Världsdansdagen 29 april 2022

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Den 29 april varje år firas världsdansdagen runt om i hela världen. Dagen uppmärksammar det unika i danskonsten och dess universella roll för människor i alla delar av världen. Varje år ger International Theatre Institute (ITI) ett uppdrag till en konstnär att skriva ett världsdansbudskap. 2022 har dansaren Kang Sue-jin från Sydkorea valts ut för att dela sitt budskap.

Världsdansbudskapet 2022

” The Covid-19 catastrophe has stopped life as we so freely knew it and being amidst this tragedy makes us rethink the meaning of “dance” and “dancers” In the distant past, dance was a primal means of expression and communication through gestures; becoming performance art that moved the soul and inspired the audience. It is a momentary art that is difficult to restore to its original form once completed because it`s created with the entire body and soul. Dance is made of ephemeral moments, which destines dancers to be on the move forever. Yet, Covid-19 has restricted and even blocked the art of dance in its original form.

Even though the situation is improving, dance performances are still subject to many restrictions. This makes us cherish the precious memories of times when dance and dancers sparkled like jewels, conveying human anguish and anxiety, will and hope for life, and illuminated the world.

Similarly, it is important to recall that during the aftershocks of the Black Death in Medieval Europe, the ballet Giselle depicting love beyond death was performed at the Paris Opera on 28 June 1841 and received an explosive response. Since then, Giselle has been performed all over Europe and around the world to comfort and encourage the souls of mankind ravaged by the pandemic. It is also my understanding of that point, which was first demonstrated in that very performance of Giselle, is the magnificent spirit of a ballerina trying to escape the gravity of the world`s hardships.

The lonely and weary audience is thirsty for the sympathy and comfort of the dancers. As dancers, we believe that the flapping of our wings gives hope to the hearts of those who love the art of dance and gives them the courage to overcome this pandemic.

My heart is already starting to pound. “

Kan Sue-jin

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Världsteaterdagen 27 mars 2022

Foto: Ruth Walz

Den 27 mars varje år firas världsteaterdagen runt om i hela världen. Dagen uppmärksammar det unika i teaterkonsten och dess universella roll för människor i alla delar av världen. Varje år ger International Theatre Institute (ITI) ett uppdrag till en konstnär att skriva ett världsteaterbudskap. 2022 har Peter Sellars, USA, valts ut att dela sitt budskap.

Värdteaterbudskapet 2022

“Dear Friends,

As the world hangs by the hour and by the minute on a daily drip feed of news reportage, may I invite all of us, as creators, to enter our proper scope and sphere and perspective of epic time, epic change, epic awareness, epic reflection, and epic vision?  We are living in an epic period in human history and the deep and consequential changes we are experiencing in human beings’ relations to themselves, to each other, and to nonhuman worlds are nearly beyond our abilities to grasp, to articulate, to speak of, and to express.

We are not living in the 24-hour news cycle, we are living at the edge of time. Newspapers and media are completely unequipped and unable to deal with what we are experiencing.

Where is the language, what are the moves, and what are the images that might allow us to comprehend the deep shifts and ruptures that we are experiencing? And how can we convey the content of our lives right now not as reportage but experience? 

Theater is the artform of experience.

In a world overwhelmed by vast press campaigns, simulated experiences, ghastly prognostications, how can we reach beyond the endless repeating of numbers to experience the sanctity and infinity of a single life, a single ecosystem, a friendship, or the quality of light in a strange sky? Two years of COVID-19 have dimmed people’s senses, narrowed people’s lives, broken connections, and put us at a strange ground zero of human habitation.

What seeds need to be planted and replanted in these years, and what are the overgrown, invasive species that need to be fully and finally removed? So many people are on edge. So much violence is flaring, irrationally or unexpectedly. So many established systems have been revealed as structures of ongoing cruelty. 

Where are our ceremonies of remembrance? What do we need to remember? What are the rituals that allow us at last to reimagine and begin to rehearse steps that we have never taken before?

The theater of epic vision, purpose, recovery, repair, and care needs new rituals. We don’t need to be entertained. We need to gather. We need to share space, and we need to cultivate shared space. We need protected spaces of deep listening and equality.

Theater is the creation on earth of the space of equality between humans, gods, plants, animals, raindrops, tears, and regeneration. The space of equality and deep listening is illuminated by hidden beauty, kept alive in a deep interaction of danger, equanimity, wisdom, action, and patience. 

In The Flower Ornament Sutra, Buddha lists ten kinds of great patience in human life. One of the most powerful is called Patience in Perceiving All as Mirages. Theater has always presented the life of this world as resembling a mirage, enabling us to see through human illusion, delusion, blindness, and denial with liberating clarity and force.

