en mi vida como en mi carrera. Pero, de la misma manera, sé que yo influí en él de forma determinante. Nos entendíamos incluso antes de que ninguno de los dos llegara a pronunciar una palabra. Es un halago, además de un placer, insistir en él. 

Leer más: http://www.elmundo.es/cultura/2014/12/11/54889668ca474152198b4571.html 


USA, New York (NY) 

​Liv Ullmann talks directing "Miss Julie"

By David Morgan
CBS NewsDecember 11, 2014

NEW YORK - "She is such a lost soul," said director Liv Ullmann of the central figure in her new film, "Miss Julie." Based on August Strindberg's 1888 play (which was originally banned in Sweden for obscenity), it stars Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell as two points in a doomed love triangle -- a man and woman engaged in seductive, domineering, even savage clashes of gender and class. 
Originally set in Sweden, the play's story has been transplanted to Ireland (accommodating both an English-language cast and an environment similarly attuned to class divisions). On the occasion of a midsummer-night's revelry, a baron's daughter (Chastain) engages in a manipulative and sexual power struggle with a servant, John (Farrell). Taught by her mother never to let a man get the better of her, Miss Julie challenges and mocks John, who holds a caustic view of his superiors and dreams of raising himself up beyond polishing boots and serving drinks. 

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/liv-ullmann-talks-directing-miss-julie/ 



Liv Ullmann: “It’s still so difficult to be a woman in society” 
The Scandinavian legend talks about her new adaptation of Strindberg's troubled classic, and its incendiary star

By Andrew O'Hehir
Salon, Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014

You either switch out of normal gear and adjust to the pace, the language and the emotional intensity of Liv Ullmann’s new film version of “Miss Julie” or you don’t. This is not a movie that apologizes for itself, or tries to make nice. It’s an adaptation of an especially unforgiving psychological drama by the infamous misogynist August Strindberg, a swirling but uneasy erotic triangle involving a bored daughter of the aristocracy, her valet with dreams of grandeur and the humble housemaid the valet has promised to marry. And it was adapted and directed by the legendary Scandinavian actress, the former lover and longtime collaborator of the late Ingmar Bergman, who more than anyone else was Strindberg’s cinematic heir (minus the misogyny, or perhaps with the misogyny inverted). I’m sure there many people these days who have no idea who Ullmann is, or for that matter who Bergman was, beyond some severe caricature in black-and-white. All I can say is that they changed my life, and are still capable of changing yours. 

Read more: http://www.salon.com/2014/12/09/liv_ullmann_its_still_so_difficult_to_be_a_woman_in_society/ 



Gone For Good: The Long Lost Works Of English Literature

By Paul Anthony Jones
HuffPosts, 12/08/2014 

Sadly it's not uncommon for writers and authors to leave manuscripts unfinished at the time of their death. Charles Dickens's Mystery of Edwin Drood ends without the mystery ever being solved. The 11 surviving chapters of Jane Austen's final novel Sanditon suggest that, had she lived to finish it, it might have become her greatest work. And Mark Twain famously attempted numerous versions of his Mysterious Stranger in the late 1890s and early 1900s, but completed none of them before his death in 1910. But in some cases, a frustrating and tantalizing gap can appear in an author's back catalog when an existing work is lost or destroyed, either intentionally or accidentally, leaving us with little more than fragments or descriptions of its content. From ancient to modern, covering almost three millennia, the stories behind 10 of literature's most intriguing long-lost works are explored here. 

The Bleeding Hand, August Strindberg 
Although his entire creative output included everything from novels and essays to photographs and even paintings, it's as the writer of some of the theater's most powerful and challenging plays, like Miss Julie and The Ghost Sonata, that Sweden's August Strindberg is most widely celebrated. He was also responsible for popularising the so-called "chamber play" (a relatively short work for a small cast and requiring limited scenery) in the early 1900s, and wrote four in his lifetime -- but it could so easily have been five. In a letter to his friend and translator Emil Schering in April 1907, Strindberg wrote that, "Opus IV of the Chamber Plays is in progress," but admitted that, "it is more dreadful than the other... it pursues me." Sadly, in a second letter the very next day, Strindberg confessed to Schering that he had "burned Opus IV, or 'The Bleeding Hand,'" calling its destruction, "a self defense." 

Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-anthony-jones/long-lost-works_b_6271482.html 


La señorita Julia
Liv Ullmann, directora de 'La señorita Julia': "Me bastó reunirme una vez con Jessica Chastain"


El curriculum de Liv Ullmann brilla con luz propia. La que fuera esposa y musa del legendario Ingmar Bergman se ha hecho un hueco en el Séptimo Arte tanto delante de las cámaras -ha sido nominada a los Oscar en dos ocasiones-, como detrás de ellas. La noruega vuelve a las salas de cine con 'La señorita Julia', un drama protagonizado por Jessica Chastain. 
En esta entrevista con la directora y guionista de esta adaptación de la obra teatral escrita por August Strindberg nos ofrece más detalles sobre la película y su rodaje en Irlanda. También explica cómo llegaron al proyecto sus protagonistas. 'La señorita Julia' cuenta con un reparto encabezado por Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell y Samantha Morton, y se estrena en cines el 12 de diciembre. 

Leer más: http://www.ecartelera.com/noticias/20529/entrevista-liv-ullmann-directora-la-senorita-julia-jessica-chastain/ 



'Miss Julie' Director Liv Ullmann on Adapting a Misogynistic 19th-Century Play for 21st-Century Sensibilities 

By Melissa Silverstein
Women and Hollywood, december 8, 2014

After making her film debut as a teenager and gaining international fame by starring in ten of Ingmar Bergman's movies (including Persona and Scenes from a Marriage), Liv Ullmann directed her first film, Sofie, more than two decades ago. Since then, she's made four other films and been nominated for the Cannes Film Festival's highest prize, the Palme d'Or, as a filmmaker. Her latest film, Miss Julie, stars Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, and Samantha Morton, with Chastain playing an Irish noblewoman who seduces her father's valet (Farrell), who is already engaged to another servant (Morton). Miss Julie explores issues of systemic oppression -- gender and class -- and how they shape individuals' personalities and possibilities. 
Women and Hollywood spoke with Ullmann about her new film's more-relevant-than-ever class issues, the sexism she's encountered as an actress-turned-director, and adding feminism to a 19th-century play that begins with a screed against women. 
Women & Hollywood: Miss Julie is a tough play; it’s got a lot of issues related to women and class. Why did you pick Miss Julie? 

Read more: http://blogs.indiewire.com/womenandhollywood/miss-julie-director-liv-ullmann-on-adapting-a-misogynistic-19th-century-play-for-21st-century-sensibilities-20141208 



Interview: Liv Ullmann Talks Making 'Miss Julie,' Gives Advice To Female Directors, And Much More

By Nikola Grozdanovic
The Playlist december 5, 2014

It's that familiar time when everyone scrambles to see as many of the past year’s films as possible to get ready for year-end lists, and get in on the award prediction games. Meanwhile, small films end up paying a big price due to lack of exposure. One such film is “Miss Julie,” opening in limited release today. It’s a film starring Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell in the lead roles, directed by the esteemed Liv Ullmann, and adapting a classic play by August Strindberg, so it seems to tick off all the right boxes. When it premiered at TIFF earlier this fall, we fell in love with it for its passion, gorgeous look, and most especially because of the performances from the cast. 
For those unfamiliar with the story, it's a chamber piece set on a single location, a Count's castle, relating events that transpire over a single night. The count's daughter, Miss Julie (Chastain), has grown up in this castle, isolated from society due to her precious aristocratic position, but on this particular Midsummer's night, she decides to mingle with her servants. She spends the night clashing in a classic battle of power, sex, gender, and class, with her father's valet Jean (Farrell) and the maid, Cathleen (Samantha Morton). It's a timeless play that has been adapted for the screen and stage many times, but never in such a painstakingly raw manner as it by Ullmann. 

Read more: http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/interview-liv-ullman-talks-making-miss-julie-gives-advice-for-female-directors-and-much-more-20141205 


USA, Washington DC 

‘Miss Julie’ movie review: A power struggle with Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell 

By Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post, December 4, 2014

“Miss Julie” is a master class in acting . . . for the stage. As a movie, however, writer-director Liv Ullmann’s meticulous adaptation of August Strindberg’s 1888 play about class and power feels overwrought and histrionic. It’s a performance big enough for the balcony seats, squeezed into a boutique cinema. 
Don’t get me wrong. There’s not a thing to chide about the emotional precision with which Jessica Chastain delivers Julie, the troubled daughter of an aristocrat who flirts with, and then seduces, her father’s manservant, John (Colin Farrell). Chastain’s performance, which ranges from tipsy coquettishness to suicidal distraction, is clear and convincing. 
But the character isn’t so much out of place as out of proportion to the room. Histrionics that would work on stage — not just work, but wow an audience — here come across as ostentatious. 

