Claire Parsons Co. visited festival in Havana

Foto Mats Åsman
Foto Mats Åsman

Claire Parsons Co.  visited Havana, Cuba March 15-23, 2019 to show MARMELAD at the festival Transitos Habana - Scandinavian cultural days which this year focuses on the children's audience. Claire Parsons also led a choreographic residence with the Cuban dance group Danza Teatro Retazo.

Last year Claire Parsons received a request from the Swedish dance company Memory Wax to participate in the festival Jornadas de Intercambio Cultural con Paises Escandinavos; Transitos Habana in Havana, which Memory Wax has been co-organizing since 2012. At the festival, artists from Cuba and Scandinavia meet and present their work through performances, workshops, exhibitions and lectures. The goal is to focus on and to develop the international cultural exchange between Cuban and Scandinavian artists. The festival is a collaboration with Danza Teatro Retazos and part of Retazo's Evoluciona - Reach Out OverSeas, a 3-year international project. Transitos Habana takes place at Danza Teatro Retazo's scene; Las Carolinas, Fabrica de Arte Cubano and on rooftops, streets and squares of Havana.

This year the festival focused on young audiences. Other participating companies and theatres were Bibu, Malmö City Theater, Riksteatern from Sweden and Åben Dans from Roskilde in Denmark. Claire Parsons participated in several panel discussions and workshops and the dancers in MARMELAD, Moa Westerlund and David Nondorf, held workshops after their performances.

Claire Parsons started the festival with a choreographic residence where she met sevendancers from the Cuban dance group Danza Teatro Retazos. In the residence, choreographic expressions and invisible communication based on cultural differences were explored. The artist Anna Nyberg, who has worked with Claire since 2013, also participated, giving Claire and Anna a unique opportunity to deepen a multi-year artistic collaboration. The residence ended with a performance on Retazo's scene.

On March 21-23, Claire Parsons Co. presented MARMELAD at the festival. MARMELAD premiered in 2013 and has since made a fantastic journey over the world. Marmalade has performed over 500 shows and has been invited to visit fifteen countries. In the fall of 2017, the company performed twenty sold-out performances at the prestigious The New Victory Theater in New York and in spring 2018, the company made six performances in Seoul, South Korea.

At the festival in Havana, MARMELAD was shown to preschool children and as a family performance. Dancers are Moa Westerlund and David Nondorf. Technician was Christian Farcher.

Reach Out OverSeas is financed by EU funds and contributions from the Arts Committee and the Swedish Arts Council etc. Claire Parsons and Anna Nyberg's participation in the residence with Danza Teatro Retazos is made possible with contributions from the Arts Committee.

Claire Parsons Co. visited IPAY in Philadelphia January 15-19

Photo Martin Skoog
Photo Martin Skoog

The company is off and running in 2019 – we started off with IPAY, International Performing Arts for Youth in Philadelphia! 

2015 was the first time we attended IPAY, with our production MARMALADE. Three years later and many performances around the world, MARMALADE performed at The New Victory Theater in New York November 10th – 19th 2017, a total of 20 performances. AND THEN... toured the US this past fall, starting at the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington DC and ending in Arkansas.  U.S touring was funded by The Swedish Arts Council, The Swedish Embassy in Washington DC and The Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

At IPAY 2019 we presented our latest production SIGNAL at the SPOTLIGHT TELL. SIGNAL is a poetic and immersive performance that invites us into a world of communication through dance, soft circus, polyphonic sound, images, fantasy and meetings. More info about the presentation here.

Claire Parsons did a pre-creative SPARK conference, talking about work for young audience, methods and tools and also creating Parsons’ choreography together. This artistic workshop iwas led by Claire and Amanda Pintore (USA). Read more here.
Please get in touch with us if you want to know more about the company and our productions available for touring. 

