Welcome to Swedstage Online 2020

Welcome! We’re thrilled that you are taking part in Swedstage online.
Of course we all wish that we could have met you on site, given us a chance to show you Stockholm, introduce you to the artists and let you experience all of the wonderful performances in person.
But let’s take a raincheck on that! The most important thing right now is that you are safe, and that you still get to be a part of Swedstage, but now online – from your place of choice.

In this edition of Swedstage you will be able to watch and listen to an interview with the selected artists, a conversation about freedom of speech and democracy, and also take part in a webinar with Srirak Plipat, Executive director of Freemuse. You will of course be able to ask questions.

We hope you’ll enjoy Swedstage online 2020!

Ulricha Johnson, Director Swedish Performing Arts Coalition – Swedish ITI
Niclas Malmcrona, Director ASSITEJ Sweden

Selected Performances 2020

BamBam Frost – So Sorry
Helsingborgs Stadsteater & Malmö Dockteater – A Dreamplay
Kompani Giraff – Kiseldalen
Orionteatern – In Search of Lost Time
Royal Swedish Opera/Young at the Opera – Klaus Nomi
Unga Klara & Uppsala Stadsteater – They Will Drown in Their Mothers´ Tears

Virpi Pahkinen Dance Company – Deep Time

Artistic advisors 2020

Theresa Benér
Swedish theatre critic, author, specialising in contemporary European theatre. Chairman of The Swedish Association of Theatre Critics.

Sara Bergsmark
Producer at MDT (Modern Dance Theatre), an international co-production platform
and a leading venue for contemporary choreography.

Pelle Hanaeus
Swedish actor, director and pedagogue. He has been Artistic Director of Regionteater Väst and President of Clowns without Borders. He lectures and gives workshops in
gender aware performance for theatres and universities.

– Swedstage Online presents a conversation about freedom of speech and democracy

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Freedom of expression is increasingly attacked and restricted in many countries of the world. Censorship and self-censorship within the arts are also growing in way too many countries. The ongoing pandemic has put even more pressure on artists, as the focus has moved elsewhere.
The organization Freemuse notes yet again a clear increase in those who want to silence others: not only governments and authorities, but also more and more religious institutions and organizations. In a conversation with Swedish and foreign artists and stakeholders we highlight the decreasing space of bold performing arts, that challenge power and norms.
Can art be used as resistance? Can art break down walls? Can art pave the way forward? Learn how our peers around the world deal with censorship, self-censorship and threats.

Nedjma Chaouche, Freelance journalist and facilitator
Nasim Aghili, Director and playwright
Louise Frisk, Secretary General Clowns without Borders Sweden
Astrid Menasanch Tobieson, Director and playwright

See more international testimonies here: http://swedstage.se/international-testimonies


Dr Srirak Plipat is the Executive Director of Freemuse where he devises a comprehensive approach to defend artistic freedom and cultural expression through research, advocacy and policy influencing, working with local and international partners. READ MORE
Read the Freemuse report The State of Artistic Freedom 2020

Swedstage is founded by Swedish Institute, Swedish Arts Council, Region Stockholm, City of Stockholm and The Swedish Art Grants Committee. 

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