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This was the first Danish stage production of Autumn Sonata and it featured highly acclaimed actress and Bergman associate Ghita Nørby in the part of Charlotte

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This was the first Danish stage production of Autumn Sonata and it featured highly acclaimed actress and Bergman associate Ghita Nørby in the part of Charlotte

Det Kongelige Teater
Copenhagen

About the production

The performance was also the first to be produced at the Portscenen stage of the newly built Skuespilhuset.

The Autumn Sonata of the Swedish-Hungarian director Hilda Hellwig shows to be almost as affected by the film medium as the film of Ingmar Bergman is affected by the theatre. When Charlotte reappears at her daughter Eva's house after an absence of seven years she is met by a daughter equipped with a video camera whose close-up images are projected at the walls of the stage. According to Jakob Steen Olsen in Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidene this serves as "a sort of homage to the great film master, whose greatest contribution to film art is the close-up of the human face."

Another difference from Bergman's film is the other daughter Helena's constant presence on stage. Also the deceased Leonardo is incorporated on stage by the cello player Anders Grøn.

The reception of the performance was overwhelmingly positive. In Danish paper Politiken Per Theil gave the performance the highest mark and wrote about the "incomprehensible presence" of the acting. 

In Swedish evening paper Aftonbladet Claes Wallin pointed out that the stage production also adjusts the view on women that is transmitted in Bergman's film: "Eva is not as infantile in her expression as in the film, Helena much more of a human subject than Lena Nyman got to be and Victor is not as patriarchal". Also Wallin highlights the presence and rhythm of the acting.

Henrik Lyding writing for the Danish Jyllands-Posten thought that some artistic solutions felt unnecessary and that the projections on the walls were beautiful, but created a distance to the characters. Jakob Steen Olsen of Berlingske Tidene agreed, he was impressed, but however not moved by the performance.

Sources

  • Claes Wahlin, Aftonbladet, February 22, 2008
  • Jakob Steen Olsen, Berlingske Tidene, February 21, 2008
  • Per Theil, Politiken, February 22, 2008
  • Henrik Lyding, Jyllands-Posten, February 21, 2008

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Collaborators

  • Ingmar Bergman, Author
  • Hilda Hellwig, Director
  • Herbert Murauer, Designer
  • Lars Egegaard Sørensen, Lighting design
  • Asta Hoff-Jørgensen, Translation
  • Ghita Nørby, Charlotte
  • Tammi Øst, Eva
  • Søren Spanning, Victor
  • Laura Drasbæk, Helena
  • Anders Grøn, Cello

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