"If the world could express itself directly, it would write like Tolstoy."

37 Hours and 3 Minutes

Gunilla Heilborn (Stockholm)  

13 – 14 May 2022 | Potsdamer Tanztage 2022Dance / performance

37 hours and 3 minutes – the time it takes to read Anna Karenina by Lev Tolstoy... "Highly recommended", says one of the three people on the almost empty stage, surrounded by small wooden trunks. With her typical dry humour, Gunilla Heilborn displays a subtle homage to the writer – but not exclusively. She raises questions that were controversial in the 19th century and still are today: one's place in society, morality, technical progress, and political development. The pertinence of Tolstoy's themes is staggering, especially when questioning the relations between Russia and Western Europe... "If the world could express itself directly, it would write like Tolstoy", says one performer, showing how all-encompassing his works are. 37 Hours and 3 Minutes is at once a poetic, playful, and profound performance about a giant of world literature and the mirror he continues to hold up to us.

"The piece premiered just weeks before Russias war on Ukraine started. We hope that it can now be a part of the difficult and important discussions concerning our relation to Russian culture."
Gunilla Heilborn

After the Show on Fri 13 May: Audience discussion


Price info Ticket

Double ticket with Eat Banana & Drink Pills: PRICE GROUP C

Advance booking: 16 € / reduced 8 €
Box office: 17 € / reduced 8 €

Advance booking: 20 € / reduced 9 €
Box office: 21 € / reduced 9 €

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With the purchase of a ticket, the payment of a donation is optional. The donations will be collected for the actions of the fabrik Potsdam within the Help Dance platform with the aim of bundling support for refugee dance artists from Ukraine and the neighbouring regions.

Advance tickets (except festival pass) are valid as a ticket for public transportation for one person for the Berlin ABC area (Berlin/Potsdam) two hours before the start of the event and until 3:00 a.m. the following day.

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Direction: Gunilla Heilborn
Text: Gunilla Heilborn and the performers
Performance: Marcus Baldemar, Ludvig Daae, Lisen Rosell, Kristiina Viiala
Choreography: Gunilla Heilborn, Stina Nyberg
Stage and costume: Katarina Wiklund
Lighting design: Johan Sundén
Music: Kim Hiorthøy
Film: Mårten Nilsson
Photo: Märta Thisner
Interviews: Masha Kotlyachkova, Alina Shurux, Tatjana Salvina
Sound engineering: Jonas Holst
Production: Jonsson & Bergsmark
Co-production: Dansens Hus, Norrlandsoperan Umeå
With the kind support of: Swedish Arts Council, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, The City of Stockholm
Duration: approx. 60 minutes