For the duration of Nordic Cool 2013, the Terrace Gallery will become the Cool Club, an extension of the Nordic Design Illustrated exhibition. The Cool Club will feature the iconic Arne Jacobsen Series 7 chairs, on loan from Fritz Hansen, the Embassy of Denmark in Washington, D.C., and Furniture from Scandinavia, and a new curtain made from fabric by Marimekko.
This conversation will touch on issues such as trends and influences in contemporary Nordic performance; the relative importance of tradition and experimentation in the work; the age factor of audiences and whether or to what degree early arts education in the Nordic countries has affected audience composition; what young adults mostly watch and listen to; and how current technology fits into performance practice. The panel is moderated by Chief Washington Post Theater Critic Peter Marks and will include Hanne Tømta, Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Norway, Icelandic film director Baltasar Kormákur, Pirjetta Mulari, Manager of International Affairs at Dance Info Finland, and Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir, the Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Iceland.
Part of Nordic Cool 2013.
Peter Marks, USA (Moderator)
Peter Marks serves as chief theater critic for the Washington Post. Before joining the Post in 2002, Marks worked as the off-Broadway drama critic for the New York Times. At the Times, Marks also covered media in the 2000 presidential campaign. As a journalist, he has also worked at the Bergen Record and Newsday. While working at Newsday, he won a Pulitzer Prize along with several others for their coverage of a New York City subway crash. Marks is a Lecturer in Honors and a professor in the Theatre Department at George Washington University.
Baltasar Kormákur, Iceland
Kormákur is an Icelandic film director and producer best known for 101 Reykjavík, Contraband (starring Mark Wahlberg), and The Deep. He also works as a theater director for the National Theatre of Iceland, where he got his start as an actor in 1990. He started Blueeyes Productions in 2000, shortly after the release of his debut film, 101 Reykjavík. He has won a number of awards for his work in theater, all with the National Theatre of Iceland.
Hanne Tømta, Norway
Hanne Tømta is the Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Norway. She previously worked as Artistic Director at Rogaland Theatre, from 2005 to 2008. She is a notable presence in the Stavanger region in Norway, and for this reason hosted the 2012 Pulpit Conference, an industry conference meant to foster dialogue on regional and international industry.
Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir, Iceland
Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir is the Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Iceland. She began as Artistic Director in 2005. Prior to holding that title, she had worked as an actress in Icelandic theater and film for 25 years. As Artistic Director, Tinna has worked not only to strengthen and promote the work of the National Theatre, but also to renovate the building itself, to improve the theater experience for actors and audience alike.
Pirjetta Mulari, Finland
Pirjetta Mulari is the International Affairs Manager of Dance Info Finland. She is on the project management team for the Nordic Countries on Stage in New York 2012, as a representative of Dance Info Finland. She is also a partner in the Aerowaves Network, which is responsible for presenting work of younger European artists. Mulari wrote The Characterization of Finnish Folk Dance: A Methodological Model (1996).
This is a FREE event. General Admission tickets will be distributed, two (2) per person on a first-come-- first-serve basis, in front of the theater, 30 minutes before the performance begins.