about power, massive movements and those who cross lines
»Better people« takes place in the borderlands where human values are negotiated. The work is a powerful confrontation with our notions of the possible. Over and over again it keeps asking the serious question of where the boundaries are for what is possible, real and feasible. The choreographer Hagar Malin Hellkvist Sellén/MHS is not interested in stagings but rather making sure that occurrences happen.
»Better people« first premiered in 2006. A pioneering work which paved new grounds within the field of contemporary choreography in Sweden. Four irresistible characters floored the dance scene with their insistent humping disco dance, their boundary-crossing gender expressions and their deconstruction of the jump.
When »Better people« premieres anew it is a queer work of performing arts which carries both history and relevance to our contemporary society.
CONCEPT/CHOREOGRAPHY: Hagar Malin Hellkvist Sellén DANCE: Sophie Augot, Pernille Holden, Marianne Kjærsund & Heidi Lehtoranta COSTUME DESIGN: Lena Lindgren SET/LIGHT DESIGN: Erik Westerlund MAKE-UP DESIGN: Marina Ritvall UNDERSTUDY: Viktoria Andersson PRODUCER: Minttu-Maria Jäävuori CO-PRODUCTION: Dancenet Sweden PRODUCTION: Hagar Malin Hellkvist Sellén SUPPORTED BY the Swedish Arts Council & the Swedish Arts Grants Committee
Length 80 min incl. intermission
»Better people« opened 2006 at Norrlandsoperan in Umeå. Original ensemble Audrey Jade Thompson, Emelie Garbers, Heidi Lehtoranta and Marianne Kjærsund. Artistic adviser Minna Elif Wendin. Producers Magnus Nordberg & Åsa Edgren. Production MHS and Loco Motion with co-production with Norrlandsoperan with support from the Swedish Arts Council and Framtidens Kultur. Residence and tour with Dancenet Sweden.