The Dawn Chorus

The Dawn Chorus is made on commission from Norrdans and premiered at Elverket in Stockholm on March 10th 2022.

We are many species that face an uncertain future. Although parts of humanity often think they are in the center stage, the real drama takes place behind the scenes: among gnat and vermin, rustling and sounds, and in the tactile relations of dance.

The Dawn Chorus is based on birds that die, but also on the bird as a metaphor for a possible new future.

The bird has an obvious place in dance history and has taken place on stage through a number of works. The Dawn Chorus will be based on some of these historical bird dances and in parallel take the liberty to imagine the world from a different starting point. The process-oriented development of the piece is an exercise in paying attention to details and in listening: to small birds, small stories and small movements. An opportunity to change perspectives on life with the bird as a companion.

In The Dawn Chorus, we dream of mile-long lullabies, polyamorous mating dances and a darkness to sing together in.

Read more at Norrdans.

Choreography: Stina Nyberg
Dance: Rebecka Berchtold, Sam Huczkowski, Nastia Ivanova, Chang Leo Liu, Leila Verlinden, Jade Stenhuis, Jonathan Starr, Alban Ovanessian
Scenography & costume design: Jenny Nordberg
Composer: Maria W Horn
Light design: Sofia Linde & Hannele Philipson
Production: Norrdans
The Dawn Chorus. Photo: Lia Jacobi/Norrdans.
The Dawn Chorus trailer