photo: Christoffer Brekne

DON GNU are back in their threadbare socks and downtrodden sandals hunting for contemporary man's identity! You can meet the three charming men in a hardboiled mix of jackass stunts and slapstick comedy in Helsinki this week at Hurraa! Festival or come by CPH Stage 9-10 Jun 2022 and experience a special festival edition with special guests.

This spring the company is also touring with the shows TOURIST and WALK-MAN - the latter can amongst others be experienced at the Danish showcase DANISH+ on 9 May 2022.

At the moment DON GNU is also working intensively on creating their brand new show RESIDENT about the extraordinary experiences of ordinary life in a residential area. The show is created in close collaboration with the residents of Høje Gladsaxe and will premiere on 30 Apr 2022. More information will be available soon.... Please see for an overview of all activities.

Learn more about DON GNU at
photo: Håkan Jelk

Helena Franzén’s new dance performance I SEE YOU will have its premiere on 8 Apr 2022 at Lokstallarna in Karlshamn (SE) and tour 3-23 Oct 2022 i the county of Blekinge Kronoberg (SE).

I SEE YOU is about identity. My identity. Your identity. Our identity. Their identity. The word ”identity” comes from the Latin word ”identitas” which means 'same' or 'the same'. With this as a starting point, the dancers embark on an identity journey together with their audience which is about the interaction between us. The place is a Catwalk, a place to watch and to be watched. A place where we can create our identity. Show up and be seen. Who do you see when you see me? Who do I see when I see you? In I SEE YOU, the audience will join in on a journey through dance where we examine how the I is created in relation to the other. The dancers meet themselves through each other and their audience. Directly after the performance, the audience is invited to a workshop with the dancers.

Find out more about Helena Franzén at
photo:Jacob Stage

For four weeks in April, 20 participants in Helsingborg (SE) will meet choreographer Rachel Tess, sound designer Ulrich Ruchlinski, and four dancers from Skånes Dansteater. Together, they create and rehearse a dance performance that is shown outdoors in Drottninghög, at a spot chosen by the participants. After Helsingborg, the dancers go to a new city and create with new participants.

The dance project TIME LOOPS dives deep into six different locations in Skåne in the south of Sweden during the spring and summer of 2022. TIME LOOPS wants to stop the time through dance, sound, and song. Investigate community, place, and time in relation to people, routines, and landmarks in six residential areas in Skåne. Read more here.
The performance in Helsingborg will also be shown for national and international guests during Bibu (Biennial performing arts for children and youth) and Assitej Artistic Gathering in Helsingborg (SE) 17-22 May 2022.

Read more about Skånes Dansteater at
photo: Märta Thisne

THIS THAT UNRAVELS is a meditation on patterns based on an idea by choreographer Björn Säfsten. Something appearing and disappearing, being relocated and displaced. Sprung from a mutual pulse, shifting between five people, THIS THAT UNRAVELS creates moments of cacophony and exponential progressions. The performance is developed during the fall of 2021 and spring of 2022, in close collaboration with the five dancers in the studio. More info, credits, and tickets here.
Co-production Säfsten Produktion, MDT and Rum för dans. The production is carried out with support from Kulturrådet, Stockholms Stad, and Region Stockholm.

Performances THIS THAT UNRAVELS: 21-24 Apr 2022, MDT, Stockholm (SE).

In LOST NIGHT Björn Säfsten and dancers Sophie Augot, Alexander Gottfarb and Marianne Kjaersund attempt to approach the feeling of loss. It´s a puzzle of fictional situations whose building blocks process what it means to lose something or someone. In the performance, the dancers use words, sound, song and movement to take in and sing out the choreography. More info, credits, and tickets here.
Made possible with support by the Swedish Arts Council, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Stockholms Stad. Residencies at The Swedish Arts Council and Arbeitsplatz Wien.

Performances LOST NIGHT: 28-30 Apr 2022, MDT, Stockholm (SE)

Find out more about Björn Säfsten at
photo: Christian Farcher

This spring Claire Parsons Co. is going international with shows in Finland and the United Kingdom, as well as being selected to perform at Young Swedstage at the Bibu Festival alongside the International Assitej Gathering in Helsingborg, Sweden.

