photo: Lennart Sjöberg

Choreographer and acrobat Yoann Bourgeois has fascinated the Göteborg Opera's audience with his bold and poetic creations HURRICANE, FUGUE/TRAMPOLINE, and OUR MUSIC. Now he is creating WE LOVED EACH OTHER SO MUCH that will explore the vital incandescence that is the basis of our movement through a piece of rare virtuosity and intensity.

Canadian dancer and choreographer Emma Portner is a rising star with choreography credits for Netflix, the Guggenheim Museum, music videos, and dance companies such as the Norwegian National Ballet. Among a cavalcade of stars at Dansens Hus in Stockholm (SE), including icons such as Mats Ek and Jirí Kylián, it was Portner's work that received the most acclaim. In FOREVER, MAYBE Portner and GöteborgsOperans Danskompani will create a work filled with paradoxes, ironies, lamps, and microphones. 

VAULTS OF HEAVEN premieres on 12 April 2024 and runs until 7 May 2024. Learn more here

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photo: Knut Bry

Nagelhus Schia Productions is collaborating with renowned Norwegian choreographer Ingun Bjørnsgaard on a new work titled SONNET IDIOT that will premiere at The Norwegian Opera & Ballet in Oslo (NO) in May.

With Shakespeare's sonnets as a point of departure, Bjørnsgaard explores both sensual and platonic love in her new work in collaboration with seven dancers from Nagelhus Schia Productions. Bjørnsgaard is known for her exceptional take on the fleeting fragility of modern identity and its social foundations gradually venturing into the complex relationship between the feminine and masculinity, in both men and women. Through the visual language of movement, Shakespeare's linguistic sensuality is abstracted in a world of unfulfilled needs, misunderstandings, and an attraction toward the inaccessible. The music, composed and performed by Christian Wallumrød, plays a central role in creating a dialogue between dance and sound.
Find out more about Nagelhus Schia Productions at
photo: Louise Herrche Serup

THE WEATHER REPORT is a performance on unease, turbulence, and stability. The performance delves into the connection between aviation and the experience of bipolar affective disorder and explores how we, as humans, navigate a life with instability and turbulence. When turmoil arises in our everyday lives, how do we manage it? Stage director Jon R. Skulberg and Convoi Exceptionnel use aviation and weather phenomena to describe his lived experience with a bipolar diagnosis. THE WEATHER REPORT is created with video designer Magnus Pind, dancers Kenzo Kusuda and Christine Sollie, performer Josephine Kylén-Collins, composers Kristian Hverring and Julie Østengaard, and costume designer Kit Wan. Co-produced by Dansehallerne in Copenhagen (DK) and Bora Bora in Aarhus (DK).

Tourdates: 24-26 April 2024 BORA BORA, Aarhus (DK), 2 May 2024 RAS, Sandnes Kulturhus (NO), 15-16 May 2024 Danshallerne, Dansekapellet, Copenhagen (DK),

Find out more about Convoi Exceptionnel at
photo: Fabian Kriese

IN A CAGE OF LIGHT will be performed at Elixir Festival Sadlers Wells in London (UK) on 12 April 2023. A stage performer who has been in the spotlight her whole life is forced to reevaluate her trust in the body's ability and to reappraise the relationship with herself. Choreographers and creators are Charlotta Öfverholm and Jordi Cortes.

DICK SO SO premieres on 5 April 2024 at Dalateatern in Falun (SE) and will be showing at Elverket / Dansens hus Stockholm (SE) on 6-8 Nov 2024. Humor and sarcasm in a dance theatre piece about gender identity, power structures, the patriarchy, and finding back to oneself. Choreographer Charlotta Öfverholm and her dance collective Jus de la Vie are thrilled to share the next stage of their journey when they approach their 30th anniversary. Join us, as we say goodbye to dance performances and a great big Swedish Hej! to the world of motivational seminars. Would you like to earn more money? Have a better sex life? Have thicker, glossier hair? Come join Dick So-So, Scandinavia’s leading women’s empowerment specialist, and be re-born as the YOU you were always meant to be. Learn how to finally take control of your life!

Learn more about Charlotta Öfverholm at
photo: Jens Peter Engedal

THE SOUL CATCHER is a seductive and deeply disturbing performance about psychological and physical abuse, manipulation, and power - in a powerful mix of performance, dance, spoken word, and electronic music.

Tour dates: 1-4 May  2024, San Francisco International Arts Festival, San Francisco (US).

