"Gympa" [ˈjʏ̀mːpa] is a Swedish form of group aerobic training.
MEDELGYMPA is your all-around fitness and art experience. We exercise to very traditional gympa music, and it can get sweaty if you want it to. Bring your metaphorical machete out. Touch down to the sound of creaking wood. Allow your body to turn into a marshmallow in a cup of hot cocoa. MEDELGYMPA is the kind of gympa that encourages laziness. It's gympa deluxe.
MEDELGYMPA is both a performing arts event and a session of gympa. The audience is led by a performer and through instructions in headphones.
MEDELGYMPA is the result of an exploration of gympa as a bodily practice and social phenomenon. We are particularly interested in the kind of community that can take shape during a session of gympa. The collective rush. The gratitude. All the different bodies, ages, and tempos, sweating together to the sound of thumping bass and energizing instructions.
This fall we play at FLOCK, Falun 17 September and Uppsala Konsert & Kongress 5-8 October.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Chrisander Brun
PERFORMANCE LENGTH: approx. 60 min
TARGET GROUP: from 13 years
AUDIENCE: 30 people
Concept, script and choreography ANNA HAGLUND, ANNICA STYRKE, ELLEN SÖDERHULT & KARIN WIKLUND
Performer ELLEN SÖDERHULT
Sound design ANNA HAGLUND
Set design TOVE DREIMAN
With the support of SWEDISH ARTS COUNCIL, STOCKHOLM REGION, NORRLANDSOPERAN, SKELLEFTEÅ MUNICIPALITY, DANSCENTRUM STOCKHOLM, SALA MUNICIPALITY, GULA VILLAN/SÖDERTÄLJE MUNICIPALITY, HUDDINGE MUNICIPALITY