ANDERSSON DANCE

Andersson Dance is an alternating constellation of artists in the field of dance collaborating with choreographer Örjan Andersson, based in Stockholm, Sweden. Andersson Dance collaborates with venues and organizers nationally and internationally and invite artists from all over the world to collaborate in new and older creations.

Andersson Dance is analogous to choreographer Örjan Andersson’s artistry and a language of derived from vastly different experiences of creating choreographic works. This language and his fascination with space and the amount we take hold of has been and is still in focus. Whatever the context, this side of the choreographer has been the common denominator – the movement in space and time. Örjan Anderssons investigation and fascination with movement has been conducted in many disparate contexts. Early on he received opportunities to create choreography for the large institutions nationally and internationally. This gave him an opportunity to develop his language and his view on the larger stages. At the same time Örjan Andersson founded Andersson Dance.

Andersson Dance is funded by the Swedish Arts Council, the Arts Grants Committe and the Cultural Capital of Stockholm

ALAE (2017)

Alae is a full-length work, an evening’s performance for one pianist and three dancers, together engaging with Beethoven’s magnificent piano music. The work is an artistic convergence between Örjan Andersson and New York-based pianist and interpreter of Beethoven Per Tengstrand. Alae was created using three of Beethoven’s sonatas as a springboard’

“His life with the sonatas and the pictures and memories they conjure up in performances around the world have become the working material for me and the dancers,” says Örjan Andersson. “I am fascinated by how we listen to music and what the pictures create from that listening.”

Choreography, concept: Örjan Andersson Dancers: Jernej Bizjak, Ida “Inxi” Holmlund & Javier Perez Pianist: Per Tengstrand Set and lighting design, photo: Chrisander Brun Costume design: Bente Rolandsdotter Music: Ludwig van Beethoven : Piano Sonata d minor, Op. 31 No. 2 “Tempest” / Piano Sonata A-flat Major, Op. 110 / Piano Sonata f minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata” Production: Andersson Dance & Nordberg Movement Co-production Andersson Dance & Regionteatern Blekinge Kronoberg. Production residency at Västerås Konserthus. Technical services in collaboration with Lumination of Sweden / SUTODA. Made possible with support of the Swedish Arts Council, Stockholms Stad and Region Stockholm.

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Helsingborgs stadsteater, Helsingborg, SE  / Landskrona teaterförening, Landskrona, SWE  / Sage Gatshead, Newcastle, GB / Tonhallen, Stundsvall SE / Dansens Hus, Stockholm SE / Dieselverkstaden, Nacka, SE / NorrlandsOperan, Umeå, SE / Danscentrum, Stockholm, SE / Stora Teatern, Göteborg, SE / Kungsbacka teater, Kungsbacka, SE / Västerås konserthus, Västerås, SE / Konserthusteatern, Karlskrona, SE / Örebro Konserthus, Örebro, SE, Spira:teatern, Jönköping, SE / Växsjö konserthus, Växjö, SE (2017-2020)

GOLDBERG VARIATIONS – TERNARY PATTERNS FOR INSOMNIA (2015)

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. It’s here that the subtleties of the interpretation come out; was Goldberg Variations intended to be a purely aural experience, or can we move to it? How do we, and how can we, experience these notes in the 21st century?

Choreography: Örjan Andersson Musical direction: Jonathan Morton
Music: J.S. Bach – Goldberg Variations (arr. Sitkovetsky)* Musicians Scottish Ensemble: Jonathan Morton (trio), Cheryl Crockett, Daniel Pioro Rakhvinder Singh, Joanne Green, Laura Ghiro, Jane Atkins (trio), Andrew Berridge, Alison Lawrance, Naomi Pavri, Diane Clark Dancers Andersson Dance: Jozsef Forro, Eve Ganneau, Paul Pui Wo Lee, Csongor Szabo, Danielle de Vries Set and light design: SUTODA Video design: Sam Salem Costume design: Bente Rolandsdotter

Production: Andersson Dance, Scottish Ensemble & Nordberg Movement
Co-production: Andersson Dance, Scottish Ensemble ,Regionteatern Blekinge Kronoberg & Riksteatern. Technical services in co-operation with Lumination of Sweden/SUTODA. Made possible with generous support by The Swedidh Arts Council, the City of Stockholm and Creative Scotland

