Performing Performing

Choreography : Petter Jacobsson and Thomas Caley
Music : Erik Satie and Mattias Petersson

Premiere April 24, 2012 at the CCN - Ballet de Lorraine

Choreography : Petter Jacobsson and Thomas Caley
Lights, scenography and costumes : Petter Jacobsson and Thomas Caley 
Music : Erik Satie et Mattias Peterson


With an inviting and light atmosphere, we welcome and ask the public to share the stage in our serious act of play.
We play being seen. We play inviting. We play transformation. We play ritual. We play in a group. We play we "get it". We play a game. We play spectator. We play performer.
All become engaged with the questions of proximity and behavior. These relationships resonate in a multitude of sensations, as the lines between viewing and the act of being viewed are constantly drawn and erased. What is the practice of performing?
Within the large group, the dancers autonomously navigate the mass. Moving and evolving through a score of activities and sensations, they perform the act of focus and attention, recognizing our time together passing.
Who is playing the performer? Who is playing the spectator?

Petter Jacbosson

Dancer and choreographer Petter Jacobsson was educated at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and is a graduate of the Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg. He was a principal dancer with the Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet in London between 1984 to 1993. Performing sometimes in over 200 performances a year nationally and internationally as part of their intense tour schedule, in addition to this he traveled the world performing as guest artist work with a multitude of international companies. 
In 1993, he moved to New York and began a career as an independent freelance dancer collaborating with Twyla Tharp, Merce Cunningham, as a member of his Repertory Understudy Group, Irene Hultman and Deborah Hay as well as studying with Susan Klein and Barbara Mahler.
Jacobsson created the choreography for the opera Staden for the Royal Swedish Opera, a production that was part of  “Stockholm 98, European capital of culture.” He was the Artistic Director of the Royal Swedish Ballet from 1999 to 2002, and was designated Choreographer of the Year in 2002 by the Society of Swedish choreographers, in recognition for his work in modernising the company.
He has participated in a number of artistic projects and has created more than 20 works with Thomas Caley in New York, Stockholm and around the world, from The Inevitable at the cabaret Martha@Mother in New York, to Chess the musical for which they received the Gold Mask for Best Choreography.
Other works include The nearest nearness at MDT- Stockholm, No mans land – no lands man at Kulturhuset- Stockholm, Flux at Färgfabriken Gallery in Stockholm, Untitled partner at MDT- Stockholm, Paradise? with 32 extras, presented at MDT then for Skånes Dansteater in Malmö in 2008.
They also created In nooks and crannies, a happening for the Royal Opera House in Stockholm, which was a major critical success. This project included the Royal Ballet, the Opera and the Orchestra, presented in inhabitual spaces of the institution, which were reconfigured as performance spaces. After several years of collaborating together, Petter Jacobsson and Thomas Caley created the company Scentrifug in 2005
In July 2011, Petter Jacobsson became the Director of the CCN - Ballet de Lorraine.

Thomas Caley

The choreographer and dancer Thomas Caley was born in the United States. In 1992 he earned a BFA from Purchase College in upstate New York. After a year of performing in a multitude of independent projects in New York City he joined the Merce Cunningham Company.
From 1994 to 2000, he worked as a principal dancer with the company, touring throughout the world and participating in the creation of 12 new works by Cunningham. In 2000 he moved to Stockholm to continue his collaboration with Petter Jacobsson and to continue working as a freelance dancer in Europe, in France Thomas has worked with Boris Charmatz on the 50 ans de danse & flip book projects. As of 2011, Thomas Caley is the coordinator of research for the CCN - Ballet de Lorraine.