Byström Källblad



The duo Byström Källblad makes work for the stage, the gallery and the public space. Artist Helena Byström and choreographer Anna Källblad share a desire to tell stories from and based in collaboration and exchange with specific places and their people.

Byström is a visual artist from the north, working mainly with film and sculpture, Källblad is a choreographer from the south, with ten years in Los Angeles. Byström and Källblad have shown work in places like a sports arena, a nuclear power plant, Dansens Hus in Stockholm, Shibuya Crossing Tokyo, Sakakini Art Centre Ramallah, Stockholm City Hall, Uppsala Cathedral, Kulturhuset, The Royal Dramatic Theatre, and the Modern Museum in Stockholm.

Mare Tranquillitatis – Sea of Tranquility 
The title comes from a map from 1651 of the moon seas by the Italian astronomers Grimaldi och Riccioli. The moon moves the ocean, how does the ocean move us? A dance performance, a reaction to a rapidly changing environment, explores the human relationship to the sea. Rather than seeking new places for life in outer space, how about the ocean as a new dancing/living environment? Not as a contemporary Atlantis, even if elements of that story can filter in, rather out bodies there as organisms among others, retrieving the history of life. Can we make a human restart? On a natural stage of rock and ocean, a sinking and leaking premiered October 9 2021 in Skärhamn Tjörn municipality performing arts festival Avtryck. Supported by the Swedish Arts Council.

Norberg – work in progress, premier 2022
Film installation about young women in Norberg. In the very room depicted in the painting Namnsdag one hundred years ago by Fanny Brate, now exhibited in the permanent collection at the National Museum in Stockholm, two young women move and reflect over what lays ahead. Commission by Region Västmanland 2020.

City Horses 
In our cities, on bronze horses, proud kings quietly stare above our heads. Their history and visual male dominance daily manifested and passed on to the next generation. Where are the women and their stories?

This was the starting point for City Horses – a city choreography with twenty female dancers about power, existence and the female body in the public space, a gallop through cities, a living monument in constant motion, celebrating female courage and power of all ages. Since the premiere 2017 in Stockholm with Dansens Hus, City Horses has toured all over Sweden and to Denmark and Australia. Supported by the City of Stockholm, Swedish Arts Council, Stockholm County Council.

Blånagla Art Fest
Site-specific dance performance, music and art installations in the old community dance barn in Orrviken, Husum in August 2014-2021. Blånagla Art Fest explores the transition from the Industrial Age and manual labour into the work-life of today in a bruksort, a town built in the early 1900s around a factory. When local owners are replaced by an international corporation, robots for men and women, how is local identity and life affected or transformed, for people living now and memories of the past? Supported by the Swedish Arts Council, Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Region Västernorrland, and Paper workers union. 

Hallonbergen Stories / Så här eller så här eller så här
A participatory art dance project for libraries. From movement to text. Writing through dance. An interactive dance installation Så här eller så här eller så här for public libraries. Commission by Region Stockholm and Sundbybergs stad 2020.


Dance performances: City Horses, Mare Tranquillitatis, Blånagla solo/duo

Film installations: Norberg, Blånagla, Swept Away, Jag är inte så mycket det där skummet

Interactive dance installation for libraries: Hallonbergen Stories/Like this like that