The Dogs of Prague
by Marguerite Duras
Première Saturday 13 October 2007

 


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The Dogs of Prague
by Marguerite Duras

World première Saturday 13 October 2007

Sabana and David have been sent to the house of Abahn the Jew to guard him until his
execution at dawn. They spend the night together.

Based on Marguerite Duras’ novel Abahn Sabana David, Pia Forsgren, artistic director at the
Jewish Theatre, has created a play with the title The Dogs of Prague. This was also the
working title Duras initially gave her novel.

Marguerite Duras claims she wrote the book in one single night; a night of despair and
fury following the Warsaw Pact’s invasion of Prague in August 1968. She chronicles what
happens to us when we live in a totalitarian, repressive society – the persecution of “the
other”, collaboration, “threatening pictures” and extermination – but also the hope for change
that can be sparked when we begin talking to one another.

The Jew – Niklas Ek
Sabana – Agneta Ekmanner
Abahn – Björn Granath
David – Gorki Glaser-Müller
Gringo (voice) – Rolf Skoglund
Jeanne (voice) – Agneta Ekmanner

Script – Marguerite Duras
Swedish interpretation – Katarina Frostenson
Directing, stage adaptation, set design concept – Pia Forsgren
Set design, projections, light design – Tomas Franck, Kenneth Björk
Costumes – Mikael T Zielinski
Sound design, composition – Heikki Kiviaho
Choreography – Susanne Jaresand
Text interpretation – Cecilia Berefelt

Marguerite Duras, 1914-1996, lived and worked in France from the 1930s and is one of the
great regenerators of contemporary literature and film. She wrote novels, plays and film
scripts, directed films and worked as a journalist.

THE DOGS OF PRAGUE

Agneta Ekmanner
worked with Pia Forsgren in 1997 at the Jewish Theatre in a production of Savannah
Bay, also by Marguerite Duras. Agneta Ekmanner has participated in several
productions by Katarina Frostenson at the Royal Dramatic Theatre, directed by Pia
Forsgren: Nilen, 1989, Traum, 1993, and Sal P, 1996. She was also in Pia Forsgren’s
production of Tupilak by PO Enquist in 1993.

Agneta Ekmanner was recruited by the Stockholm Stadsteater in 1968, directly after
graduating from drama school in Malmö, and has starred in roles such as Masja in
Chechov’s Three Sisters, directed by Otomar Krejca, the title role in Lorca’s Miss
Rosita and Celimène in Molière’s The Misanthrope, both directed by Jonas Cornell.
She has featured in several productions by Suzanne Osten, both on stage, for instance
in Underjordens leende and En fruktansvärd lycka by Lars Norén, and on film, as in
Bröderna Mozart and Livsfarlig film. In 1990, she directed Elvire Jouvet by Brigitte
Jacques for Stockholm Stadsteater. She has also participated in countless other film,
TV and radio productions.

Agneta Ekmanner has been with the Royal Dramatic Theatre since 1989. Her first part
was Baroness Saint-Fond in Ingmar Bergman’s production of The Marquis de Sade.
Most recently, Agneta Ekmanner was in Borkmann by Henrik Ibsen, directed by Hilda
Hellwig, in 2006, and last spring she played the part of Amanda in Tennesse
Williams’ The Glass Menagerie at Stockholm Stadsteater.

Niklas Ek
participated in the dance production LOL by Ohad Naharin at the Jewish Theatre in
2000. He has previously worked with Pia Forsgren, playing the title role in her
production of Kaspar by Peter Handke, at Kilen, Kulturhuset in 1991.

In his dancing career, Niklas Ek has been engaged by the Royal Opera in Stockholm,
by the Maurice Béjarts Ballet of the XXth Century, the Cullberg Ballet, Nederlands
Dansteater and the Opera Ballet in Lyon. He has danced in works by coreographers
Birgit Cullberg, John Cranko, Michail Fokine, Mats Ek, John Neumeier, Jirí Kylián,
Glen Tetley, Maurice Béjart, José Limón, Frederick Ashton and Kenneth Mac Millan,
and many others. He has been acclaimed for his interpretations of roles in works
including Birgit Cullberg’s productions of Eurydike är död 1969, Rött vin i gröna glas
1971, Rapport 1976 and Miss Julie 1980 and Mats Ek’s Smoke 1995 and Tulips 2003.

Niklas Ek the actor featured in the film Juloratoriet, 1996, directed by Linus
Tunström, and in Dans med nästan 1993, På Malta 1996, and Don Juan 2003, all
three directed and choreographed by Mats Ek. He has also participated in other films,
including Suzanne Osten’s Bröderna Mozart 1986 and in productions for TV and
radio. Alongside The Dogs in Prague he was recently involved in the performance of
La Veillée des Abysses by James Thierré which was performed most recently in
September in Barcelona.


Björn Granath
was most recently engaged at the Jewish Theatre in 2002, when he played the father in
Katarina Frostenson’s Kristallvägen, directed by Pia Forsgren.

Since 1987 he has been with the Royal Dramatic Theater, where he has participated in
numerous productions, including Drottningens juvelsmycke, directed by Peter
Oskarson, Mäster Olof, directed by Lennart Hjulström, Gombrowicz’ Wedding,
directed by Karl Dunér, Strindberg’s A Dream Play, directed by Robert Lepage, and
several productions by Ingmar Bergman, including Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and Peer
Gynt, Botho Strauss’ Time and the Room and Bergman’s own Sista skriket. On film
and TV his noteworthy productions include Madicken på Junibacken, Pelle
Erövraren, Så vit som en snö, Den goda viljan and Löven i Vallombrosa.

Björn Granath has been working with the dramatist and Nobel Prize laureate Dario
Fo’s plays since 1978, and has produced several of them, including Mistero Buffo and
Johan Padan discovers America. Mistero Buffo is currently being played by Özz
Nujen in a production directed by Björn Granath, who is also currently in Strindberg’s
Dance of Death at the Royal Dramatic Theatre.

Gorki Glaser-Müller
trained at the Malmö Theatre Academy and at the School of Photography at Göteborg
University, where he studied film directing.

His films include Högt Standart 2000, Dom fyra sista siffrorna 2003, Tjejen med
Videokameran 2005, and Vattenmelonen 2006. He was awarded three prizes at the
international student film festival in Santiago, Chile, for his short film Ägget 2003: for
best film and best script, and the child actor Ivar Svensson got the best actor award.

As an actor, Gorki Glaser-Müller has participated in several productions including
Measure for Measure, 1995, Teater Roma, Svartsjukans Natt, 2000, Svensk
Symbolistisk Teater, Bingo, 2000, Teater Terrier, Den Tröttaste Människan på
Planeten, 2001, Teater Blå, and in several TV and film productions including Den
Femte Kvinnan, Skeppsholmen and Lasermannen.

Gorki Glaser-Müller is currently working on a script for a feature film, and his music
video for Advance Patrol is due for release any day. For more information, please visit
www.ggm.se

The Dogs of Prague. world première at the Jewish Theatre on 13 October, 2007.
www.judiskateatern.se

 

 

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