Radioart in collaboration with Accelerator
RED DOC> by Anne Carson
A radiophonic staging of
Anne Carson's prose poem Red Doc>
for seven actors and five musicians.
Performed in Swedish, translation Mara Lee.
Red Doc> is a lyrical road trip that meanders north through a frozen landscape of meadows, glaciers, volcanic terrain and a psychiatric clinic. Time passes, bodies and thoughts change, all that remains is sadness and a longing for love. The book is a sequel to Autobiography of Red, which introduced Anne Carson to Swedish readers. It tells the story of the young boy Geryon and his unfortunate passion for the beautiful, treacherous Heracles. In Red doc> the two meet again, years later – now as G and Sad. When the end comes, they are at G’s mother’s deathbed. “He turns away. This roaring air in his arms.”
Monica Stenbeck Peter Söderberg
Malin Alm Boa Pettersson
Eli Frankel Laura Stephenson
Tobias Aspelin Walter McTigert
Malou Zilliacus Ivo Nilsson
Translation by Mara Lee
Music by Ivo Nilsson och Niklas Billström
Director Johan Petri
Dramaturgy Magnus Florin
Costume design Filippa Hanzon
Sound design Niklas Billström
Sound technician Jesper Målsten
Assistant director Milton Jordansson Pinto
Production assistent Suzi Ersahin
The performance is part of the exhibition Mother Courage and her Children
presented at Accelerator between September 24, 2022, and Februari 12, 2023.
Photo Anne Carson © Einar Falur Ingolfsson
The production is made possible by grants/support from Swedish Arts Council, the City of Stockholm, Fylkingen, EMS and Accelerator
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