Cullberg and Deborah Hay to Barcelona
At the turn of the month, November/December, Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona’s stage for contemporary dance, presents a comprehensive retrospective of Cullberg’s associate choreographer Deborah Hay and her art. Cullberg participates with The Match and Figure a Sea.
At Mercat de les Flors, Cullberg presents The Match, which premiered in 2004 in New York and with Cullberg 2019 at Tanz im August in Berlin. In 2015, Deborah Hay created her first work for the company, Figure a Sea, to music by Laurie Anderson. The work has toured to festivals and stages throughout Europe and the United States. As part of the retrospective in Barcelona, Deborah Hay will also perform for the first time in Spain, with the solo My choreographed body.
The Match with Adam Schütt, Anand Bolder, Louise Dahl and Vincent Van der Plas will be presented November 27-28. Figure a Sea with 19 dancers on 2-4 December.
On Deborah Hay
Deborah Hay, born 1941 in Brooklyn, has achieved icon status among choreographers. Her work was formulated in 1960s experimental Judson Dance Theatre in New York, one of the most radical and influential post-modern art movements. Hay’s dances center on undoing the body’s reliance on learned behavior by enlarging the field from which a dancer can resource movement. She spent many years choreographing solo works for notable artists including Mikhail Baryshnikov. The choreographer William Forsythe helped influence her international career after seeing the premiere of her quartet The Match in 2005 at the Montpellier Dance Festival. She has been awarded many grants and awards including the inaugural and groundbreaking Doris Duke Artist Award in 2012. On May 5, 2015 France’s Minister of Culture and Communication awarded Hay the title of Chevallier de L’Ordre Des Arts et Des Lettres.
In 2015, Deborah Hay created the work Figure a Sea directly for Cullberg Ballet, to music by Laurie Anderson. The work has been highly acclaimed by audience and critics all over the world, toured in the US, and all over Europe and been presented at prestigious festivals such as Montpellier Danse and the International Festival of Contemporary Dance of the Biennale di Venezia in 2018.
2019-2022, Deborah Hay is associated artist at Cullberg, along with Alma Söderberg and Jefta van Dinther. In the winter of 2021, the dancers performed a premiere of Hay’s latest work, Horse, the solos, in front of an empty theater. Director Marcus Lindeen followed the process in the film Dear Dancer, which premieres next year, 2022.
For more information, contact:
Erica Espling, Marketing and PR Manager Cullberg
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Cullberg is the national and international repertoire contemporary dance company in Sweden, continuously co-creating to make cutting edge dance relevant for the many. Together with choreographers from all over the world, we are exploring ideas on how dance can be defined, produced and presented. Those explorations are the pillars of a company that is constantly in motion at the heart of the international arena. 2019-2022, Cullberg works exclusively with three associated artists: Alma Söderberg, Deborah Hay and Jefta van Dinther. The core of the company consists of 17 extraordinary individual dancers with a central role in the creations. Cullberg’s works emerge from the times we are living in, as part of the socio-political environment including equality, diversity and sustainability. Cullberg is led by artistic director Gabriel Smeets and managing director Stina Dahlström. Cullberg is part of Riksteatern – The Swedish National Touring Theatre.