27-29 april 2017

Cullbergbaletten 50 år
Eurydice is Dead & Protagonist

In 2017 Cullbergbaletten celebrates 50 years of epoch-making and ground breaking contemporary dance. During the jubilee celebration in April two monumental works that were created for and with the company will be presented: Eurydice is Dead by Birgit Cullberg from 1968 and Protagonist by Jefta van Dinther.

Eurydice is Dead and Protagonist both explore the need for and the aftermath of a revolution.

Through the encounter between two monumental choreographies from Cullbergbaletten’s repertoire a new energy will emerge that allows the audience to see the intrinsic artistic quality of each work. Eurydice is Dead premiered in January 1968 and became an important political piece about the individual’s fight against power and oppression in a dictatorship. Birgit Cullberg was inspired by the film Battle of Algiers, directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, and by Greek mythology.

The music is composed by Ennio Morricone. The restaging of Birgit Cullberg’s Eurydice is Dead will be carried out in collaboration with Mats Ek and Ana Laguna.

Protagonist by Jefta van Dinther was created with fourteen dancers and premiered at Julidans in Amsterdam in the summer of 2016, with songs by the music wonder ELIAS.


During the celebration week Cullbergbaletten will organise an international seminar about the relation a contemporary dance company has with its artistic legacy, archive and future.

Where does the dance go when it is danced? About dance legacy, heritage and dancers’ archives. Just as every dance company that was founded by a dance innovator who turned into a legend in their own days, Cullbergbaletten has a strong legacy.

What does the legacy look like? Is a historical frame necessary in order to define the contemporary work? These and other questions will be answered in the seminar consisting of three panels concerning dance, heritage and the dancers’ movement archives.

Where: Dansens Hus’ small stage.
When: 27 April 2017 09.30-16.00.