Rolf de Maré’s Museum of Movement

A museum dedicated to world dance, theatre, art and photography from across the globe. The unique collection is based on the life of Rolf de Maré (1888-1964) and his extensive travels. Apart from the permanent displays, several temporary exhibitions are put on every year. Dance films are always available.



Swan Lake – an exhibition

October 1 2015 – January 6 2016

An exhibition dedicated to the ballet of all ballets – Swan Lake. Is any other work of ballet more synonymous with the genre than Swan Lake? Although labeled a ballet classic, it’s history in the West is young. After the London premiere in 1934, it wasn’t established until the 1950s and 1960s.

Dansmuseet’s new exhibition traces Swan Lake back to its conception and examines
it’s evolution up to present time when new versions are hatched every year. Ground breaking
readings by John Neumeier, Mats Ek, Matthew Bourne and young Swedes Fredrik Rydman
and Alexander Ekman are in focus among feathers and tutus.

The exhibition also hosts the Robocygne. Robocygne is an artistic project that revolves around the development of a custom-built robotic bird, dancing to a remix of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake.” The choreography was created through a process where movements were danced into the robot by the choreographer’s manipulation of the limbs, by hand, to the music. To enable this multi-tracking procedure, novel software was developed, allowing overlying recording of motions in synchronization with an audio-track. From an artistic perspective the authors discuss the search for choreographic and musical qualities and emphasize how material aspects of body and technology interrelate with emotional expression in Robocygne.

Åsa Unander-Scharin is a choreographer, dancer, professor in Innovative art and technology at Luleå University of Technology and member of The Committee for Artistic Research at The Swedish Research Council. She is choreographing and performing extensively in parallel with conducting research on dance, robotics, opera and performance technology.

Carl Unander-Scharin is a composer, researcher, lyric tenor and professor in opera and technology. He has composed 10 operas in various contexts and as tenor he specializes in high roles, performing frequently in roles such as Tamino (Mozart), Almaviva (Rossini) and the Evangelist (in the passions by JS Bach). In parallel, he conducts research on operatic voice in relation to interactive technologies.

The Swan Lake exhibition runs until January 6th 2016 and is created by Museum Director
Erik Näslund and young photographer and Creative Artist Carl Thorborg.

Photo: Elias Lindén

opening hours

Tuesday–Friday 11.00-17.00
Saturday–Sunday 12.00-16.00
Mondays closed

October 7–8 our main exhibition hall is closed due to rehearsals. Free admission to the exhibition Swan Lake 11.00 – 17.00.

Open the same hours as the Museum

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