As a film director, Bergman was also a choreographer. Throughout his films, and his theater works, Bergman’s “invisible hand” would constantly direct actors in a slow dance, showing his refined choreographed language in gestures such as the beautiful movement of a head, or an arm, or the blink of an eyelid. Ingmar Bergman Through the Choreographer’s Eye, directed by Fredrik Stattin, presents performances by four Swedish choreographers interpreting Ingmar Bergman through dance: Alexander Ekman, Pär Isberg, Pontus Lidberg and Joakim Stephenson. These choreographers, with principal dancers from the Royal Swedish Ballet, have created four unique dance performances reflecting on human relations and intense feelings — the unspoken word transformed into movement. Linked with images of the epic natural beauty of Fårö, where the choreographers created the works, and Bergman’s poetic home Hammars, the documentary features voice narration of the master himself — Ingmar Bergman — revealing his thoughts about movements and music.
Some thoughts on Bergman and dance
Choreography & dance: Alexander Ekman
Music: Frédéric Chopin
Script: Ekman / Bergman
Samband – Band – Saraband
Choreography: Pär Isberg
Dancers: Nadja Sellrup & Oscar Salomonsson
Music: J.S. Bach
Soloist: Torleif Thedéen
Choreography & dance: Pontus Lidberg
Music: Stefan Levin
Voice: Stina Ekblad
Dramaturge: Adrian Silver
Choreography: Joakim Stephenson
Dancers: Nathalie Nordquist & Jenny Nilson
Music: Stefan Levin
About the Choreographers
This world-famous young choreographer has had nearly 25 productions in less than 10 years. Selected works: Tulle (2012), A Swan Lake (2014), Midsummer Nights Dream (2015), Cow (2016).
A former principal dancer with the Royal Swedish Ballet, Isberg’s version of Nutcracker from 1995 was a huge success. It has since then been performed over 250 times, still running with Royal Swedish Ballet.
Lidberg creates films as well as dance works for the stage. Lidberg received numerous awards for his film Rain from 2007. Shimmering Asphalt had a successful premiere with The New York City Ballet in January 2017.
A soloist dancer with the Royal Swedish Ballet, Stephenson started his transition towards choreography in 2000. Selected works: Butterfly Kiss (2005), The Winner Takes It All (2011), Sand (2015).
SAT—October 6—3 PM, free
51 min. In Swedish with English subtitles