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/movies/miss-julie-movie-review-a-power-struggle-with-jessica-chastain-and-colin-farrell/2014/12/03/c520afae-74de-11e4-bd1b-03009bd3e984_story.html 


USA, Boston (MA)

Movie review
Liv Ullman adapts Strindberg in ‘Miss Julie’ 

By Ty Burr
Boston Globe, December 04, 2014

Did August Strindberg hate women? Liv Ullmann thinks so — the legendary actress, now 75, said as much in interviews at this year’s Toronto film festival — and so she has translated, adapted, and directed a film version of “Miss Julie” to reclaim the title character from her own creator. It’s a gutsy move. If only it were a stronger movie. 
Strindberg’s play first appeared in 1888 and shocked audiences with its depiction of a doomed midsummer night’s fling between the aristocratic Miss Julie and her father’s valet, Jean. It’s a two-act class war, gender war, and raging psychodrama, and, for an actress, it offers one of the great roles in theater. Miss Julie is by turns impassioned and imperious, dominant and delusional — a cruel one-percenter and a needy wretch. Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine” is just one of her descendants. 
In Ullmann’s “Miss Julie,” the role is taken by Jessica Chastain, who is ubiquitous in movies these days and possibly spreading herself a little thin. (The actress took the part after the director’s first choice, Michelle Williams, became unavailable.) Colin Farrell plays the valet — named John in this English-language version — and his crisp black Irish looks contrast eerily with Chastain’s milky skin and strawberry hair. The subtitle to this “Miss Julie” could be “The Red and the Black.” 

Read more: http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/movies/2014/12/04/liv-ullman-adapts-strindberg-miss-julie/m4DxiyRS53w5HBeJ1bKG8M/story.html?p1=Article_InThisSection_Bottom 


USA, Los Angeles (CA) 

In 'Miss Julie,' Liv Ullmann is too faithful to Strindberg play 

By Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
 , December 4, 2014 

The comely mistress of the manor is hot and bothered, the homely cook is cool and collected, and the dashing valet is desired by both. In "Miss Julie," an Irish period piece of class divides, sexual politics and power games, things will end badly, one suspects, though the denouement still shocks. 
Director Liv Ullmann — whose best work behind the camera remains 2000's "Faithless," written by the late great Ingmar Bergman — begins with a potent troika of stars in Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton. These are always exciting actors to watch, well equipped to handle the intensity and intimacy of August Strindberg's passion play, which Ullmann adapts all too faithfully. 
Set in the 1880s, Victorian-era morality and propriety are quickly discarded, along with caution and clothes, as one long, hot summer night is overtaken by sweltering libidos. If only "Miss Julie" could have shed the strictures of the stage as easily. 
It is a tortured triangle from the outset. A winsome Julie (Chastain) taunts and tempts John (Farrell), her father's handsome serving man. By all measures of the time, she is the one in control. Yet the valet is as aware of his sensual appeal as he is of his station, which makes him dangerous. Though he's pledged to marry the proper cook Kathleen (Morton), he's torn by his complicated longing for the baron's daughter. 

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-miss-julie-review-20141205-column.html 


USA, Washington DC 

Popcorn & Candy: Strindberg and Helium Edition
Popcorn & Candy is DCist's selective and subjective guide to some of the most interesting movies playing around town in the coming week.

Colin Farrell and Jessica Chastain (Wrekin Hill)

dc-ist, 2014-12-04

Director Liv Ullman reportedly channels former mentor Ingmar Bergman in her adaptation of August Strindberg's play about an aristocrat's daughter (Jessica Chastain) who encourages her father's valet (Colin Farrell) to seduce her. The buzz is mixed. Indiewire raves that the film "exists in a special cinematic category; it’s toxic, it’s hypnotic, and passionately translates Strindberg’s genius instinct for enlightening the multi-layered psychological spectrums of human desire for lust and power." The Village Voice has a more measured response, writing that "There's just enough bite in Chastain's arrogant, tempestuous Julie to save the film from being an arcane dramatic exercise with great art direction." 

Opens tomorrow at Landmark Bethesda Row 

Link: http://dcist.com/2014/12/popcorn_candy_valet_in_a_spray_edit.php 


Liv Ullman Takes on Strindberg's Class-Focused Drama in 'Miss Julie' 

By Renée Scolaro Mora
PopMatters, 4 December 2014

Unlike the 1888 play on which it is based, the opening moments of Liv Ullman’s Miss Julie insists on contextualizing its title character right from the start. Years before the film’s main action, a rich little girl (Nora McMenamy) reads aloud to herself about “a glorious doll, so fair and delicate, she did not seem created for the sorrows of this world.” The child wanders through her massive, empty country estate in Northern Ireland, bored, lonely, and sad, yearning for her dead mother. She climbs out a window and runs for the woods, laughing but still alone, she finds a glorious doll wedged high in a tree. She smiles up at the doll, weather-beaten and dingy. 
And so we know: Miss Julie feels abandoned by her mother’s death and her father’s apparent absence. She’s at least a little wild, uncomfortable with her privileged place in life. It’s a lot of information for the first two minutes of a film, but effective, even if it’s not particularly subtle. We feel sympathy for Miss Julie and we’re primed to make excuses for her, however she turns out. 

Read more: http://www.popmatters.com/review/188851-miss-julie-liv-ullman-takes-on-strindbergs-drama/ 


България /Bulgaria 

University of Sofia

Premiere of the book "August Strindberg and XXI century"

On December 10, 2014 the University Library hosted the premiere of the book “August Strindberg and XXI century”, published by the Department of German and Scandinavian Studies to the Faculty of Classical and Modern Philology with the financial support of the Swedish Institute, Stockholm. 
The present collection contains reports from a Bulgarian-Swedish seminar with the participation of scientists, teachers and students from both countries, held at Sofia University in March 2012, on the occasion of the centenary of the death of the great Swedish writer, a classic of the world literature and playwright August Strindberg (1849-1912). The publication aims to contribute to the broadening and deepening of the understanding of the personality and the diverse activities of Strindberg in different fields of art and culture, as well as many aspects of the reception of his works in Bulgaria. This gives the premiere book properties that make it useful and interesting not only for the academic communities in Bulgaria, Sweden and in other countries, but also for the wide range of readers and lovers of the works of Strindberg.   
H. E. Ms. Helena Pilsas Ahlin, Ambassador of Sweden in Bulgaria, was official guest of the event and gave a welcome speech to the participants of the event (download speech).   
The book “August Strindberg and XXI century” was presented by Prof. Dr. Vera Gancheva, who made a review of the activities of the Programme in Scandinavian Studies on the study and reception of August Strindberg in Bulgaria and the organized scientific forums in this regard. She stressed the rich thematic content of the publication and its practical value for Bulgarian readers and theatre research in Bulgaria. 

Link: http://www.libsu.uni-sofia.bg/news.php?extend.108 

See also: http://www.swedenabroad.com/Pages/StandardPage.aspx?id=83820&epslanguage=en-GB 


Canada, Toronto 

Review: The Stronger Variations 
Strong show

by Jordan Bimm
Now, December 3, 2014

THE STRONGER VARIATIONS adapted by the company, directed by Allyson McMackon (Rusticle). At Buddies In Bad Times (12 Alexander). To December 7. $27-$37, Sun pwyc. 416-975-8555. See Continuing. Rating: NNNN 

Allyson McMackon's intriguing adaptation and expansion of August Strindberg's 10-minute experimental monologue keeps getting stronger with each iteration. Initially a hit at the 2005 Fringe, the show was rejigged and revived in 2006 and again last year by McMackon's students at York University. This new production has grown yet again, adding two new faces (Chala Hunter and Andrya Duff) to the original cast (Liza Balkan, Viv Moore and Lucy Rupert). 
The show reinterprets and extends Strindberg's 1889 original, a short chance encounter between a woman and her husband's mistress in a café on Christmas eve. The dialogue is completely one-sided, the wife delivering an epic guilt trip to the mistress, who remains silent throughout. But instead of a quick once-through, McMackon provides a series of creative repetitions - the titular "variations" - stitched together with transitions featuring Rusticle's signature physical theatre group movements. The dreamlike result more resembles Samuel Beckett's recursive take on infidelity, Play - tortured souls condemned to relive fallout from an affair - than anything classically Strindberg. 

