Dolly is a fearless wordless monologue, and a lippy challenging portrait of a woman, that avoids neither the pathetic nor the taboo. Everyday life and fantasy collide in picturesque dream sequences; suggestive collages of sound, sublime light design, fountains, plastic flowers and advanced body make up are important components in a performance asking questions about gender, oppression and solitude.
Dolly is an incomparable and magical mixture of high and low, concrete and abstract – extravagant kitsch and strait aesthetics in a bomb about to detonate.
Dolly opened at Göteborgs Dans och Teater Festival 2004 as a part of the festival’s Egyptian programme with Ahmed El Attar’s Mother, I want to be a Millionaire and Mahmoud Abou Doma’s Faust’s Dreams.
On stage : Josefine Andersson
Script, direction, set and light design: Charlie Åström
Music and audio design: Lars Falk
Costume design and doll: Linn Lamberg
Make up design: Gunnar Lundgren
Slow motion instructor: Phax Ahamada
Producer and coordinator: Christine Åström
Sound technique: Rune Johansson
Stage technique: Otto Olsson Båth
Assistant light technician: Saad Samir
Assistant sound technician: Hussein Sami
Press photo: Mattias Dellmo
Graphic design: Peter Alfredsson
Dolly was funded by: The region of Västra Götaland, The Swedish Institute, Göteborg Dance and Theatre festival, The Mannheimer Foundation and ABF
”The emphasis is somewhere else, in the light, the movement, the atmosphere, the objects. In a series of scenes, like tableaux in a surrealistic picture-play, the audience follows a woman in close contact with strong emotions and memories.” Dolly has a depth, an almost von Trierian pretentious quality…”
Sven Rånlund, Göteborgs Posten 2004-08-25.
“The monologue is distinct though entirely without words.” “It’s exciting and very different.”
Vibeke Carlander, Borås Tidning, 2004-08-30.
2nd, 3rd och 4th of September 2004
Dolly is performed at Pustervik Stora scen, Gothenburg
2th of January 2005
Dolly is performed at The Creative Forum for Independent Theatre Groups, Alexandria, Egypt as a part of The Swedish Axis.