dante - gunilla heilborn (SE)


Idea, text and direction: Gunilla Heilborn
On stage: Ludvig Daae, Ida Wigdel and Kristiina Viiala
Music: Kim Hiorthøy
Songs: Kim Hiorthøy and Gunilla Heilborn
Room and Costume: Katarina Wiklund
Light Design: Susanna Hedin
Production: Sara Bergsmark
Coproduction: Norrlandsoperan, Dansens Hus, Vitlycke Centre for Performing Arts
Supported by: Swedish Arts Council, Swedish Arts Grants committé

27.11 - 02.12

Residency by Gunilla Heilborn to work on the project Dante.
In collaboration with Norrlandsoperan and Dansens Hus.


Residency for Gunilla Heilborn and team for their new work Dante. The piece will premiere at Dansens Hus in Stockholm in March 2024. The week in Vitlycke is the second week in the process and will end with a public showing of the material they have developed so far; songs, dialogues, walking patterns and probably some fog.

Dante takes its staring point in and aims to be a performance piece about indecision, the Middle Ages, constant wanderings and conversations with people in other times.

“…a man, being just as hungry as thirsty, and placed in between food and drink, must necessarily remain where he is and starve to death. "
— Aristotle, On the Heavens 295b, c. 350 BC

Gunilla Heilborn
Gunilla Heilborn is a choreographer and filmmaker based in Stockholm. She is born in 1964 and has studied radio and film at Nordens Folkhögskola as well as choreography at DOCH in Stockholm and for Anna Halprin at the San Francisco Dancer’s workshop. Heilborn is interrested in history and how it speaks to us. She loves research, but is also happy to deal with the humor that comes from the failing of grand ideas In her works, Heilborn combines text, movement, video and images, always seasoned with an unmistakable dry humor.

Her most recent production is the solo Merkurius, which premiered at Norrlandsoperan in Umeå in November 2022. Before that, 37 hours & 3 minutes premiered at Elverket, Dansens Hus in Stockholm.

”Doubt and uncertainty find a place, next to the aforementioned trust in the universality of one’s own interest in stage form. The key to the latter lies in the work process and performance: the individual – the collective is almost always a theme, the form often a group work of unique performing artists.” -Dagens Nyheter about Gunilla’s artistry and 37 Hours and 3 Minutes.


Stage Work
2022 Merkurius NOP, Umeå
2022 37 timmar & 3 minuter. Dansens Hus. Elverket. Stockholm
2020 Give It Some Time. Dansens Hus Stockholm.

2019 Monument. Turteatern Stockholm

2018 Boken, Norrlandsoperan, Dansens Hus Stockholm
2017 The Wonderful and The Ordinary, in collaboration with TIB, Steiricher Herbst
2016 Why I Wear This Shirt, in collaboration with Kim Hiorthøy, MDT Stockholm
2015 The Knowledge. Solo work. Regionteatern Blekinge Kronoberg, NOP.

2014 Gorkij Park 2. Gothenburg Dance & Theatre Festival, Steiricher Herbst

2012 The Academy. Dansens Hus Stockholm. 

2011 This is not a love story. Dansens Hus Stockholm, Norrlandsoperan
and more…

Film & TV
2021 Monument Växjö. Regionteatern Blekinge Kronoberg.

2014 We are different now, a Tv-series for Swedish television. 

2009 This is Alaska, Awarded Best short film, Mexico Film festival and Uppsala Film Festival.
2007 What you do, Awarded Guldbagge for Best Shortfilm of the year
2004 The Lodge 
2003 Henrik Vikman talking 

2003 Rewind

1995-98 Choreography Studies. University of Dance, Stockholm
1991-92 Studies for Anna Halprin, San Francisco Dancers Workshop
1986-88 Radio/Film Studies Nordens Folkhögskola Biskops -Arnö

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