World Premiere

Kenneth Kvarnstrom's


One of Europe’s most revered choreographers, Kenneth Kvarnstrom, has made his Australian debut, applying the sensibilities of this beyond-cutting-edge-choreographer to the creation of a full length work for the Sydney Dance Company, Mercury at Sydney Theatre. Finnish born Kenneth Kvarnstrom’s work is imbued with a bold and distinctive visual stamp as a result of his frequent collaborations with light and set designers of his choice; artists whose technical skills and personalities have combined to inspire the overall energy of his creations.

For several years the director of the Helsinki City Theatre Dance Company and of the esteemed Dansens Hus in Stockholm, where he presented the finest of international dance artists, Kvarnstrom has now returned to a career of creative diversity, reapplying his creative energies to his own K. Kvarnstrom & Co and making commissioned works for Gothenburg Ballet, Helsinki Dance Company and Finnish National Ballet. Defined by choreography which is at once powerful and dynamic, yet sensual and intimate, Kenneth Kvarnstrom’s work is both challenging and visually amazing.

Mercury opened at Sydney Theatre Tuesday to rave reviews and runs until Saturday November 28. Kenneth describes in his program note that for him “choreography is finding the musicality in the movements; if choreography was a band the dancer would be the singer, actually the whole orchestra, working together and constantly changing instruments and vocals.” Divided into three parts, each prepresenting the different meanings of Mercury, this work is sure to excite and simulate the senses.

“If the work of K. Kvarnstrom comes to your town, see it!”


“Unstoppable momentum!”

Jill Sykes, Sydney Morning Herald

“Gorgeous in its liquidity, reach and impression of continuous motion… sumptuous!”

Deborah Jones, The Australian

“9/10 Mercury is a work of sensual beauty. A world-class performance. Don’t miss it.”

Elissa Blake, The Sun Herald