Rolf de Maré’s Museum of Movement
Dansmuseet is the world’s first museum of dance and movement. The founder of the museum, Rolf de Maré (1888–1964), travelled all over the world collecting artefacts and documenting dance in all its various forms. Dansmuseet houses this unique collection of authentic costumes, instruments, sculpture, puppets, photographs and masks from the dance cultures of Asia, Africa and North America. Also included is a rich collection of items from the Ballets Suédois, a Swedish dance ensemble in Paris directed by Rolf de Maré in the 1920s. This company performed artistically innovative productions with the help of a range of artists, musicians, authors and filmmakers, all of whom went on to become world-famous.
Artworks by Fernand Léger, Giorgio de Chirico, Francis Picabia, Pierre Bonnard and Nils Dardel comprise a significant part of the Dansmuseet collection, alongside set and costume design sketches by Alexandre Benois, Leon Bakst, Isaac Grünewald, Wilhelm Kåge and Lennart Rodhe. In recent years, the museum has also acquired one of the world’s leading collections of original dance costumes from the legendary Ballets Russes in Paris, as well as from the Royal Swedish Opera and the Cullberg Ballet.
Dancing Men – an exhibition about men and dance
21 April – 20 August 2017
”Men don’t dance!” it is sometimes claimed, but when five middleaged men from the very north of Sweden perform in a sauna ballet on television, a football team in the town of Östersund train ballet to be better in the field, young boys imitate dance steps of the pop group FO&O and when more boys than girls apply to The Royal Ballet School in London, are we facing a new permittive masculinity? Billy Elliot’s journey from a coal mining district into the ballet world is now on stage as musical and is focusing on men who dance and the existing stereotyped ideas about men and dance. Boys who do hiphop are OK but boys who dance classical ballet fall outside the male ideal. Why are certain types of dance accepted for men while others go outisde the norm? Few raise their eyebrows when athletes, wrestlers or ski-runners wear tights, but it becomes dangerous when ballet dancers do the same. We take a look at history and raise questions why the situation is as it is.
Guest curator: Erik Näslund
Exhibition Technician: Stefan Persson
Curator film: Klara Berggren
Curator costume: Constance af Trolle