The Strindberg Project


Tilman O’Donnell & Melanie Mederlind | Cullberg Ballet

In 2012 Sweden pays attention to August Strindberg who died 100 years earlier. The career of the Swedish playwright, novelist, essayist and painter spanned four decades, during which time he wrote over 60 plays and more than 30 works of fiction, autobiography, history, cultural analysis, and politics. A bold experimenter and individualist, he explored a wide range of dramatic methods and purposes. He is considered the “father” of modern Swedish literature and his The Red Room (1879) has frequently been described as the first modern Swedish novel.
The conceptions of Strindberg are many. For spring 2012 Cullberg Ballet has invited choreographer Tilman O’Donnell and director Melanie Mederlind to be inspired by and/or react against the Swedish icon in their very own personal ways. They will create one dance piece each that will be combined into a double bill.


New works by Tilman O’Donnell
Choreography: Tilman O’Donnell
Costume: Tilman O’Donnell
Lighting design: Thomas Zamolo
Sound design: Mårten Ihre
Dancers: Agnieszka Dlugoszewska, Mirko Guido, Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, Gesine Moog, Luis Alberto Rodriguez, Adam Schütt, Daniel Sjökvist and Patricia Vázquez

New work by Melanie Mederlind
Direction and set: Melanie Mederlind
Music: Vivaldi, Beethoven
Costumes: Ulrika van Gelder
Sound design: Mårten Ihre
Dramaturgy: Marc Matthiesen
Dancers: Alexandra Campbell, Johanna Lindh, Åsa Lundvik Gustafson, Andrea Martini, Shumpei Nemoto, Victoria Roberts, Csongor Szabó and Kristóf Várnagy

Illustration: Mikael Sjömilla