Charlotte Engelkes Production

Miss Very Wagner
photograph: Anna Diehl

photograph: Mats Bäcker

Kira – I huset där jag bor
photograph: Performing Pictures

Alla Is Divine
photographer: Carl Thorborg

Charlotte Engelkes is national and internationally active as a director, choreographer and artist. Her repertoire covers dance, theatre, opera and performance. Characterized by an unrestrained genre mix, a personal appeal, a warm humour and surprising conclusions.

Engelkes has been touring all over the world and performed at most of Europe’s international dance and theatre festivals. Her own works include SWEET, MISS VERY WAGNER, BLACK HOLE- A QUANTUM PHYSICAL VAUDEVILLE, KAHLO –THE CONCERT, SIEGFRIED -THE VERY WAGNER HERO HOUR, KAHLO THE CONCERT, MY MOM- A DOCUMENTARY MUSICAL.  

Engelkes has been a dancer and member of Sasha Waltz & Guests since 2003. Most recently toured with Dido & Aeneas and EXODUS. She has collaborated with composer Heiner Goebbels, choreographer Raimund Hoghe and director Ong Keng Sen for extended periods. Engelkes toured Hamlet with the Tiger Lillies music group since 2005.

She directed FLYING DUTCHMAN and BERGMAN, inspired GLÄDJEN at Helsingborgs Stadsteater, performed her own version of MISS JULIE – THE MUSICAL at Dramaten and guest played The Baltic Sea Festival with MISS VERY WAGNER. She drew a crowded house at the Royal Opera with VERY WAGNERIAN NIGHT and her GULDET ( THE GOLD) performance for children 5 onwards inspired by Wagner’s opera DAS RHEINGOLD has played over 100 performances at the Stockholm City Theater and at the Malmö Opera.  The dance piece LOHENGRIN DREAMS premiered at Norrlandsoperan in 2019, performances in Dansens Hus and toured with Dansnät Sverige and to Radial System Berlin 2020.  

Engelkes awarded Expressen’s Music Prize Spelmannen in 2012. Sachefonden’s Fellow 2017.

”Charlotte Engelkes is a primitive power. She skips doubt, borders and mastery. Engelkes steps right through all kinds of prohibitions and taboos. She is a red-haired exclamation mark that runs like a sharp knife through all she embarks on with her mix of performance art, burlesque and dance.” Svenska Dagbladet (SE)

AVAILABLE WORKS 2020: 

LOHENGRIN DREAMS
Charlotte Engelkes continues her exploration of the opera world by Richard Wagner – playful, dead serious and totally bonkers. With three dancers, two acrobats and one opera singer Engelkes presents her latest epic performance. LOHENGRIN DREAMS deals with the struggle between belief and doubt, fairytale and sink realism, wrapped in wondrous and quaintesthetics, to new written music and Wagner. Will the swanborne hero ever show up? And from where? Could popping the question rather connect us than separate us? LOHENGRIN DREAMS premiered at Norrlandsoperan 2019, Dansens Hus (SE) and toured with Dancenet Sweden and to Radial System Berlin 2020. 

CHARLOTTE GOES CINDERELLA- OR THE ASH GIRL
As a following up to the celebration of mothers in MY MOTHER- A MUSICAL DOCUMENTARY, Charlotte now digs up the fairy tales and down the princes in an honest attempt to find her own voice, she tells the origin story of the Cinderella – or a fairy tale sprung from memories – in her most personal way. A clear and sooty musical creation for the child within us. And maybe a subconscious tactic to find a dream prince above or below ground.

Premier winter 2020-21: 

MY MOTHER- A MUSICAL DOCUMENTARY
A celebration to all mothers in the shape of a new genre, documentary-musical. It explores how to bring documentary material and performing arts together in the space between the personal and global issues. Premiere 28 October 2016.

MISS JULIE- THE MUSICAL
Engelkes’ version of Strindberg’s classic play is called musical to emphasize that it is not only a tragedy. Engelkes plays a dangerous and strong Julie in search of kicks and attention and meets Andreas Rothlin Svensson in the role of illusionist Jean. With drastic humour, they throw us into the long Swedish summer night and the magic of seduction. MISS JULIE – THE MUSICAL was originally made for Hamburg Schauspielhaus.

“She (Charlotte Engelkes) and Rothlin Svensson are, in the midst of the frenzy, the finest duo I have seen at Dramaten in a long time. They express the awkwardness and lust of love, the individual’s eternal lack of courage and the loneliness of the closeness so that one could actually cry if one were not so busy laughing”  Expressen (SE)