Choreographer Marie Fahlin receives 3.9 million from the Swedish Research Council


One artistic research project at Stockholm University of the Arts will receive a total of 3.9 million Swedish kronor in funding when the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet, VR) distribute this year’s grants.
– We are very happy that Marie Fahlin, who successfully completed her PhD at SKH on 28 April 2021, now will be returning to us as a researcher, says Cecilia Roos, Vice-Rector for Research at SKH.

Marie received a project grant with the project "The Curative Act". In total, VR awarded 75,7 million Swedish kronor this year for project support, international postdocs and research environment grants in 2022. 

– I am incredibly happy and grateful to have been awarded this project by the Swedish Research Council, it is a dream project to be able to do research through! The project brings together choreography, curation and writing and is in dialogue with previous artistic research projects. On top, I get to do this in artistic exchange with a superb group of participating choreographers, says Marie Fahlin.

– It’s great and important that SKH has been awarded another VR project this year in the Swedish Research Council’s call for project grants in artistic research, says Cecilia Roos.


The aim of this research is threefold: 1) to investigate how to build an artistic work relation between curator and choreographer, 2) to explore the potential of the curator of choreography as a performing artist, 3) to research methods and forms for curating singular choreographies in a performed group exhibition, a chorus. The research will be carried out by PhD Marie Fahlin who has invited five choreographers to the project. The first two years will focus on a series of one-to-one, two weeks long, experimental work sessions with scores, mapping, asemic writing and choreographing. The third year will focus on the curation of a group exhibition and the writing of a book. My research questions are: Which role, part, can a curator play, take, in a choreographic process? What methods and means can be developed from the artistic work between curator and choreographer? What strategies, methods, are to be invented in order to curate the singular, live performed, works into a coherent whole that still leaves space for artistic integrity?
Curating time-based art, choreography, requires deep knowledge and insight into how powers such as dynamics, energy, matter and movement intra-act with space, audience and aesthetics. By critically reflect on the potential role and function of the curator of/in choreography this research will provide new insights into these complex relations and will influence both curation of choreography and the expanded field of choreography.

The Swedish Research Council is Sweden’s largest governmental research funding body, and supports research of the highest quality within all scientific fields.