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As their twenty-fifth anniversary approaches, Alice and Edgar, ever at each other's throats, find their mutual hatred at an all-time high. Their latest maid has just quit; their children have abandoned them; and they can't keep company with any of the locals on their remote island because they despise them. After twenty-five years, they can't abide one another either. Thei ...more
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Published 1900 by Gernandt
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[Night. An apartment near Marble Arch. From outside, sounds of Muslims celebrating Ramadan; the restaurants are just beginning to fill up. NOT is sitting at a table typing on a laptop, while MANNY lies on a couch reading a slim paperback book. He closes it, puts it down next to him, and stares into space]

NOT: What are you thinking about?

MANNY: Strindberg's Dödsdansen. You know, I'm kind of disappointed. Bergman talks about it in Laterna Magica as though it were a masterpiece, but I thought it wa
Czarny Pies
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Personne. Allez la voir au théâtre
Shelves: scandinavian-lit
Dans la première partie de "La danse de la mort', on trouve Strindberg au sommet de son art. La deuxième partie, écrite quelques mois après la première est risible.

Ce qui est les plus étonnant est que cette pièce bizarre marche à merveil sur la scène. J'ai vu une repésentation il y a quarante ans qui était superbe. Des comédiens doués et une mise en scènce intelligente a réussi à bien masquer les défauts graves de "La danse de mort" qui sautent aux yeux du lecteur de la page imprimée.
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I've never been able to figure out whether life is serious or just a joke. When it's a joke it can be most painful, when it's serious it can be quite tranquil and pleasant."
In The Dance of Death, a Captain and his wife Alice are closing in upon their 25th wedding anniversary. Their marriage, however, is not exactly happy (which is putting it very mildly). They live inside the degenerating round tower of a granite fortress, on an island nicknamed 'Little Hell' – socially isolated not simply du
Mar 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: classic
This was the first play I directed (so obviously I have a close relationship to the text).
Like his other plays - Fordringsägare (the creditors), Fröken Julie (Miss Julie) - the dance of death is a triangle drama, revolving around a married couple and a stranger from their past. For an aspiring director and playwright such as myself this was a great piece to start with seeing as how Strindberg uses every technique in the book to dramatize the relationship between the three characters.
Sarah M.  Adly
فلنصبر...فعندما يأتي الموت فربما تبدأ الحياة !!!!

هكذا تنتهي احداث مسرحية مؤلمة جدا و غريبة جدا عن زوج و زوجة تعيسان مع بعض و لكن لا يستطيعان الحياة بعيدان عن بعض..
مش قادرة و لا عارفة اميز ان كانت عجبتني او لا لكنها شدتني و اكتر ما لفت نظري هو روعة كاتب المسرحية سترندبيرج و قصة حياته اللي في اول الكتاب و شفت إزاي كانت طفولته قاسية القت به في الاخر في مستشفي الصحة نفسية و لكن شفت إزاي الألم ولد الفن ده كله عشان يبقي كاتب و مؤلف مسرحي مشهور في سويسرا و في الاخر اتأكد إن الألم رفيق الفن في حياة...ف
Nov 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A couple that drives each other mad." If someone asked me to sum up August Strindberg's The Dance of Death in a few words that would be my reply. And it could probably be my summary of many works by F. Scott Fitzgerald and of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as well. If I found it a weaker Strindberg play that is only because I've already read The Father and Miss Julie, which are the superior works, and to which this play owes a great deal.

In my review of Miss Julie I wrote:

You must never forget how to laugh. ... Life is boring enough without it. 16

But while the mechanism functions, you have to kick and fight with hands ad feet as long as there is life in you! 23

And that we should have to grow old! It is no fun, but it is interesting. 25

If you will stop asking who is to blame, it will help to ease your mind. Try to look upon it as a fact, a trial, which must be borne. 30

Alice - there are times when it may be a duty not to tell everything, not to see everything. Thi
Basila Hasnain
Its quite autobiographical as far as the experience goes but the question of Strindberg's aesthetics in the dark humour, the development of characters which is as shifty as their relations to eachother. In the end I mean Strindberg kind of makes Captain's remark appear fairly true that ' Life is a hoax'
Although the form is in a transformation from naturalism to surrealism so there are places in the play where one is more dependent on the characters and plot rather than its impact and form. Cyni
Отвратително преживяване - като всичко на Стриндберг. Не знам защо си причинявам пиесите му отново и отново, с надежда, че следващата няма да е чак такова разочарование. Мазохизъм някакъв.

В Сфумато- същата история. Жалко за иначе разкошните актьори.
Jason N.
Aug 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was first made aware of Strindberg via numerous literate reviews of the films of Ingmar Bergman. This is not surprising, as the two share some common themes in their work. The most obvious being gloominess. But that's just Sweden in general, right? "Joy is but the shadow pain casts."

