June 2+3. Medelgympa / Johanssons pelargoner och dans

“Gympa” [jym`pa] is a Swedish form of group aerobic training.

Medelgympa is the result of an exploration of gympa as a bodily practice and social phenomenon. Johanssons pelargoner och dans are particularly interested in the kind of community that can take shape during a session of gympa. The collective rush. The gratitude. All the different bodies, ages, and tempos, sweating together to the sound of thumping bass and energizing instructions. Medelgympa is their tribute to gympa, because they love it.

Medelgympa is your all-around fitness and art experience. We exercise to very traditional gympa music, and it can get sweaty if you want it to. Bring your metaphorical machete out. Touch down to the sound of creaking wood. Allow your body to turn into a marshmallow in a cup of hot cocoa. Medelgympa is the kind of gympa that encourages laziness. It’s gympa deluxe.

Medelgympa is both a performing arts event and a session of gympa. Wear clothing and shoes that you will be comfortable moving in. Medelgympa is suitable for people 13 and older, and is performed in Swedish.

Production: Johanssons pelargoner och dans
Concept, script and choreography: Anna HaglundAnnica StyrkeEllen Söderhult and Karin Wiklund
Sound design: Anna Haglund
Set and costume design: Tove Dreiman
Performer: Ellen Söderhult

Photo: Chrisander Brun

With the support of: The Swedish Arts Council, Region Stockholm, Norrlandsoperan/Dans i Västerbotten, Skellefteå municipality, Sala municipality, Gula villan/Södertälje municipality, Danscentrum Stockholm and Huddinge municipality.

About Johanssons pelargoner och dans
Johanssons pelargoner och dans is a performing arts group and production platform with more than ten years of experience in performing arts and dance pedagogical work. They create performances where the audience is involved and where the focus lies on the participants’ physical experience.

Johanssons pelargoner och dans likes the broad, kind, and intuitive. Their work is usually focused on children and youth, with a particular interest in the pedagogical interaction, regardless of the targeted audience.