The choreographer Hagar Malin Hellkvist Sellén/MHS´s performance Flottarkärlek conveys an almost lost era in the Swedish working life – log-driving. She has searched for information in archives and documents to find traces of queer expressions in the log-drivers backbreaking, and many times dangerous work on rivers, creeks and streams. This profession has been romanticized and MHS will with the performance give the log-driver a face beyond the myth.

Flottarkärlek is a raw physical and poetic impersonation of a heritage from northern Sweden. A memorial over those who transported timber from forests to lumber mills along the coast. A performance of manual labour, romance, natural forces, sweat, moisture and reeking intimacy, as well as pain, fear and death. The dreams of liberty and spring flood which kept calling the log-drivers.

The opening night of Flottarkärlek takes place at Norrlandsoperan on 8 November 2019.


Hagar Malin Hellkvist Sellén/MHS has worked as a choreographer for almost twenty years. She is a strong feministic voice within performing art. MHS choreography explores physical and linguistic praxis. She takes an interest in identity, sexuality, norm creative perspectives and marginalised stories. In her earlier work such as Parveln (2017) and Missionären (2016) she questions and updates a new chapter of history, as she does with Flottarkärlek. MHS and Missionären were awarded both the Swedish Association of Theatre Critics’ Dance Price (2016) and the Swedish Association of Directors’ IRIS-price (2017).

Dancenet Sweden has toured Hagar Malin Hellkvist Sellén’s performances Projekt – Genusneutral armé på uppdrag (2004), Bättre folk (2006), both created in residence with Dancenet Sweden and toured Rosa löften (2012).

FLOTTARKÄRLEK by Malin Hellkvist Sellén | trailer from Malin Hellkvist Sellén on Vimeo.


Idea, research, text, choreography: Malin Hellkvist Sellén
Dancers: Marianne Kjærsund, Marcus Baldemar, Pernille Holden
Costume: Elin Hallberg
Mask design: Linda Sandberg
Set design: Maja Johansson
Light design: Hannele Philipson
Composer: Sara Lundén
Dramaturgy: Malin Holgersson
Production assistant: Annica Styrke
Producer: Anne Koutonen
Production: Malin Hellkvist Sellén
Co-production: Norrlandsoperan
Photo: Sofia Runarsdotter
Duration: 100 min incl. intermission

Flottarkärlek is produced with support from Swedish Arts Council, Stockholms stad and the swedish Arts Grants Committee.

Tours with Dancenet Sweden autumn 2019.