We are so certain of what we are looking at and the way we are looking at it that we are unable to see and feel alternative realities, new possibilities, different approaches, invisible relationships, and timeless connections.

This is a time for deep refreshment of our minds, of our senses, of our imaginations, of our histories, and of our futures. This work cannot be done by isolated people working alone. This is work that we need to do together. Theater is the invitation to do this work together.

Thank you deeply for your work.”

Peter Sellars

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Nyhetsbrev mars 2022

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Mars nyhetsbrev kommer en aning sent, vi har inväntat information om olika initiativ för att stötta flyktingar från Ukraina, och även de oppositionella konstnärerna i Ryssland som nu har hårdare press på sig än någonsin. Scensverige har ställt sig bakom ett antal upprop och öppna brev som publicerats i Europa och övriga världen. Vi står i kontakt med olika organisationer som arbetar med akuta flyktingfrågor samt med specifikt hotade konstnärer. Vi har även direkt kontakt med scenkonstarbetare både i Ukraina, Ryssland och Belarus.

Vi önskar skapa en samlingsplats på vår hemsida för information angående initiativ från våra medlemmar, t.ex. läsningar, samtal och insamlingar som görs överallt i landet. Men även
internationell information gällande var konstnärer på flykt kan finna en fristad. De organisationer som arbetar med yttrandefrihet och konstnärlig frihet i första hand försöker hjälpa de hotade kollegor som nu är instängda i Ryssland och Belarus. Vi söker också efter tips på teatrar, operahus etc, som kan erbjuda residens och boende för scenkonstnärer från Ukraina som är på väg hit. Maila oss på info@scensverige.se med alla tips, både officiella och inofficiella. Vi sköter allt med diskretion och försöker skapa nödvändiga kontaktvägar. För er som har tidigare samarbetspartners, vänner och studenter i Ukraina ber vi er dela t.ex. det ekonomiska akutstöd som nu går att söka via The Culture of Solidarity Fund, läs mer via denna länk. Dyker det upp fler initiativ i dina flöden? Tipsa oss.

Den 28:e mars har Scensverige sitt årsmöte, där alla som representerar våra medlemmar deltar. Efter mötet öppnar vi som vanligt dörrarna för alla som älskar scenkonst, och i år har vi äran att kunna bjuda på ett exklusivt gästspel av föreställningen Min morfar prosten av PotatoPotato som var utvald till Scenkonstbiennalen 2021. Vi hoppades i det längsta att de skulle spelat i Malmö förra våren, men pandemin satte stopp för det. Sprid detta evenemang, det är fri entré och endast en chans.

Vår programgrupp har haft ett mycket givande arbete med att gå igenom alla förslag på seminarier, samtal och workshops på Scenkonstbiennalen 2022. Vi är så glada att gruppen bjudit på så mycket engagemang och lust i arbetet, vi närmar oss nu en schemaläggning inför det stora biljettsläppet den 4:e april.

Passa på att läsa om de utvalda produktionerna med urvalskommitténs motiveringar här. Unga Klaras ”De kommer att drunkna i sina mödrars tårar” kommer tyvärr inte kunna spelas på plats, vi rekommenderar att se den fina inspelade versionen på SVT fram till den 30 mars.

Världsteaterdagen firas den 27 mars, i år har den världsberömde teaterskaparen Peter Sellars skrivit budskapet, läs det här.

Ulricha Johnson
Verksamhetschef Scensverige

A letter of support to the performing arts community in Ukraine, International Theatre Institute (ITI)

Dear friends and colleagues,
We are shocked and horrified to see the brutal Russian invasion to
Ukraine. We condemn it from the bottom of our hearts. We can imagine
the horror that you’re experiencing in this very moment. We want to
assure you that we support your struggle for freedom and
independence, and we’ll express this support everywhere we can.
Hopefully the bloodshed will end soon, and that the freedom of speech
and artistic expression will prevail under any circumstances that might
develop. We’re sure you have the power and commitment to continue
your struggle in the theatres, too, and strengthen the spirit of your
audiences to survive these awful days until you regain your freedom and

