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In 2011, the police forced a 25m2 apartment at Kungsholms Torg in Stockholm, after the neighbours alerted them about a stench. When they entered the apartment, they found 13 living swans. The news reports about the woman who lived there, and who was later arrested and sentenced, have since been a

sort of urban legend amongst Stockholmers, as no names or pictures were ever published. Her only ever public statement was “You get more love from a swan than you can ever get from another person”. Who was she that lived in the periphery of society?

Rebecka Pershagen has created a performance outside conventions: a form of modern fable underscored with a 10-channel sound collage, in which interviews with the women’s friends and others are interspersed with mythology about the swan as an animal, classical music, statistics on social isolation in Sweden and more, while on stage we follow her in her apartment, portrayed by Rebecka Pershagens, during what turns out to be the last day of her life.

 

The critically acclaimed piece has played to full houses in Stockholm and Gothenburg in 2018, and was awarded the Nordic Fringe Network Award at Gothenburg Fringe Festival 2018. In 2019, it will tour to Åbo, Brighton, Reykjavik and Bergen.

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Rebecka Pershagenin esitys on rajoja rikkova moderni satu. Vuonna 2011 poliisi sai pyynnön mennä pieneen tukholmalaiseen asuntoon sieltä tulevan löyhkän vuoksi. Asunnosta löytyi, paitsi sen omistava nainen, myös 13 elävää joutsenta. Pidätetty ja tuomittu nainen ei antanut julkisuuteen kuin yhden lausunnon asiasta: ”joutsen rakastaa sinua enemmän kuin yksikään ihminen”. Kuka oli tämä itsensä yhteiskunnan ulkopuolelle asettanut joutsennainen - Svankvinnan?

 

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2011 gör polisen ett tillslag i en 25m2 lägenhet vid Kungsholms Torg i Stockholm, efter att grannarna larmat om en stank. När de forcerar dörren hittar de 13 levande svanar. Nyhetsnotiserna om kvinnan som bodde där, och sedermera arresterades och dömdes, har sedan dess varit någon av en vandringssägen då inga namn eller bilder någonsin släpptes. Hennes enda offentliga uttalande var “Du får mer kärlek av en svan än du någonsin kan få av en annan människa”. Vem var hon, som levde i periferin av samhället?

 

Photographer: Robert Mosbach

Web links:

https://rebeckapershagen.wixsite.com/theswanwoman

 

Svankvinnan

Theatre, Performance, Installation

 

ÅST

Studioscenen

 

45 min

 

Fri 10 May

Sat 11 May

 

19.15

16.00

 

Suitability: 13+

 

Language: Swedish

 

Group: Rebecka Pershagen

 

Country: Sweden

 

Performers: Rebecka Pershagen

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TURKU • ÅBO

May 13th–17th 2020

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