Read more: https://nowtoronto.com/stage/theatre/review-the-stronger-variations/ 



Liv Ullmann: Ingmar Bergman Had "€œGreater Sins Than Being Unfaithful"€ 

By Jeremy Gerard
Deadline, December 3, 2014

Updated Wednesday morning, with a few knots untangled, below. 
August Strindberg and Ingmar Bergman both came in for some bruising comments Tuesday night courtesy of Liv Ullmann, the actress-turned-writer and director with intimate knowledge of both artists’ genius and foibles. 
“Being Scandinavian, of course, Strindberg has always been familiar to me,” she told an audience gathered at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, where she was interviewed in advance of the Friday opening of her own adaptation of Miss Julie. 

Read more: https://deadline.com/2014/12/liv-ullmann-miss-julie-jessica-chastain-1201306897/ 


Kulturkalender #3 

Expressen 03 dec 2014

♥ Vem är vem i kulturhistorien? Fram till julafton avtäcker vi 24 Hugo Raskar. ♥

♥ "Detta är en förfärlig bok." Så inleder August Strindberg "En dåres försvarstal". Och förfärlig är den. Ty det är svårt att hitta en roligare skildring av ett äktenskaps (och därtill en med tilltagande vansinne belagd författares) uppgång och fall. 
Romanen, där författaren Axel gör sig olycklig genom att äkta den patologiskt opålitliga tribaden Maria, skrevs på franska, censurerades på tyska och gavs (officiellt) ut på svenska först 1914 - två år efter Strindbergs död. 
Verklighetens Maria, Siri von Essen, lär ha haft lite tid att slåss mot skvallret - Strindberg höll henne sysselsatt med idoga försök att solka hennes namn samt att ta deras gemensamma barn ifrån henne. En strid hon för övrigt vann. ♥ 

Länk: http://www.expressen.se/kultur/kulturkalendern--3/ 


Strindberg-målning såld för 11,7 miljoner

SvD, 3 december 2014

En tidigare okänd målning av August Strindberg såldes på onsdagen på auktion av Bukowskis. Utropspriset för ”Stormlandskap”, som målningen heter, var fem miljoner kronor och den gick till slut under klubban för drygt 11,7 miljoner kronor 
Tre budgivare gjorde upp om målningen och vinnaren deltog via nätet. Enligt Bukowskis är det vinnande budet det högsta som lagts online i auktionsfirmans historia. 
”Stormlandskap” var ursprungligen en gåva från Strindberg till den danske poeten Sophus Claussen. Den 120 år gamla målningen har hela tiden funnits inom en och samma familj och hade legat undangömd sedan 1970-talet när den i höstas inkom till Bukowskis. 

Länk: http://www.svd.se/kultur/strindbergmalning-slog-rekord-pa-bukowski_4160577.svd 



Nora Helmer y la señorita Julia, las dos caras de la rebelión femenina 
Teatro y cine actualizan a dos heroínas escénicas de la rebelión de la mujer. La cartelera teatral acoge dos versiones de Casa de muñecas y Liv Ullman traslada al cine La señorita Julia

Por Begoña Donat
Valencia Plaza, 03/12/2014

VALENCIA. El último cuarto del siglo XIX asomaron a la escena internacional dos modelos de emancipación femenina, los de Nora Helmer y la señorita Julia. Ambos personajes se rebelan contra el entorno social que las oprime, la primera vía portazo en Casa de muñecas, y la segunda con su autodestrucción en la obra que lleva su nombre. Sus autores respectivos, Henrik Ibsen y August Strindberg, dieron un vuelco a las artes escónicas decimonónicas cuyos ecos resuenan en nuestros días. El noruego con su envite por el realismo, precursor del teatro simbólico; el sueco, por su invención del naturalismo, antecedente del teatro de la crueldad y del teatro del absurdo. 
"Ibsen estaba cuerdo, era progresista, racional y formal. Strindberg era neurótico, reaccionario, religioso y fragmentado. Los dos eran necesariamente opuestos, pero juntos sentaron las bases para el drama moderno", explicaba el crítico de teatro de The Guardian Michael Billington en su artículo de 2013 The troll in the drawing room. 

Leer más: http://www.valenciaplaza.com/ver/144732/nora-helmer-senorita-julia-rebelion-femenina.html 



Miss Julie Movie Review 

By Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer
Shockya.com, December - 2 - 2014 0 Comment

Miss Julie 
Wrekin Hill Entertainment 
Director: Liv Ullman 
Screenwriter: Liv Ullman 
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton 
Release Date: December 5, 2014 

Miss Julie has it all: status, family wealth, nobility, country estate, a valet and a cook. Yet, during one midsummer night in the late 1800s, on a country estate in Ireland, her world comes crashing down after making the wrong moveâ€�socializing with the help. 
Her valet, John is not your ordinary servant. He is well read, has traveled to parts of the continent and has some upwardly mobile aspirations. Lacking money, he views Miss Julie as his ticket to leaving his present employer and opening a hotel. He and the cook, Christine, have some personal relationship, which at times have a domestic familiarity of marital bliss. 
 Christine, the cook, works as a servant in the estate and takes care of Miss Julie’s and her dog’s needs. She also behaves in a subordinate ways towards John, serving his meals and preparing his cloths each day. She does not have John’s aspirations and is satisfied with her station in life: serving others while going to church on a regular basis. 

Read more: http://www.shockya.com/news/2014/12/02/miss-julie-movie-review/ 



Miss Julie Review 

By Matt Donato
We Got This Covered, December 1st, 2014 

If Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell bastardizing love for two solid hours sounds like cinematic gold, Miss Julie should impress based on its avalanche of period-perfect harlotry, seduction and Celtic-accented insults. Adapted from August Strindberg’s famed play, writer/director Liv Ullmann takes us back to 1890s Ireland to explore the feudal barriers that used to prevent true love’s connection, but if Strindberg’s story is any indication, it might have been for a good reason. 
Every time you pray Ullmann’s characters have finally come to a mutual decision, their opposing counterpart unexpectedly flies off the handle and delays an inevitable ending for what seems like an eternity. There’s more flip-flopping between Chastain and Farrell than there was between John Kerry and George Bush Jr., which becomes increasingly frustrating as Miss Julie showcases the lifespan of a horror villain who just won’t seem to die for good. 

Read more: http://wegotthiscovered.com/movies/miss-julie-review/ 



Special IFTA Events for Christmas Season 

By Deirdre Molumby
IFTN (Irish Film and Television Network), 01 Dec 2014

This December, the Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) has organised a number of events. 
The first event of the month is a First Look Screening of Irish feature â€�Miss Julie’. IFTA members will be among the first in the country to see the feature film at a screening which takes place this Tuesday in the Light House Cinema, Dublin. Written and directed by the Academy Award nominated director Liv Ullman, â€�Miss Julie’ is adapted from the acclaimed stage play by August Strindberg and stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Chastain and Samantha Morton. 

Read more: http://www.iftn.ie/rep_bodies/repbodiesnews/?act1=record&only=1&aid=73&rid=4287812&tpl=archnews&force=1 



USA, New York (NY)

David Grieg's CREDITORS to Open This Week With Phoenix Theatre Ensemble 

Broadway World, off-off-Broadway, November 30 2014

Phoenix Theatre Ensemble (PTE) announces that it will be presenting August Strindberg's searing domestic drama Creditors in the celebrated translation by Scottish playwright David Grieg (Donmar Warehouse 2008; BAM 2010) for 6 performances only on Wednesday Dec 3 @ 8:00 pm; Thursday Dec 4 @ 8:00; Friday, Dec 5 @ 8:00 pm; Saturday Dec 6 @ 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm and Sunday Dec 7 @ 3:00 pm at the Wild Project at 195 East 3rd Street (between Avenues A and B). 

Set at a seaside resort and written by Strindberg during an era when electricity, Freud, Darwinism, and hypnosis were part of turn-of-the-century "enlightenment," Gustav (Craig Smith) befriends an impressionable highly successful young artist, Adolph (Josh Tyson). Under Gustav's relentless questioning and mephitic suggestions, Adolph's fears of infidelity by his novelist wife Tekla (Elise Stone) come ragingly to the forefront. It ultimately becomes clear that the manipulative Gustav is scheming a psychological deadly plot in this fatal sexual--part carnival funhouse--triangle. 

Read more: http://www.broadwayworld.com/off-off-broadway/article/David-Griegs-CREDITORS-to-Open-This-Week-With-Phoenix-Theatre-Ensemble-20141130 



Complicar lo complicado para nada

Por Javier Paisano
Diario des villa, 30.11.2014

Magale Prods con la colaboración de Teatros del Canal, La Casa Encendida, Circo Price, Teatro Pradillo, Nave 73, El Curro DT y Festival Temporada Alta. Basada en Acreedores de August Strindberg. Versión y dirección: Claudia Faci. Intérpretes: Fernanda Orazi, Pablo Messiez, Claudia Faci y Mr. X. Iluminación: Carlos Marquerie. Sonido: Óscar Villegas. Vestuario: Soledad Seseña. Música: Óscar Villegas y Talking Heads. Dramaturgista: Jaime Conde-Salazar. Lugar: Teatro Central, Sala B. Fecha: Sábado, 29 de noviembre de 2014. Aforo: Completo. 

