Micke at Kompani Komedi

I am the director, founder and artistic director for Kompani Komedi, which still is the only absolute Commedia dell'Arte group in Sweden. Kompani Komedi was founded in 1995. The goal is to play, establish and popularize Commedia dell´Arte in Sweden and abroad. By understanding the roots and form of Commedia dell´Arte deeper, we also search into the roots of all western popular comedy.
Besides performances Kompani Komedi also gives workshops and seminars, we bring in Swedish and international guest teachers, arrange parties and "open stages". Kompani Komedi tour both in Sweden and around in Europe.
Kompani Komedi base its style on the early Commedia dell'Arte traditions, built heavily on acrobatics and music.

To read more about our performances got back to CV-DIRECTING, then click each performance to read more about it.

The history of Kompani Komedi started sometime around 1994 at the Theatrestudio, where I was teaching. The fall of 1994 I put up a Commedia dell´Arte show with a class. In the spring of 1995 the class asked me to direct two small shows. I did and the shows were played in the summer that year. In the fall four of the students asked if we could keep up the work with Commedia dell´Arte after the school was ended. That was the fall that we started working together. In November the municipality of Vallentuna asked us to play two small shows.
That became the foundation of Kompani Komedi, who still is the only Commedia dell´Arte company in Sweden. Our first arrangement, that also became our kick-off, was an international workshop with the Italian Commedia dell´Arte company "Teatro Immagine" as early as the fall of 1995. That in its turn led to a festival in Vicenza, Italy. The rest is history and the story is best told by our performance ...

Kompani Komedi is a free fringe repertoire theatre with an international focus and a pedagogical activity, that is specialized in Commedia dell´Arte. We want to be Sweden’s contribution to the international Commedia dell´Arte scene.
The whole body of comedians in Kompani Komedi has got their education at the Theatrestudio in Stockholm, were they also first learned Commedia dell´Arte and physical theatre training. The organization of Kompani Komedi is built so that everyone who is working – anyone who is in a playing show or in the daily work – within Kompani Komedi also has the opportunity to become a member in the non-profit-association Kompani Komedi. To be able to be voted in to the board of Kompani Komedi it requires that one has been a member for at least one year.
Kompani Komedi has, since the start, been financed with its own work, performances and workshops. In that way Kompani Komedi has always been a truly free theatre group – independent both from sponsors and government contributors
The activities of Komani Komedi are at the moment postponed and the group is going though a great deal of reorganizations, but Kompani Komedi will soon be back in full attack.

Workshops organized by Kompani Komedi:
1995 Teatro Immagine - Commedia dell’Arte
1997 Joseph Clark - Roy Hart Theatre Voice Work
1996 Michael Fields - The Comic Actor
1997 Joseph Clark - Roy Hart Theatre Voice Work
1999 Pino Costalunga - Commedia dell’Arte
1999 Joseph Clark - The Human Voice
1999 Pino Costalunga - Commedia dell’Arte
2000 Joseph Clark - The Human Voice

Workshops and lectures given by Kompani Komedi:
1996 Edelviks folkhögskola, Burträsk - Micke Klingvall
1996 Teaterhögskolan, Luleå - Micke Klingvall
1997 Vicenza, Italy - Micke Klingvall
1997 Lipniza, Bosnia - Michaela Gustavfsson, Anna Svensson och Elias Wåhlund
1997 Caorle, Italy - Micke Klingvall
1997 ABF, Motala - Micke Klingvall
1998 Teaterstallet - Micke Klingvall
1998 Nyköpings teatern - Micke Klingvall

Workshops that Kompani Komedi participated in as a company:
1995 Theatre fencing - Lena Lövdahl
1996 Special workshop for Kompani Komedi - Nola Rae
1998 Music - Ellen Pontara
1998 Staze internazionale di Commedia dell´Arte - Antonio Fava
1999 Ballet - Michael Manson