Newsletter from Teaterunionen – Swedish ITI

May 2016

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As many of you know, the next ITI congress in Manus has been cancelled due to political and governmental problems in Brazil. As the Swedish ITI-centre, we are very sad about this development and we feel extra strongly for the Manaus team, the General Secretariat and Executive Council team, who have worked so hard in the past two years for having this congress in Manaus. The Executive Council are now focusing their work on finding a solution to have a congress in Manuas in the future or elsewhere.
On a more positive note; during the end of May/beginning of June we will present the program and open the registration for the next edition of Swedstage. Swedstage is the opportunity to see and experience the very best of Swedish performing arts for children, youth and adults. During three days in Stockholm, we will present exclusively selected Swedish performances, able to tour and available for an international audience. Swedstage will take place October 23-25 in Stockholm and is organized by us together with Assitej Sweden.

We are very pleased to announce that we will organize a performing arts program during Stockholm Pride, which will include performances as well as seminars. The program is made in collaboration with the Swedish Arts Council, Kulturhuset City Theatre, Unga Klara, the National Touring Theatre and our members and we will also have the opportunity to invite some international guests to take part in the event. If you’re in Stockholm in the summer, remember to save the dates July 28-29 in order not to miss this!


May 18-21 the office will travel to the south of Sweden, more exactly to Helsingborg, and participate Bibu – the Swedish performing arts festival for children and youth. In collaboration with the Swedish Institute, we are, together with Assitej Sweden, inviting and coordinating a number of international guests who will attend the festival with us. A very warm welcome to Mohamed Dimassi, Tunisia, Phylemon Odhiambo Okoth, Kenya, Lê Quý Dương, Vietnam, Simon Iyarwema, Rwanda, Feyzan Yilmaz, Turkey, Samsom Movsesyan, Armenia, Irma Tavelidze, Georgia, Jaqueline Dommisse, South Africa and Holly Hunter from the UK!

Ulricha Johnson, managing director

Upcoming premieres in Sweden

In Scendatabasen you will find compiled searchable information for the professional performing arts in Sweden: theatre, dance, musical theatre, opera, circus, mime and performance art. Scendatabasen is operated by Teaterunionen.

Premieres in May.

Swedish performances on tour


Claire Parsons Co

Marmalade is a delicious, tactile performance about meeting, mixing and blending. Mira and Viktor taste and feel in poetic movements and circus actions in an exquisite and visual experience with the audience.

Marmelade looks at the world through body, eye, feeling and taste in a room with fluffy skirts, soft circus and Fellini music.

Marmelade is choreographer Claire Parsons’ first dance production for young children from 2 – 6 years.

May 31-June 5 MARMELAD Act 3i Festival, Singapore


GöteborgsOperans Danskompani

Mongrel is poetic, political, intimate and explores the meaning of “The Stranger”. Who is the stranger, and why don’t we welcome the strangers into our lives? Building on the Scandinavian idea of the imaginary “Jante Law” (the first rule being “You’re not to think you are anything special”). With commissioned music pulsating with the dancers’ movements, Mongrel is an organically visual synergy – poetic, intimate and political.

May 6-8 maj, Barcelona, Spain

11th Floor

Cullberg Ballet

Renowned choreographer Edouard Lock creates 11th Floor directly for Cullberg Ballet. The work is inspired by jazz and film noir of the 1950’s, and focuses on an unspoken crime of passion, unstable relations and repressed tensions. With music written specially by Gavin Bryars and costumes by Ulrika van Gelder, 11th Floor is an elegant and sophisticated period piece with ten of the Cullberg Ballet dancers. Composer, jazz musician and bassist Gavin Bryars has composed works in a variety of styles of music, including jazz, free improvisation, minimalism, historicism, experimental music, avant-garde and neoclassicism. He has created music to several operas, string quartets, concertos, as well as choral music. He has collaborated with many chorographers and directors; Edouard Lock, Merce Cunningham and Robert Wilson, among others. 

May 7-8, Hellerau, Dresten

Flugo! Drömställe!