Luís C.
May 27, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Book gave from my father, with eternal affection.
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dance of Death by August Strindberg
Loathsome personages in a good play

Husband and wife can hate each other so much that they try and even kill each other. After all, this is the subject, more or less, of the number one box office hit of the last couple of weeks: Gone Girl.
In the Strindberg play, they do not kill each other, even if there is a scene with a gun that clicks, but it had not been loaded.
And the hatred is so intense that at times it becomes annoying. I have been married for sevent
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dance of Death is a play that I suspect takes influence from The Father, mainly in that it focuses on a marriage that is dysfunctional and corrosive. In this play, a man (Edgar) and a woman (Alice) are shown that have been married for 25 years, but have come to absolutely hate each other; the hatred has gone so far that they feel urges to kill each other. To me, this play is mainly an examination of that marriage and the psychology behind the hatred taking place. Netiher the husband or wife ...more
Mohamed Abdelaty
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: مسرح
رقصه الموت هتدخلك لمتعه مسرح العبث و هتخليك تشوف معني الكراهيه كدافع للاستمرار
فالمسرحيه يقدم فيها سترندبرج زوجان قمه في التعاسه يحيان علي كراهيه كل منهم للاخر تدور احداثها في فصل الخريف كارهاص بطبيعه العلاقه بين الزوجين داخل برج قلعه كانت سجن في يوم من الايام وكان جدرانه كما قالت اليس تشربت كل الاثام والجرائم التي ارتكبها من حبسوا فيه ونضحتها علي الزوجين وعلاقتهما
اعتقد ان المسرحيه فيها عمق وتصوير عظيم لطبيعه الصراع بين كثير من الازواج الذين لا يرو خلاصهم الا في موت الاخر كما قالت اليس ردا علي
Feb 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kate Savage
The diction of this book (the Arvid Paulson translation) is almost unreadable and surely unperformable. Very formal, stilted, perplexing conversations. And too many uses of the word "shan't".

All that being said, I found the particular evil of the Captain to be fascinating, precisely because it was so eerily familiar. Strindberg has set down the patriarch in his genius and his frailty -- a King Leer, who will hurt others pitilessly -- gleefully even -- and then next moment show himself so pitiful
بسام عبد العزيز
لم أستفد أي شئ طوال أحداث المسرحية.. سؤال واحد ووحيد ظل يلح على خاطري.. ما الهدف؟ ما الفائدة؟
ولم أستطع الإجابة أبدا على السؤال ..
قد يكون لقصور في معرفتي الأدبية.. أو قدراتي العقلية ..

لكن المحصلة النهائية إنني لم أجد امامي سوى صراع بين زوجين تعيسين يكرهان بعضهما البعض و لكنهما أصبحا في نقطة لا تفيد فيها الإنفصال فتستمر حياتهما بهذا الشكل الجحيمي الذي يقوم فيه الزوجان بتعذيب بعضهما البعض..

الملاحظ لي بعد قراءة عدد من مسرحيات سترندبرج أن تيمته المفضلة هى المعاناة في الزواج بشكل أو بآخر.. هل كان ست
May 23, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
رقص مرگ (1900)، طنز دیگری ست در مورد ازدواج در شکل سنتی، که عاری از سانتی مانتالیسم، کابوسی بیش نیست. فردریش دورنمات با استفاده از "رقص مرگ"، صحنه ی ازدواج های معلول را به رینگ بوکسی شبیه کرده (بازی استریندبرگ) که دو سوی آن بی هیچ امید به پیروزی و رستگاری، در موقعیت و فضایی "محدود" و تنگ، می جنگند و یکدیگر را لت و پار می کنند. همان گونه که ادوارد آلبی در "چه کسی از ویرجینیا وولف می ترسد"، زوجی خشمگین و افسرده را درگیر ستیز دائمی نشان می دهد، که برای رهایی زوج جوان میهمان را به گودال تاریک خود می ...more
Ross Perlin
Nov 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a fantastic psychological portrait of the Captain and his destructive personality
Dirk Nachbar
readable but had hoped for more insight
Saw as a play at A Noise Within 2014
صور في بساطة الاحداث الفراق هو الموت ، العزف علي ضعفات الاخر ، خيانه ، قهر ، لا هدف ،لا حياة
ميسرة الهادي
مسرحية مجنونة بأشخاص مرضى ولا شيء آخر
Bogdan Liviu
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
tabula rasa
Gabrielle Spattz
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Immobilité je t'aime,tu es action merveilleuse, rien à rajouter.
Manal Mohamed
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
فالنصبر .. ربما عندما يأتى الموت تبدأ الحياة
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another exciting Pendergast adventure. We learn more about his background, his brother, and finally his weaknesses. The final Diogenes trilogy.
«نحن نضحك، نحن نبكي، لا نعرف إن كنّا نضحك أم نبكي. هل الحياة جد أم هزل؟ سنعرف، يمكن أن تكون هزلاً، ومع ذلك تجلب التعاسة، وفي نهاية الأمر، الجد أفضل من الهزل، أكثر راحة، ولكن حين نظن أننا دخلنا مرحلة الجد، يأتي شخص يسخر منّا..»
مسرح «أوجست سترندبيرج» ألذ في عبثيّته من مسرح «بيكيت» أو «يونيسكو»، أدخلني للواقع وجعلني أنظر له بعين ساخرة مختلطة بالمرارة. يسخر «أوجست» من زئبقيّة النّساء، والعلاقة المتأزمة بين الرجال والنساء، كان طبيعيًا أن يصدر ذلك عن شخص مر بأربع علاقات نسائيّة فاشلة وأمه كانت عاهر
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
A strange sort of play, made up of two parts, telling a story that is the same, but different, featuring characters who are the same, but different. Both parts seem to exist in complete isolation from each other, yet at the same time they seem to echo each other, as if parallel universes are being described in which each comes to a tragic conclusion.
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Johan August Strindberg was a Swedish writer, playwright, and painter. Along with Henrik Ibsen, Søren Kierkegaard, Selma Lagerlöf and Hans Christian Andersen he is arguably the most influential and famous of all Scandinavian authors. Strindberg is known as one of the fathers of modern theatre. His work falls into two major literary movements, Naturalism and Expressionism. He is widely read in Swed ...more