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About the company

Claire Parsons Co. is an award-winning dance company creating clever and elegant performance art for children.
Joyous movement and fanciful sightings of life around us make the performances unique to audiences worldwide.

Claire Parsons Co. creates 1 - 2 new productions yearly. We tour locally, nationally and internationally. We tour 4 - 5 productions seasonally, and perform 150 - 200 performances every year. We collaborate with a number of institutions, artists and the performing arts in Sweden and internationally.

In 2013, Claire Parsons established her company with Mira Björkman and Viktor Gyllenberg as full-time dancers, Olof Carlsson as technical manager and Anna Karlander as producer.

Since 2018, Lina Dahlgren is producer for the company.  We work creatively and constructively aiming for artistic excellence in productions, collaborations and operations.

Vision

Our vision is  high quality and innovative performances for young audiences. We are dedicated to dance as an art form for young and adult individuals, in work that combines soft circus, mime, puppetry, the visual arts in individual experiences of the world.  Our aim is  visual, conceptual and creative experiences through experiments and visionary work. We believe dance and cultural expression is a creative tool in a democratic society and cultural experiences as necessary for quality of life.

Method and artistic collaborators

As a choreographer, Claire Parsons works with innovative constructions and sensory aspects in a play on visible and invisible aspects. The spectator is the primary subject of 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 develop through meeting our audiences.

Since 2005 Claire Parsons collaborates with Mikael Svanevik on musical composition and arrangement. She has worked with artist Anna Nyberg since 2013 starting with the company's signature piece MARMALADE .

International work

2014 MARMALADE was presented at APAP in New York, receiving international appraise and an international break through.  Since then, MARMALADE has toured internationally to Holland, Belgium, Russia, Lithuania, Denmark, Finland, Norway, France, Italy, Switzerland, South Korea and Singapore and five times in the U.S.  The company has performed at The New Victory Theater in New York and 2018 at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

Claire Parsons has also choreographed and performed in France, Germany, England, Holland, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Austria, Japan, Lithuania, Russia, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Cuba, Guatemala, Venezuela and Nicaragua. Claire has choreographed for the German Staats Ballet, worked with Russian avant-garde artists, received standing ovations in Siberia and performed MARMALADE outdoors at New York's Summer Stage Festival.

Commissions and collaborations

We want to elevate the status of work for young audiences and let it define the cultural landscape, in innovative collaborations with institutions and collaborations and by providing public performances to establish performances for young audiences.
2013 we made a commissioned work for NorrlandsOperan with members of the symphony orchestra.
2016 we created GRASS in collaboration with The Marionett theater at The Stockholm City Theater.
2017 SIGNAL was a production for Dansens Hus in Stockholm.
2018 Claire Parsons created AAA for The Dansstationen Touring Company in Malmö, celebrating 20 years of touring dance for young audiences.
2018 Claire Parsons created A Smaller Swan Lake for The Swedish Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm in a re-take on the classic ballet, from a child's perspective.

Research project : The Child in the Performing Arts

As a choreographer creating work for young audiences, Claire Parsons is interested in the role of the child in the performing arts today. In this vein, the company is conducting an on-going artistic research project with the intention to look at:
The role of the child in performing arts created for them by adults.
What roles do we ascribe to the child in our creative work, subject or object?
Since 2013 Claire is inspired by neurodiversity and neurological variations in the experience of dance and performance.

Financial support and awards

Claire Parsons Co is grateful for long term support from the Swedish Arts Council, the Stockholm City Cultural Council, the Stockholm County Council/Region Stockholm and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee. 2010 and 2014  Claire was awarded a working grant from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee. 2015 the company received the prestigious Swedish Theater Critics' Award for Marmalade. 2016 Claire  - as the first Swedish choreographer working for young audiences - was awarded a 10 year Artist Working Grant from the Swedish Arts Grant Committee. 2018 she received the prestigious Cullberg Award from the City of Stockholm for outstanding accomplishments in the performing arts.