On 12-17 Mar 2022, the company will be in Finland performing LITTLE SWAN LAKE at the Festival Hurraa! – presenting 7 shows for school audiences and family audiences in Finnish and in Swedish. Festival Hurraa! is a renowned festival presenting international work in physical theater, circus, dance, and puppet theater for families and young audiences.

The company’s signature piece MARMALADE will be performing at two festivals in the UK in May: at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival on 25-26 May 2022 and at the Salisbury International Arts Festival on 28 May 2022. Since its premiere in 2013, MARMALADE, aimed at everyone from the age of 2, has played over 700 shows and has visited about fifteen countries, including the USA, Cuba, and South Korea, receiving awards for innovations in performing arts for young audiences.

LITTLE SWAN LAKE will perform at Young Swedstage at the Swedish Bibu on 21 May 2022.

Learn more about Claire Parsons Co. at
photo: Jens Peter Engedal

HOOKED is touring to theatre FFT in Düsseldorf (DE) 8-9 Apr 2022.

Join us for this wild roller coaster ride that oscillates between euphoria and abstinence, fear and pleasure, the highest kick, and the deepest tragedy. With the body as a battlefield, HOOKED sheds light on addiction as a phenomenon – whether it be in the form of gambling, apps, shopping, alcohol, sex, drugs, or painkillers. What is this hunger that drives us? HOOKED is a wake-up call in a scenic hybrid of dance, ritual, visual art, and performance art.

HOOKED is created by a team of international artists, including Danish/Swedish director and performance artist Annika B. Lewis, the Italian/German choreographer and performance artist Morgan Nardi, as well as the acclaimed, border-defying Swedish visual artist Peter Johansson. HOOKED is coproduced with Bora Bora – dance and visual theatre and theatre FFT. Supported by the Danish Arts Foundation, The City of Aarhus, Knud Højgaards Fond, Overretssagfører L. Zeuthens Mindelegat and DMF.
Find out more about Kassandra Production at
illustration: Josefin Öberg

In March Bobbi Lo Produktion is performing the piece I KNOW A SECRET in Stockholm in collaboration with DANSISTAN. I KNOW A SECRET is an imaginative performance where a school class from Jokkmokk (in the north of Sweden) has inspired professional artists in the creation of a mysterious journey, do you dare to follow? Choreography by Lava Markusson. For more info and credits go here.
The company also starts the research of the new site-specific piece REALI-TEA that takes the audience on a journey away from reality and into a surrealistic world. On their journey, they meet characters who challenge their perception of identity, cultural and social norms, what is real, right, or wrong. Who is living in a fantasy world and who is not? REALI-TEA will premiere on 2 Aug 2022 at Galleri CC in Malmö (SE). Choreography by Lava Markusson. More info and credits here.
Learn more about Bobbi Lo Produktion at
photo: Lia Jacobi

Norrdans' performance IF ONLY I KNEW steps into spaces ordinarily blanketed by public quiescence and performs loudly, and openly, in utter silence. Choreographed by Ioannis Mandafounis, IF ONLY I KNEW is created especially for the library space. Dancers reflect the stories that surround them, themes and motifs of text and literature interpreted through bodies and spectator minds. What meaning does dance bring to words? What insights does the melding of stories told through text and movement yield?

20-21 Apr 2022 IF ONLY I KNEW will move throughout four libraries in Stockholm (SE). With two performances a day, at 1 pm and 4 pm, readers of all kinds will have the opportunity to experience the work among the shelves of their favorite stories. For more info go here.

Read more about Norrdans at
photo: Regionteatern Blekinge Kronoberg

Charlotte Engelke's playful version of Rickard Wagner's opera Das Rheingold premieres at the Regionteatern in Växjö (SE) on 9 Apr 2022. In THE GOLD, opera, parkour, dance, and acting at the highest level are mixed in a spectacular musical adventure. THE GOLD is a magical opera performance for everyone from 5 years and up! A brilliant musical fairytale world, inspired by Wagner's opera, transformed into a 60-minute glittering total artwork. The Regionteatern´s own ensemble participates in the performance, which this spring is also performed in Karlskrona, Karlshamn, and Älmhult (SE).
THE GOLD premiered at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern Skärholmen (SE) 2016 and it has been played over 100 times. In 2017 it was shown at the Malmö Opera (SE). THE GOLD was selected to be shown at Bibu - the Swedish biennial for performing arts for children and youth 2018. Read more about THE GOLD on Regionteatern Blekinge Kronoberg's website here.
Find out more about Charlotte Engelkes at
photo: Casper Hedberg

THUNDERSTRUCK departs from the 19th-century phenomena of touring electricity shows. At a time when electricity was still a scientific novelty, it was displayed in public performances as acts of magic. Today, a contemporary heir to the electricity magic show is the Tesla coil performance, making use of the spectacular sound and light effects the coil produces, but often performed in hyper-masculinized, technique-masturbatory, and rock'n'roll-fetishistic shows.

