Gunilla Heilborn is a choreographer and film maker based in Stockholm, producing and touring nationally and internationally.
After studies at the Tamalpa Institute in San Francisco, USA and the program of choreography at the University of Dance in Stockholm 95-98 she has created performances and movies with great success for both adult and children audiences. Heilborn’s unique way of combining text, motion, video and images, always spiced with humour, has given her an indisputable position as one of Sweden’s most interesting performance and film artists.
Her piece Potato Country premiered at Dansens Hus in Stockholm, Sweden in 2007, and the aim was initially to create a musical. The trial was a success and gave Gunilla Heilborn her first major international exposure and a run at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Five Year Plan then followed, exploring values that might last for five years. This is not a love story premiered at Dansens Hus, Stockholm in 2011 to rave reviews and was produced in co-production with NXT-Step, Göteborg Dance and Theater Festival, Dansens Hus in Stockholm and NorrlandsOperan in Umeå. The Production has been presented at festivals such as Tanz Im August, Dance Umbrella Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival and Potsdamer Tanztage. Akademien opened in November 2012 and was a co-production with the European Dance Houses’ project “Modul Dance”. Gorkij Park 2 inaugurated the Göteborg Dance and Theater Festival in May 2014 and is currently on the repertoire for the 2015-2016 season. In the new production for 2015 Gunilla Heilborn puts herself on stage again for the first time in many years. In this Lecture Performance she will take us through a winding essay on the brain and its ability to navigate in the world.
The Knowledge, a Performance Lecture that will make your brain grow.
Gunilla Heilborn is also a film maker. Her film, What you do, created together with Mårten Nilsson and Kim Hiorthøy, was awarded the Guldbagge Award for best short film in Sweden in 2007. Her film This is Alaska was awarded Best International Short Fiction Film at Expresión en Córto, Mexico in 2010.