Claire Parsons, Choreographer, +46 (0)70 827 41 80
Lina Dahlgren, Producer, +46 (0)72 043 58 44

A SMALLER SWAN LAKE premiered at the Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm

Photo Sören Vilks/Dramaten
Photo Sören Vilks/Dramaten

Claire Parsons premiered her newest production A SMALLER SWAN LAKE on November 23rd. The reviews and audience reactions have been overwhelming. An extremely different view from the original A SMALLER SWAN LAKE is about learning to fly, testing a silver lake and new steps for flocks of birds. Claire Parsons’ A SMALLER SWAN LAKE challenges our expectations of how things are supposed to be done. A big classic in a new format that takes new and unexpected steps.

"A tender and mischievious take on a Tchaikovsky classic". Svenska Dagbladet
"45 minutes of pure movement joy". Expressen
"We leave the theatre uplifted and ready to fly together." Dagens Nyheter

Direction and choreography Claire Parsons  Performers Nina Fex, Petter Wadsten, Li Molnár Kronlid Set design Emma Fallde, Tina Paulson Music Mikael Svanevik Lighting design Jesper Larsson Costume Bitte Palm Masque Moa Hedberg

World premiere November 23 2018 at The Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm. Performances until December 16. See all the dates here. Family performance från 5 years and up. Read more here >>>

A sucessful tour in the US

Claire is showing the way to The Kennedy Centre!
Claire is showing the way to The Kennedy Centre!

Our tour to the United States with the performance AND THEN  October 28 – November 10th 2018 was a fantastic experience! The tour started at the prestigious Kennedy Center and The Millenium Stage in Washington DC, followed by a week of performances at The Eurokids Festival in Washington DC, including Alliance Francaise, Montgomery Center and The House of Sweden. We continued to Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas and performed for 3.500 children! 

Special Thanks to The Embassy of Sweden and Cultural Attaché Linda Zachrisson and incomparable cultural progam officer Jenny Mählkvist Cabezas for inviting us to be part of a fantastic Euro Kids Festival and arranging an amazing week.
Thankyou also for the economic support that made this possible!

"The kids loved AND THEN... It was an amazing experience to see so many kids – many who hadn’t visited us for years. Thank you for the wonderful work and for making this happen!" Laura Goodwin, Walton Arts Center

”Thank you very much for your time and attention to wonderful art.
 Mike Miehl (Maryland, USA)

The tour is a direct result from presenting AND THEN at IPAY in Madison in January 2017. More info about AND THEN here .

You can can also watch the show - here! - recorded on October 28th at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. .
With Viktor Gyllenberg, Andre Kaliff, Linn Ragnarsson and Amanda Roynesdotter.
Linda Zahrison, Counsellor for Cultural Affairs in Washington introduces the company and tells a little bit about House of Sweden.

Claire Parsons at the Royal Dramatic Theater and Danstationen in Sweden

Illustration Lena Sjöberg
Illustration Lena Sjöberg

Choreographer Claire Parsons will be busy this fall, creating new work for Dansstationen in Malmö (SE) and for the Royal Dramatic Theater/Sweden’s National Theater in Stockholm (SE).  In Malmö the new production is a celebration that 20 years ago Claire Parsons created Dansstationen first production for the touring company. For The Royal Dramatic Theater Claire is creating A SMALLER SWAN LAKE, a very different take on the classic ballet. The Royal Dramatic Theater's initiave is re-creating classic pieces for  young audiences.  More info here .

Claire Parsons receives the Cullberg Prize

Photo Bengt Wanselius
Photo Bengt Wanselius

In August 2018 the choreographer Claire Parsons received the prestigious Cullberg prize from the City of Stockholm, a prize that is awarded to a choreographer, dancer or a dance company who has creatively contributed to the development within the field of Dance in Stockholm.


Photo Mats Åsman
Photo Mats Åsman

May 4 – 6 2018 Claire Parsons Co. performed six shows of MARMALADE at The Seoul Museum of History in South Korea. The Seoul Museum of History was throughout spring 2018 presenting high-quality Swedish culture for young audiences in South Korea. In conjunction with performances of MARMALADE, Swedish Western Heritage presented the exhibit CAN DO IT ON MY OWN – an experiential sound installation for the very young.  