In THUNDERSTRUCK, Stina Nyberg returns to a time when the artist and scientist believed in transforming the forces of nature into the forces that propel society, harnessing natural energy for crafting nearly magical devices. THUNDERSTRUCK pairs effective technical innovations with a long-term research on science and magic. More info, credits, and tickets here.

Performances THUNDERSTRUCK: 1-2 Apr 2022, Edison-scenen, Dansehallerne, Copenhagen (DK).
photo: Håkan Larsson

It's time to revisit this classic story in choreographer Örjan Andersson's interpretation! EFTER HAMLET (After Hamlet) premieres 20 Apr 2022 at Regionteater Väst, Borås (SE).

Difficulty, youthful frustration, and existential anxiety are the themes in Shakespeare's classic HAMLET, but how does that translate to suit children between the ages of 6 and 9? The answer is that it is simply a matter of being human and that the general human issues are just as suitable for children as for adults. With imagination, humor, body, and words, the great emotions and the young person's despair in the face of the world's madness are examined in this dance performance from Regionteater Väst. On stage, we see four dancers and an actor. On tour this spring!

Read more about Regionteater Väst at
photo: Convoi Exceptionell

CRAWL CRAWL CRAWL is a newly written staged choral work for twelve singers, from Aarhus based ENSEMBLE EDGE, in a swimming pool. Convoi Exceptionnel dives into the welfare state, class differences, and inequality. The singers become a flock striving for meaning, cohesion, or protest, and through the polyphony of the choir, the theme of the work emerges. The audience sits close to the pool edge, where the singers in the water, wearing specially designed costumes, create fluid choreographic images. This is a unique meeting between music, choreography, and architecture. Concept, stage direction by Jon R. Skulberg. For more info, credits and tickets go here.
Production: Convoi Exceptionnel. Co-production: Bora Bora, Passage Festival, Dansehallerne. Supported by: Danish Arts Foundation, Augustinus Foundation, William Demant Foundation, The Obel Family Foundation, Wilhelm Hansen Foundation, Danish Actors` Accusation, City of Aarhus.

Performances CRAWL CRAWL CRAWL: 4-6 Jun 2022, Aarhus (DK), 28-29 Jul 2022, PASSAGE festival, Helsingør (DK).

FOR EVER FOUR SEASONS, performing at Ice Hot - Nordic Dance Platform in Helsinki (FI) in June, is a musical, choreographic, and existentialist work that insists on slowness, as an act of resistance against our rapidly accelerating world. At one and the same time, Jon R. Skulberg and Convoi Exceptionnel want to give the audience a sensuous experience, which both pleases and disturbs while posing the fundamental question: What is the role of mankind in the Anthropocene era? More info here.
Co-production: Bora Bora, Dansehallerne. Supported by: Danish Arts Foundation, City of Aarhus, Wilhelm Hansen Foundation, Wanås Konst.

Performances FOR EVER FOUR SEASONS: 1 Jul 2022, Konepaja Vallila Stage as part of Ice Hot - Nordic Dance Platform, Helsinki (FI).
photo: Hans Bjurling

Virpi Pahkinen revives her tradition of performing solo to organ improvisation on Maundy Thursday in the Hedvig Eleonora Church in Stockholm (SE). Other performances include the Easter Festival on the island of Gotland, in the Baltic Sea.

