This year marks the 30th anniversary of the performing arts biennial, which runs from 30 May to 4 June in Stockholm. Dramaten is the host venue for the biennial and Dansens Hus is participating with three events.




1 Jun


Festival pass via the Biennale website.

2 Jun


Festival pass via the Biennale website.

2 Jun


Festival pass via the Biennale website.

Performing Arts Biennale is a Swedish festival for all performing arts forms and is organised by Scensverige in different locations in Sweden every two years. It is hosted by one of Scensverige's member theatres. To visit the Performing Arts Biennial, you buy your biennial pass and book the programme items you want to attend. The Performing Arts Biennial is primarily aimed at the industry, but the general public can also take part in the programme.

Read more and find tickets and programmes here.

Dansens Hus participates

Cultural piloting. How to create new stages in Stockholm

Seminar 1 June at 14-14.45 in the Dramaten bar

In the last decade, many new theatres have been established in Stockholm using cultural piloting as a method. This involves bringing together cultural and entertainment activities with property owners. Some examples are club venues such as Fållan and Slakthuskyrkan, Kulturhuset Stadsteatern with venues in Vällingby and Husby, Potato Potato with the new Konträr theatre on Östgötagatan, Waterfront, Stadsgårdsterminalen and soon also the gas block in Norra Djurgårdsstaden.

Join us for a dialogue on how pilotage works in practice!

Participants: Anne Lund, head of the support unit at the cultural administration in the City of Stockholm, Johan Wallnäs, cultural pilot at the support unit at the cultural administration in the City of Stockholm, and managers at Dansens Hus and Ö2scenkonst Södermalm.

Moderator: Chrisoula "Chrissie" Faniadis, cultural strategist and cultural policy expert

Is dancing right?

Seminar. 2 June at 12.30-13.30 in Målarsalen (Dramaten).

In the contemporary dance field, it is clear that the lack of resources and infrastructure is alarming. Within the field this is constantly pointed out and many try to influence funders and decision makers nationally, regionally and municipally but rarely get through. What is it that prevents contemporary dance from getting through the noise? Are we constantly being excluded? Or are we bad at communicating what we as a field can offer? Is there an interest in contemporary dance as an art form among those who have power over our field? Or are we simply using the wrong tactics? The discussion hopes to offer perspectives on this and give the politicians' and officials' side of the issue.

The call is divided into two parts:

First conversation - Dansens Hus artistic director Johannes Öhman and choreographer Björn Säfsten discuss how they think the infrastructure for contemporary dance looks today and needs to change.

Second conversation - State and local level reflect on what they have heard the industry say and respond.

National collection for co-production in dance and choreography

Seminar. 2 June at 18-19 in Målarsalen (Dramaten).

We bring together institutions, independent organisers and artists who are interested in working more with, collaborating on and/or learning more about co-productions in the production processes of the independent dance field. The purpose is thus to create a gathering place so that collaborations can grow, but also to visualise different models and working methods in relation to co-production so that we can learn more.

What is co-production and how can it be a solution to both strengthen funding and counteract the precariousness of the independent dance sector?


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