2-3 nov: Give it some time – Gunilla Heilborn and Pieter Ampe

Date: November 2
Time: 7.30 pm (intro 6.45 pm)

Date: November 3
Time: 6.00 pm (aftertalk 7.10 pm)

Price: 160 :-
Supporting members: 120 :-
Student/Senior/u 26 years: 80 :-

The performances of fall 2020 at Dansstationen will have a seating plan appropriated to the current COVID-19 situation. The audience amount will be on a maximum of 50 persons and each one will be seated on a place with the recommended need of free space.


The epic story about the slowly wreckage of Pieter and Gunilla

In December 2018, the Belgian dancer / choreographer Pieter Ampe and the Swedish choreographer / filmmaker Gunilla Heilborn met by chance in Iceland. They have never met before, but both are in a situation where they want to try new ways and they decide to do a project together. Gunilla has seen a couple of Pieters’ performances, and likes some of what he does, but not all. Their working methods are diametrically different; Pieter is preoccupied with intimacy and sexual exploration and uses his own life, love and struggle as the basis for his artistic work. Gunilla loves to read and has always preferred to use external sources as inspiration for her projects; she gets bored at the thought of starting from her private self. They think that differences are their strength. Over time, they also find certain similarities, such as the fact that they both suffer from Chronophobia = an excessive fear that time will pass.

The work move a slow pace. They grope their way forward. Show each other things they like and try to understand each other. Then comes the pandemic and constantly tossed plans ultimately lead to Pieter Ampe not being able to participate on stage during the autumn tour, but will be replaced by a stand-in, complete with a beard and suitable dancing skills.

This means that the project takes a different direction and turns Give It Some Time into Gunilla’s highly personal version of an unfinished collaboration’s slow crash. From the diary:

Dec 2018
Meet Pieter in Reykjavik.
He later tells me that he fell asleep during my show, but dreamed that he liked it.
I should have understood even then that this would be difficult.


Pieter Ampe and Gunilla Heilborn
On stage: Gunilla Heilborn and a stand-in for Pieter Ampe
Costyme and set design: Katarina Wiklund
Song coach: Jakob Ampe
Light design: Johan Sundén
Sound: Robin Jonsson
Music: Kim Hiorthøy, Jakob Ampe and more
Production: Sara Bergsmark
Song coach: Jakob Ampe

Illustration: Tida Bradshaw
Photo: Tian Rotteveel, Pieter Ampe

Co-producer: Norrlandsoperan, Umeå
With support by: Swedish Arts Council, Kulturförvaltningen Stockholm Stad and Swedish Arts Grants Committee
Thanks to: MDT in Stockholm, CAMPO in Gent and Fabrik Potsdam in Deutschland for residency and other help.