"As an audience, it's like a ride in a roller coaster. Huge experience and mood fluctuations. From joy to discomfort. From comedy to seduction. From chaos to laughter. From safety to confusion. All in a total jumble that can change over time, down to a few minutes, or just seconds! Like the psychopath's actions and appearances, this performance is extremely unpredictable and strikes at the same time a powerful contemporary beat to enlighten and prevent the encounter with a psychopath. Watch out!” - XQ28 (DK)

THE SOUL CATCHER is produced by Kassandra Production in a co-production with theatre Bora Bora. Supported by the Danish Arts Foundation, The City of Aarhus, Knud Højgaards Fond,William Demant Fonden and DMF. Idea and Direction by Annika B. Lewis. The tour is supported by The Danish Arts Foundation and the Skanby+Gould Foundation. For full credits and contact information - please read here.

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photo: José Figueroa

Spring usually means dance performances in churches for Virpi Pahkinen. First up is the yearly recurring Dance Meditation on Maundy Thursday 28 March 2024 in Hedvig Eleonora Church in Stockholm (SE). With Ulf Norberg on organ improvisation. Next is the dance performance DIALOGO, a collaboration with the internationally renowned cellist Jakob Koranyi. Music by J. S Bach, Kaija Saariaho and Györgi Ligeti at Mikaelikyrkan in Västerås (SE), on 8 April 2024. On 11 May 2024, Virpi will perform BLUE PRAYER together with percussionist and composer Jonas Sjöblom at Caroli Church in Borås (SE).

On the same day, 11 May 2024, Victor Persson will perform the solo BAT TECHNO at the SoloDuo International Dance Competition in Cologne (DE). Victor has appeared in several of Virpi's pieces, the latest one being CHANGE, which premiered at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern in Stockholm (SE) in spring 2023. Check out the trailer for CHANGE here.

Learn more about Virpi Pahkinen at
image: Jens Strandberg

CHEST opens at Dansens Hus in Stockholm (SE) on 8 May 2024, with additional performances 10-11 May 2024. CHEST is a choreography at the intersection of ecology, animals, and masculinity. It intertwines seemingly contradictory concepts such as hard and soft, limp and stiff, or hairy and bald in sweaty attempts to be natural to one another. With CHEST, Stina Nyberg continues to explore new musical horizons, this time in collaboration with composer Kaki King, based in New York, USA.

CHEST is the third part of Nyberg's exploration of humanity's assholery, previously developed in SWEET (MDT 2022) and THE DAWN CHORUS (Norrdans 2022). Producers are Terry Johnson (Johnson & Bergsmark), Magnus Nordberg (Nordberg Movement). Supported by the Swedish Arts Council and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee. CHEST is part of STHLM DANCE - an international contemporary dance festival in the Stockholm region 2-12 May 2024.

Learn more about Stina Nyberg here.
photo: Håkan Jelk

BRYTPUNKT/ BREAKING POINT is an exhibition and a dance performance. Its world premiere is at Uppsala konstmuseum on 13 April 2024. The exhibition runs until 12 May 2024.

Choreographer Helena Franzén and filmmaker Håkan Jelk have created an exhibition consisting of a spatial installation. With video, sound, light, textiles, and scenography, it explores man's complex relationship with nature – from being an organic part of an ecological context to feelings of powerlessness and guilt. BREAKING POINT is a reflection and a reminder of our fragile existence. The exhibition invites you to deepen and reflect on our relationship with nature.

On recurring occasions, Helena Franzén will dance in the exhibition. In her solo- improvisation, she brings things to life in the exhibition. The dance is performed on two occasions on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the whole period of the exhibition.

Live performance in the exhibition at Uppsala konstmuseum: 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 25, 27, 28 April 2024 and  2, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12 May 2024.
Performance on stage at Uppsala konstmuseum: 18 April 2024: Helena Franzén performs together with the musician Emma Augustsson.

Find out more about Helena Franzén at
illustration: Eero Lampinen

In COSMETIC DEMONS: A CHOREOGRAPHIC SALON, the hair salon is a place where gossip, emotions, and personal processes are made visible. In front of the chairs - where there is usually a mirror - there is now a dancer. Three hairdressers, three clients, and three dancers play out a choreographic idea that becomes a salon. The piece is under development throughout 2023 and will premiere at Inkonst, Malmö (SE) on 11 April 2024 and perform at Dansens Hus in Stockholm (SE) on 16-18 May 2024.
Producer: Sindri Runudde and Nordberg Movement. Co-production: Dansens Hus, Norrlandsoperan and Inkonst. Supported by the Swedish Arts Council, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Nordisk Kulturfond, and Region Skåne.
Find out more about Sindri Runudde here.
photo: Linda Himsel

DUST is the newest production of Claire Parsons Co., touring 2024–2025. DUST is a fictional tale in a playful mix of memory and tactility, magical realism, soft circus, and acrobatics. A performance that challenges the fictional with a poetic truth or two, to see if this space is a true place, if furniture has feelings, and if you can see the dust. Contact producer Lena Yngvesson for questions and bookings.

