Review (Sept. 30, 2021): "Deborah Hay explores the body's movement patterns - but backwards"

"Deborah Hay explores the body's movement patterns - but backwards"

(Review of "Horse" by Deborah Hay, published in Dagens Nyhetter. 2021-09-30)

(Excerpt from the EN translation:)

"The world premiere of "Horse, the solos", danced by the Cullberg Ballet at the Stora teatern, is like a seven-man solo and much more magnificent and sublime than dance, writes Josefine Wikström.

What does a dance that does not want to look like a dance look like? Or rather, what does a dance look like that does not contain synchronous steps in time to music, recognizable dance styles or movements, nor is it traditionally structured with solos, duets and ensemble dancing?

Deborah Hay's new work "Horse, the solos" performed with the Cullberg Ballet and with a world premiere at the Stora teatern in Gothenburg, is an unusually successful example of this. The difficulty with this tradition is that art can easily appear as either unformed and formless or as an expression of a naive anti-modernism. But in Hay's exhaustion of dance as language and convention, this seven-man solo becomes something much more grand and sublime than dance.",sc

"Horse, the solos"

Choreography: Deborah Hay

Music: Graham Reynolds

Costume: Behnaz Aram

Lighting design: Minna Tiikkainen

With: The Cullberg Ballet

Location: The Grand Theater

November/December 2021 in Barcelona, Spain: CONSTELLATION Deborah Hay with Ballet Culberg


"The American artist, who broke new ground in dance in the 1970s and became a touchstone for later generations, will perform for the first time in Spain. She will present four pieces, two of them with Cullberg, Sweden’s most international ballet company.

Project co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union as part of DANCE ON, PASS ON, DREAM ON."

MERCAT DE LES FLORS, HOUSE OF DANCE, Lleida, 59, 08004 Barcelona

Season: 2021-2022

Figure a Sea (2015)

December 2 to 4, 2021

The Match (2004)

November 27-28, 2021

My Choreographed Body, Revisited (2015)

Dec. 4, 2021

A Lecture on the Performance of Beauty

Dec. 3, 2021

About Cullberg:

The Cullberg premieres the performance of HORSE, THE SOLOS, Sept. 2021

The public premiere of Cullberg Company's Horse, the solos, a collaboration with choreographer Deborah Hay, composer Graham Reynolds and Swedish light designer Minna Tikkainen 

About the dance:

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 interesting choreographers and their teams 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. Always challenging, always relevant.

”Horse, the solos is choreographed in a manner that relies on an intuitive understanding of risk, efficiency, and survival. There is control in efficiency but not risk-taking. Combined they establish the conditions for Horse, the solos” -- Deborah Hay

Stora Teatern, Gothenburg, September 29, 2021 at 7:00 PM