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Ordinary Swedes get life events danced by top ballet troupe

Published torsdag 30 mars 2017 kl 16.08
Playwright: Some people chose banal things, some extremely heavy stuff
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Mattias Andersson
Mattias Andersson has previously directed a series of Dostoevsky adaptations. Credit: Jessica Gow/TT

Is there a certain situation in your life that you want to see danced by the most famous dance company in Sweden?

This was the question asked of people up and down the country for The Mental States of Sweden in Dance, a new collaboration between Swedish playwright and director Mattias Andersson and Cullberg Ballet, a prestigious dance troupe. 

Their answers will be interpreted by the troupe's 14 dancers at Elverket, part of the Royal Dramatic Theatre of Sweden, in September.

"Some people choose very banal, simple things and some people choose extremely heavy stuff, so it will be a very big spectrum there," Andersson told Radio Sweden. 

He said that the collection of experiences showed that it was impossible to define a single way of being Swedish. 

"There are so many different opinions about reality, there are so many experiences represented within the borders of Sweden that it's totally impossible to say that there is one mental state." 

Andersson was at the Royal Dramatic Theatre for the unveiling of the theatre's autumn program.

Upcoming plays include an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, Alone, a play by the overlooked 19th century playwright Alfhild Agrell, and a play on ghetto shootings by a Swedish rapper.

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