Make Hay While The Sun Shines

Make Hay While The Sun Shines is a series of dances being developed through 2019-2021 in New York and Stockholm. In shorter work periods, through showings, performances, workshops and studio work, a series of dances are created. In different iterations, and with different dancers, it deals with change and speed, and an infatuation with early modern dance.

Ditching a “neither/nor” in favour of a “yes/and”, Make Hay While the Sun Shines is a dance of constant change. Saying yes to both the habitual and the unknown it samples the dance history of a cross-generational cast of dancers and merges them into new forms. If each moment is a possible future, why not catch them all?

Make Hay While the Sun Shines departs from the incoherency of movements and histories. It engages in time specific and partial views, the uncategorized details that pre-exists the whole, and the chaos called reality. Stemming from a movement practice based on disharmonious change, a dance which might be more like life itself is created: irregular, fascinating, unsuccessful, stumbling, loving and pretty unpredictable.

Make Hay While the Sun Shines is a series of dances developed through movements between Stockholm and New York. Previous iterations have been presented at Center for Performance Research (NYC), Performance Mix (NYC), Dans.Hall (Farsta), La Mama Studios (NYC) and MDT (Stockholm).

The premiere and tour with Dansnät Sverige to Norrlandsoperan (Umeå), Byteatern (Kalmar), UKK (Uppsala) and Dansstationen (Malmö) followed by performances at MDT Stockholm were cancelled due to the pandemic.

On April 24th we presented a digital release of the book of conversations made as part of the project alongside a short dance film from the recent process.

Choreography: Stina Nyberg
Music: KABLAM (Kajsa Blom)
Performers spring 2021: Stina Ehn, Ingrid Mugalu, Maria Naidu, Maryam Nikandish, Stina Nyberg and Chrysa Parkinson.
Light design spring 2021: Josefin Hinders
Costume spring 2021: Daniel Åkerström-Steen
FILM spring 2021: Aleksandra Sende and Felicia Semitjov
BOOK spring 2021, graphic design: Johnny Chang
Performers MDT, August 2020: Maria Naidu, Maryam Nikandish and Stina Nyberg
Performers, La Mama studios, January 2020: Iréne Hultman, Maria Naidu, Stina Nyberg and Katy Pyle
Performers, Dans.Hall, August 2019: Lydia Östberg Diakité, Iréne Hultman, Maria Naidu, Maryam Nikandish, Stina Nyberg and Katy Pyle.
Performers, Performance Mix, June 2019: Iréne Hultman, Stina Nyberg and Katy Pyle
Performer, Center for Performance Research, February 2019: Stina Nyberg
Also developing the work: Aurore D'audiffret, Molly Engblom, Zoë Poluch and Yvonne Rainer.
Intern in 2021: Stina Ehn
Co-production: Norrlandsoperan, MDT, Dansnät Sverige
Made possible with support by Kulturrådet/The Swedish Arts Council and Stockholms Stad.
Photo: Kathryn Butler Photography
Photo: pavleheidler
Trailer Make Hay While the Sun Shines by José Figueroa
The BOOK Make Hay While the Sun Shines