2021 – Svalholm // PRIMUS (Dance)

Photocredit: Peter Ravnsborg



PRIMUS is a conceptual choreographic and visual arts piece about beginnings. Its rich symbolism is built around two femenine figures: one young and fully covered, the other old and fully naked. The first is also the choreographer: Nønne Mai Svalholm, the second, her muse Sisse (72 years old)

The dramaturgy articulates a sense of circularity in a continuous transformation of symbols of creation and destruction, life and death. Through the use of archetypes, each subject or object in this universe brings forward its opposite creating a new beginning

The music score and the sustained movement create a charged space forming tableus that explore the sculptultural value of performance and the performative value of sculpture.

“The experienced body, in my choreographic work, becomes a symbol of transformation, time, life and death – a travelling trope to be found all over the word. In my staging of the body, objects and symbols, I am opening up for reinterpretations of the subject, the object, human life and the world we are part of”. Nønne Mai Svalholm.

The piece features a large sculptural element created in collaboration with visual artist Signe Klejs. This is a circular surface which comes to life with the light from a morning’s sunrise in an ever shifting design which floods the stage with fluctuating colour combinations.

PRIMUS is the first work of a new trilogy entitled BIG BANG, centered around the concept of creation. 

The work premiered at Godsbanen in Aarhus, September 2020 and was presented at K: Selekt at The Royal Danish Theater in Copenhagen, September 2020. As one of the curated pieces for CPH STAGEs International Days 2021, PRIMUS will play live 4th of June 2021 at Dansekapellet in Copenhagen..

Part of PRIMUS was developed during a residency at ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Denmark in October, 2019 and a residency at Turnéteatret in Trondelag, Norway in November 2019.

Duration : 53 min


Founded by choreographer Nønne Mai Svalholm, SVALHOLM explores the sculptural dimension of bodily movement and the performative dimension of sculptural elements.

The artistic vision is to examine existential questions and challenge choreographic thinking.

Since 2015 SVALHOLM has been working with a dogma: staging the non-traditionally schooled body and people over the age of 60. Between 2015-2019 we created a trilogy of choreographic work inspired by the theme “Rethink Choreography/ Rethink Ageing” where senior citizens take center stage. The trilogy is comprised by CIRCUIT (2016), ULTIMA (2017) and GRAVITY (2019).

The new trilogy is entitled BIG BANG, centered around the concept of creation. The BIG BANG trilogy develops the dogma further, among other things, by including professional choreographers and performers on stage. PRIMUS is the first work in the BIG BANG trilogy and is centered around the concept of beginnings. PRIMUS premiered September 1st, 2020 at Godsbanen in Aarhus and played at The Royal Danish Theatre as part of K:Selekt, September 2020.


SVALHOLM will focus its international development on 3 areas: Nordic countries, Korea and Canada. In 2019 SVALHOLM participated in PAMS selected by The Danish Arts Foundation to share new knowledge and experience. As a result, a  collaboration started with choreographer Kim Yun Gyu, artistic director of Dance Theatre Tic. Additionally SVALHOLM was selected to participate during 2020-21 in the International Market Development organized by the Canadian Association of the Performing Arts to establish dialogue between Canadian artists and creators from all over the world.




Young adult – adult


Dansekapellet :

Bispebjerg Torv 1
2400 København NV
Tlf: 82205730Københavns
Mail: admin@dansekapellet.dk





Carlos Calvo, Creative Producer, cc@svalholm.dk, + 45 25687156


Artistic Director/ Choreographer: Nønne Mai Svalholm

Dancers: Sisse Lunøe and Nønne Mai Svalholm

Scenography and Light design: Visual Artist Signe Klejs, Nønne Mai Svalholm

Composer: Olga Szymula

Artistic consultant: Niels Rønshold

Dramaturge and Creative Producer: Carlos Calvo

Dramaturge Assistant: Ida-Elisabeth Larse

Light design consultant: Jon Skulberg

Filmmaker and Photography: Michael Dinesen

Photographer: Peter Ravnsborg

With support from The Danish Arts Foundation, Kulturudviklingspuljen, Aarhus Kommune og Wilhelm Demant Fonden, og Initiativpuljen, Aarhus Kommune.

Curated and co-produced by Åbne Scene, Godsbanen after open call.