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A crash. An earthshaking, overwhelming bang that could signal the end. But instead it becomes a fresh start, a way forward. Underart is an ode to what happens after a crash landing. To what happens thanks to a crash landing.

Based on the directors’ own lived story. Olle Strandberg has a background in acrobatics and juggling. In December 2005 he broke his neck doing a triple somersault and was paralyzed from the neck down. Olle's latest production, Underart, is based on his own story, but is not an exact staging of any precise course of events. Underart is about the events that are set in motion by a crash, and about the forces that move you forward afterward. Underart is nothing less than an earnest ode to crash landings. And to the glorious feeling of making your way back.

Seven artists. All with their own relation to the crash, combine balancing acts, acrobatics and intense coffee breaks to the soundtrack of specially composed live music. Each inspired by their own and one another's crash landings, the performers discover new, unexpected and joyful ways of exploring failure.

"Wonderful to behold. /.../ hailed by the audience as one of the worlds nine wonders."

”... charm, heart and warmth” /.../”With humour and poetry they talk about the things we all think about – love, loneliness, joy and sorrow .” /

”The result is a beautiful piece of contemporary circus poetry at its best: wistful and comical at the same time. A full body-experience that reaches deep into the heart ...” /

Press quotes about Underart

Örjan Abrahamsson,
Dagens Nyheter

Anna Hedelius,
Swedish Television

Ylva Lagercrantz Spindler,


Anna Ahnlund
Alexander Dam
Iris Pelz
Christopher Schlunk
Matias Salmenaho
Andreas Tengblad
Methinee Wongtrakoon

Creative Team
Directed and conceived by – Olle Strandberg
Composers – Andreas Tengblad and Anna Ahnlund / Ripple & Murmur
Set and costume design – Katarina Wiklund and Susanna Wiklund

Lighting design – Jenny André
Lighting design in Berlin – Antti Helminen

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