CITY HORSES Film Installation

The film installation City Horses in Liljevalchs

Together, Helena Byström and Anna Källblad create works that unrestrainedly occupy the public space. With a humorous tone, they raise questions about female freedom, body and sexuality. Now, for the first time ever, they are showing the film installation City Horses in Liljevalchs+

What happens when a woman takes a seat in public space, without conforming to norms or asking for permission? How does it affect the way we view the female body? The artist Helena Byström and the choreographer Anna Källblad investigate this in the performance work City Horses . In the work, a group of female dancers move like wild horses through streets and squares in different cities. Galloping, trotting and snorting, they take possession of the urban space, like a living moving sculpture.

Byström and Källblad’s performance has been carried out in several different European cities, from Stockholm to Barcelona. In connection with the performance, the piece gave rise to strong reactions, from both the audience and the participants. At Liljevalchs+,  City Horses is shown  in a completely new way, in the form of a larger film installation with four projections, where, in addition to the film, we get to share the thoughts and texts of the approximately 100 participating women. As observers, we are placed in the middle of the action, and get to follow the progress from the inside. We are close to the dancers, hear their voices and see their bodies. And in the same way as the participants, we are confronted with the question: how free are we really to take a seat and move around the city?

The duo Byström Källblad creates works for museums, gallery spaces, stages and the public space in the form of performance, film and installations.

City Horse’s film installation
Artistic direction, production, direction, choreography, costume: Byström Källblad
Film photography: Byström Källblad, Jenny Vinterqvist
Editing: Jenny Vinterqvist

City Horses at Tanec PRAHA 2022 - Byström Källblad © Vojtech Brtnicky-5

Karianne Andreassen, Fie Dam Mygind, Dana Hamburgo Hernandez, Edith Strand Askeland, Oda Olivia Øverbø Lindegård, Ina Bråstein, Aurora Itland, Marthe Nordgård, Inga Lu Zhong Cai Dæhli Moberg, Mai Lene Eliesen, Hedda-Sofie Nilsen, Malena Aasen Gundersen, Charlotte Brohmeyer, Joséphine Auffrey, Nefeli Asteriou, Polina Sonia, Quadira Oechsle-Ali, So Yeon Shin, Sofia Seta, Giorgia Callari, Katinka Wissing, Milena Stein, Britt Angus, Tanit Grafelman, Jitka Čechová, Tereza Holubová, Natalie Tun, Lenka Gregarová, Sumin Sung, Emily Jane Steele, Michaela Dašková, Martina Hajdyla Lacová, Natálie Podešvová, Jana Maroušková, Da Costa Cécile, Talia Marie Preis, Natálie Vacková, Yana Reutova, Liudmyla Ponomarchuk, Olena Korotkova, Anastasiia Pavlovska, Alessia Obinu, Arina Lannoo, Helena Canas, Katja Coser Galtés, Montse Álvarez, Núria Dalmau,Mar Izquierdo López, Carla Piris, Claudia Reig, Andrea el Ameri, Azucena Moya, Aitana Giralt, Eva Durba, Lucy Hood, Cody Lavery, Sandi Woo, Nadia Milford, Sara Edwards, Amber Nofal, Tiana Pinnell, Chelsea Chua, Felix Palmerson, Erin O’Rourke, Linn Christin Aagedal, Thjerza Balaj, Amalie Bergstein Nielsen, Tilda le Grand, Antonia Harke, Camilla Lind, Julia Müllner, Benedicte Ramfjord, Evita Tsakalaki, Maria Björkvik, Hedvig Edvall Bons, Katarina Eriksson, Marte Golten, Hui- Han Hu Gustavsson, Ruth Rebekka Hansen, Tea Harryson, Caroline Hoeg, Annika Hyvärinen, Katrine Johansen, Torill Kolsrud, Sara Larsson, Sofia Calizaya Malygina, Minna Mannelqvist, Nassim Meki, Nicole Sestan Neidert, Ellen Nylander, Anna Persson, Linn Ragnarsson, Wilma Ring, Lotta Salonen, Tilda Seger, Julia Svensson, Sanna Söderholm, Elinor Tollerz Bratteby, Henrietta Wallberg,Moa Westerlund, Tyra Wigg & Sofia Östergren.

Big Pulse Dance Alliance, Sismògraf Dance Festival, International Dance Festival TANEC PRAHA, Tanz im August/HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Stockholms Kulturfestival, Danscentrum Sverige, CODA Oslo International Dance Festival, Dansehallerne, Havremagasinet, Aaben Dans, Roskilde Festival, Supercell Dance Festival. Figueres MOUFestival de dansa, Festival de dansa Castell de Montjuïc, Graner Centre.

With the support of the Creative Europe Program of the European Union, the Cultural Council, the Norwegian Artists’ Board and Art Promotion Norrbotten.

City Horses at Tanec PRAHA 2022 - Byström Källblad © Vojtech Brtnicky-2
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