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SOON SWOON!

Photo Martin Skoog
Photo Martin Skoog

After weeks of preparation we have been looking forward to meeting our audiences in the Stockholm suburb Haninge (SE). And what a meeting it was! Our test audiences gave us a ”10 out of 10” ratio. They wanted to see 2 more hours of the show. They told us it might be about being in someone’s brain, or in the sky. A cloud man living in a cloud world.

We look forward to meeting more audiences and our first touring stop will be at the wonderful Purple Festival in Berlin (DE).
 
In a blue room with a black reflecting floor and Greek statues two figures appear. Or – are they three? They join forces and travel in parallel realities, fantasies and feelings.The work plays with the title 'Swoon'. Here 'Swoon' becomes an actor who mirrors himself, poses or invents new ones. Or 'Swoon' becomes an experience with a fantastically different world. With great emotions, dancing and juggling, a performance full of wit and joy is created. For an audience of 10 years and older. 

Performers: Mira Björkman, Lucas Carlsson, Viktor Gyllenberg
Choreography and staging: Claire Parsons
Scenography: Anna Nyberg
Musical composition och arrangement: Mikael Svanevik
Costumes and tailor: Bitte Palm
Lighting and technique: Christian Farcher
Hair and make up: Angelica Ekeberg
Producer: Lina Dahlgren
Co-production and residency at Haninge Culture House.

SOON SWOON was created in artistic residency at Haninge Culture House. Made with support from the National Arts Council, The Cultural Region of Stockholm, The City of Stockholm Culture Department and The Swedish National Arts Council.

Watch a trailer here:

GRASS at the Nordic Festival in Belgium

In Hassel, Belgium the Nordic Festival Nordic Nights will be presented for the fourth time, inclluding music, theater, literature and dance from the Nordic countries. Sweden is represented by Claire Parsons Co. and GRASS. Performances October 26 – 27 for children and family audiences. This will be the first time GRASS performs in Belgium!

Nordic Nights is organized by Cultuurcentrum Hasselt that also organizes the Krokus Festival – one of Europé’s most influential festivals presenting pioneering international and Belgian performing arts for young audiences.  We feel honoured to have been chosen to perform at this festival. Read more here.

GRASS to ZeBU in Copenhage

Photo Petra Hellberg
Photo Petra Hellberg

October 10-12 Claire Parsons Co. will perform GRASS 6 times at the festival ZeBU in Copenhagen. ZeBU is a stationary and touring space in the city as well as presenting appreciated festivals aimed for young audiences.

GRASS performs within the frame of guest performances at ZeBu and as part of the Amager Childrens Festival. Read more and book here.

Grass touring Sweden this fall

Photo Petra Hellberg
Photo Petra Hellberg

GRASS continues to tour throughout Sweden – we are reaching a 400 show mark! This fall we will be performing in southern Sweden in a collaboration with The Regional Theater Blekinge Kronoberg. October 15 – 19 and 21 – 24 we will be at the Regional Theater in Växjö. See us at any of our dates in Karlskrona, Älmhult and Karlshamn!

October 1-4 Sparresalen, Karlskrona, October 15-19 and October 21-24 at The Regional Theater Blekinge Kronoberg in Växjö, November 3-5 Älmhult, November 6-7 Lokstallarna, Karlshamn.

It is imaginative, marvelous and ingenious." / Svenska Dagbladet
”Grass” is nothing less than a happy grassines for everyone"./ Dagens Nyheter

A warm welcome to Hui-Han, Onni and Magnus

Photo: Elina Perdahl, Heikki Järvinen.
Photo: Elina Perdahl, Heikki Järvinen.

Touring demands for our five shows are high and we have expanded our company dancers, especially for our GRASS tours. Hui-Han Gustavsson and Onni Toivonen are working with us for the first time. Magnus Erenius is an original cast member in the show that we co-produced with The Marionett Theater at The Stockholm City Theater 2016 and now makes his long awaited come back. We are very happy to see him in the show again. We are proud to have you with us and look forward to working together!

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.
Sincerely,”
 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 .

Claire Parsons at the Royal Dramatic Theater in Sweden

Photo Sören Vilks/Dramaten
Photo Sören Vilks/Dramaten

Claire Parsons premiered her newest production A SMALLER SWAN LAKE at The Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm November 23 2018. The reviews and audience reactions have been overwhelming.  A SMALLER SWAN LAKE is about learning to fly, a silver lake and new steps for flocks of birds. It challenges our expectations of how things are supposed to be. 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. 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.

MARMELADE to Seoul

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 .

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!

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Contact:
Lina Dahlgren
Producer
+46 (0)720-435844
lina@claireparsons.com

Hanna Falk is working with us!

Hanna Falk is our new coordinator and strategist. Hanna Falk is a free-lancing producer within the dance and cultural sectors. She has been on the board of Danscentrum Syd and is a part of the selection board for Swedish Assitej. Most recently Hanna has worked with the Malmö based dance company Memory Wax and has newly relocated to Dusseldorf.

- I am very happy to work with Claire Parsons Co who has always dazzled me with humour and amazing aesthetics, says Hanna.

We are very happy that Hanna will be working with us in coordinating our many tours, keeping in contact with our organizers and working strategically in the company.
You can reach Hanna on her mobile + 46 70-733 89 11 and/or mejl hanna@claireparsons.com 

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.

Many thanks to Camilla Luterkort, director of DIS/Dance in the Region of Stockholm who initiated this project!

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