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Waltzing with Strindberg: Exploring Practices of Memory in A Dream Play

Journal article
Authors Astrid von Rosen
Mats Nilsson
Published in Nordic Journal of Dance
Volume 8
Issue 1
Pages 4-14
ISSN 1891-6708
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Cultural Sciences
Pages 4-14
Language en
Keywords Social dancing, August Strindberg, A Dream Play, Diana Taylor, the repertoire, practices of memory
Subject categories Art History, Performing Art Studies, Ethnology


The purpose of this article is to explore dance as practices of memory in Strindberg’s A Dream Play in order to get a more critically productive understanding of the drama. Employing Diana Taylor’s term “the repertoire” – referring to practices of memory – we juxtapose the dramatic text with an analysis of a 1980 TV-production of the drama. As a result we strongly suggest that paying attention to dance in A Dream Play can give considerably improved access to disappeared memories or lived parts of psychologically, socially and politically charged practices and contexts. Such lively dimensions are difficult to archive in traditional ways, but as we demonstrate they can become more accessible if the “repertoire” – for example in the form of dance practices – is chosen as perspective. What is presented in the article draws on and further expands our work within the project “Dream-Playing across Borders”, at the University of Gothenburg.

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