CULLBERG BALLET - Protagonist. From 2 to 4 February

February 2 to 4


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Protagonist is a parable about bonds, alliances and affection, but also isolation, control and distance. It is a reflection on humanity, a story about how people congregate and how they adopt and accept roles. During the show, instinct, resistance and compulsion become the witnesses of the battle each individual has to fight and of how communities gradually develop. This large-format piece features 14 dancers and the voice by Elias, Sweden’s best new artist in 2015.

The shows by choreographer and dancer Jefta van Dinther are characterized by a very rigorous physical approach. Here, for the second time, he directs a piece for the Cullberg Ballet, a company founded in 1967 which has stood out since its beginnings for its stage personality, creativity and the technical skill of its dancers.

Cullbergbaletten is the leading repertoire company for contemporary dance in Sweden. The company is an important contributor to the international presentation of dance and choreography with tours all over the world. Cullbergbaletten works with a range of international choreographers and artists. The company currently has 16 dancers from nearly as many countries, and guest dancers are continuously invited to various projects. Since its inception the individual quality of each dancer has been Cullbergbaletten’s defining characteristic. By collaborating with choreographers and directors who are rooted in the contemporary field, Cullbergbaletten contributes strongly to the development of performing arts and dance as an art form. Cullbergbaletten’s activities encompass different projects and productions including workshops, conferences, seminars, and lectures. The directors are Gabriel Smeets and Stina Dahlström. Cullbergbaletten was founded in 1967 by Birgit Cullberg under the auspices of Riksteatern, the Swedish National Touring Theatre, of which it is still part.

Choreography, direction and text Jefta van Dinther / With Adam Schütt, Anand Bolder, Camille Prieux, Daniel Sjökvist, Darío Barreto Damas (guest artist), Eleanor Campbell, Georges Hann, Gesine Moog, Giacomo Citton, Katie Jacobson, Linda Adami (guest artist), Núria Guiu Sagarra, Suelem de Oliveira da Silva, Unn Faleide, Vincent Van der Plas / Music and sound design David Kiers / Voice ELIAS / Lighting design Minna Tiikkainen

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Saturday, One Hour Before the performance, session of introduction to the show

Saturday, Conversation after the show

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Set design SIMKA / Costume assistant Marita Tjärnström / Assistant choreographer Thiago Granato / Rehearsal director Thomas Zamolo  / Artistic advice Cecilia Roos, Felix Bethge and Robert Steijn / Voice coach Pia Olby / Photo Urban Jörén / Distribution Koen Vanhove, Key Performance / Production Cullbergbaletten


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Season: 2017-2018

February 2 to 4

20 h (Sunday 18 h)

22 €

Running time: approximately 60 minutes


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