Al intentar acceder a nuestros asientos, un cartel pegado a la puerta de la Sala B del Teatro Central nos indica que los cigarrillos que se van a fumar en la obra no llevan tabaco. Esta señal debería haberme puesto sobre aviso de lo que iba a ocurrir momentos después en el interior. Un anuncio así, una observación de ese estilo, totalmente gratuita, nos estaba avisando que A-creedores de Claudia Faci podía, por lo menos, pecar de pedantería. Y no es que peque es que es un monumento a la misma. 

Leer más: http://www.diariodesevilla.es/article/ocio/1911509/complicar/lo/complicado/para/nada.html 


Canada, Toronto

Preview: Get Stronger 
Strindberg play gets a feminist rethink

By Jon Kaplan
Now, November 26, 2014

The reputedly misogynistic August Strindberg would be surprised at what Theatre Rusticle's Allyson McMackon has done with his short play The Stronger. 
A Christmas Eve confrontation between a wife and her husband's mistress, the script is an exchange of catty remarks and implied put-downs. In 2005, Theatre Rusticle presented its first take on the material, combining movement and text in a series of variations between the two characters. 
McMackon and her company - including Lucy Rupert, Viv Moore and Liza Balkan, who were in the original production - return to the material with new faces Andrya Duff and Chala Hunter, again examining what strength means in the context of female relationships and whether winning is what the exchange is about. 

Läs mer: https://nowtoronto.com/stage/theatre/get-stronger/ 

THE STRONGER VARIATIONS by the company, conceived and directed by Allyson McMackon, with Liza Balkan, Andrya Duff, Chala Hunter, Viv Moore and Lucy Rupert. Presented by Theatre Rusticle at Buddies in Bad Times (12 Alexander). Opens Thursday (November 27) and runs to December 7, Tuesday-Saturday 8 pm, matinee Sunday 2:30 pm. $27-$37, Sunday pwyc, some $20 rush. 416-975-8555. 


”Ågust hade inte tyckt om statyn”
Efter att SvD sökte svar på hur August Strindberg uttalade sitt namn har läsare hört av sig. Birgitta Jonsson berättar att hennes och författarens gemensamma släkting alltid sade ”Ågust”.

Av Martin Mederyd Hårdh
SvD, 25 november 2014

Birgitta Jonsson hörde av sig till SvD för att delge sina långväga uppgifter om hur Strindberg ville ha det. Hennes släkting Ada Svanberg, avliden sedan 1945, berättade ofta för henne om hur hon lekte med August Strindberg när de var små, säger hon: 
– De var kusiner, eller hade gemensamma kusiner, och Strindberg var hos dem på somrarna. I ”Tjänstekvinnans son” bor han hos släktingar på somrarna, till exempel. 
Det var under promenader i Tegnérlunden som Svanberg påmindes om barnaleken med Strindberg, säger Jonsson. Där står Carl Eldhs staty av författaren, med en atletisk kroppshydda. 
– Den hade inte ”Ågust” gillat, sade hon alltid. Han som inte vågade klä av sig inför de andra barnen när de skulle lägga sig, utan gjorde det i en garderob. Hon sade ”Ågust” och jag har därför tagit det som att familjen kallade honom för det när han var liten. 

Länk: http://www.svd.se/kultur/10-kulturnyheter-tisdag-25-11_4133435.svd?sidan=1 


"August” eller ”Ågust”? 
Allt sedan Ingmar Bergman sade sig ha mött en förbannad August Strindberg i en dröm har diskussionen rasat: Hur ska man uttala författarens namn?
När Augustpriset ska delas ut vaknar diftongdebatten till liv.

Av Martin Mederyd Hårdh 
SvD, 24 november 2014 

Delade meningar efter Bergmans dröm 
Det var i en intervju med SVT 2003 som regissören Ingmar Bergman berättade om en dröm han haft. I den tog han och August Strindberg en promenad på Karlavägen och då ska författaren ha varit tydlig. Om någon uttalar hans förnamn med diftong – som ”augusti” – blir han förbannad. 
Med det i åtanke rättade Bergman bestämt SVT:s journalist: ”Ågust”. Och diskussionen var i gång. 
– Vill man vara personlig, och som Bergman respektera Strindbergs vilja, så kallar man honom ”Ågust”, säger Anita Persson, som föreläser och anordnar stadsvandringar i Strindbergs fotspår. 
Hon menar att det framgår i brev och berättelser från författarens omgivning att han vill uttalas med ”å”. Hon följer sitt eget råd:
– Man får ta egen ställning, men jag har umgåtts med Strindberg så länge nu att jag kan vara lite personlig. Jag säger ”Ågust”. 
Katarina Ek-Nilsson är ordförande i Strindbergssällskapet och är inte lika övertygad. Hon säger ”August”. 

Läs mer: http://www.svd.se/kultur/august-eller-agust_4121053.svd 


USA, Toledo (OH) 

Peach weekender | Theatre
UT presents new translation of ‘Miss Julie’ 

By Sue Brickey
The Blade, 11/20/2014

A 19-century wild child comes of age in the 21st century in a new production of  Swedish playwright August Strindberg’s 1888 play Miss Julie at the University of Toledo Friday evening. 
Daniel Thobias, a University of Toledo assistant professor of theater and a native of Sweden who resided there until 1994, has given the play new life with his new translation that will premiere with this production. 
”This translation is very rich and dramatic, very rich in the development of the characters,” Cornel Gabara, UT associate professor of theater and director of Miss Julie, said in a recent interview. 

Read more: http://www.toledoblade.com/Peach-Weekender/2014/11/20/UT-presents-new-translation-of-Miss-Julie.html 


USA, Toledo (OH) 

World premiere of “Miss Julie” translation 

By Joe Heidenescher, Associate Community Editor
The Independant Collegian, University of Toledo, November 18, 2014

What is the modern role of women? How do humans compete for life? Why do people struggle to survive? These questions and others are addressed in August Strindberg’s play “Miss Julie.” 
The University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film will present the world premiere of “Miss Julie” as translated by Daniel Thobias. 
“University of Toledo Assistant Professor of Theatre, Daniel Thobias, is a native Swede, and his new translation of ‘Miss Julie’ captures the colloquial tone and poetic nature of Strindberg’s language that is so often lost in English translation,” according to a press release from Angela Riddel, promotions specialist for the College of Communication and the Arts. 

Read more: http://independentcollegian.com/2014/11/18/community/world-premiere-of-miss-julie-translation/ 



Filmrecensie: 'Miss Julie'

Dave Mestdach
Knack Focus, 19/11/2014

Deze adaptatie van het klassieke toneelstuk van August Strindberg is een intiem kamerdrama over de dochter van een aristocratische familie (Jessica Chastain) die het gezelschap opzoekt van haar butler (Colin Farrell) en zich net iets te gewillig door hem laat verleiden. 

Veertien jaar na haar Bergmanadaptatie Faithless kruipt ex-Bergmanmuze Liv Ullmann nog eens in de regiestoel, dit keer met de geest van August Strindberg als inspirator. Centraal in het gekendste toneelstuk van de Zweedse misantroop, dat hier naar Ierland wordt getransponeerd, staat de clash der seksen en klassen, geparfumeerd met een flinke scheut psychische waanzin die hier met zoveel overgave en nog meer overacting verbeeld wordt dat Ullmann in campterritorium belandt. 

Leer meer: http://focus.knack.be/entertainment/film/filmrecensie-miss-julie/article-review-512103.html 


USA, San Diego

SDSU Designers Make it Work 
SDSU's version of Project Runway, The Jury, showcases students' top-notch work.

SDSU Newscenter, Tuesday, November 18, 2014

San Diego State University master of fine arts students and theatre undergraduate students will be presenting their hard work to The Jury. 
How it works 
The event — now in its 31st year —  is a competition in which three teams of students collaborate on the production and design of a film or theatre presentation. After working together for months, the students share their work with a panel of prestigious theatre and film professionals in front of an audience of other students and members of the community. 
The Jury panelists evaluate the students’ work and provide valuable insight, support and criticism. 
All three teams begin from the same work of dramatic literature. This year, The Jury will be based on August Strindberg’s incendiary one-act Miss Julie (written in 1888), in a translation by the school’s own internationally-recognized Strindberg specialist, emerita professor Anne-Charlotte “A.C.” Harvey. 

