What’s on in Sweden: October 17 – October 23

What's on in Sweden: October 17 - October 23
Photo: Jenny Nölle, Lynn Goldsmith, Sesse Lind
What's on in Sweden: October 17th - October 23rd. Cullberg Ballet and Jay Brannan in Stockholm; Art Garfunkel and Wendy McNeill in Gothenburg; Simone Moreno and Cult of Luna in Malmö


Cullberg Ballet

The world-renowned Swedish dance company The Cullberg Ballet is performing a specially composed programme at Dansen Hus next week featuring two popular and much-loved works by two artistic directors: Aluminium by Mats Ek and As if by Johan Inger.

Aluminium is about resistance, “not necessarily in a political sense but as a way of approaching life,” Ek explains.

As if is “about the cycle of life and different phases in life,” Inger says adding that, “the course of events is affected by the wall…which stands for something inevitable.”

Price: 270 kronor (135 kronor for those under 26)

Location: Dansens Hus, Barnhusgatan 12-14

Time: Thursday October 23rd, 7pm

Tickets: www.ticnet.se

More Information: www.dansenshus.se

Jay Brannan (US)

James Dean lookalike, US singer-songwriter Jay Brannan is sure to get hearts throbbing at Södra Teatern on Wednesday.

Brannan became known internationally with his role in Cameron Mitchell’s incredibly cool and sexy film Shortbus on which he both acted and sang a large part of the soundtrack.

Brannan is often compared to Canadian Rufus Wainwright and their angelic voices do share some similarities. Brannan is however not just yet another melancholy male crooner with a guitar, but more a lovable, talented guy who connects well with his audience.

Price: 115 kronor

Location: Kägelbanan, Södra Teatern, Mosebacketorg 1-3

Time: Wednesday October 22nd, 8.30pm

Tickets: www.sodrateatern.se

More information: http://www.sodrateatern.se

Cactus Bar – Exploring sexual taboo

What characterizes the sensual human when there are no longer any sexual taboos? What remains of lust and desire when all secrets have disappeared and boredom takes over?

These are the days of anything goes – nothing is forbidden, everything has been done. How does this affect us?

“Cactus Bar” is a performance by choreographer Stephanie Tiersch of the German Mouvoir company and is an entertaining mix of dance, theatre and music – exploring the darker sides of our bodies and eroticized souls. Think a combination of David Lynch and ballroom classics.

Price: 200 kronor (100 kronor for those under 26)

Location: Dansens Hus, Barnhusgatan 12-14

Time: October 17th & 18th, 7pm

Tickets: www.ticnet.se

More information: www.dansenshus.se

Vicky Christina Barcelona – Woody Allen

Woody Allen’s new film “Vicky Christina Barcelona” premiered in Sweden on October 10th and has been received very well by critics from near and far.

The film is a self-indulgent work by Allen who re-visits previous films in declaring his love of permissive Europe in general, and Barcelona in particular. The film is an erotic adventure of discovery featuring Scarlet Johansson, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem.

Price: 90 kronor

Location: Cinemas across the city

Time: From Friday October 10th

More Information: www.sf.se


Disney’s High School Musical – The Ice Tour

The whole gang from Disney’s original film in an ice-show extravaganza at Gothenburg’s Scandinavium arena.

The roles of Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan, Chad and Taylor take to the ice in this super-show for the whole family.

Price: From 220 kronor/155 kronor (children aged 2-12 years)

Location: Scandinavium, Skånegatan

Time: Thursday October 23rd – Sunday October 26th

Tickets: www.ticnet.se

More information: www.scandinavium.se

An Evening with Art Garfunkel

Paul Simon’s ‘other half’ comes to Gothenburg and Lisebergshallen on Saturday.

The double grammy award-winning singer has remained active since the duo’s 1970s heyday and released “Some Enchanted Evening” in 2007. The album is a homage to fatherhood, having become a father for the second time that year.

Garfunkel is sure to offer a mix of the new and the old with some timeless classics in his repertoire including Bright Eyes, Sounds of Silence and Bridge Over Troubled Water.

Price: 625 – 725 kronor

Location: Lisebergshallen, Djurgårdsgatan 13

Time: Saturday October 18th, 7.30pm

Tickets: www.ticnet.se

More information: www.liseberg.se

Wendy McNeill (CAN)

Canadian folk singer Wendy McNeill joins forces with Swedish artists Tobias Fröberg and Peter Morén to entertain her Gothenburg audience on Saturday.

Her style is a mix of performance and the deadly serious and she has been described as having a “soft tongue and sharp teeth.” Critics fell head-over-heels in love with her when she made her breakthrough as support for Ane Brun on her Temporary tour.

Price: 180 kronor

Location: Stenhammarsalen, Gothenburg Konserthuset

Time: Saturday October 18th, 7.30pm


More Information: www.gso.se

Soweto Gospel Choir (SA)

A new show from the heart of Africa from the Grammy award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir.

The choir has played to full houses across the globe and is sure to do the same in Sweden so a little creativity may be required in getting hold of tickets. Well worth the struggle for one of the most colourful and lively concerts you’re ever likely to see on a grey, windy Gothenburg night in October.

Price: 425 kronor

Location: Gothenburg Konserthuset

Time: Sunday October 19th, 7.30pm


More Information: www.kulturbolaget.se


Simone Moreno (Brazil) & Os Lourinhos

Simone Moreno offers her audience big hair, a carnival sound and deep, funky Brazilian rhythms.

Moreno was brought up in Salvador i Bahia but now lives in Sweden and performs with her Swedish band Os Lourinhos.

Her debut album “Samba Makossa” received praise from all corners of the musical establishment. While essentially a homage to her homeland, the album displayed a range of influences from her adopted continent of Europe.

Price: 180 kronor

Location: Palladium, Sodergatan 15

Time: Friday October 17th, 7.30pm


More Information: http://www.kulturcentralen.nu/

Cult of Luna

The pride of Norrland. Cult of Luna have been given credit for developing the heavy metal genre and adding new dimensions to the sound. Malmö residents will get the chance to judge for themselves as the band which loves to tour plays KB on Saturday.

Cult of Luna has a loyal Swedish and overseas fan base built on the back of a prolific decade since their creation at the end of the 1990s.

Price: 180 kronor

Location: Kulturbolaget, Bergsgatan 18

Time: Saturday October 18th, 7.30pm


More Information: http://www.kulturbolaget.se/

Lunch Dance

You will be familiar with the old lunch classic Soup and Sandwich and Skåne Dansteater has taken the concept a step further with its popular Lunch Dance performances – last chance this week.

Tuck into your Tuscan bean soup with tomato pesto and watch the dancers and choreographers of the future from the Malmö Academy of Music in a creative meeting with musicians from the department of world music.

Price: 130 kronor including performance, soup, coffee & cake

Location: Skånes Dansteater, Båghallarna, Västra Hamnen

Time: October 17th, 12pm


More Information: www.skanesdansteater.se