About Miss Julie
About Miss Julie
About Miss Julie is a coproduction of Stephen Shropshire, Danish Dance Theater and the Holland Dance Festival
For years, the Netherlands based, American choreographer Stephen Shropshire has been gaining international praise for works that are both aesthetically engaging and intellectually challenging. His choreographies are recognized for their virtuosic movement language, musical sensibilities, and compositional dexterity. This year, in collaboration with the Danish Dance Theater, Shropshire returns to the Holland Dance Festival with a thrilling adaptation of August Strindberg's famous nineteenth century drama Miss Julie, whose themes of class and gender politics resonate still today.
Written in 1888, August Strindberg’s naturalistic tragedy Miss Julie is a fatal discourse on class, sexual politics and the inequalities inherent in a patriarchal system. These themes, which Strindberg plotted to motivate Miss Julie’s tragic end,resonate still today and reflect imbalances that continue to divide contemporary society.
The story of Miss Julie follows the bored daughter of a wealthy count who escalates an affair with her father’s valet to devastating results. Set in the kitchen of a Swedish manor house on Midsummer’s Eve, the action is presided over by the valet’s intended fiancé (her father’s cook), who acts as moral surrogate in the unfolding tragedy.
About Miss Julie is intended as an exploration of Strindberg’s narrative; an adaptation, abstracted and re-considered in movement. By focussing on the vicissitude of its characters, the workaims toexplore the heat of their collision; to reflect both the multiplicity of their motives and the subjugation they endure to the conditional forces that are asserted upon them – both as incident and as allegory.
As a space for the recollection and reconsideration of shared cultural mythologies, the theater has long been a place to question held beliefs and modes of behavior, to measure and reflect the rate of sociocultural change. In light of the wave of current social injustices, Strindberg’s nineteenth century narrative seems once again relevant and necessary. If only to consider how little may have changed.
– Stephen Shropshire
Choreography: Stephen Shropshire
Lighting design: Adalsteinn Stefansson
Costume design: Stephen Shropshire & Maria Ipsen
Music: Maria Hulthén Birkeland, Per Gudmundson, Erik “Kicken” Ingels & Ingrid Ingels, Emilia Amper, Kirsten Bråten Berg, Per Gudmundson, Gro Marie Svidal, Thet Liturgiske Owäsendet
Holland, Den Haag
6. + 7. February 8.30 pm