When choreographer Jean Burlin meets wealthy Rolf de Mare, it will be the beginning of a story about dance, love and big dreams. There are no obstacles for them and in the fall of 1920 they set off for Paris with their Swedish ballet troupe, Ballets Suédois.
For an intense five years, the dance company will push the boundaries of dance and roam throughout Europe and the United States. The Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris would be the center for some of the most creative artists of the time.
Memory of Dansmuseets utställning “If you don’t like it, you can go to hell” – Ballets Suédois 1920-1925 Opens on October 25, 2020, on the centenary of the Swedish Ballet’s premiere in Paris. The title of the exhibition comes from the Theater Fund of the Swedish Ballet Group Released It is a quote from Francis Picabia.
Along with Erik Satie, Fernand Leger, Nils Dardel, Audrey Parr, Helen Berdrieet and many more, Swedish ballet has created stunning landscaped artworks. Artists, composers, and dancers are richly represented in the gallery, among other things, fashion sketches, photos, films and other materials produced by the dance company.
Original costumes borrowed
The museum’s bank hall displays original preserved costumes that were borrowed from the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris. They were left behind when most of the heritage of Swedish ballet was transferred to Sweden and the Museum of Dance was opened in 1953. Among the sediments are the clothes designed by Fernand Leger, Nils Dardell, and Helen Berderiat.