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Company Ad Hoc portrays the present with the past

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Director Dennis Sandin premiered the show Gustav Vasa at the Uppsala Art Museum in October. The performance is one of the projects that received funding from Uppsala Municipality as part of the European Capital of Culture year. According to Dennis Sandin, the performance was made possible through close collaboration between various entities, aligning perfectly with the ambitions for the Capital of Culture year.

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Photo: Pontus Eklund

The premiere of Gustav Vasa at the art museum in Uppsala was held on October 13, directed by Dennis Sandin. This is the second performance by Company Ad Hoc supported by Uppsala Municipality. The group applied for project funding in 2022, focusing on the European Capital of Culture year.

Collaboration is essential to broaden Uppsala’s culture

Dennis, the initiator of Gustav Vasa, invited several creators to realize the project, including playwright Joakim Sten, who wrote the show. Collaborations made the performance possible, and Dennis emphasizes that the joint effort with the Uppsala Castle Historical Society, Uppsala Art Museum, and Uppsala City Theatre is the project’s contribution to the Capital of Culture year.

To achieve a broad and extensive range of culture in Uppsala, everyone capable must collaborate as best as they can. As a private actor, it’s possible to adapt to other activities in planning, says Dennis Sandin.

Company Ad Hoc aims to innovate

Dennis Sandin has worked with theatre across the country but is now focusing on building a relationship with the Uppsala audience. Company Ad Hoc is a newly formed yet experienced ensemble created by him and Sandra Jogenby, another Uppsala-based theatre producer with extensive experience. The idea behind the company is to create temporary theatre productions tailored to a specific place and time, leading to the name ad hoc.

Gustav Vasa is a performance about our relationship with history in a newly written monologue based on August Strindberg’s play of the same name. Actor Harry Friedländer portrays Gustav Vasa.

More information about the performance can be found on the Uppsala Art Museum’s website, and here you can find more about Company Ad Hoc.

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