Home on the deranged
Jann Parry reviews Cullberg for The Observer
Men in hats, black or white, are up to no good in Swedish dance productions. Hats mean uptight authority or Magrittean madness: both featured in Cullberg Ballet's double bill by Mats Ek and Johan Inger, past and present directors of the 36-year-old company.
Inger took over this month, having started his choreographic career with Nederlands Dans Theater. He combines the near- balletic quality of NDT with the peasant earthiness of Ek's work. If his Edinburgh opener, Home and Home, is anything to go by, Inger's quirkiness is becoming darker as he grows older. I doubt, though, he'll ever be as off-the-wall weird as Ek.
Home and Home was inspired partly by a murder case in which an immigrant father killed his daughter for having an affair with a Swede. Home is not a safe place. click for more
************************************* Shocks, frocks and two smoking ballets
Ellie Carr reviews Cullberg Ballet
With no storyline, and themes that float in and out of view like apparitions, this double bill from Sweden’s Cullberg Ballet still manages to nail down human emotion, laying bare everything from abject sorrow to fear to fit-to-burst joy on a stage that seems a window on the soul.
The dancing is pretty good too. With ex-Nederlands Dans Theater dancer/choreographer Johan Inger freshly installed as director, the slightly misnamed Cullberg Ballet (it is resolutely modern – not a flash of pink ballet tights in sight) has much to prove after many heady years with Mats Ek as boss, then star choreographer. click for more