Research in Performing Arts for Children from Birth to Three
Edited By Wolfgang Schneider
Big drama for small spectators Unga Klara’s Swedish experiment by Dan Höjer – Theatre about fertilization, about life in the womb and the meaning of life, a performance for babies between six and twelve months and adults who accom- pany the children. There were many who smiled at director Suzanne Osten be- fore the performance “Babydrama” was set up at Unga Klara in Stockholm. Never before had anyone ever produced ‘serious theatre’ for such small chil- dren: nobody in the whole world. But its success has been total. After more than seventy performances, the play reopened on the 27th of April 2007. And the au- dience’s rush continued. Only a few days on, most shows were already sold out. The critics tried to surpass each other with superlatives. Enthusiastically, they described how an audience of twelve babies and their parents was sitting there, spellbound. The newspaper “Göteborgs-Posten” commented: “There is a level of concentration and on-the-edge attentiveness in the auditorium which every thea- tre ensemble dreams of.” And Swedish Radio P 5 broadcast the ultimate praise: “I think this play is a reason for having children.” And, like the onion on top of a slice of salmon, the ensemble of “Babydrama” was nominated for the “Swedish Award of Drama Critique for Children’s and Young People’s Theatre” 2006. And the world became curious about this Swedish theatre experiment. Suz- anne Osten and Ann-Sofie Bárány, author of “Babydrama” travelled to Paris where they presented the project and were met...
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