NEW YORK CITY â€”Â The NathanÂ Awardâ€“winning writer, editor and drama criticÂ Randy GenerÂ leads two back-to-back seminars at the 2011 Swedish Theater Biennial, which takes place May 10 to 15 inÂ Sweden.
On Saturday May 14, Gener will deliver a lecture on â€śGlobal Sweden:Â Swedish TheatreÂ in the Worldâ€ť in a seminar that gathers a number of international critics from around the world. While focusing on instances and productions of Swedish theatre in the United States, he will survey the evolution of contemporary Swedish drama, dance, circus and performing arts.
In addition, Gener will leadÂ a seminar on â€śTheater and Democracy: Voices From the Theatres in the World.â€ťÂ Â The panel featuresÂ Vanessa Cook, artistic leader of theÂ Market Theatre Lab of South Africa;Â Jessica Kaahwa, an actress and writer fromÂ UgandaÂ who gave the message of the World Theatre Day 2011;Â Radhouane el Meddeb, Tunisian choreorapher, dancer and artistic director of La compagie de SOI of France;Â Ambroise Mbia, an actor and director who heads the Cameroon Center of theÂ International Theatre Institute; and AlexanderÂ KryzhanivskyiÂ of the New Drama Theatre on Pechersk in the Ukraine.
The Swedish Theatre BiennialÂ is both a national festival and a meeting place for everyone involved in the world of Swedish theatre.Â Â TheÂ Swedish Theatre UnionÂ arranges the festival every other year (odd numbered years) in collaboration with differentÂ regional theatresÂ in Swede.Â Â The whole of the Swedish theatrical world has a part to play in the Biennial, in performances, seminars, exhibitions, lectures, master-classes, meetings and arrangements of various kinds.Â Â Â The performances are chosen by a jury of Swedish theatre critics whose criteria is based onâ€”â€ťthe best productions during the last two years.â€ťÂ Â Â While the program is linked to the performances being shown, it also reflects current debates and social analysis, dealing with issues vital to Swedish work and presenting individuals of interest together with theatre projects both from home and abroad.