Lesbian Christian missionaries in Norrland Sweden in the early 1900s, did they really exist? Choreographer and concept creator Malin Hellkvist Sellén claims they did in her new performance »The missionary« – taking you on a journey where you meet women who went against the norms and conventions of that time.

»The missionary« is created in equal parts fact and fiction, opening up a dialogue about the consequences of the writing of history and the power and potential of interpretation. Speech, movement and song are used in the performance, portraying stories tackling pressing issues about independence, sexuality, courage and faith.

»The missionary« is a love story, a song of praise and a playful way of giving body once again to a piece of erased history.

CONCEPT/CHOREOGRAPHY/DIRECTION/SCRIPT Malin Hellkvist Sellén ACTORS Louise Löwenberg and Sofia Rönnegård COSTUME DESIGN Elin Hallberg DRAMATURGE Malin Holgersson COMPOSER Sara Lundén LIGHT CONSULTATION Hannele Philipson – Lumination of Sweden RESEARCH Malin Hellkvist Sellén and Elfrida Bergman COMMUNICATION, PR & TOUR PRODUCTION (2016) Emelie Bergbohm & Ellika Lindström – Bohm Bohm Room PHOTOGRAPHER Sofia Runarsdotter PRODUCER Anne Koutonen PRODUCTION Malin Hellkvist Sellén CO-PRODUCTION with NorrlandsOperan

Duration: approx. 60 min.

Produced with the support by the Swedish Arts Council, Stockholm Stad, the Stockholm County Council, The Swedish Church Cultural Grants and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee. Performed in Swedish, to audiences of 35 people per performance and from age 15.

Prèmiere 22 September 2016 at Women’s History Museum in Umeå Sweden.

Please see the touring dates in Swedish HERE.