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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.

2014 Claire Parsons established the company with dancer Mira Björkman and circus artist Viktor Gyllenberg, technical director and lighting designer Olof Carlsson and producer Anna Karlander. The company work is planned and developed 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

Lina Dahlgren

WORK

Creating 1 – 2 new productions per year
Touring in Sweden and internationally, 2 – 4 productions and 100 – 150 performances a year
Collaborations 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, but work with soft circus, mime and puppetry as expressions in the work.  We aim to develop visual, conceptual and creative stage experiences through experiments and visionary work, where dance can ultimately be seen as 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 performing and meeting our audiences.

In addition to working closely with the company members, we have also collaborated with dancers and performers Annika Hyvärinen, Jennie Lindström, Emelie Garmén, André Kaliff, Moa Westerlund, Inger Kolterud, Niklas Valenti, Linn Ragnarsson, Rita Lemivaara and Ron Beeri. Since 2005, Claire Parsons collaborates with Mikael Svanevik on musical composition and arrangement. With her signature piece Marmalade (2013), Claire with Swedish artist Anna Nyberg on set design.
 

International work

2014 MARMELADE performed at APAP in New York with international appraise and an international break through as a result.  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, Lithuania, 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 Summer Stage Festival in Central Park in New York.
 

Collaborations

One company vision is to heighten the status of work for young audiences as part of the cultural landscape. We partly do this through innovative collaborations with institutions and collaborations
2013 we made a commissioned work for NorrlandsOperan and their symphony orchestra.
2015 the performance AND THEN for Parkteatern/ the Stockholm City Park Festival and at The Stockholm City Theater.
2016 we created GRASS in collaboration with The Marionett tteater at The Stockholm City Theater.
2017 the new family performance SIGNAL at Dansens Hus in Stockholm.
2018 Claire Parsons will create a commissioned work 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 role of the child in performing arts today. In this vein, the company is conducting artistic 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?
Claire is in her work interested in neurodiversity and neurological variations. What is it like to experience the world with all one's senses and without being able to decipher the main signals or what is important? The company piece And Then is infused with this experiential variations.

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.