Both Trajal Harrell and Eszter Salamon are questioning the laws of the theatre and how the audience’s gaze directs the way we perceive bodies on stage. Both choreographers are interested in how bodies are presented in the entertainment and marketing industry, working with different dance styles and approaches. The two performances challenge our views on sexuality, transformation and identity.
In 2011 Cullberg Ballet performed Jefta van Dinther’s The Way Things Go. The choreographed chain of causes and effects was a great success in Sweden, and van Dinther was acclaimed for his inventive choreography. Now, van Dinther creates a new piece specifically for Cullberg Ballet, this time for large venues, featuring nine of the Cullberg Ballet dancers.
In November 2009, for the first time ever, Cullberg Ballet made an entrance on the Stockholm House of Dance’s small stage with two new pieces. One of them was Canadian choreographer Benoît Lachambre's first cooperation with Cullberg Ballet; JJ's voices. The dancers carry Janis Joplin's songs through their bodies.
Figure a Sea - a collaboration between Deborah Hay and Laurie Anderson
Figure a Sea is a large group dance, a landscape in which human voice and activity combine to create a grand and emotional silence within the theater. How is it possible to sustain that silence in the hearts and minds of the performers and audiences alike? The choreographer Deborah Hay creates a new piece; Figure a Sea with sound score by composer Laurie Anderson.
WORKS: 11th Floor by Edouard Lock, Tones & Bones by Stina Nyberg
Cullberg Ballet’s WORKS offers two different expressions. Choreographer Edouard Lock has created an exclusive and elegant passion drama, inspired by jazz and film noir of the 1950’s. One of the most interesting young choreographers of today; Swedish Stina Nyberg, with a sharp contemporary expression, lets the dancers create music and movements in an integrated work of art where choreography, sound and light are equal.
In Cullberg Ballet's Playback the audience gets to chose theme and movement character for what is going to happen on stage. With those choices as starting point the dancers improvise in different constellations and new combinations emerge. Together the audience and the dancers create unique combinations.