Secrets on the Way
A Dance Noir created and choreographed by KATHRYN ROSZAK
Danse Lumière presented the first full performances of Secrets on the Way (Hemligheter på vägen) on April 27 & 28, 2013 at the Osher Studio in downtown Berkeley.
Recipient of the 2011 Nobel Prize, Tomas Tranströmer is one of the most celebrated and influential poetic figures of his generation. He was born in Stockholm in 1931 and is a psychologist by profession. He began his psychology career in the 1960's at a juvenile corrections institute in Sweden, and worked for several decades in the field. He is one of the world's most translated poets, with books appearing in over fifty languages. Tranströmer is also a highly regarded amateur pianist and entomologist.
The premiere of Secrets on the Way was performed by dancers Blythe Berg, Ramzi Jneid, Nitipat Pholchai, Lissa Resnick, and Linnea Snyderman, with readings by actor Earll Kingston. The music, a mix of contemporary and classical, included works by Schubert and Hindemith. Lighting design by G. Chris Griffin; sound design by Phil Patiris.
English translations by Robert Bly and May Swenson (poems and translations used by permission).
Tranströmer's poetry suggests movement; Kathryn Roszak's edgy, urban choreography combines with dances traveling through the numinous landscape of his poetry. Psychological, mysterious, and filled with surprising imagery, the poems describe journeys into the city and into the wild within nature and ourselves. Going through Walls, Mountains that have Windows, Violence, Blindness, and Trust are all images found in the poetry. Translating poems from one language into another is a form of detective work. Poets, detectives, and psychologists work with broken bodies and souls. The Detective/Writer searches for different parts of the puzzle -- the broken pieces that somehow make up the whole.
As one audience member wrote following the premiere, "There is a strange energy in the performance that I can't describe, but which grips you more and more -- especially in the Schubertiana climax near the end."
This work is supported in part by a grant from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.
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