COMPANY

Choreographer Claire Parsons and her company present innovative, high quality performance art for young audiences. The work is acclaimed for its 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.

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

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 ultimately 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 sitting in the audience 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 keep developing through touring and encounters with audiences.

In addition to working closely with the company members, we have also 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. With her signature piece Marmalade (2013), Claire started collaborating with the Swedish artist Anna Nyberg on set design.
 

International work

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

Claire Parsons has also 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 to standing ovations in Siberia and danced outdoors at the Summer Stage Festival in Central Park in New York.
 

Collaborations with institutions

The company vision is also to enable innovative collaborations with institutions and making performances for young audiences visible and part of the cultural landscape. We have created work for NorrlandsOperan and 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 The Marionet tteater at The Stockholm City Theater.
In November 2017 the new family performance SIGNAL will premiere at Dansens Hus in Stockholm.
In 2018 Claire Parsons will create a piece for The Dansstationen Touring Company in Malmö, celebrating 20 years of touring dance for young audiences.
 

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. In this vein, the company is conducting a three year research project with the intention to look at:

The role of the child 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 is also interested in  neurodiversity and neurological variations. What is it like to experience the world with all one's senses and equally strong? Where we cannot differentiate what is considered important?
 

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. 2016 Claire received a 10 year Artist Working Grant from the Swedish Arts Grant Committee.