Read more: http://newscenter.sdsu.edu/sdsu_newscenter/news.aspx?s=75275 

The SDSU community is invited to attend The Jury. 
The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21 in SDSU's Experimental Theatre. It is free and open to the public. 




Julie im Monster-Käfig
Düster und extrem: Strindberg-Premiere in Saarbrückens Alter Feuerwache


Von Cathrin Elss-Seringhaus
Saarbrücker-Zeitung, 18.11.2014

Kein Rausch, kein Reigen: Christoph Mehler zeigt „Fräulein Julie“ als Horrorfilm im anstrengenden Halbdunkel. Eine eigenwillige und unerwartete Strindberg-Annäherung, die viel Beifall bekam. Am Sonntag war Premiere in der Alten Feuerwache in Saarbrücken. 
Eine übermütige Mittsommernacht in Schweden, Partytime: Die Sonne geht wohl nie mehr unter. Doch es ist stockdunkel in Saarbrückens Alter Feuerwache. Das Kaminfeuer glimmt fahlweiß. Es macht frösteln. Die aufgeschichteten Plastik-Leuchtstäbe setzen ein abstraktes Zeichen in die Düsternis. Ein einsamer roter Seidenvorhang, ein historisches Sprechrohr, rohe, schwarze Holzwände, nacktes Mauerwerk (Bühne/Kostüme: Jochen Schmitt). Nun denn, eine krasse Anti-Illusions-Bühne für Strindbergs „naturalistisches Trauerspiel“. Der Regisseur befindet sich also auf Radikalkurs mit dem Üblichen. Das diffuse Licht wird unsere Augen bis zum Ende dieses demonstrativ schmucklosen, ausgekahlten Strindberg-Abends sehr anstrengen. Wir sind überhaupt ein wenig aufgerieben von der Monster-Show, die in der Alten Feuerwache ein unstandesgemäßer Koitus zwischen Grafentochter und Diener auslöst. Wäre das heutzutage nicht eher ein Stoff für Familien-Komödien? 

Lesen Sie mehr: http://www.saarbruecker-zeitung.de/nachrichten/kultur/Saarbruecken-Gruselfilme-und-Horrorfilme;art2822,5516730 



Review: A Dream Play 
How do you stage a dream? ARISE Theatre company resurrected August Strinberg’s little-seen surrealist vision A Dream Play at Metro Arts’ Studio from Friday 7th November to Sunday the 9th.

By Cecile Blackmore
Creative Drinks, On 17, Nov 2014

It was jarring, stumbling out of Metro Arts onto the Saturday night scenes of Edward St, past cackling processions of hens’ nights and the unwashed charm of the Vic, when you’ve just been drawn into the world of A Dream Play. 
The original play was penned in 1901 by Swedish playwright August Strindberg. He referred to it as “the child of my greatest pain,” originally penning it during a near-psychotic episode in which he believed witches were plotting to murder him. 
Emerging creative collective ARISE Theatre Company have been in intense rehearsal, in residence at Fortitude Valley’s youth space Visible Ink since April. This might seem an excessive amount of time until you consider that the ensemble of seven play a total of over forty characters between them. 

Read more: http://www.creativedrinks.com.au/review-a-dream-play/ 


USA , Austin (TX) 

The Best of the 2014 Austin Film Festival 

By Tim Basham
Paste Magazine, November 16, 2014

This year’s Austin Film Festival again showed why aspiring screenwriters are drawn to the event. Where else can you discuss screenwriting with the likes of Matthew Weiner (Mad Men), Terry George (In the Name of the Father), Bill Broyles (Apollo 13), Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot) and Bruce McKenna (Band of Brothers) just to name a few of the conference’s panelists, and all the while spend time in a town that has become a dreammaker’s dream destination. While there were several good films that premiered, here are a dozen deserving mention. 
3. Miss Julie 
In a slow-burn, dialogue-heavy adaptation of August Strindberg’s 1888 stage play, writer/director Liv Ullmann does more to portray the imminent changes between social classes (in this case, in Northern Ireland) than Downton Abbey does over several seasons. Admittedly, I was prepared to be bored after the film’s first five minutes. But by the end, I was somewhat impressed and by the week’s end I found myself thinking that I had seen something quite remarkable. 

Read more: http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2014/11/the-best-of-the-2014-austin-film-festival.html 



Im Silbersee der Gier 
Theater Strindbergs „Scheiterhaufen“ brennt im Theater unterm Dach - Der Sohn über den Vater: „Er hatte keine Freunde. Ein selbständiger Charakter kann keine Freunde haben.“

Ein Nutzerbeitrag von Jamal Tuschick 
Der Freitag 16.11.2014 

„Der Scheiterhaufen“ - August Strindberg packt die Akte in einen Salon. Ihm schwebt eine Chaiselounge mit purpurroter Plüschdecke vor. Er sieht die Palme auf der Konsole. Mutter Elise sitzt als Witwe im Fauteuil. Sie wirkt apathisch, sie könnte trauern. Sie hört Chopin, das Wetter spielt sich vor der Tür als Elend auf. In Jonathan Gruners Inszenierung im Theater unterm Dach bleibt von Strindbergs Interieur- und Regieanweisungen nur der Fauteuil. Die Alte zündet Kerzen an. Sie ist hässlich aus Verdorbenheit. 

Lesen Sie mehr: https://www.freitag.de/autoren/jamal-tuschick/im-silbersee-der-gier 



"Artista se nace, es así de arbitrario" 
Maestro de actores, junto a sus colegas Alezzo y Gandolfo, volvió a dirigir después de 15 años y hasta se animó a subir otra vez a un escenario.

Por Mercedes Méndez
Todo Show, 14/11/20

Vivió los cambios del mundo a través de la actuación. Augusto Fernandes es un ícono, en la Argentina, de un modo de hacer y entender el trabajo del actor. Se volvió un clásico, aunque en su época se hizo conocido por experimentar. En los '60 era un intérprete de tinte comercial de radio y televisión, pero enloqueció con el movimiento de teatro independiente y empezó a investigar. 
Fue artista durante el peronismo, se exilió en Alemania durante la última dictadura, vivió el auge del feminismo en Europa, estuvo en la caída del Muro de Berlín, viajó a los Estados Unidos y se formó con Lee Strasberg, creador del mítico Actors Studio. Acumuló todas las experiencias que pudo y se dedicó a transmitirlas en sus clases. Ahora, después de 15 años volvió a dirigir y actuar en el espectáculo Ojo por ojo, su propia adaptación libre de la obra Acreedores de Strindberg. Tiempo Argentino pudo entrevistarlo. 

Leer más: http://todoshow.infonews.com/2014/11/20/todoshow-173293-artista-se-nace-es-asi-de-arbitrario.php 



„Seelenporno“ mit Fräulein Julie
Der Berliner Regisseur Christoph Mehler inszeniert Strindbergs Drama in Saarbrücken

Von Silvia Buss
Saarbrücker-Zeitung, 14.11.2014

Leidenschaftlich und körperbetont geht es am Sonntag bei der Premiere von „Fräulein Julie“ zu. Der Regisseur sieht in dem Stück nicht nur eine dramatische Dreieckskiste, sondern einen ganz realen, aktuellen Klassenkampf. 
Man könnte es auf den ersten Blick für eine Dreiecksgeschichte à la Virginia Woolf halten, sagt Christoph Mehler über Johan August Strindbergs Drama „Fräulein Julie“ von 1888, das der Regisseur gerade für das Saarländische Staatstheater inszeniert. Da geht die hochherrschaftliche junge Dame kokett mit dem Hausdiener ins Bett, während dessen Verlobte bei der Küchenarbeit einschläft. Hinterher gibt's Katzenjammer. Selbst wenn sie selbstwusst glaubt, zu ihm gutwillig herabgestiegen zu sein, so gelte sie doch fortan als „gefallen“, hält Diener Jean der Julie entgegen und gleich noch das Rasiermesser für ihren Selbstmord parat. 

Lesen Sie mehr: http://www.saarbruecker-zeitung.de/nachrichten/kultur/Saarbruecken-Berlin-Jeans-Klassenkampf-Regisseure;art2822,5511979 


Teatern fyller 60 – Dödsdansen sluter cirkeln

Av Ann Jornéus
SR, P4 Halland, 13 november 2014

Halmstad teater firar 60 årsjubileum ikväll och då sluts cirkeln – i dubbel bemärkelse. Då framförs Dödsdansen, den Strindbergpjäs som också spelades på invigningskvällen i november 1954. 
Nu är det skådespelarna Görel Crona, Johannes Brost och Henrik Norman som äntrar scenen. 
Deras tolkning av Dödsdansen hade premiär i somras på Skottorps slott i Halland och därefter har de framför den på Strindbergs intima teater i Stockholm. 
– Hans ande svävade över oss, beskriver Johannes Brost känslan. 
– Det var lite läskigt att göra Dödsdansen på samma tiljor där den hade sin originaluppsättning, det känns som ett ansvar, säger Görel Crona. 

