The Orion Theatre, Stockholm’s largest avant-garde stage was formed in 1983, and is one of Sweden’s most interesting and innovative theatres.

The building was once a huge mechanical workshop on the south side of Stockholm and is now a unique theatre space, one of the most magical in Scandinavia.

The Orion Theatre provides a space for theatrical experiment and work of a high artistic standard, a resource which traditional theatres cannot offer, for various reasons.

The Orion Theatre is a meeting place for artists searching for new ways of working outside the limitations of institutional theatre. It is also a meeting place for institutions who want to try out new working methods through collaboration, who want to gain inspiration for vital renewal and development.

The Orion Theatre builds bridges to other cultures and welcomes exchange and change of experience with companies from all parts of the world. Among these are the Peking Opera in Shanghai, Theatre de Complicité from London, Le Cirque Invisible from Paris, the Suzuki Company of Toga, Japan, Mr Gopal Venu’s Kootiyattam ensemble from Kerala, Southern India and The School of Dramatic Art, Moscow.

Artistic Director Sally Palmquist Procopé.

On stage: Automata

Orionteatern in collaboration with Malmö Dockteater presents a performance without actors and classical narrative. Lead roles of material, shape, sound and movement. In a scenography reduced to pure construction a drama between wires, wheels and engines takes place.

Director Erik Holmström has been inspired by Russian artist Kazimir Malevich and his ambition to create an art where form, color and material in itself was arts meaning and content. In Automata we have added movement and sound. The Scenographer Maja Kall has created a moving set design with an internal logic. The Composer Dror Feiler has composed music that both enhances the machines tireless movement and creates poetic distance.

The creators of Automata want to give the audience the opportunity to be fascinated by the mechanics, automation, composition and movement.  They’ll build a machine without a purpose, a framework and automatic scene of large dimensions.

What are we going to see? A moving installation? A sound piece with scenography? A moving scenography accompanied by music? Or simply non-human theater.