From wrestling to Emperor concert, Lundstrøm and heteronarratives in Danish literature. Week 17 in Odense wants it all, encompassing both the fun and thoughtful, the small lecture and the big show. Fortunately! The four events we've chosen are by no means exhaustive for the week, but just the top of the mountain - where the view is most interesting from our perspective. There's also the ODEON Grand Opening, the Danish Science Festival at SDU and lots of tempting concerts on the city's scenes. But we still think we have found the four events that stand out and make this week special. See you out there! Anders Skovgaard

Wed 26
4/25/2017 12:00:00 AM 8/27/2017 40 Vilhelm Lundstrøm Alluring and breathtaking exhibition Brandts Torv 1, Odense C Brandts false DD-MM-YYYY

Vilhelm Lundstrøm Alluring and breathtaking exhibition


Vilhelm Lundstrøm
Exhibition | Kl. 00:00 | Brandts Torv 1, Odense C | Price: 90 Kr. | Written by: Mikkel West | Translated by: Irina Antonescu

Location: Brandts
Organizer: Brandts

Vilhelm Lundstrøm is one of Denmark's grand painters, who is able to get ordinary motives like a pitcher, an orange or a person to seem strangely alluring and breathtaking. In the past, his works led to great resurrection in the bourgeois circles, due to his unnaturalistic reproduction of the world‘s shapes and colors, rather than figures.

In the exhibition, you can also get acquainted with a number of exciting Danish design classics by Finn Juel and PH (including PH's irresistibly beautiful Grand Piano). While the shapes of Arne Jacobsen and Poul Kjærholm's furniture were clearly inspired by both the animal world and geometry, Finn Juel’s design seems to be more opaque and inspired by the world of art.



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Thu 27
4/27/2017 7:30:00 PM 4/28/2017 21:30 40 The Emperor Concerto The ridiculous insistent grandeour of Viennese classics Claus Bergs Gade 9, Odense C Odense Symfoniorkester false DD-MM-YYYY

The Emperor Concerto The ridiculous insistent grandeour of Viennese classics


The Emperor Concerto
Concert | Kl. 19:30 - 21:30 | Claus Bergs Gade 9, Odense C | Price: 150 Kr. | Buy tickets here | Written by: Anders Skovgaard | Translated by: Irina Antonescu

Location: Odense Koncerthus
Organizer: Odense Symfoniorkester

Beethoven takes it all out and delivers it right in your face. Actually, the famous Emperor concert is only the first part of the evening's high-flown classical repertoire in the symphony, the other being Rachmaninov's Symphony No. 3.
Beethoven's 5th piano concert was first given the nickname of its English performance, and not of Beethoven itself, due to his grandiose and imperial style. Something that certainly cannot be denied. There‘s a smack on the dramatic and pompous, when the piano concert's three pieces blow out with virtuoso piano games, lots of horn and kettledrums on overtime. Just try to listen to the start here.



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Sat 29
4/29/2017 11:00:00 AM 4/29/2017 13:00 40 Suicide or marriage For the homosexuals in Danish literature, dying has been the core competence for hundreds of years Nedergade 12, Odense C StudieStuen false DD-MM-YYYY

Suicide or marriage For the homosexuals in Danish literature, dying has been the core competence for hundreds of years


Suicide or marriage
Talk and debate | Kl. 11:00 - 13:00 | Nedergade 12, Odense C | Price: 0 Kr. | Written by: Anders Skovgaard | Translated by: Irina Antonescu

Location: StudieStuen
Organizer: StudieStuen

I hadn't really noticed this lecture. In one way or another, it fell outside my subject matter. That until I met the "vigorous lesbian", Vita Storm, the fatally (marriage)sick Martha Grüner and Herman Bang's suicide uncertain William Høg from Hopeless Families (which, in addition to having the coolest title, is one of my Danish favourites) and the other homosexual characters which are forced to embrace either abandonment, marriage or death, as a consequence of their sexuality in the heteronarrative literature.

The lecture is about the dead homosexuals in Danish literature 1880-1941 and is held by the highly-skilled literature researcher at SDU Dag Heede, which in the same time elaborates the term heteronarrative: "the widespread plot logic that determines the action to end happily as the homosexual character dies". Obviously a common but unlit trend in the literature of those times, which fascinates and scares by the fact that the characters often had to undergo the most ultimate transformation: to die, in order to be themselves.
My own hook on the subject came when I read Dag Heede's witty and light-flowing article about the theme of the lecture. It's a really nice read-up before the morning lecture in StudieStuen.



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Sat 29
4/29/2017 8:00:00 PM 4/29/2017 22:00 40 Body Slam! Kitschy retro violence show at Magasinet Farvergården 19, Odense C Bodyslam Pro-Wrestling false DD-MM-YYYY

Body Slam! Kitschy retro violence show at Magasinet


Body Slam!
Other | Kl. 20:00 - 22:00 | Farvergården 19, Odense C | Price: 160 Kr. | Buy tickets here | Written by: Brian Lindskov Larsen | Translated by: Irina Antonescu

Location: Magasinet
Organizer: Bodyslam Pro-Wrestling

I loved watching wrestling on TV as a child, especially before I figured out it was all just fool and scam. Huge bodybuilders throwing each other around, nodding shells, kicking each other in the head and all the other craven tricks you could not use in the schoolyard. And then everyone had a persona: there were heroes, villains, alliances and betrayal - a drama that seemed like being taken straight out from the concurrent soap operas that our mothers sat and inhaled each evening, with their white wine and green Cecil cigarettes.

Later, it became something that only the dumbest Americans watched, and even the stupid Americans would rather see MMA - mixed martial arts, which was just as fun, but with real blood and a few sporadic deaths to spice it all up a bit - and that’s how it gets too much. But now it's back: at Magasinet, with some huge, burly Swedes that are going to dazzle the Danes and of course offend the audience and everything that's Danish meanwhile, because that's part of the show. It’s gonna be freakin‘ funny.



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