Spinn—Swedens first
integrated dance company

Who owns the right to claim a stage?

Föreställningsbild från verket TRIO med dansarna Gilda Stillbäck, Aloun Marchal och Emilia Wärff. Foto av Lars Dyrendom.

Föreställningsbild från verket TRIO med dansarna Gilda Stillbäck, Aloun Marchal och Emilia Wärff. Foto av Lars Dyrendom.

Spinn is Sweden’s first physically integrated dance company, consisting of professional dancers with or without disabilities. The company was founded by artistic director Veera Suvalo Grimberg in March 2010.

We are an international dance company based in Gothenburg. Our aim is to advance the art of dance by challenging old stereotypes through new bodies and thereby raising questions such as: Who is allowed on stage? Companies such as the London-based Candoco Dance Company were a great source of inspiration when we chose to work with physically integrated dance at a professional level.

We create shorter and longer stage productions, both in Sweden and internationally. The dance company also holds workshops and seminars where we come in contact with preschoolers, museum curators, personal care assistants, politicians, students, dance teachers and many more.

Spinn’s current performances are Kurvatur, Solo, Trio and Hi-Hat Xpres, produced by Share Music with choreography by Veera Suvalo Grimberg. Presently we are rehearsing and developing a new piece together with the Finnish choreographer Tanja Eloranta.

Föreställningsbild från verket TRIO med dansarna Gilda Stillbäck, Aloun Marchal och Emilia Wärff. Foto av Lars Dyrendom.

Föreställningsbild från verket TRIO med dansarna Gilda Stillbäck, Aloun Marchal och Emilia Wärff. Foto av Lars Dyrendom.

At present Spinn is developing its programs for children and youth in collaboration with Studieförbundet Bilda Väst through the Swedish Inheritance Fund project SpinnVäxa/SpinnUnga. Other partners in the project include Kultur i Väst and Twisted Feet.

In collaboration with Kultur i Väst we have also developed a course and a guide to help support personal care assistants in a dance context.