august, 2018

24aug(aug 24)20:0025(aug 25)19:00TOPOGRAPHIES OF PARADISEDramaten, StockholmEvent Type :Project

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“Topographies of Paradise”, opening in the framework of the Bergman International Theatre Festival

“Topographies of Paradise” or “Idyllic Landscapes” is a mitos21 initiated project, a unique collaboration among five European theatres: the Royal Dramatic Theatre (Dramaten); the Royal Danish Theatre, Denmark; the Teatre Lliure, the Catalonian National Theatre in Barcelona, Catalonia/Spain; the Academy of Performing Arts in Ludwigsburg, Germany; and the National Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia.

We encounter five theatres with five short plays, woven together. Madame Nielsen writes the plays, drawing on travels in the five countries, on interviews with the actors as well as with political organisations in the various cities. The directors from each of the five participating theatres create their own performance using local actors, and Madame Nielsen stages the final work by integrating the five plays into one production.

What is a nation? What is a home district? What is a native language? What does it mean to be Swedish, German, Spanish/Catalonian, Danish, Serbian?
Madame Nielsen is an internationally acclaimed performance artist and writer, appearing over the years in various guises, including Claus Beck-Nielsen and the nameless human guinea pig in Das Beckwerk (The Beck-work). She defies fixed identities and categorisations, continuously asking the question: What is a human being?

In autumn 2015 she accompanied on foot the stream of migrants along the Balkan route up through Europe, from Greece to Denmark, a contemporary educational journey that she subsequently described in the novel “The Invasion”. Her novel “The Endless Summer” has been a major international success, translated into many languages, including Swedish (2016) and English (2018).


24 (Friday) 20:00 - 25 (Saturday) 19:00