Read more about MARMELADE here .

Welcome David!

Photo Carl Thorborg Photo Carl Thorborg

With a demand for performances at an all-time high, we have expanded our company and welcome performer David Nondorf, who has worked with amongst others Ohad Naharin, Martin Forsberg and the Stockholm City Theater. David will start working with us in May for our tour to Seoul, South Korea. Welcome David!

Bye Anna! Hello Lina!

Our producer Anna Karlander is leaving the company to work from her home base in Gothemburg. Anna has been working with Claire Parsons since 2014.
- I send a heartfelt thank you to everyone for my years with Claire Parsons Co., says Anna. There are so many wonderful memories with lovely dancers and co-workers, exciting collaborations, colleagues in Sweden and abroad, amazing presenters and audiences and great art for both small and large individuals. Thank you Claire!
- Now I will focus all my attention on a new little life, and after my parental leave , I will be working with GöteborgsOperansDanskompani. Hoping to meet you again in the dance world!
We will miss Anna but wish her the best for a new future and we are very happy to welcome our new producer Lina Dahlgren to start working with Claire Parsons Co. Lina started out as a dancer, and has since changed her career path into producing. 

Thank you 
The Swedish Arts Council, The City of Stockholm Cultural Department, The Culture Department for the Region of Stockholm, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee… and to producers and directors who work to promote good performances and art experiences for young audiences!

Read our newsletters here:

Lina Dahlgren
+46 (0)720-435844

SIGNAL on its first tour

Photo Martin Skoog
Photo Martin Skoog

A year after our succesful performances at Dansens Hus in Stockholm, we are finally ready to go on tour with this moving performance work, a play on communication and signals through movement, sound, light, film and images in a space where performers and audiences are in the same space – together. We will be touring throughout 2019 and you are welcome to join us or check out the documentation on our home page here  >>>

SIGNAL is a poetic, surprising and willful experience that can be shared with the whole family.

" An interactive all-art work where the audience has the leading role." Svenska Dagbladet

" Claire Parsons has once again, after a series of pieces for children's audiences where Marmalade is a top notch,  created vital contemporary dance for the most responsive, concentrated and open audience: children." Expressen

MARNMELADE goes Virtual Reality

Photo Mats Åsman
Photo Mats Åsman

November 27th 2018 we embarked on a very special day of filming with MARMALADE in focus!  
This dance and soft circus performance is for children from 2 years and up and will next year be available in VR/Virtual Reality format. It is a collabortaion between  Film Stockholm and DIS/Dance in the city and region of Stockholm. The recording was created in 3D and 360° and shown in a VR-headset. This technique allows for a total and immersive experience of MARMALADE.

The film will be available for children at hospitals and special education students. The VR-project is supported by the City of Stockholm and the Regional Council of Stockholm.

GRASS in high demand

Photo Petra Hellberg
Photo Petra Hellberg

GRASS was a completely fully booked show throughout 2018 – we are delighted and quite over the moon!  Spring and fall of 2018 we were on an extensive tour throughout Sweden, giving us many opportunities to meet children and their adults in northern Sweden as well as down south in Malmö. 

And the touring continues in 2019!

”GRASS is imaginative, amazing and beautiful."  Svenska Dagbladet 

”Nothing but a wonderful and grassy conundrum for each and all." Dagens Nyheter

Read more about venues and performance times here >>>

CLaire to IPAY

Claire Parsons will attend IPAY in Philadelphia January 15-19  2019.
Don´t hesitate to contact Claire if you´re going there too!

January of last year (2017) we were selected to perform AND THEN… at IPAY, International Performing Arts for Youth in Madison, Wisconsin, USA – the largest and most important meeting place for performing arts for young audiences in Northen America.

We performed AND THEN…selected as one of 17 shows shown at the festival. As the only Swedish group we were very proud to represent our national tradition of performing arts for young audiences. IPAY 2017 resulted in a U.S tour this fall 2018!

Read more here >>>

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