In The Listeners, choreographer Alma Söderberg continues her exploration of the relationship between dance and music with nine dancers from Swedish dance company Cullberg. Using voice, rhythm and movement, polyrhythm and polyphony, the dancers explore the relationship between listening and moving.
In a performance like a concert - in the sense that it encourages listening - space and bodies are played like instruments. The dance becomes an instrument to describe the sound, and the sound becomes an instrument to describe the dance. Thus, they are intertwined in a composition rich in layers of perception.
Alma Söderberg showed her performances on the most important European stages and festivals. After mostly solos and creations for small ensembles, The Listeners is her first collaboration with Swedish contemporary dance company Cullberg, where she was associate artist from 2019 to 2022. Her dance practice is all about the connection between language, voice, rhythm and movement. Poetic precision, sensual sensitivity, subtle humour and implicit social engagement characterise her work.
- A collaboration between 30CC and STUK.
- “Alma Söderberg presents a unique kind of performing arts, joining together dance, music and voice performance in an unceasingly fascinating and rhythmic performing language.” (Jury Thalia Prize - Swedish Theatre Critics Award, 2016)
- “Alma Söderberg does not follow the stream, she works beyond ideological and aesthetic signs. Communication between the audience and her own body is the foundation. With movement, rhythm, music, sound and language, she breaks new ground and opens the borders of what a dance performance can and may be.” (The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, The Birgit Cullberg Grant, 2016)
choreography Alma Söderberg in collaboration with the dancers sound design Dehendrik Lechat Willekens dance nine Cullberg dancers dance and vocals created by Anand Bolder, Benjamin Pohlig, Camille Prieux, Eliott Marmouset, Eva Mohn, Freddy Houndekindo, Johanna Tengan, Katie Jacobson, Mohamed Y. Shika, Sylvie Gehin Karlsson, Unn Faleide, Gergo Farkas and Hanna van den Berg costume design Behnaz Aram light design Pol Matthé dramaturgy Igor Dobričić artistic advice Anja Röttgerkamp repetitor Thomas Zamolo production Cullberg coproduction Norrlandsoperan (Umeå), PACT Zollverein (Essen) en Hellerau - European Centre for the Arts (Dresden)