Newsletter from Teaterunionen – Swedish ITI

April 2016

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In collaboration with the Swedish Institute, we are, together with Assitej Sweden, inviting and coordinating a number of international guests who will attend Bibu. Bibu is a festival where everyone interested in the performing arts for a younger audience can meet and be inspired; by each other, by the performances that are shown and by the seminars, workshops and meetings which you can attend during the four biennial days. This year’s edition of Bibu will take place May 18-21 in Helsingborg. If you are interested in visiting the festival and want to have some more information, please send a mail to my project manager Lovisa Björkman;

If we don’t meet in Helsingborg, I hope to see you in Stockholm in the fall. October 23-25 are the dates 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. The program will be published in May and the registration will open in June, but you can already find some information about the showcase festival at

During the year, we also plan to collaborate with the Alexandrinsky Theater in St Petersburg, Russia, make a program during the Stockholm Pride Festival where performing arts and LGBT–activists can meat, coordinate seminars during the Swedish focus at the Maribor Theatre Festival in Slovenia and much much more. We are always interested in international collaborations, so feel free to contact us if you have a great idea where you think we could take part!

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 April.

The Hundred We Are in New York

If you're in New York in April, don't miss the opportunity to see The Hundred We Are by the celebrated Swedish playwright Jonas Hassen Khemiri. The play, directed by Erwin Maas, had its North American Premiere in March at the Origin Theatre Company.

The Hundred We Are, is the stories of three women - a young radical, a middle-aged housewife, and a clear-eyed world-traveler - unexpectedly merge. Will they share the same fate of missing their true potential, or will they somehow reach beyond their individual limitations? The Post Script Journal called the play "surreal, playful and quietly devastating. It is about the multiplicity of the individual, the unreliable nature of memories and the lies we tell ourselves."

April 1, Origin Theatre New York, US
April 3, Origin Theatre New York, US
April 5, Origin Theatre New York, US
April 6, Origin Theatre New York, US
April 7, Origin Theatre New York, US
April 8, Origin Theatre
New York, US

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.

April 14-16, April Festival, Köpenhamn, Denmark
April 20, Vantaa Festival, Helsingfors, Finland
April 21-22, Ruutia Festival, Helsingfors, Finland

And Then...

Claire Parsons Co

And Then... is dance and soft circus expressed in a polyphonic and imaginary world. Four characters meet to tell and present their story in different ways. Objects roll around, things move and the perspective changes through dance, speech and song. Someone talks about dancing bees, dexterous opposites and ingeniousness. 

April 23, AND THEN..., Ruutia Festival Helsingfors


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? 

May 6-8 maj, Barcelona, Spain

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


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
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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