Läs mer, lyssna: https://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=128&artikel=6017485 


Canada, Toronto 

Soundstreams & Canadian Stage to Partner for North American Premiere of JULIE 

Broadway World, Toronto, November 13 

Soundstreams today announced its inaugural collaboration with Canadian Stage, as the acclaimed theatre company revealed Julie, a chamber opera by Belgian composer Philippe Boesmans, as one of the anchor productions of its globetrotting 2015/2016 season. 
Recognized internationally as one of the pre-eminent composers of his generation, this marks the first time Boesmans' work will be performed in North America. Based on the play Miss Julie by Swedish playwright August Strindberg, Julie will feature an all-Canadian cast and will be directed by Canadian Stage Artistic Director Matthew Jocelyn with music direction by Les Dala, whose most recent appearance with Soundstreams saw him conducting the company's 30th anniversary tour to China. 

Read more: http://www.broadwayworld.com/toronto/article/Soundstreams-Canadian-Stage-to-Partner-for-North-American-Premiere-of-JULIE-20141113 



Profis und Laien auf einer Bühne

Von Stefanie Braun
Volksfreund, 2014-11-13

(Trier) Die studentische Theatergruppe Kreuz & Quer führt am Dienstag, 18. November, erstmals ihr neues Stück "Ein Traumspiel" von August Strindberg im Kasino am Kornmarkt auf. Die Laientruppe wird dabei von Profitänzern des Stadttheaters unterstützt. Eine lohnende Kooperation für beide Seiten. 
Trier. "Wir könnten uns auch vor sie knien und die Arme über den Kopf heben", schlägt eine Darstellerin der Theatergruppe Kreuz & Quer vor. Mit ihren Kollegen probt sie gerade das neue Stück der Gruppe, "Ein Traumspiel", das am Dienstag, 18. November, Premiere im Kasino am Kornmarkt feiern wird. Mit der Geste soll nicht nur ein künstlerisches Statement gesetzt, sondern auch ganz praktisch kaschiert werden, wie Marc-Bernhard Gleißner seine Schauspielkollegin Fiona hochhebt. Während dieser Sequenz werden auch Tänzer des Trierer Stadttheaters auf der Bühne dabei sein. 

Lesen Sie mehr: http://www.volksfreund.de/nachrichten/region/kultur/Kultur-Profis-und-Laien-auf-einer-Buehne;art764,4053942 



Claudia Faci trae al Teatro Alhambra su visión de la obra 'Acreedores' de August Strindberg 
Una pieza que la directora ha rebautizado como A-creedores y que podremos disfrutar el 14 y el 15 de noviembre

Ideales, Granada 12 noviembre 2014

Los días 14 y 15 de noviembre, la inclasificable actriz, directora, escritora y bailarina Claudia Faci, de quien se ha llegado a decir que si viviera en Berlín formaría parte de la programación habitual de la Schaubünhe, presenta en el Teatro Alhambra su lectura de Acreedores del dramaturgo sueco Johan August Strindberg, una pieza que la directora ha rebautizado como A-creedores. 
La incansable creadora de vanguardia se atreve a explorar todo un clásico del teatro. La obra, estrenada en Copenhague en el año 1889 y calificada por el propio autor como una “tragicomedia en un acto y en prosa”, pertenece a la etapa naturalista de Strindberg, considerado como el escritor y dramaturgo sueco más importante de la historia. 

Leer más:  http://www.ideal.es/granada/culturas/201411/12/claudia-faci-trae-teatro-20141112174108.html 



Claudia Faci trae a Granada su singular versión de 'Acreedores'
El viernes y el sábado el Teatro Alhambra acoge la interpretación de la obra del sueco Strindberg

GranadaHoy, 12.11.2014

El viernes y el sábado próximo la la inclasificable actriz, directora, escritora y bailarina Claudia Faci, de quien se ha llegado a decir que si viviera en Berlín formaría parte de la programación habitual de la Schaubünhe, presenta en el Teatro Alhambra su lectura de Acreedores del dramaturgo sueco Johan August Strindberg, una pieza que la directora ha rebautizado como A-creedores. 
La incansable creadora de vanguardia se atreve a explorar todo un clásico del teatro. La obra, estrenada en Copenhague en el año 1889 y calificada por el propio autor como una "tragicomedia en un acto y en prosa", pertenece a la etapa naturalista de Strindberg, considerado como el escritor y dramaturgo sueco más importante de la historia. 

Leer más: http://www.granadahoy.com/article/ocio/1898266/claudia/faci/trae/granada/su/singular/version/acreedores.html 



„Ein Traumspiel“ – Strindbergs Drama getanzt 

von redaktion
lokalo, Nov 11, 2014

TRIER. Eigentlich ist “Ein Traumspiel” von August Strindberg ein Schauspiel, das 1907 in Stockholm seine Uraufführung hatte. Die Theatergruppe “Kreuz&Quer” interpretiert das Stück in Kooperation mit Mitgliedern des Trierer Tanztheaters als in getanzter Form. 
Strindbergs Werke sind düster, wie die schwedische Nacht dunkel ist. Und trotz der Botschaft, dass sich die Menschen das Leben zur Hölle machen, stecken in Strindbergs Dramen ein Schimmer von Hoffnung und Lebenssinn. Ganz besonders findet sich diese Hoffnung in „Ein Traumspiel“ wieder, in dem  Agnes, die Tochter des indischen Gottes Indra beschließt, zu den Menschen hinabzusteigen. Doch schnell stellt Agnes fest: „Es ist schade um die Menschen!“ Versuchte sie am Anfang den Menschen liebendes Mitleid entgegenzubringen, endet sie zum Schluss auf einer Pest-Insel in absoluter Isolation. Diese Geschichte bringt Kreuz&Quer gemeinsam mit Ensemble-Mitgliedern des Tanztheater Triers im November im Kasino am Kornmarkt auf die Bühne. Premiere ist am Dienstag, den 18. November, um 19 Uhr. 

Lesen Sie mehr: http://lokalo.de/artikel/76638/ein-traumspiel-strindbergs 


USA , Chicago (ILL) 

Filmmaker Interview: Liv Ullmann 

By Michael Gloversmith    
White City Cinema, November 10, 2014

At last month’s Chicago International Film Festival I had the great pleasure of interviewing legendary actress and filmmaker Liv Ullmann after the U.S. premiere of her new film adaptation of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie. During an hour-long round-table discussion (in which three other writers participated), she came across as warm, funny, compassionate and wise in speaking about everything from her charity work to her collaborations with Ingmar Bergman. I am, however, only including the portions of the interview that involved my direct interactions with her, which mainly concerned Miss Julie, the method acting of her lead actress Jessica Chastain, and her old friend and former director Jan Troell. 

Read more: http://whitecitycinema.com/tag/august-strindberg/ 


USA, Minnealpolis-St. Paul (MN) 

Nimbus Theatre translates August Strindberg's "Ghost Sonata" 

By Betsy Gabler
TC Daily Planet, November 10, 2014

nimbus theatre, located in NE Minneapolis, is currently featuring a fantastically surreal Ghost Sonata by August Strindberg. Rarely translated to English, well, probably any language these days, it's a rare chance to see an undersold classic. 
Per nimbus's website: "Strindberg unflinchingly squires us through a strange maze of desire and disillusionment, drawing us inexorably deeper into a world of bright shadows and dark truths ... [this performance] illuminates Strindberg's seminal work of modernist drama. 
That's why I wanted to go see it: modernist, drama, Strindberg. The translation by Danielle Blackbird rarely disappoints. There are some conversational nuances that don't translate well, but the actors are superb and masterful in their delivery including Bergman-like silences and dramatic pauses. 

Read more: http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/arts/2014/11/10/theater-review-ghost-sonata-nimbus-theatre 


Tiden på SvD gjorde Lagerkvist ödmjuk 

Krönika Lars Ring
SvD 10 november 2014

”Något av det tommaste och fnoskigaste man kan tänka sig” – med dessa raka ord debuterar Pär Lagerkvist som reguljär teaterkritiker i Svenska Dagbladet den 4 januari 1919. Det var en norsk, i dag helt glömd komedi han skrev om. Under ett halvt år recenserar Lagerkvist dåtida scenkonst som just står inför det moderna genombrottet. Efter 41 artiklar avslutar han sin kritikerbana. 
Våren 1919 lägger Lagerkvist ner kritikerpennan för gott efter att under våren har skrivit understreckare där han hyllat Strindberg och den mogne Ibsen. Samma höst publicerar han pjäsen ”Himlens hemlighet” och lägger därmed ännu en grundsten i det bygge som ska bli Nobelpristagaren Pär Lagerkvist. 

