Featured Image (From Left to Right): Robert Hass, Kathryn Roszak, Maxine Hong Kingston, Mads Tolling
On April 3rd, Robert Hass reads from his selection of poems by Swedish Nobel laureate Tomas Tranströmer that he translated, and Kathryn Roszak screens and discusses her
short film “Secrets”, a post-modern “tango,” inspired by Tranströmer's great poem "Schubertiana," a love story with two dancers seeking trust in New York City. With a musical prelude by Grammy Award-winning violinist Mads Tolling.
From our Guests:
Daniel Kucera, Retired Judge, Alameda:
The program today was mesmerizing. Mads Tolling's version of Bill Evans
"Blue in Green" followed by the melancholic
recordings of Tranströmer on piano was enchanting. The poetry presented
by Robert Hass was illustrious of his immersion in
Tranströmer’s work. His learned dissemination of Tranströmer benefits
the poet's legacy and greatly our appreciation.
The highlight was your film "Secrets". The production was vivid,
luscious, and compelling. The pacing was engaging; the
choreography drew the participants from urban estrangement to engagement
with the rhythms of.. and trust in.. the mystery.
Karin Sanders, Professor, Department Chair, Department of Scandinavian,
Dear Lotta, Marlene, Christian and Kathryn
Thanks so much for the lovely Tranströmer event you arranged for us all
last Wednesday. Full house and very successful.