about power, massive movements and those who cross lines

Better people takes place in the borderlands where human values are negotiated. The work is a powerful confrontation with our notions of the possible. Over and over again the work keeps asking the serious question of where the boundaries are for what is possible, real and feasible. The choreographer Hagar Malin Hellkvist Sellén/MHS is not interested in stagings but rather making sure, that occurrences happen.

Better people first premiered in 2006. A pioneering work which paved new grounds within the field of contemporary choreography in Sweden. Four irresistible characters floored the dance scene with their insistent humping disco dance, their boundary-crossing gender expressions and their deconstruction of the jump.

When Better people premieres anew in 2020 it is a queer work of performing art which carries both history and relevance to our contemporary society.

about better people

Better people opened 2006 at Norrlandsoperan in Umeå, Sweden. Original ensemble Audrey Jade Thompson, Emelie Garbers, Heidi Lehtoranta and Marianne Kjærsund. Artistic advisor Minna Elif Wendin. Producers Magnus Nordberg and Åsa Edgren. Production MHS and Loco Motion. Co-production together with Norrlandsoperan with support from Framtidens Kultur and the Swedish Arts Council.
Residence and tour with Dancenet Sweden.


Koncept/choreography: Hagar Malin Hellkvist Sellén
Dance: Sophie Augot, Pernille Holden, Marianne Kjærsund, Heidi Lehtoranta
Costyme design: Lena Lindgren
Set/light design: Erik Westerlund
Make-up design: Marina Ritvall
Repetiteur: Marianne Kjærsund
Producer: Anne Koutonen
Production: MHS
Recidensy: Regionteatern Blekinge Kronoberg
Supported by: Kulturrådet, Konstnärsnämnden
Duration: 80 min inkl. paus

On tour with Dansnät Sverige in Spring 2020

Performance picture: Johan Gunselius
Potrait: Sofia Runarsdotter