An Underman is a base in partner acrobatics. The person, usually a man, who stands in the shadows below and highlights his partner's acrobatic skills. Premiere: 2011.

About Undermän

Undermän is the true story of three male partner acrobats who lost their partners and with her their careers and dreams. (Under in Swedish also means wonder or miracle).  

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.

Kettlebells and heartbreak

They have lived a life-supporting, balancing, lifting and saving their cherished ones. But who is there to support an abandoned underman


They juggle with kettlebells, feathers and bodies, and a large spinning wheel makes Mattias Andersson look like a dancing insect on surface tension water. It is so beautiful.


Undermän mixes heavyweight brawn and balletic grace with subversive playfulness to great effect.

Evening Standard

Above all, this is a charming and personal reflection on moving on, daring to break patterns and testing trust again. It's beautiful when these muscle packs finally get to float (almost) weightlessly in each other's arms and build new pyramids.


Ensemble & Crew

Idea and direction: Olle Strandberg
Ensemble: Mattias Andersson, Peter Åberg, Matias Salmenaho

Musician: Andreas Tengblad
Producer: Daniel Szpigler
Technical producer: Stefan Karlström
Lighting design: Eero Auvinen
Lighting technician: Kamilla Hultman
Sound technician: Felicia Hamberg
Tour manager: Emma Therkelson