Your friends at ITI:
• Israel, Gad Kaynar, President
• Germany, Yvonne Büdenhölzer, President, Thomas Engel, Director
• Belgium Flanders, Guy Coolen, President
• Georgia, Levan Khetaguri, General Secretary
• Austria, Reinhard Auer
• Sweden, Ulricha Johnson, CEO, Petra Brylander, Chair of the Board
• Romania, Aura Corbeanu, Doina Lupu
• Hungary, Anna Lakos on behalf of Executive Committee
• UK, Stefania Bochicchio, Co-director, Nick Awde, Co-director
• Czech Republic, Yvona Kreuzmannová, Marta Smolíková, Adriana
Světlíková, Jakub Vedral – Presidency Board
• Finnland, Mikko Kanninen, Chairman of the Board, Linnea Stara,
• Slovakia, Vladislava Fekete, Director Theatre Institute Bratislava
• Croatia, Željka Turčinović, President, Nina Križan, Producer
• Italy, Fabio Tolledi, President
• Cyprus, Christos Georgiou, Executive Director
• Estonia, Anu Lamp, President, Kirsten Simmo, Director
• Slovenia, Staša Mihelčič
• North Macedonia, Ivanka Apostolova
• Switzerland, Anina Jendreyko, Ursula Werdenberg, Board Member

For TDA (The Day After), an informal forum of theatre artists which was
founded during the Covid19 lockdowns, aiming to investigate and reflect
on our responsibility and possibilities as artists in this changing world:
Hadar Galron – Playwright, director, actress, Tel Aviv
Ari Roth – Founding Producing Partner, Voices Festival Productions,
Washington DC
Darinka Abrahamova – Dramaturg of Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava
Eszter Orban – Co-president of the Hungarian Theater Dramaturgs Guild,
George Brownstone – Psychiatrist & Psychoanalys,Vienna
K. Madavane – K. Madavane, Playwright, Director, New Delhi
Matthias Naumann – Playwright, translator and publisher, Berlin
Motti Lerner – Playwright, Tel Aviv
Nenni Delmestre – resident director at Croatian National Theatre, Split
Ophir Ariel – writer, director and producer, New York
Petr Svojtka –Director, playwright and translator, Prague,
Pino Tierno – Writer, producer translator, Rome
Richard McElvain – Richard McElvain Actor, Director, Playwright,
Fulbright Scholar, Boston MA.
Vijaya Rao – Member of Chingari Theatre Group, New Delhi
Vivianne Pasmanter – Actress, Sau Paulo

A letter of support to the performing arts community in Ukraine (pdf)

Världsdansdagen 29 april

Foto: Roman Novitzky

Den 29 april varje år firas världsdansdagen runt om i hela världen. Dagen uppmärksammar det unika i danskonsten och dess universella roll för människor i alla delar av världen. Varje år ger International Theatre Institute (ITI) ett uppdrag till en konstnär att skriva ett världsdansbudskap. 2021 har balettdansaren Friedemann Vogel från Tyskland valts ut för att dela sitt budskap.

Världsdansbudskapet 2021 av Friedemann Vogel

” Everything starts with movement – an instinct we all have – and dance is movement
refined to communicate. Much as flawless technique is important and impressive, it is ultimately what the dancer expresses inside the movement that is the essence.

As dancers, we are constantly on the move, aspiring to create these unforgettable
moments. Regardless of the dance genre, it’s what every dancer strives to achieve. So, when all of a sudden, we aren’t allowed to perform anymore, with theatres closed and festivals cancelled, our worlds come to a standstill. No physical contact. No shows. No audiences. Never in recent history has the dance community been so collectively challenged to stay motivated, to find our raison d’être.

Yet, it is precisely when something precious has been taken away from us that we truly appreciate how vital it is what we do, and how much dance means to society at large. Dancers are often celebrated for their physical prowess, when in fact we are sustained even more by our mental strength. I believe it is this unique combination of physical and psychological agility that will help us overcome, to reinvent ourselves to keep dancing, and to keep inspiring.”

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Världsteaterdagen 27 mars

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Den 27 mars varje år firas världsteaterdagen runt om i hela världen. Dagen uppmärksammar det unika i teaterkonsten och dess universella roll för människor i alla delar av världen. Varje år ger International Theatre Institute (ITI) ett uppdrag till en konstnär att skriva ett världsteaterbudskap. 2021 har skådespelaren Hellen Mirren valts ut att dela sitt budskap.

Världsteaterbudskapet 2021 av Helen Mirren

“This has been such a very difficult time for live performance and many artists,
technicians and craftsmen and women have struggled in a profession that is already fraught with insecurity.

Maybe that always present insecurity has made them more able to survive this pandemic with wit and courage.

Their imagination has already translated itself, in these new circumstances, into inventive, entertaining and moving ways to communicate, thanks of course in large part to the internet. 

Human beings have told each other stories for as long as they have been on the planet. The beautiful culture of theatre will live for as long as we stay here.

The creative urge of writers, designers, dancers, singers, actors, musicians, directors, will never be suffocated and in the very near future will flourish again with a new energy and a new understanding of the world we all share.

I can’t wait!”

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