I’ll be back

24.01.2023, Konserthus Västerås, Schweden


In I’ll be back, the dance collective UTOPISISTAS explores notions of the self, pitches individual fulfilment against serving the common good (or vice versa) and exploits the full potential that lies in interdependencies. Supported by a soudnscape composed of their voices and using improvisation in movement and speech to harness the power of the spontaneous, Matilda Bilberg, Nerea Gurrutxaga, Jenna Hendry and Maria Teresa Tanzarella dance and talk themselves into a multiple being with a collective body and a shared consciousness. In the process they both satisfy and undermine our need for synchronicity and symbiosis, creating a sparkling, highly charged and often humorous piece, which not only reflects UTOPISISTAS’ collaborative and non-hierarchical approach to performance making but also raises quite  few timeless questions along the way: Do I end where you begin? Or do I exist only through you? And if so: Can we co-create a self? Or are we alone? Forever?

We are a wondering, wondrous being,
visiting an uncanny world and that other planet.
We will sweat for you.
We will be challenged.
As will you.
But don’t worry: We will also sing for you.

So let us gather all of our existing mutants.
Let us assemble our multiple self.


Concept, choreography and performance:
Matilda Bilberg, Nerea Gurrutxaga, Jenna Hendry and Maria Teresa Tanzarella
Dramaturgy: Simon Froehling
Sound: Moritz Alfons and Luz González
Light: Thomas Giger
Costumes: Mat Voorter, Pepa Canel
Production management: Hélène Hüsler
Dramaturgical support Tanzhaus Zürich: Lea Moro
Video and photography: Michelle Ettlin
Illustration and graphic design: Fabio Bergaglio
Coproduction: Tanzhaus Zürich
Residency partners:Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Höjden, Compagnie Thor Brussels
With the support of: Stadt Zürich Kultur, Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zürich, Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Ernst Göhner Foundation, Elisabeth WeberFoundation, Migros Cultural Percentage, Helge Ax:son Johnson stiftelse

Thanks to: Jonas Bilberg, Inci Ardic, Vreni Lenggenhager, Nicolas Rüttimann, Lisa Arter, Andrè Moser, Mona de Weerdt, Michelle Ettlin, ABF Stockholm and to all of you who supported us along the way.
Thank you for your inspiring work: Alix Eynaudi, Thomas Hauert and David Zambrano

Past performances:

Premiere 20.10.2021                            Tanzhaus Zürich (CH)
21. – 24.10.2021                                      Tanzhaus Zürich(CH)
10.-12.03.2022                                         Dansenshus Stockholm
20.10.2022                                                BAD Festival Bilbao