• February 24th - March 19th 2022

    Aarhus Theatre Scala Scene

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Holstebro Dance Company, and Aarhus Theatre join forces for the Gothic Romanticism’s most thrilling and darkest tale, The Sandman

The Sandman is the one who throws sand in the eyes of children, who do not want to sleep, until their eyes start to bleed and rolls out of their head. A figure who day and night haunts young Nathanael and leads him into blinding madness.

Prepare for true horror when Christian Lollike dramatizes E.T.A. Hoffman’s most famous tale, The Sandmand from 1817.

E.T.A. Hoffmann, known as the Godfather of Gothic horror, was famous for his horror stories about dark forces, inner demons, and madness. His masterly stories have influenced literary stars such as R.L. Stevenson, Edgar Allen Poe, and Franz Kafka.

The award-winning director and playwriter Jonas Corell Petersen sets the stage for the show. Jonas Corell has, amongst others, been director at the National Theatre in Oslo and is the man behind numerous peculiar and praised shows.

In addition, scenographer David Gehrt creates the space and costumes for the show.

On stage you can experience two of Aarhus Theatre’s new young talents; Andera Øst Birkkjær and Lasse Sten. Six dancers from Holstebro Dance Company, choreographed by Marie Brolin-Tani, complete the setup for this horrific and tantalising story.

The Sandman is presented in collaboration with

  • By

    E.T.A. Hoffmann

  • Playwrite by

    Christian Lollike

  • Music by

    Den Sorte Skole

  • Staged by

    Jonas Corell Petersen

  • Choreography

    Marie Brolin-Tani

  • Scenography & Costume Design

    David Gehrt

  • Light Design

    Anders Kjems

  • Sound Design

    Kim Engelbredt

  • Starring

    Andrea Øst Birkkjær, Lasse Steen

Participating dancers from Holstebro Dansekompagni

  • Photo of Bjørk-Mynte Buchgraitz Paulse
    Bjørk-Mynte Buchgraitz Paulse

    Danish Bjørk-Mynte has a background in classical ballet, she atteneded The Royal Danish Balletschool in Odense. She went on to get her bachelor degree from Oslo National Academy of the Arts 2018. Herefter she has freelance as dancer and teacher, teaching contemporary dance, lyrical contemporary and yoga.



    She joined Holstebro Dance Company in the spring of 2021.

  • Photo of Elena Nielsen
    Elena Nielsen

    Danish Elena Nielsen has a background in Latin/Standard dance and classic ballet. She was a student at the Royal Danish Ballet School in Odense and finished her education at Codarts, University of Arts in Rotterdam in 2020. Here she completed her education with an internship at Scapino Ballet.

    She joined Holstebro Dance Company in the spring of 2020.


    Follow Elena Nielsen on Instagram here.

  • Photo of Jasmine Gordon
    Jasmine Gordon

    Danish Jasmine Gordon received her education from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds in 2018. The, she continued her education with a master´s degree and an internship at the Phoenix Dance Theatre. Since then, she has worked with Ingrid Fiksdal and the Royal Danish Theatre.

    She joined Holstebro Dance Company in the spring of 2020.


    Follow Jasmine Gordon on Instagram here.

  • Photo of Jon Ipina
    Jon Ipina

    Spanish Jon Ipina received his education from Codarts, University of Arts in Rotterdam in 2020 and finished his education with an internship at Skånes Danseteater in Malmö. Here he, amongst others, participated in productions by Ôrjan Andersson and Marcos Morau.

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    He joined Holstebro Dance Company in the autumn of 2020.

    Follow Jon Ipina on Instagram here.

  • Photo of Matthew Rawcliffe
    Matthew Rawcliffe

    English Matthew started as an actor at the National Youth Theater of Great Britain, after which he graduated from the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. In 2019, Matthew won the contemporary dance category and became a finalist in BBC Young Dancer of 2019. Matthew is already recognized for his choreographic talent. He has most recently been an intern at Norrdans in Sweden.

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    He joined Holstebro Dance Company in the spring of 2021.

    Follow Matthew on Instagram here.

  • Photo of Mikkel Alexander Tøttrup
    Mikkel Alexander Tøttrup

    Danish Mikkel Alexander Toettrup received his education from the Iwanson International School, München in 2018. Since then, Mikkel has been a part of several productions by Johannes Härtl and Nadine Gerspacher amongst others. Mikkel has composed music and initiated several theatre associations.

    He joined Holstebro Dance Company in the spring of 2020.


    Follow Mikkel Alexander Tøttrup on Instagram here.