COMPANY

Choreographer Claire Parsons and her company present innovative, high quality performance art for young audiences. The work is acclaimed for stunning visuals, exquisite performers and perfectly balanced interaction with the spectators. With playful elegance, humour and warmth, audiences are invited into exciting new worlds together with the performers.

Since 2013, Claire Parsons Co has been a performance company with dancers/performers Mira Björkman and Viktor Gyllenberg, technical director and light designer Olof Carlsson, producer Anna Karlander and artistic director and choreographer Claire Parsons. We plan the company work and development together in meetings and workshops. We work critically and constructively, aiming for creative choices in repertory, collaborations and new productions.

To know more about the company members, click the pictures!
 

Claire Parsons

Mira Björkman

Viktor Gyllenberg

Anna Karlander

WORK

Creation of 1 – 2 new productions per year
Touring in Sweden and internationally, 2 – 3 productions and 100 – 150 performances a year
Collaborations with institutions in Sweden and other countries
Research project

Vision

Our vision is to present high quality and innovative performance art for young audiences. We are dedicated to dance as an art form for big and small individuals.  We aim to develop visual, conceptual and creative stage experiences through experiments and visionary work, where dance can be a creative tool in society.

Method AND COLLABORATORS

As a choreographer, Claire Parsons works with a tool box of colourful constructions and sensory aspects that play with the visible and the invisible. The individual is primary in the performing experience. The idiom arises in inspirational, close collaborations with the company members and in dialogue with reference groups, audiences, theaters and producers in innovative processes. The productions continually develop through audience encounters.

In addition to the company members, we have collaborated with dancers Annika Hyvärinen, Jennie Lindström, Emelie Garmén, André Kaliff, Moa Westerlund, Oskar Frisk, Inger Kolterud, Niklas Valenti, Elin Hallgren, Linn Ragnarsson, Rita Lemivaara and Ron Beeri. Since 2005, Claire Parsons collaborates with Gunilla Pettersson for masque, Bitte Palm for costume and Mikael Svanevik on musical composition and arrangement. Since her signature piece Marmalade (2013), Claire works with the visual artist Anna Nyberg on scenography. For Brass! and Four, Katarina Wiklund created the scenography.

International work

In January 2014 Marmalade performed at APAP in New York receiving international appraise and an international break through.  Since then, Marmalade has toured all over Sweden and in Holland, Belgium, Russia, Lithuania, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy and Singapore. It has toured in the U.S. five times. 

Claire Parsons Co has performed in Guatemala, Venezuela and Nicaragua, France, Germany, England, Holland, Italy, Spain, Austria, Japan and Russia and more. Claire has choreographed for the German Staats Ballet, worked with Russian avant-garde artists, performed for standing audiences in Siberia and danced outdoors at the Summer Stage Festival in Central Park in New York.

Collaborations with institutions

The company vision is to collaborate with institutions to make performances for young audiences more visible. In 2013 we created BRASS! at NorrlandsOperan together with musicians from their symphony orchestra. In 2015 we presented the performance And Then at the Stockholm Park Theater Festival and at the Stockholm City Theater.
In 2016 we created Grass in collaboration with Marionetteatern at The Stockholm City Theater.
In November 2017 the new family performance Signal will premiere at Dansens Hus in Stockholm.
In 2018 Claire Parsons is invited to create a piece for Dansstationens Turnékompani in Malmö, in collaboration with Helsingborg City Theater.

Research PROJECT : The Child in Performing Arts

As a choreographer creating work for young audiences, Claire Parsons is interested in the relationship of the child in performing arts today.
Therefore, the company is conducting a three year project with the intention to look at:

What role does the child play in performing arts created for them, by adults?
Who is the subject and who is the object?
What roles do we ascribe to the child in our creative expressions?
What happens when the child performs with us?

In this research, we are being assisted by Professor Kent Sjöström at Malmö University and the Artistic director of the Krokus Festival, Gerhard Verfaillie in Belgium. The first part of the project was conducted in 2015 in the city of Vänersborg in West Sweden. In next two years, the project will develop further in collaborations with theaters and institutions in Sweden.

Claire's interest also lies within new research into neurodiversity and neurological variations. What are the affects on an individual and the experiential qualities in being in these different kinds of worlds?

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Claire Parsons Co is supported by the Swedish Arts Council, the Stockholm City Cultural Council, the Stockholm County Council and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.