Persona

Adapted from Ingmar Bergman’s Masterpiece film

With Aurora Acting Company (Anna Lyngby Olsen and Stina Simone Larsen )
Directed by Gérard Carey Bidstrup 
Coaching for English script by Kate Maravan (The Actors Centre, London)

Synopsis

PERSONA is one of Ingmar Bergman’s most famous films, rarely adapted for the theatre. AURORA acting company has nevertheless taken up this material and crafted a 50-minute piece, centered around the script’s principal scenes.

The two main characters, nurse Alma and her patient, Elizabeth, are secluded in a house on the Swedish seashore for months. However it is always Alma who talks while Elizabeth listens, insistent on maintaining her own silence.

In this work, as the title suggests, Bergman focuses on the relationships between the masks that each of us wear and our deeper nature. But where is the line between the mask and one’s truer self? Does such a line even exist? Such a mask? A “truer” self? As the play develops, the lines separating Alma from Elizabeth blur, sometimes even vanish, and each woman begins to exist as the mirror of the other.

AURORA will present Bergman’s PERSONA as a NVNP "Work in Progress" before performing it within the Festival d’Avignon (OFF) in July 2013.

Please join us for this preview, followed by a Q&A with the artists, refreshments and networking.

Photo courtesy of Gina Zacharias

Cast & Crew

Anna Lyngby Olsen

Anna Lyngby Olsen is a Danish actress and drama teacher. She was trained in the Meisner Technique at “The Actors Temple” in London, “Cours Philippe Peyran-Lacroix” in Paris and “Ophelia’s Acting School” in Copenhagen. Anna has appeared in several Danish short films such as “The Hunting” (Kirsten, the mother) and “Our Lost Picture“(The passenger), and on stage in Ingmar Bergman’s Persona (Elizabeth), performed at the Festival “Sneskud” in Copenhagen in February 2013. Anna also has a diploma in drama teaching from the University of Copenhagen, where she is currently working with a team to further develop the Meisner Technique.

Stina Simone Larsen

Stina Simone Larsen is a Danish actress and drama teacher. She was trained in the Meisner Technique at “Ophelia’s Acting School” in Copenhagen and at The William Esper Studio in New York. Stina also has a diploma in teaching and has taught drama in various contexts, always focusing on letting the students discover and develop their own potential during the work. Stina is more interested in the process than in creating an end result and has also worked as a professional coach to some of her younger students who wish to pursue an acting career. Among other shows, Stina has performed in “Lilleskoven” by Jesper  at “TeatretvedSorteHest” in Copenhagen and in Ingmar Bergman’s “Persona” (Alma), presented at the Festival “Sneskud” in Copenhagen in February 2013.

Stina and Anna created AURORA acting company in 2012 and Persona, a performance stemming from the Meisner Technique, is the company’s first.

Info

Saturday, April 6th 20h30

Le Pavé d'Orsay
48 rue de Lille 75007 Paris

Tickets: 10euros suggested donation
Reservations: bawreservations@gmail.com