Circles and Swing!
Circles and Swing!


Premiere 17th of November 2022 at Rosendal Teater in Trondheim Norway in close collaboration with

Choreographic Center DansiT in Norway and with support from The Danish Arts Foundation.


A large mirror ball hangs lifelessly from the ceiling by a long wire, dangerously close to the floor. In the sparse lighting, the mirror ball is a dark entity, but when a single beam of light hits it, the floor, ceiling and walls are transformed into a starry sky where the mirror ball floats like a lonely planet in the universe. Young and old performers circulate around the sphere, while their distorted and fleeting movements are reflected in the surfaces of the mirrors and blend with the silhouettes of the audience. 

Slowly, the mirror ball changes character from being the center of the ritual and meditative walk to speeding through the air like a dangerous and potentially deadly projectile. The mirror ball, just like Foucault's pendulum, shows the passage of time, the rotation of the earth, and puts the value and potential of life and resources into perspective. Circles and Swings! is based on a concept of rotations, circles, spirals and swings where change emerges.


Artistic Director and Choreographer Nønne Mai Svalholm works conceptually and multidisciplinary with choreography, dance, light design, sculpture and installation art. Her work is highly visual and it takes place in a landscape of pleasure, pain and the uncanny. Morphing through a constant of what has been, what is, and what will be - bodies, objects and light becomes symbols of transformation, time, life and death. 


Circles and Swings! is performed by 10 - 16 young local professional dancers and local amateur dancers age 60+. Nønne Mai Svalholm is interested in a deeper connection with local dancers and local communities that explores the artistic encounter across generations. Circles and Swings! is created to be performed in a black box, white cube and site-specific with different lighting designs. The artistic vision is that Circles and Swing! will unfold in close connection with the local dancers, communities, the specific location and culture each new place the performance travels to. The performance has a duration of 35 minutes, which makes it ideal as a double bill.


Circles and Swings! is created as a wish for more sustainable international touring, and is a new interpretation of the work Circuit (2016), which was Nønne Mai Svalholm's first work in the trilogy Rethink Ageing/ Rethink Choreography. Circuit was performed at BORA BORA – Dance & Visual Theater in Aarhus Denmark with a subsequent tour all over Denmark.




Circles and Swing!