Läs resten: http://www.svd.se/kultur/tiden-pa-svd-gjorde-lagerkvist-odmjuk_4086057.svd 

OBS, även: 
Strindberg och Intima teatern
av Pär Lagerkvist
[Ursprungligen publicerad Under strecket i Svenska Dagbladet den 27 januari 1919]
Länk: http://www.svd.se/kultur/understrecket/strindberg-och-intima-teatern_2692383.svd 



Ronconi, Danza macabra in chiaroscuro
Il testo di August Strindberg ha aperta la stagione del Metastasio. Buona l’accoglienza del pubblico, per un allestimento in cui Luca Ronconi appare meno incisivo del solito.

Di Niccolò Lucarelli 
Nove da Firenze,
 09 novembre 2014 

La meschina e qualunquista quotidianità di due coniugi, che non si nascondono una reciproca mancanza di stima dopo venticinque anni di noioso matrimonio, è scelta da August Strindberg per analizzare - con un tocco di paradosso e nella delicata forma del racconto teatrale -, la crisi di valori della borghesia a cavallo fra Ottocento e Novecento, quando si scoprì che il Positivismo non portava con sé tutte le soluzioni, e si profilava all’orizzonte la “scoperta” della “morte di Dio”. 

Legete il sotto: http://www.nove.firenze.it/ronconi-danza-macabra-in-chiaroscuro.htm 


USA, Minneapolis (MN) 

Our five faves this week: 'Laggies,' 'Ghost Sonata,' 'Fast Money,' more 

Star Tribune, November 8, 2014

2 In the 1908 drama “Ghost Sonata,” August Strindberg wrestles with disillusionment over the prevalence of human cruelty. Nimbus Theatre in northeast Minneapolis is premiering a captivating original translation of the play by Danielle Blackbird. Those accustomed to the image of the Swedish playwright as a misogynist will be struck by this play’s blistering attack on male hypocrisy and how women, a girl and a young man are its victims. Right from the start, director Zach Morgan’s staging creates a dreamlike atmosphere. nimbustheatre.com. 

Read more: http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/281847991.html 



"Danza macabra", il noir dei sentimenti familiari
Lo spettacolo tratto da August Strindberg e diretto da Luca Ronconi è in scena al Metastasio con Adriana Asti, Giorgio Ferrara e Giovanni Crippa

Di Sara Bessi
La Nazione 8 novembre 2014

Prato, 8 novembre 2014 - Il verde petrolio limaccioso e il nero segnano la cifra cromatica della scena cristallizzata in cui si muovono i personaggi rinchiusi, anche essi, nel fondersi dei due plumbei colori. Pare di venire risucchiati nelle sabbie mobili dell'animo umano corroso dalle insoddisfazioni e dalla recriminazioni delle esistenze. E il senso claustrofobico accresce al pensiero che Edgar, Alice e Kurt si muovono, come in scatole cinesi, dentro al faro funereo, isolati dalla famiglia umana per scelta su un lembo di terra circondato dal mare. 
Non una luce calda del sole, non il pulsare rassicurante del faro, ma il vento minaccioso (non solo fisico con i carrelli che spostano i mobili della scenografia di Marco Rossi, ma anche interiore) una luce gelida da anatomia scientifica dei vizi e poche virtù di una coppia di coniugi insieme da 25 anni malgrado l'astio reciproco e di un cugino- bamboccione che da quasi maggiordomo si trasforma a contatto coi parenti persi di vista da almeno tre lustri in un demonio, clone di vita malata in cui ci si nutre del sangue dell'altro inteso come aspirazioni e volontà represse. 

Legete il sotto: http://www.lanazione.it/prato/teatro-metastasio-ronconi-1.382017 


USA, Chicago (ILL) 

Alice in Blunderland: "The Dance of Death" and war between the sexes 

By Ed Rampell
People's World, November 7 2014

This production of the Swedish playwright August Strindberg's 1900 The Dance of Death, now playing at A Noise Within (ANW) in Pasadena, is expertly acted and directed by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and Geoff Elliott. The latter also co-stars as the former artillery captain Edgar, who is enmeshed in the most miserable marriage this side of Edward Albee's George and Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, not to mention those suffering Scandinavian spouses in countless downbeat Ingmar Bergman movies often starring the Swede's stock players, such as Liv Ullmann in the bleak Scenes From a Marriage. 
In Dance, ANW resident artist Susan Angelo masterfully depicts has-been actress Alice, the other half of this unhappy marriage -- or perhaps I should say the other "third" of what becomes a triangle, once the couple's old "friend" and Alice's cousin, Kurt (Eric Curtis Johnson), enters the fray. 

Read more: http://peoplesworld.org/alice-in-blunderland-the-dance-of-death-and-war-between-the-sexes/ 


USA , Minneapolis (MN) 

9 questions with Charlie McCarron, Stillwater native and composer 

By Chris Hewitt
TwinCities 11/06/2014 

August Strindberg's 100-year-old play, "Ghost Sonata," has been performed thousands of times -- but it's never been done quite the way Nimbus Theatre is doing it: with a live musical score by Stillwater native Charlie McCarron. 
It's the first theater music for McCarron, 28, who has a degree in music composition from St. John's/St. Ben's. Having done a fair amount of composing for film and video projects, he got the "Ghost Sonata" gig when another composer, who couldn't do it, suggested him. 

Read more: http://www.twincities.com/music/ci_26882097/nine-questions-composer-charlie-mccarron 



Phoenix Theatre Ensemble to Bring CREDITORS to The Wild Project, 12/3-7 

Broadway World, Off-Off Broadway, November 4

Phoenix Theatre Ensemble (PTE) announces that it will be presenting August Strindberg's searing domestic drama Creditors in the celebrated translation by Scottish playwright David Grieg (Donmar Warehouse 2008; BAM 2010) for 6 performances only on Wednesday Dec 3 @ 8:00 pm; Thursday Dec 4 @ 8:00; Friday, Dec 5 @ 8:00 pm; Saturday Dec 6 @ 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm and Sunday Dec 7 @ 3:00 pm at the Wild Project at 195 East 3rd Street (between Avenues A and B). 

Read more: http://www.broadwayworld.com/off-off-broadway/article/Phoenix-Theatre-Ensemble-to-Bring-CREDITORS-to-The-Wild-Project-123-7-20141104 


USA, Weston (MA)

Weston resident in August Strindberg play 

WickedLocal, Weston Nov. 5, 2014

Elizabeth M. Buchanan of Weston, a senior at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., is a cast member in the college’s fall theater production, "A Dream Play" by August Strindberg, in a new version by Caryl Churchill. 
Performances will run Thursday to Saturday, Nov. 6 to 8, at 7:30 p.m., and Wednesday to Saturday, Nov. 12 to 15, at 7:30 p.m. There is one additional performance on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. 
All performances will take place in the new state-of-the-art Romano Theatre within the Kennedy Center for Theatre and the Studio Arts on the Hamilton College Campus. 
Buchanan is the daughter of Robert and Chantal Buchanan Jr. A mathematics and theater major at Hamilton, she is a graduate of Newton Country Day School. 

Link: http://weston.wickedlocal.com/article/20141105/NEWS/141107839 



After Miss Julie 
Sophie Birkin finds this intimate production to be an acting and directorial triumph

4 1/2 Star

By Sophie Birkin
Varsity, Wednesday 5th November 2014

Before attending last night’s production of After Miss Julie at the Corpus Playroom I was concerned. As a big fan of Marber’s play and an even bigger fan of the 2012 production at The Young Vic, I felt that an unusually high benchmark had been set. It was both a relief and pleasure to find myself once again transported into the convoluted realm of sexual, gender and class politics; weighty themes which were all skilfully handled. 

Read more: http://www.varsity.co.uk/theatre/7764 


USA, Minneapolis (MN) 

Strindberg's 'The Ghost Sonata' exposes class conflict 
Review: Zach Morgan directs a captivating new translation of the August Strindberg play by Danielle Blackbird.

By: John Townsend
Star Tribune, November 3, 2014

Playwright August Strindberg looms as a theatrical innovator of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As a young man he passionately embraced atheism and the ideas of Darwin and Nietzsche. 
In time he became fascinated with the supernatural and the subconscious. As his style shifted from naturalistic to expressionistic, his capacity for empathy was profoundly enlarged. 
In the 1908 drama “The Ghost Sonata,” completed four years before his death, Strindberg wrestles with disillusionment over the prevalence of human cruelty. 

