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.
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 from the Royal Swedish Ballet; Dragos Mihalcea (principal dancer) and my fantastic ballroom dance teachers Tobias Wallin and Helena Fransson (both known from the TV-show ”Let’s Dance”).
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. 2019 V/S [versus] was for example invited to perform at the yearly opening concert of the Swedish parlament.
Our newest performance is called "the room". It's a story about two dancers, about passion, about feelings and about longing for something new. It's a story about life and love. It's a story how an unexpected meeting can create something new and unik.
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.
Dance & choreography: Tobias and me
Film, foto and trailer: Peter Fröjd
Music: Mixed by Tobias
Lights: Tony Borg
Costumes: Elsa Lindström and Stefan Wåhlberg
Direction: Linda Krogsaether