Embla dance & theatre – dance productions for young audiences

We are a Swedish dance company with young audiences as our main focus. With humor, a playful attitude and a direct approach we aim to raise interest in modern dance and to encourage creativity.

Embla dance & theatre was formed in Gothenburg in 1989. We create and perform dance performances for both children and adults. Embla has been touring both Sweden as well as internationally and have visited the Nordic countries, the Baltic States and Italy.

The most significant characteristics regarding Embla’s work for children is the direct approach towards the audience, utilizing humor and an overall playful attitude. The shows often act as an entry point towards a greater understanding and appreciation of modern dance. All of the performances also come with a dance workshop for and with the children.

Embla has also created atmospheric and suggestive performances for adults, using both site-specific performance spaces as well as regular venues. Over the last couple of years we have done somewhere around 180-220 shows each year.

For booking or more information, please contact our producer:
Elin Andersson, elin@embladans.se, +46705-61 62 64

Dance performances for children

Embla is known for  direct public contact, humor and high quality. Each show ends with a dance workshop.

Will to Grow
A dance performance full of colour & music
For children 3-6 years and family

In Will to Grow, we are taken along on the journey from seeds to a garden in full bloom!
We’ll meet wondrous characters — batty birds and clever growers. We’ll experience thunderstorms, compost burials, and a sparkling glow worm disco.

Through dance, live music, water, carbon dioxide, and our own playful imaginations we’ll explore the cycles of life and the garden. Did you know that trees can talk with each other? And—when do plants actually grow?

Had it’s premiere in april 2018. / Photo: Ola Kjelbye

Click here to see the whole performance



Dancing Round
A dance performance for children who are staying in a hospital.
For children 0-12 years and their family

More information is coming soon.

Click here to see an excerpt of the performance

Photo: Simon Eliasson


Book Round
A dance performance performed at libraries
For children 5-8 years and family

More information is coming soon.

Click here to see an excerpt of the performance

Photo: Lina Ikse






Site Specific dance performances

Embla dance & theatre har a passion for pop-ups and site-specific performances. We like to surprise the audience in places where they don´t expect to see dance. We also like to create performances based on the location or space.

This is a short presentation of two of our site-specific performances:

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In this dance piece the suitcase and what we carry with us is the central theme. The suitcase is concrete, yet a strong symbol of both physical and mental baggage.

Click here to see an example from an outdoor event
Click here to see an example from an indoor event






Water Poetry

It’s about water, it’s about womens labour and it’s about the faces we put on when we meet other people. Bodies, washtubs and cloths in water, these are the tools used in this expressive performance of the unsaid – yet recognizable – of being human.

Photo: Anders Hagberg

Click here to see more photos

Dance education & creative projects

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Watching dance
Get tools to talk to children and young people about their experience. A workshop that can be applied for all art performances.





Integrate dance/movement in your preschool/school

Education for staff in preschools and schools




Creative dance in preschool/school
You as the organizer and EMBLA will together create a project that fits your school and your ideas.




This english page is under construction, but in the meantime 
please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information, booking or questions:
info@embladans.se, +46 (0)705-61 62 64

Embla is supported by 
Swedish Arts Council and the City of Gothenburg.