The Ballets Suédois would have been a hundred years old this year! This avant-garde dance company, established by two Swedes in 1920 at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, garnered international fame and included some of the great performers of the era during the five years of its existence. To celebrate this centenary, the Institut Suédois is devoting its autumn season to the art of dance and focusing on contemporary dance forms that have certain affinities with the Ballets Suédois. The themes explored in the season’s exhibitions and events include multi-disciplinary approaches challenging established genres, fluidity between artistic frontiers, and the idea of dance as a counter-culture and a mode of expression for marginalised communities.

The introductory exhibition Les Ballets suédois – scandaleusement novateurs! [The Ballets Suédois – scandalously innovative!] looks back at key moments and personalities connected to the Ballets Suédois via archives and photos, and includes an opportunity to meet specialists in the subject. The season then turns the spotlight on Ball Culture, an artistic and political movement created by African-American and Latinx LGBTQI+ communities in 1920s New York. The programme features three projects resulting from a collaboration between the Swedish artist and filmmaker Sara Jordenö and the US militant artist Twiggy Pucci Garçon: an exhibition documenting the art project in public space, The Reincarnation of Rockland Palace (2012); several screenings of the documentary film KIKI made in 2016; and to end with a spectacular flourish, a brand new performance event in the form of a French-Swedish-American Ball featuring runway and voguing workshops and opportunities to meet members of the Ballroom community in Sweden, Paris and New York!

With support from the Swedish Art Council.

On the programme at Institut suédois :

29.08.2020 / 21:00. (introduction to the season) Open-air cinema : KIKI

14.10.2020 / 18:00 – 20:00. Opening night of the season Mouvements !

15.10.2020 – 10.01.2021. Exhibition : The Ballets Suédois – scandalously innovative !

15.10.2020 – 10.01.2021. Exhibition: The Reincarnation of Rockland Palace

22.10.2020. Cinema : KIKI

Further information about the Ball, workshops, other films and upcoming events will be posted on our website in the autumn.


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