One morning in November, three clowns from three continents arrive at the Za’athari refugee camp in Jordan. It is an unfamiliar place that appears both inviting and threatening. The clowns see the never-ending rows of white, anonymous tents; the temporary homes of a hundred thousand Syrian children, young and old, escaping a violent and escalating war.

Flugo! is a performance inspired by the feelings, desires and dreams that the three clowns were confronted with in the shadow of the tents of the Za’athari camp. Together with the audience they investigate situations of seclusion and the urge for freedom, they dream about happiness and they seek community.

The audience is invited on a journey of discovery to a sometimes frightful, and sometimes beautiful dreamlike world.

May 26-27, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands

In Hertha’s Studio


Inspired by Hertha Hillfon and her astounding artistry

Every day Hertha mucks about in her studio. She just can’t stay away from the clay! Hertha kneads and kneads and she creates masks, creatures and dreams. Never has she been this old – never has she had this many ideas, and all of them want to come alive!

May 30-31, Festspillene, Bergen, Norway


GöteborgsOperans Danskompani

Meet two masters from different generations. Noetic, a creation by Belgian Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui can contain everything from deep spirituality to comedy. The thing that interests him most is what happens between the dancers, rather than the movements of the individual dancer. Larbi’s roots are in the cultures of both Morocco and Central Europe. His artistic identity has been influenced by many years of involvement in the Belgian dance company Les Ballets C de la B, whose work belongs among the most exciting things to have happened within dance in recent decades.

May 12-13, San Sebastian, Spain
June 1-4, Paris, France

Julia & Romeo

Royal Swedish Ballet

A romantic story in a brutal environment. A clash of people and power. A struggle between generations. Love, hate and jealousy. Who can win? The Royal Swedish Ballet performs Mats Ek’s compelling and daring version of the world’s most celebrated love story, envisioned by Ek as revelatory and, as critics agree, haunting.

June 1, 2, 3, 4, Kennedy Center, Washington, USA 
June 10, 11, 12, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Los Angeles, USA 

The Tiger

Jupither Josephsson Theatre Company

An average European town. A beautiful medieval square, sidewalk cafés, pigeons, passers-by, tourists, homeless people… An ordinary town, where everything is as it always has been, until suddenly something out of the ordinary happens.
A tiger escapes from the zoo. From this real event, when a Siberian tiger created chaos in a European town, the Romanian dramatist Gianina Cărbunariu constructs a witty, playful and political tale of our time. With humour, tenderness and intelligence The Tiger portrays how anxieties for the future may alter our attitudes and relationships with the people surrounding us.

July 13-17, Festival d’ Avignon, France

20 November

Jupither Josephsson Theatre Company

Sebastian is 17 years and lost. He doesn’t fit in. Years of bullying have made him isolated. His place on earth, in society, in schools are becoming increasingly blurred, and the uncertainty is a frustration that pulsates faster and harder by the day. Something must be done.

With text largely taken from the video diaries and blog of an actual school shooter, Swedish playwright Lars Noren creates a character that is at once sympathetic and horrifying.

July 14-17, Festival d’ Avignon, France

Available for touring


Stockholms Musikteater

William - A one-man-play about Shakespeares life based on the sonetts, with a female string quartet.

A fantastic musical performance that reveals much about Shakespeare and his time, delving into the famous 154 sonnets, written with his unbridled lust for life, humour, passion for love, budding insanity, impotence and jealousy.

William was awarded best performance at the New York International Fringe festival 2013  among 187 plays. Also played at the Hamlet Stage, Kronborgs castle 2014. 

Length: 40 minutes with a 20 min intermission.

Contact Artistic Director Jonas Nerbe for more information:
Teaterunionen – Swedish ITI is the forum for co-operation and information within Swedish performing arts and the centre for contact and exchange across the borders. We are a member organisation for Swedish institutions and organisations within Swedish performing arts and arrange the Swedish Biennial for Performing Arts, which is the largest Swedish national festival and meeting.

Teaterunionen also handles various national and international theatre projects such as improving the international knowledge of Swedish plays, showcase Swedish performing arts for the international market and co-operations across borders. We also arrange national and international seminars and conferences.
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