Log driver love

a memorial of movement

With the performance »Log driver love« Hagar Malin Hellkvist Sellén/MHS wants to create a memorial of movement and give us the opportunity to approach a trade we longer encounter today.

»Log driver love« is both a way to, with physical movement, manage workers’ legacy, and an act of remembrance for us who do not have any experience of log-driving. It is not a history class but should instead be experienced as a free and poetic depiction.

Log-driving was for a long time the only way to transport timber through waterways from the logging sites in the woods to the sorting stations and the saw mills along the coast. The work was tough, strenuous and often dangerous. Even though the log-drivers work effort has had a significant role in Sweden’s economic development they have had an undeservedly small role in historiography.

With »Log driver love« MHS continues to, from a queer perspective, give history a body. And to highlight marginalized episodes and the norm-breaking.

IDEA/RESEARCH/CHOREOGRAPHY Hagar Malin Hellkvist Sellén  DANCERS Pernille Holden, Marcus Baldemar & Marianne Kjærsund  COSTUME DESIGN Elin Hallberg  MAKE-UP ARTIST Linda Sandberg  LIGHTING DESIGN Hannele Philipson  SCENOGRAPHY Maja Johansson/Norrlandsoperan  MUSIC Sara Lundén. VOICE Owe Eliasson. DRAMATURGE Malin Holgersson. VOICE RECORDING & EDITING Malin Holgersson  PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Annica Styrke  PHOTOGRAPHER Sofia Runarsdotter. PRODUCER Anne Koutonen  PRODUCTION Hagar Malin Hellkvist Sellén  CO-PRODUCTION Norrlandsoperan

The performance is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes long – two acts including intermission.

»Log driver love« premiered at Norrlandsoperan in Umeå 8 of November 2019.

Produced with support from The Swedish Arts Council, Stockholm stad and The Swedish Arts Grants Committee. The performance tours with Dancenet Sweden – Umeå, Gothenburg and Malmö. In Stockholm the performance is presented with the collaborator Turteatern.