On 17 May 2024, Claire Parsons Co. talks at Bibu, Sweden's most important meeting place with, for, and about professional performing arts for children and youth. The topic is ”To save and preserve the art of the moment”, about saving and preserving the performing arts of today for museum visitors and researchers of the future. Each performance is ephemeral and unique in its encounter with the audience. How can it be captured and conserved? Organizers are The Music and Theatre Library of Sweden, the Swedish Museum of Performing Arts, and the National Collections of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Read more here.

Learn more about Claire Parsons Co. at
photo: Märta Thisner

Gunilla Heilborn with team premiered their new work DANTE last week at Dansens Hus in Stockholm (SE). A string of songs, text fragments, and restrained dance. Like all comedies, DANTE starts shitty but ends well. We hear music and songs composed by Kim Hiorthøy, a long-time collaborator of Heilborn. On stage, we see Ludvig Daae and Kristiina Viiala, both of whom have been performing in several of Heilborn's pieces, as well as a new collaborator; Ida Wigdel.

"Through smoke and intertextual fog curtains, Heilborn and her boisterously dancing, chattering and singing trio offer up an associative philosophical dance, which allows the audience to read in as much as they want and are able to. Provocative for all misguided people, of course, that there are several interpretations to choose from here. Which, on the other hand, strengthens the image of the hell of freedom of choice. But I like how Heilborn tackles it, as if with a thoughtful, well-read chuckle in the mirror of our present times." Cecilia Djurberg, Aftonbladet (SE).

Find out more about Gunilla Heilborn at
photo: Adey

Israel Aloni is currently in Salzburg (AT) working with the students in their fourth and final year of training (Going On Year) at SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance). Aloni is sharing their practice The I.Aloni Experience with the students and also developing a new piece with them which will be performed in public on 28-29 March 2024 at SEAD. The piece is titled JUST and explores the ways in which society demands the individual to perform in a particular way in order to suit hegemonic social and political mechanisms. The two-day festival at SEAD has been held annually in spring since 2013. Tickets here.

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- Revives the performance SWEET

photo: Arno Declair

SWEET is Charlotte Engelkes first solo performance created in 2000, with which she then toured for 12 years, both in Sweden and internationally. Now she performs it once again at the Regina Theater in Uppsala (SE) on 11 April 2024.

SWEET is Charlotte Engelkes first solo performance created in 2000, with which she then toured for 12 years, both in Sweden and internationally. Now she performs it once again at the Regina Theater in Uppsala (SE) on April 11. SWEET is a 70-minute female solo performance with surprises, twists, strong emotions, and a lot of laughter. How do the director's wife, the sugar conspiracy, and the light entertainment business meet today? It's a tale of passion, of a past in the entertainment business, fear of sugar, and about doing something positive. This tale is told through singing, dancing, and memories. The mixture of genres in text, languages, and music creates an image of a mind adrift among life themes in a contemporary fairytale world. The end is best described as a heavily chopped-down Decamerone. SWEET had its world premiere in the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg (DE) in November 2000 and has been touring different dance and theater festivals in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Canada, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Singapore, Iceland and Taiwan. Read more here.

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photo: Joakim Nyström

I SJÄLVA VERKET by Swedish choreographer Björn Säfsten is presented at STHLM DANS in May 2024.
I SJÄLVA VERKET is a humorous, autobiographical, and arbitrary all-knowing performance about something everybody does, but no one knows what it is: dance! For full credits list and additional information
go here

Dates: 7-8 May 2024 at Scenkonstmuseet, in Stockholm (SE). STHLM DANS is an international dance festival. Its third edition is taking place 2-12 May 2024 in Stockholm and its region.

Find out more about Björn Säfsten at
illustration: Agnes Florin

NET is a dance performance where YOU call the shots. A net moves in and spreads in your school's sports hall or at your closest theater. Together with three dancers, we let the performance unfold and a choreographic kaleidoscope emerges. Here we create an undulating landscape that, with dance as an engine, opens doors to new rooms where we give shape to our fantasies. Presented 16- 25 April 2024 in schools in Aarhus (DK).

More info here
photo: Robert Jadenfelt

Art of Spectra's new work DISORDER premiered at Vara Concert House in Vara (SE) on 11 March 2024.
The premiere is also the start of the tour with Dancenet Sweden in March 2024. Watch a teaser here.

Tour dates: 17 Mar 2023 Studio Acusticum, Piteå (SE), 19 Mar 2024 Kulturens hus, Luleå (SE), 21 Mar 2024 Gävle teater (SE), 25 Mar 2024 Uppsala konsert & congress (SE), 27 Mar 2024 Västerås konserthus.

The choreographer and director is Peter Svenzon. Dancers are Ulriqa Fernqvist, Samuel Hall, Elin Hestner Olsson, Michael Kelland and Harlan Rust. Text by Falk Richter and Lars Norén. For more information and full credits list go here.

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