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Cullbergbaletten on a successful European tour

Cullbergbaletten is currently on a long European tour with Jefta van Dinthers's Protagonist. 19 performances are given in eight cities, in five countries during the spring.

Protagonist is choreographer Jefta van Dinther’s second big stage production for Cullbergbaletten. Elias, 2015’s major breakthrough artist in Swedish music, whose debut single Revolution was a big hit, provides recorded singing and voice-over, accompanied by sound design and music from David Kiers, set design by artist duo SIMKA and lighting design by Minna Tiikkainen. Protagonist premiered at the international dance festival Julidans in Amsterdam, summer 2016.

Voices from the media in Europe:
“Rare is the totally surreal atmosphere in which this other-worldly Protagonist unfolds its themes.” Libération

“The longing for a better world has found its scenic counterpart.” Neues Deutschland
“It is a pretty cool Holy Mass that they are pulling off here.” Berliner Zeitung

“The dancers of Swedish Flagship Company are very strong individuals.” Der Tagespiegel

Tour plan spring 2018:

Berlin, HAU 11-13 January
Paris, Chaillot Théâtre National de la Danse 17-21 January
Barcelona, Mercat de les Flors, 2-4 February
Sevilla, Teatro Central 9-10 February
Madrid, Teatros del Canal 14-15 February
Sandnes, Kulturhuset 16 March
Villeneuve d’Ascq, La Rose des Vents 4-5 April
Breda, Chassé Theater 17 May

Protagonist is a contemplation on mankind. Songs of revolution and dances of evolution tell a tale of how people congregate, take on and are given roles. All the while instinct, resistance and compulsion become evidence of the battle each and every individual is fighting. Struggling to belong, in search for a common meaning or belief, a community takes shape. Protagonist is a parable about care, kinship and alliance as well as isolation, control and estrangement.

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For more information, please contact:
Erica Espling, PR and Marketing Manager, Cullbergbaletten
+46-70 602 27 01

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.