The mourning that was

Stage 4, Skellefteå

We've seen the pictures. The children from Finland, with nameplates around their necks. Those who came to Sweden during the war. But who were they? How did they feel? And how did their experiences affect future generations?

Anna Takanen's father was one of these Finnish war children, and in Sörjen which became she takes us on a shaky journey in history. In an intimate and personal performance, she tenderly, slowly and painfully unravels her father's family history, and the complexity of being a child of war. Is it the case that war never leaves one in peace?

The performance is based on Anna Takanen's successful book Sörjen, which was published in 2019. A family story over three generations.

This is a show for everyone who appreciates a really touching story, and also for everyone who is interested in history - this is part of our common history. The theme is important to many, and today there are close to 700,000 descendants of Finnish children of warin Sweden.

"It takes four generations before a war goes out of a family. I am the third generation, ”says Anna Takanen

This performance touches, evokes thoughts, feelings and interest. Therefore, we are happy to offer a conversation between Anna and the audience after the break.

During her almost 30 years in the theater world, Anna Takanen has acted, directed and worked as theater director at Gothenburg City Theater and at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern in Stockholm. On 2 August 2020, she spoke on Swedish Radio in the summer.

21Oct 18:00 - 20:20 Stage 4

Contact information

Contact: Maria Asserud
Phone: +46-705695632

Organizer: Västerbottensteatern


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Price information

SEK 200 ordinary

SEK 150 youth (up to 26 years) / stud


Participants: Anna Takanen and 1 musician.
The mourning that took place is directed by Mikaela Hasán, artistic director of the DuvTeatern in Helsinki, who has directed at the Finnish National Theater, among other places.
Dramatization: Anna Takanen