Hela säsongens program


27 & 28 Oct 2017

Gunilla Heilborn
The Wonderful and the Ordinary

Is it true that we remember the wonderful and extreme more than the ordinary? Gunilla Heilborn’s latest performance, “The Wonderful and The Ordinary” delves into the mechanisms of memory and amnesia.

Already in antiquity people knew the power of images. The students in rhetoric, who wanted to improve their memory capacity, were told to reshape everything they wanted to remember into colourful, beautiful or violent images. These extraordinary images would help them to retain all the information they needed in their memory. And it works, seeing as most of us remember the fantastical and the astonishing clearer than the ordinary. But why are some memories so crystal clear, while others simply disappear?

And what should we do, if we have had enough of extraordinary events? Those of us who would rather hold on to the small and seemingly insignificant details, like what colour umbrella your neighbour carried when she left the house or how the price of strawberries fluctuated last summer or what the weather was like, just as dawn broke? What images should we use to remember what we want to remember?

Gunilla Heilborn’s unique performances are well-known for how she expertly fuses dance and written word with visual materials. This Autumn she is back at Dansens Hus, this time on our Main Stage, with The Wonderful and The Ordinary. The stage will serve as a memory fortress, through which two dancers and three actors will wander: to recall, repeat and question their memories; searching all the while for the modestly magnificent.

This performance is a collaboration between Gunilla Heilborn and Austrian Theater Im Bahnhof.




Practical information

Running time: ca 75 min (no interval)
Stage: Main stage

The performance is in English

Season packages

The show on the 27th of October is included in our Premiere deal. Get the best seats on three Swedish premieres this autumn.

Post show talk 28 Oct

With the choreographer Gunilla Heilborn and Katja Seitajoki, producer at Dansens Hus.


Idea and staging Gunilla Heilborn
Text & choreography Gunilla Heilborn together with the performers
On stage Kenneth Bruun Carlson
Pia Hierzegger
Lorenz Kabas
Monika Klengel
Kristiina Viiala
Lighting design Minna Tiikkainen
Costume Katarina Wiklund
Newly written music, songs och sound design Kim Hiorthøy
Film Mårten Nilsson
Videotechnician & sound Jonas Holst
Light technician Johan Sundén
Production manager Emelie Bergbohm - Bohm Bohm Room
Producer Theater im Bahnhof Monika Klengel
Producer Gunilla Heilborn Åsa Edgren
Production GH Produktioner och Theater Im Bahnhof
Co-production Steirischer herbst och Riksteatern
Supported by Kulturrådet
City Of Graz
Province of Styria
Austrian Ministry of Culture
Stockholm stad
Dansens Hus
Image Studio Reko

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