Andersson Dance

September 27th, 2011

Andersson Dance

Andersson Dance is an alternating constellation of artists and was founded in 1996 in Stockholm by the choreographer Örjan Andersson. Since 1996 Örjan Andersson has created numerous works in various contexts, from the intimate to the larger format. An exploration of music has always been in focus, regardless if newly composed electronica, folk music or classical works. Andersson Dance continuously invites dancers, composers, light designers, set designers, costume designers, video designers for cooperations in various formats. The project company tours both nationally and internationally.

Örjan Andersson creates different types of choreographic works, often focusing on live music. His choreographic work focuses on the body’s inherent possibilities and limitations – ranging from major live music works to opera, to text-based work and to the exploration of classical music. He is known for collaborating with both actors, opera singers, musicians and dancers, so that they work together and communicate with the same physical language.

Early on he received opportunities to create choreography for the large institutions nationally and internationally. This gave him an opportunity to develop his language and his view on the larger stages. At the same time Örjan Andersson founded Andersson Dance.

Örjan Andersson was born 1964 in Eslöv, Sweden. Örjan Andersson received his education at Balettakademien in Stockholm. He began his career as a dancer at Östgötabaletten in Norrköping where he worked with amongst other Birgit Cullberg, Mats Ek and Jiri Kylian. He then left Sweden to dance with Batsheva Dance Company and the choreographer Ohad Naharin in Tel Aviv, Israel. In Batsheva Dance Company he danced works by Ohad Naharin, Angelin Preljocaj, Jiri Kylian, Hervé Robbe and Mark Morris. Örjan Andersson created his the first work, Nemo saltat sobrius (1992) during his period in Israel. Örjan Andersson returned to Sweden permanently in 1995, creating his first pieces whilst working with amongst others Per Jonsson (Sweden) and Ina Christel Johansson (Norway).

In 1996 Örjan Andersson received his first commission, by the Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm. He has since been commissioned by a majority of the leading dance companies in Europe whilst creating a large body of work for his own company. The company has been presented in Italy, South Korea, Germany, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Great Britain, Ireland and Belgium.

Örjan Andersson has continually taught at the University College of Dance, the University College of Film, Radio, Television and Theatre, Danscentrum and Balettakademien in Stockholm, giving courses in choreography, interpretation as well as giving class.

Andersson Dance is funded by the Swedish Arts Council,
the Arts Grants Committe and the Cultural Capital of Stockholm. 

Andersson Dance is funded by the Swedish Arts Council,
the Arts Grants Committe and the Cultural Capital of Stockholm.


Selected works by Örjan Andersson:

Hamlet, 2017

Folkteatern, Gothenburg, Sweden
Carmen Moves, 2016
Folkoperan, Stockholm
Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia, 2015
- Scottish Ensemble & Andersson Dance,
opened at Dansens Hus, Stockholm, 2015

Residual bits of sunlight, 2014
Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Stockholm, Sweden
Exposition and the body, 2014

Royal Swedish Ballet, Stockholm, Sweden
Werther, 2013
Dramaten – The Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm, Sweden
Karmer kring blå, 2013

Andersson Dance/RESiDANS
, 2013
Bern:Balett, Bern, Switzerland
Name of the next song
, 2012

Andersson Dance in co-production with Aarhus Theatre, Aarhus, Denmark
Seven Clues, 2011

for Skånes Dansteater, Malmö, Sweden. 
Pile it on, 2009
Andersson Dance in co-production with Dansens Hus, Oslo, Norway
, 2008

for Carte Blanche, Bergen, Norway. 
Triptych, 2007
Andersson Dance in co-production with NorrlandsOperan, Umeå, Sweden. 
Ready To Explode, 2006
Andersson Dance, at Dansens Hus, Stockholm, Sweden.
Arches of frost, 2005
for Compania national de Danza, Madrid, Spain.
Quartet # 10, 2003
for Netherlands Dance Theatre 1, Den Haag, Netherlands.
RÖD, 2001
for Netherlands Dance Theatre 1, Den Haag, Netherlands
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, 1996
for the Cullberg Ballet, Dansens Hus, Stockholm, Sweden