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Dansens Hus, Stockholm, SE / Växjö konserthus, Växjö, SE / Tramway, Glasgow, GB / Caird Hall, Dundee, GB / Eden Court, Inverness, GB / Music Hall Aberdeen Performing Arts, Aberdeen, GB / Dance City, Newcastle, GB / Spira:teatern, Jönköping, SWE / Stora Gasklockan Gävle, Gävle, SE / Västerås Konserthus, Västerås, SE / Kungsbacka teater, Kungsbacka, SE / Vara konserthus, Vara, SE / Dansstationen Malmö, Malmö, SE, NorrlandsOperan, Umeå, SE, Tanzhaus NRW, Dusseldorf, DE / City theatre Brugge, Brugge, BE / Thuringer Brachwochen, Erfurt Theater, Erfurt, DE / Stavanger Konserthus, Stavanger, NO / Bærum Kulturhus, Bærum, NO / Shanghai Concert Hall, Shanghai, CN / The kennedy center, Washington, US / Barbarican, London, GB / The Krannert Center Colwell Playhouse, Urbana, US / Lucas Theater Savannah music festival, Savannah, US/ Schleswig-Holstein Festival at Kiel Schloss, Kiel, DE (2015-2019)

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PROMISE LAND (2020)

Promise land is a dance performance who depicts a dream world with a dark undertone and drastical humor. The starting point for the performance is the artistry of Helene Billgren. This is the first time the choreographer Örjan Andersson works with a visual artist and the first time Helene Billgren works with dance.

Helene Billgrens imagery shows in the scenography and costume and comes to life through the dancers. The shaved and square is enlightened and the mistakes become an asset. It’s order in chaos. The theme is the absurd logic of the dream and Örjan and Helene is inspired by surrealism and dadaism. Art forms that are about absurd and spontain impulses which the intellect has not yet affected.

Choreography: Örjan Andersson Dancers: Brittanie Brown, Jenny Nilson
Set- and costume design : Helene Billgren Dramaturg: Anna Berg
Light design: Luka Curk Sound design: Niklas Swanberg Make-up design: Anna Olofson Rehearsal director: Javier Perez Production: Malin Lundgren hand Katti Alm/Riksteatern, Ina Sletsjøe/Andersson Dance, Magnus Nordberg/Nordberg Movement. Head of dance, Riksteatern: Mia Larsson. Co-production Andersson Dance & Riksteatern. Andersson Dance is supported by Kulturrådet, Stockholms Stad and Region Stockholm

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Dansens Hus, Stockholm, SE / Stora biografen, Värnersborg, SE / Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Skärhamn, SE / Folkets Hus, Allingsås, SE / Eric Sahlström-institutet, Tobo, SE / Falkhallen, Falkenberg, SE / Folkets Hus, Tranås, SE / Landskrona Teater, Landskrona, SE / Kulturhuset Barbacka Spelhålan, Kristianstad, SE / Stenkrossen, Lund, SE / Dalateatern, Falun, SE / Berga Teater, Åkersberga, SE / Svenskfinska folkhögskolan Ljuslabbet, Haparanda, SE / Dansinitiativet, Luleå, SE / Hallen Nordanå, Skellefteå, SE (2020)

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PARTITA no.2 – SEI SOLO

Partita no.2 – sei solo is a piece created in a collaboration between the violinist Jonathan Morton from Scottish Ensemble and choreographer Örjan Andersson. Within Sebastian Bachs piece Partita for violin no.2 the piece examines this historical document from the early 18th century with the help of five dancers and Jonathan Morton on stage.

The process of creating Partita focuses on the literature surrounding the original piece and the performance will present a diptych where the two entities music and text meet, these contrasts will become the base of the performance.

The human constant ambition to try to explain music through the written word and the many written interpretations this has created will be the starting point for the second part of the piece. The historical literary material will be processed and morphed so that a new logic, meaning and non-meaning will be created.

Choreography: Örjan Andersson Musician: Jonathan Morton Sound design: BJ Nilsen Set- and light design: Chrisander Brun Costume design: Jenny Nordberg Dancers: Ashley Wright, Jim De Block, Takuya Fujisawa, Johanna Wernmo, Emilia Fridholm. Co-production Andersson Dance, NorrlandsOperan & Dansens Hus. With support by the Swedish Arts Council/Kulturrådet, Stockholms Stad and Region Stockholm.

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