Read more: http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/stageandarts/281332831.html 


Halmstads Teater - Sveriges största landsortsteater fyller 60 år 

MyNewsDesk, Pressmeddelande  •  2014-11-0

Den 13 november firar Halmstads Teater 60 år med öppet hus, Kalasföreställning, bokrelease, fotoutställning och August Strindbergs pjäs Dödsdansen. Välkommen på presskonferens den 7 november i foajén på Halmstads teater. 

Läs mer: http://www.mynewsdesk.com/se/halmstad/pressreleases/halmstads-teater-sveriges-stoersta-landsortsteater-fyller-60-aar-1077908 
& Läs mer:,www.halmstadsteater.se 


Adriana Asti apre la stagione del Metastasio 
Con la "Danza macabra" dello svedese Strindberg

Di Federico Berti 
QN 2 novembre 2014

Prato, 2 novembre 2014 - Sarà la grande attrice Adriana Asti ad inaugurare il cartellone di prosa della nuova stagione del Teatro Metastasio. Un lungo e prestigioso carnet di appuntamenti che coincide con i cinquanta anni dalla riapertura del teatro pratese dopo un lungo restauro. L’attrice milanese è dunque la prima “regina” del palcoscenico che debutterà mercoledì 5 novembre con un testo classico del teatro contemporaneo; “Danza macabra”, scritto nel 1900 in una sola settimana dal grande drammaturgo svedese August Strindberg. Adriana Asti nel ruolo di Alice, ex attrice e moglie di Edgar capitano di artiglieria. Alle soglie delle nozze d’argento i due coniugi saranno protagonisti di feroce confronto/scontro all’interno di un“inferno” domestico. Sul palcoscenico anche Giorgio Ferrara e Giovanni Crippa. Regia del maestro Luca Ronconi. 

Legete il sotto: http://www.quotidiano.net/adriana-asti-apre-la-stagione-del-metastasio-1.363372 


USA, Chicago (ILL) 

Scandinavia at the Chicago International Film Festival 

By Bill Meyer
People's World October 31 2014

Scandinavia showed up in full glory at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival. A Swedish film even won the coveted Best Foreign Film Audience Award. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, directed by Felix Herngren, is an entertaining, hilarious Forest Gump-type send-up of the history film genre. 
There were several other great films from Scandinavia at the festival. The famous Swedish director, Ingmar Bergman, was represented by a revival of his epic autobiographical classic, Fanny and Alexander, considered by many to be one of the greatest films of all time. Bergman's famous leading lady, Liv Ullmann, now turned director, appeared in person to present the opening film of the festival, Miss Julie, her filmic take on August Strindberg's classic play of class and power. 

Read more: http://peoplesworld.org/scandinavia-at-the-chicago-international-film-festival/ 



"Danza macabra" inaugura la stagione del Teatro Metastasio di Prato 
Fino a domenica 9 novembre va in scena il testo di Strindberg messo in scena dal regista Luca Ronconi. Tra gli interpreti Adriana Asti, Giorgio Ferrara e Giovanni Crippa

Il Tirreno
 31 ottobre 2014 

PRATO. L’inaugurazione della stagione 2014/2015 al Teatro Metastasio di Prato, da mercoledì 5 a domenica 9 novembre, è affidata a Luca Ronconi e al suo ultimo spettacolo, Danza macabra di August Strindberg, una coproduzione del Teatro Metastasio Stabile della Toscana e di Spoleto57 Festival dei 2Mondi, in collaborazione con Mittelfest 2014. 

Legete il sotto: http://iltirreno.gelocal.it/prato/tempo-libero/2014/10/31/news/danza-macabra-inaugura-la-stagione-del-teatro-metastasio-di-prato-1.10219829 




USA, Minneapolis (MN)

Stage spotlights: Hong Kong Ballet, Ragamala, Casting Spells, Nimbus

Star Tribune, October 30, 2014

The Ghost Sonata

Opening: Nimbus has bitten off the challenge of staging this expressionistic play by August Strindberg. A young man meets an old man and they enter a dinner party. It’s not about plot. It’s about the hell that Strindberg considered life to be and the horrible things people do to each other. Zach Morgan is directing the piece with a big cast. The play was last reviewed in the Twin Cities in 1991 at Park Square. For it to be done right, it needs to be bizarre and unsettling. Sounds like a good time. (8 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun, 7:30 p.m. Thu. Ends Nov. 23, Nimbus, 1517 Central Av. NE., Mpls., $10-$18, 612-548-1380 or www.nimbustheatre.com.) G.R.

Link: http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/stageandarts/280961512.html


USA, Greenwood (SC)

Lander Theatre to Present Strindberg's 'Miss Julie'
GWD Today, 10/29/2014

Lander University’s Department of Mass Communication and Theatre will present August Strindberg’s “Miss Julie” Nov. 5-7 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 8 at 3 p.m. All performances, which are free, will be in the university’s Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center. The production is for mature audiences.
Directed by Monique Sacay-Bagwell, professor of theatre at Lander, “Miss Julie” revolves around a night-long flirtation and seduction in the late 1880s between a Count’s daughter with a self-destructive streak and her father’s personal valet.
“What fascinates me about this story is that it presents the struggle most people experience by wanting something they do not have because they think it will bring them happiness,” said Sacay-Bagwell. “Julie, the daughter of a Count, wants to be accepted more as an independent thinker than as a woman born into nobility, while Jean, the Count’s valet, desires a more privileged status.”
After their relationship escalates romantically and they realize they cannot fulfill each other’s desires, Julie is convinced by Jean that the only way she can spare her family from the shame of their affair is to commit suicide.

For more information about the production of “Miss Julie” at Lander, visit www.lander.edu.

Link: http://gwdtoday.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=131&ArticleID=31899



Setúbal: TAS apresenta “O Sonho” de August Strindberg

Obocagiano, 24/10/2014

O Teatro de Animação de Setúbal (TAS) estreia esta sexta-feira, no Fórum Municipal Luísa Todi, a peça "O Sonho", de Ausgust Strindberg. O espectáculo estará em cena até ao dia 26 de Outubro.
A peça conta com encenação de Carlos Curto e produção de Célia David. O elenco é composto pelos actores residentes Célia David, Duarte Victor, José Nobre, Miguel Assis, Sónia Martins, Susana Brito, e pelos actores convidados André Moniz, Catarina Pacheco, Joana Costa, João Condeça, Kimberlly Ostrowskij, Mariana Silva, Miguel Viegas e Patrícia Borba.
Para a presidente da direcção do TAS, Célia David, a ideia de fazer esta peça teve que ver com o facto de ser um clássico e pertencer a um autor dos mais importantes da dramaturgia universal de todos os tempos, "as pessoas, no geral, não têm muito conhecimento sobre este tipo de obras, daí sentirmo-nos na obrigação de divulgar autores, quer sejam contemporâneos ou clássicos".
Segundo a mesma, "'O Sonho' continua a ser uma peça interessante, nos dias de hoje, porque, apesar de falar numa forma de viagem, através de um sonho, uma coisa onírica, continua a ser, de uma forma simbólica, um pretexto para falar sobre a alma humana, dos defeitos dos seres humanos e de todas as vicissitudes da sociedade".
Nesta produção o espectador é convidado a assistir ao desenrolar de um sonho, a fazer uma viagem profunda através de ambientes simbólicos, com momentos de drama, poesia e comédia.

Link: http://www.obocagiano.pt/noticia/detalhe?a=64908&s=true


USA, Los Angeles (CA)

Dance' of Divorce
A Noise Within gives August Strindberg’s tale of a toxic marriage new meaning with Conor McPherson’s adaptation of ‘The Dance of Death’

By Carl Kozlowski
Pasaden Weekley, 10/23/2014

Divorce is a sad fact of modern life, with an estimated half of American marriages falling apart. But the latest play at Pasadena’s A Noise Within   theater, “The Dance of Death,” still manages to find plenty of wicked laughs in the story of a seemingly perfect couple secretly tearing each other apart. 
Long known for their innovative twists on classic  works, A Noise Within is particularly striking with this latest production as it marks the West Coast premiere of Irish playwright Conor McPherson’s  2007 reboot of August Strindberg’s play from 1900. Following in the footsteps of a highly successful US premiere in Chicago earlier this year, Noise’s “Dance” offers a biting satirical take on modern pairings while reminding patrons that there have always been toxic relationships. 
“Dance” depicts the dissolution of a marriage between Edgar, an artillery captain, and Alice, a former actress. This couple, married for a quarter century, lives on a remote Nordic island — an ideal setting for feelings of claustrophobia and dysfunction. Strindberg’s portrayal of spouses revolting against each other was revolutionary in its brutally honest depiction of marital discord and psychological warfare, and influenced an array of 20th century playwrights, including