Undermän is the true story of three male pair acrobats who lost their partners, and consequently their careers and dreams as well.
Underman is the Swedish term for the base in pair acrobatics. The base, usually a man, is the one who lifts and supports, overshadowed by his partner’s acrobatic skills.
(Under in Swedish also means wonder or miracle).
They have lived a life supporting, balancing, lifting and saving their cherished ones. But who is there to support an abandoned underman?
In a quest to regain their zest for life, they decide to create something completely new. Together with the well-worn musician Andreas, they throw themselves into a performance full of truths, hidden talents, male strength, kettlebell choreography, live music, failure, an austere sense of humour and an important story to tell. They break all the rules by letting the stronghold outshine the embellishment and making sensitivity as important as strength. With raw strength, fragility, defiance, melancholy, cockiness and a need for revenge they now take a big step into the limelight to meet audiences as well as themselves in a surprising performance that is sure to move you to the core.
Idea and direction: Olle Strandberg
Ensemble: Mattias Andersson (Cirque de Soleil), Peter Åberg (Swedish Theatre in Helsinki), Matias Salmenaho (Cirque Aital, 7 Fingers), Andreas Tengblad (musician)
Producer: Daniel Szpigler
Technical producer: Stefan Karlström
Lighting design: Eero Auvinen
Lighting technician: Kamilla Hultman
Sound technician: Felicia Hamberg
Tour manager: Emma Therkelson