‘IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT, YOU CAN GO TO HELL’ BALLETS SUÉDOIS 1920–1925

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25 October – 15 May
When choreographer Jean Börlin meets the rich Rolf de Maré, it marks the beginning of a story about dance, love and ambitious dreams. For them there are no obstacles, and in the autumn of 1920, they head to Paris with their dance troupe – Ballets Suédois, The Swedish Ballet.

Over five hectic years, the dance company will push the boundaries of dance, and tour Europe and the United States. Their home stage of Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris becomes a hub for some of the most innovative artists of the time.

Dansmuseet’s anniversary exhibition ‘If you don’t like it, you can go to hell’ – Ballets Suédois 1920–1925 opened on 25 October 2020, one hundred years to the day that the Ballets Suédois had its premiere in Paris. The title of the exhibition comes from the stage backdrop for the Ballets Suédois’ production Relâche and is a quote by Francis Picabia.

Together with Erik Satie, Fernand Léger, Nils Dardel, Audrey Parr, Hélène Perdriat and many more, the Ballets Suédois created total artworks for the stage. The artists, composers and dancers are copiously represented in the exhibition with objects such as costume sketches, photographs, films and other material from the dance company’s productions.