Fredrik Benke Rydman interprets classic Våroffer

By on December 7, 2017
Andreas Lundberg

A robot, 20 street dancer and 5000 liters of water – Fredrik Benke Rydman takes a unique grip on Stravinsky’s classic Våroffer at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern.

When Fredrik Benke Rydman makes his version of legendary Våroffer, the two acts of the performance contain the original music of Igor Stravinsky and also newly written by Johan Liljedahl. Benke takes part on stage and stands for all choreography. Premiere Big Stage 7 September 2018.

The original work is a modernist dance drama that revolves around the mystery and explosion of creative power of the spring, composed by Igor Stravinsky, rebuilt by the Russian ballet at the Théâtre des Champs Élysées, Paris, 29 May 1913.

Fredrik Benke Rydman’s set is about both violent and beautiful in nature’s cycle, the spring’s revival, the summer’s explosion of life, the melancholy goodbye of the autumn and finally the decomposed. Man is a part of nature.

Something has to die for the new one to live. The balance between technology and nature is also in focus, if it is disturbed nothing can live. Modernity, primordial forces in nature’s elements and the human standing in between.

– I will try to make the music’s complexity justice through the street dance language with rhythm and dynamics. In this way, I hope my interpretation will find a place, as already many very good versions have already been made, says Fredrik Benke Rydman.

Tickets will be released April 10, 2018.

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music | Stockholm