The dates: 12 Apr 2022 Tullinge kyrka, Botkyrka (SE) with composer and multi-instrumentalist Jonas Sjöblom14 Apr 2022 Hedvig Eleonora kyrka in Stockholm (SE) with organist Ulf Norberg, 18 Apr 2022 Easter festival, Säves aula, in Visby, Gotland (SE), 23 Apr 2022 Culture Night at Kungsholms kyrka in Stockholm (SE) with Jonas Sjöblom.
BLACK RAINBOW will play on two dates at the Savoy Theatre in Helsinki (FI) in May. BLACK RAINBOW a night dive into Virpi Pahkinen´s poetic dance world. A black liquid mirror with many possibilities of the human body. The beauty of transformation. The halo of hidden light. A high-spirited stretch for the imagination. Six dancers, including Virpi herself, travel into the glittering luminescence of the black rainbow. Jonas Sjöblom's specially composed music ranges from hypnotic techno to wind gong and sacral choir. This is a choreography with old soul wisdom, still, it is entertaining and edgy, a fresh dialogue with the unknown.
Dates: 14-15 May 2022, Savoy Theatre, Helsinki (FI)
Find out more about Virpi Pahkinen at
photo: Märta Thisner

Gunilla Heilborn’s new work 37 HOURS AND 3 MINUTES premiered on 9 Feb 2022 at Elverket / Dansens Hus in Stockholm (SE).The piece takes as its starting point Tolstoy's masterpiece Anna Karenina, but it's as far from a dramatization of the novel you can come, rather it's a humorous take on what literature can do for us. 37 HOURS AND 3 MINUTES is the time it takes for an average reader to read the whole novel. Using interviews made by two young students at the University of Moscow about Tolstoy and his influence on people today, a research trip to Tolstoy's estate Yasnya Polyana and a lot of reading in books by and about Tolstoy, Russian history, and politics, Heilborn strings together a funny but also, in its light way, a profound performance.

The piece talks about Russia in the 19th century, but at one point it also describes the feeling of being in Moscow the exact dates Russia invaded Crimea in 2014. Two weeks after the premiere Russia started the war and we woke up to a new scary world. Now everything in the piece has another depth. Talking about and dealing with Russian topics has become very difficult, but not less important.

37 HOURS AND 3 MINUTES was originally performed in Swedish but is now being translated into English. More information concerning upcoming performance dates will follow!

"The novel is this used as a springboard to an intelligent and philosophical thoughtful discussion where scenes and movements do not necessarily lead to where they could have led, and branch out into different tracks. Much like Tolstoy's storytelling technique. Heilborn thus keeps in touch with her source of inspiration. But just like Tolstoy's very complex novel, the performance is completely impossible to make a short summary of. However, it is very, very funny." Aftonbladet (SE)

Read more about Gunilla Heilborn at
photo: Antero Hein

Elle Sofe Sara's piece VÁSTÁDUS EANA - THE ANSWER IS LAND will be presented at Ice Hot - Nordic Dance Platform Helsinki on 2 Jul 2022.

VÁSTÁDUS EANA - THE ANSWER IS LAND is a performance that through dance and yoik reflects on the power of standing together and the awareness for the common ground and nature we stand on. Fellowship and kinship with the nature around us and the earth we live on are the main themes in VÁSTÁDUS EANA - THE ANSWER IS LAND by the Sami choreographer and artist Elle Sofe Sara. The Sami folk music yoik frames this work, and the seven female performers who participate in the performance are all renowned yoikers, dancers, and singers. Here, the various art expressions are intertwined into a rarely powerful and beautiful experience. For more info go here.

In collaboration with Davvi - Centre for performing arts, Sámi national theatre beaivváš. Co-producers Arctic arts festival, Norrlandsopraen. Production support from Arts Council Norway, The Sámi Parliament Norway, Nordic council of ministers, The audio and visual fund, Saami council, Dáiddafoanda, Spenn.

Performance: 2 Jul 2022, Tanssin talo - Erkko Hall as part of Ice Hot - Nordic Dance Platform, Helsinki (FI)
photo: TITANAS

TITANAS is a meeting between Sol Picó, Natsuki, and Charlotta Öfverholm, three dancers and choreographers with completely different influences and paths that now converge at the same point on the road. The purest, wildest, and most genuine energies and forces emerge, identities fade, skins are exchanged and a dialogue begins between that multiplicity of entities that struggle within us to excel. Wrapped in the music of Judith Farrés and the voices of a choir of twelve women, this triad of warrior goddesses, decidedly powerful, euphoric and optimistic, is reborn creating a new ideal, utopian and fantastic universe, with no rules to fulfill or archetypes in which to fit in. Watch a trailer here.

