WORKS: 11th Floor by Edouard Lock, Tones & Bones by Stina Nyberg

Cullberg Ballet’s next big stage production WORKS offers two different expressions. Choreographer Edouard Lock creates 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. WORKS shows the brilliance of Cullberg Ballet in two contrasting works.

11th Floor
Choreography, set design, lighting design Edouard Lock
Music created by Gavin Bryars (piano, saxophone, bass, accordion)
Live musicians on stage at the premiere in Umeå and at Dansens Hus, Stockholm
Dancers Adam Schütt, Patricia Vázquez, Eszter Czédulás, Sylvie Gehin Karlsson, Jac Carlsson, Alberto Franceschini, Alexandra Campbell, Johanna Lindh, Eva Mohn, Gesine Moog

Duration 40 minutes

”Eleven chapter as a narrative defined by a climb through time and memory where each room hold a story. No outside. No view.” 

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. 

Edouard Lock created, already at the age of 20, works for several different companies in Canada. Lock founded his own company La La La Human Steps 1980 in Montréal and the company has had great international success with many big scale dance productions. The award winning Lock has worked with many different companies, and artists such as Louise Lecavallier, David Bowie and Frank Zappa, to mention a few. Many of Lock’s works have appeared on film, as well as the acclaimed film adaptation of Amelia directed by Lock himself in 2004. He is counted as one of the ground breaking superstars of modern dance. 


Tones & Bones
Choreography Stina Nyberg
Sound design Rebecca Digby
Lighting design Chrisander Brun
Dancers Anand Bolder, Agnieszka Dlugoszewska, Samuel Draper, Anna Pehrsson, Vincent Van der Plas, Daniel Sjökvist

Duration 20 minutes

The Swedish choreographer Stina Nyberg, one of the most interesting young choreographers of today, will create Tones & Bones. The choreography, the sound design and the lighting design are parallel and intertwined. During its creation the performers will not only create a dance piece, but also learn to become musicians, playing and performing the music of their own show, making Tones & Bones into a joyful expansion of the role of the dancer. Tones & Bones focuses on how hierarchies between music and dance can be constructed, destroyed and re-constructed. The dance and the music, the tones and the bones, will be developed simultaneously allowing for them to feedback each other. 

"There is a distinct sense of recognition to watch somebody do their very own best on stage, to dare both succeed and fail. For me it is about using experiences to questioning ideas about quality and professionalism. And to learn something new on the way", says Stina Nyberg. 

Stina Nyberg graduated from the MA in choreography at DOCH in Sweden in 2012. She is working as part of several collaborations as well as alone, always relating her different projects and work roles as part of her choreographic work. She is interested in methods and the notion of practice, and co-curated the Practice Symposium in September 2012. During 2011-2013 Stina has presented several works at MDT in Stockholm; latest the solo Musical and earlier The Environment and The Way Sounds Attack. In 2012 she made the piece Orkestern for the Royal Swedish Ballet School, performed in the gold foyer at the Royal Opera in Stockholm. These works deals with the relationships between sound production and movement, and through constructing specific practices for each work attempts to create other logics for moving and thinking.

Stina teaches her own movement practices created within the choreographic project Fake somatic practice and has, together with Zoë Poluch, devised a workshop on dancing. Spring 2014 she is developing the solo Horrible mixtures (premiere at MDT in March 2014). Together with Amanda Apetrea, Nadja Hjorton, Halla Ólafsdóttir and Zoë Poluch she choreographed Samlingen for Cullberg Ballet at the Museum of Dance in Stockholm in 2013. Tones & Bones will be Stina Nyberg's second collaboration with Cullberg Ballet. Since 2012, Stina has been developing, choreographing and performing in the Shaking the habitual show with the Swedish cult band The Knife, a collaboration that continued with a US/Canada tour in April 2014.

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