Stina Nyberg

Part of the program POPDEATHPOWER by Dansehallerne x Betty.

Modern science says: The sun is the past, the earth is the present, the moon is the future. From an incandescent mass we have originated, and into a frozen mass we shall turn. Merciless is the law of nature, and rapidly and irresistibly we are drawn to our doom. (…) Meanwhile the cheering lights of science and art, ever increasing in intensity, illuminate our path, and the marvels they disclose, and the enjoyments they offer, make us measurably forgetful of the gloomy future. (Nikola Tesla, The problem of increasing human energy, 1900)

Dressed in full protective gear Stina Nyberg enters the stage, sends a bolt of lightning from her middle finger and creates a feminist electricity show. Thunderstruck walks in the footsteps of the genius and madman Nikola Tesla. In the end of the 19th century, the Serbian-American inventor brought us several of our century’s most important innovations in electricity and communication. He also invented the Tesla coil, an electrical resonant transformer circuit used to produce high-voltage, low-current, high frequency alternating-current electricity. Basically, a device that produces lightning bolts and now can be used for entertainment in live electricity shows.

Thunderstruck departs from the 19th century phenomena of touring electricity shows. At a time when electricity was still a scientific novelty it was displayed in public performances as acts of magic. Today, a contemporary heir to the electricity magic show is the Tesla coil performance, making use of the spectacular sound and light effects the coil produces, but often performed in hyper-masculinized, technique-masturbatory and rock’n’roll-fetishistic shows.

In Thunderstruck, Stina Nyberg returns to a time when the artist and scientist believed in transforming the forces of nature into the forces that propel society, harnessing natural energy for crafting nearly magical devices.

Creating an alternative to the existing macho-spectacular Tesla coil shows, Thunderstruck pairs effective technical innovations with a long-term research on science and magic.

Also don’t miss:

DJ Malika Mahmud, 1 April: DJ Malika Mahmud keeps the party going after the performance from 09.00pm – 00.00am.

Artist Talk, 2 April: Audiences are invited to a 25 min. artist talk with Stina Nyberg after the performance.



Stina Nyberg






1.–2.4.2022, 20:00


1 hour 5 minutes


Edison-scenen, Edisonsvej 10, 1856 Frederiksberg


Choreography and performance: Stina Nyberg. Choreographic support: Andros Zins-Browne. Composition and sound design: Maria W Horn. Technical supervisor and Tesla coil operator: Katti Alm. Light design and operation: Josefin Hinders. Tesla coil: Finn Hammer. High voltage consultant: Roya Nikjoo. Light assistance: Axel Norén. Research: Sandra Linnell, Stina Nyberg, Zoë Poluch. Producers: Terry Johnson, Magnus Nordberg/Nordberg Movement, Frida Tiger. Co-production and residencies: MDT in Stockholm, Station in Belgrade, The National Touring Theatre of Sweden and residency support by Administration: The artist co-operative Interim kultur. Supported by: The Swedish Arts Council, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Kulturbryggan, City of Stockholm, Stockholm County Council and [DNA] Departures and Arrivals network which is co-financed by the Creative Europe program of the European Commission. Thanks to: David Choi at makerspace Fat Cat Fat Lab NYC, Miroslav Kosanic and Nikola Milenic at makerspace PRAKSA Belgrade, Erik Gabrielsson at KTH Stockholm, Niklas Ren for assistance, Jan Ohlsson for Tesla coil storage and all the coilers along the way.

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