Performances: 18-22 May 2022, Palau de les Arts, Valencia (ES).

Charlotta Öfverholm is also performing in LE SYNDROME DE PÉNÉLOPE by the French dance company NGC25 on 25 Mar 2022 in Sarzeau (FR). More info here.

Read more about Charlotta Öfverholm at
photo: Antero Hein

Nagelhus Schia Productions is looking for newly graduated dancers with three-year college level education for NSP 2, an artistic mentoring and skills development programme aiming at offering young, selected talents within contemporary dance artistic self-development and a broader competence within the field. Application deadline is on 23 Mar 2022. Read more about the NSP 2 program here.

On 24 Mar 2022 Nagelhus Schia Productions is launching the new series, “NSP 2 koreograferer” (NSP 2 choreographs), where young dancers from NSP 2 are given the opportunity to present their own works in Studio NSP. The first evening in the series presents works by Anna Benedicte Andresen, Ian Yves Ancheta, Iannes Bruylant, and Tormod Midtbø. Ticket income will be donated to the Norwegian Refugee Council. Visit the website for more information.

Learn more about Nagelhus Schia Productions at
photo: Danish +

Don’t forget to register before it’s too late - the final deadline for the showcase is 1 Apr 2022!

DANISH+ 2022 presents a variety of some of the finest contemporary Danish performing arts for children and youth and the entire programme is now online. Among many other performances, you can experience a new version of the classic story about Pinocchio - a wild, visual and musical show with magical puppetry, ensemble play, and grim humor. You can experience TWO MEN & A PLANK - an outdoor pop-up performance filled with raw physicality, crooked stunts, and high-level slapstick-comedy or the beautiful SUPPOSE YOU HAD A PORTABLE GRAMOPHONE which is an awarded, loving greeting to the world-famous Danish writer Karen Blixen. See the rest of the selected work here.

With a few exceptions – dance and nonverbal – all performances will be in English, and the performances are regarded as equally compelling for adults as children/youth.

The showcase DANISH+ takes place every second year in the city of Aarhus, Denmark, and is organized by the award-winning and internationally acknowledged Danish theatre, Teatret Gruppe 38. It is a unique opportunity for theatre delegates and representatives from around the world to see and experience some of the finest and most outstanding Danish performing arts for children and youth, as well as being a great place for networking with international colleagues. For more information on DANISH+, visit

Find out more about Danish+ at
photo: Hugh Carswell

GOLDBERG VARIATIONS - TERNARY PATTERNS FOR INSOMNIA is remounted in Stockholm in June 2022. The work for 11 musicians and 5 dancers opened in 2015 at Dansens Hus in Stockholm. Now the work returns to Stockholm with performances at Folkoperan 2-3 Jun 2022!

Play the opening of the Goldberg Variations to someone today, and usually, they all have heard it – whether in its original form, one of the many transcribed and transposed versions, or in a completely different setting in a totally different genre. It started life as a study for harpsichord; a simple aria, and a set of 30 variations where the aria functions as a hard drive for the whole work. 2015, Örjan Andersson (Andersson Dance) and Jonathan Morton (Scottish Ensemble) added their own. 11 musicians and 5 dancers perform Goldberg Variations as equal partners – both choreographed, the result is a singular experience of musician and dancer performing as one.

Production: Andersson Dance, Scottish Ensemble & Nordberg Movement. Co-production: Andersson Dance, Scottish Ensemble, Regionteatern Blekinge Kronoberg & Riksteatern 2015. Made possible with support by The Swedish Arts Council, Stockholm Stad, Region Stockholm, Musikverket, and Creative Scotland. Additional school performance presented in collaboration with DANSISTAN.

Read more about Andersson Dance at

The second edition of BRÅDJUPA, BLEKINGE DANCE FESTIVAL will take place this summer. Dans i Blekinge and Regionteatern Blekinge Kronoberg will once again host BRÅDJUPA in the small seaside town Karlshamn in the south of Sweden. Brådjupa will take place 31 Aug-4 Sep 2022.

The BRÅDJUPA festival will continue to offer a wide and heterogeneous range of activities; residence showings, large-scale performances, dance classes, workshops, intimate meetings, social activities, and a warm and welcoming vibe. You are all invited to join!

Find out more about Brådjupa at
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