V/S [versus]

soliste. ballet & Ballroom.

Couple of years ago I finally decided to fulfill one of my dreams from the childhood. I started taking ballroom dancing lessons. As with ballet, I loved it from the very beginning. The music, the joy, the freedom and the best of all: dancing with a great partner.

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The idea for V/S [versus] probably started already then. Comparing ballet with ballroom. How would it be if I could point my foot in that step instead of stepping on the heal? How would a swan arm look like in a rumba? Would it be possible to mix these two dance forms? The only way to find out was to try!

With me in the project I got one of my favourite partners, Dragos Mihalcea (principal dancer from the Royal Swedish Ballet), and my fantastic ballroom dance teachers Tobias Wallin and Helena Fransson (known from the TV-show ”Let’s Dance”). With the great help from Scenkonst Sörmland and Annette Taranto, we could make this show happen.

V/S [versus] is a fusion of ballet and ballroom. An unexpected meeting between these two different dance genres. From the beginning V/S [versus] was created for summer 2017 to appear unannounced on the dance floors at the Swedish countryside. A culture project produced by Scenkonst Sörmland (Stage Art of Sörmland) to reach a whole new audience for dance. After the successful tour on the dance floors, V/S [versus] decided to extend the performance from one to three short acts and to offer performances on the big stages as well as more intimate dinner shows all around the country. The audience gets to enter the dancers’ world and fantasy, to take part in the meetings between the dancers and there dance styles, but also in the meetings between the dancers outside their roles.

Choreography: Helena, Tobias, Dragos, Jan-Erik Wikström and me

Music: Mixed by Tobias

Lights: Christian Farcher

Costumes: Elsa Lindström, Stefan Wåhlberg and Helena

Producer: Scenkonst Sörmland

Pictures: Mini Gemol and Peter Fröjd

Trailers: aStory

Guest repetiteur: Jan-Erik Wikström

V/S [versus]

The idea for V/S [versus] probably started already then. Comparing ballet with ballroom. How would it be if I could point my foot in that step instead of stepping on the heal? How would a swan arm look like in a rumba? Would it be possible to mix these two dance forms? The only way to find out was to try!

With me in the project I got one of my favourite partners, Dragos Mihalcea (principal dancer from the Royal Swedish Ballet), and my fantastic ballroom dance teachers Tobias Wallin and Helena Fransson (known from the TV-show ”Let’s Dance”). With the great help from Scenkonst Sörmland and Annette Taranto, we could make this show happen.

V/S [versus] is a fusion of ballet and ballroom. An unexpected meeting between these two different dance genres. From the beginning V/S [versus] was created for summer 2017 to appear unannounced on the dance floors at the Swedish countryside. A culture project produced by Scenkonst Sörmland (Stage Art of Sörmland) to reach a whole new audience for dance. After the successful tour on the dance floors, V/S [versus] decided to extend the performance from one to three short acts and to offer performances on the big stages as well as more intimate dinner shows all around the country. The audience gets to enter the dancers’ world and fantasy, to take part in the meetings between the dancers and there dance styles, but also in the meetings between the dancers outside their roles.

Choreography: Helena, Tobias, Dragos, Jan-Erik Wikström and me

Music: Mixed by Tobias

Lights: Christian Farcher

Costumes: Elsa Lindström, Stefan Wåhlberg and Helena

Producer: Scenkonst Sörmland

Pictures: Mini Gemol and Peter Fröjd

Trailers: aStory

Guest repetiteur: Jan-Erik Wikström

V/S [versus]