Gunilla Heilborn

The Knowledge

Performance Austrian premiere in English
{memory exercise} {philosophy} {navigation}
, © Palats Ludvig

Gunilla Heilborn - The Knowledge

, © Palats Ludvig

Gunilla Heilborn - The Knowledge

, © Palats Ludvig

Gunilla Heilborn - The Knowledge

, © Palats Ludvig

Gunilla Heilborn - The Knowledge

Swedish choreographer and filmmaker Gunilla Heilborn is known for her dry humour and infallible sense of absurdity. In her solo performance The Knowledge, she centres on the major and minor questions of our existence, while incidentally challenging the audience to engage in an elaborate memory exercise. With this solo at imagetanz, Gunilla Heilborn returns to the stage in person after a long time of fulfilling the role of choreographer for a number of group pieces.

The performer’s journey begins with a phenomenon that has been troubling philosophers, scientists and choreographers for some time: How can the brain make out our position in space? In 2014, three doctors were awarded the Nobel Prize for answering this question. They had discovered a type of navigating and positioning system in the brain that allows for orientation and navigation in space. In The Knowledge, Gunilla Heilborn builds on these scientific findings to ignite an absurdly comical explosion of words, images and graphics. It’s a night full of knowledge and stories – a dive into the quirkily beautiful world of Gunilla Heilborn.

Choreographer and filmmaker Gunilla Heilborn has been devising films and performances for children and adults for 20 years. Her humorous, ironic style of collaging text, performance, video and images made her become one of Sweden’s best-known artists in performance and film. As part of the imagetanz festival, Gunilla Heilborn also conducts a workshop to allow insights into her methods and foster her exchange with the festival’s younger generation of artists.

There is soup at the bar after the performance.


The Knowledge combines intelligent entertainment with brilliant comedy.”
National Daily Sweden


Concept, script, performance
Gunilla Heilborn

Photography, objects, costumes
Katarina Wiklund

Lighting design
Miriam Helleday

Kim Hiorthøy

Mårten Nilsson

Lina Alriksson, Ludwig Mattsson

Production management
Tove Dahlblom

Åsa Edgren

A co-production of Regionteatern Blekinge Kronoberg and Norrlandsoperan. With the kind support of the Swedish Arts Council, Art Grants Committée and the City of Stockholm’s Department of Cultural Affairs.

Dates & Tickets

Day passes for 05 March (also valid for the salon # under construction and Dewey Dell (live)) are available here.

Day passes for 06 March (also valid for Colloquia and Alma de Rímel & The Glammatics) are available here.

March 2016

Sat. 05.03.2016, 19:00
single ticket 16 € / 12 € / 8 €

Sun. 06.03.2016, 19:00
single ticket 16 € / 12 € / 8 €

Karlsplatz 5, 1010 Wien

May 2024
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brut all over Vienna

brut nordwest


Nordwestbahnstraße 8-10, 1200 Vienna
Subway: U1, U2 (Praterstern), U4 (Friedensbrücke), U6 (Dresdnerstraße) Tram: 5 (Nordwestbahnstraße) Bus: 5A (Wasnergasse)

May - June 2024
The Pink Triangle

Meeting point: Gasthaus Hansy at Praterstern


Heinestraße 42 , 1020 Vienna
Subway: U1, U2 (Praterstern) / S-Bahn: S1, S2, S3, S4, S7 (Praterstern) / Tram: 5 (Praterstern)

May - June 2024
Out and about featuring QWIEN
The Nameless of Leopoldstadt

brut at Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien


Freyung 8, 1010 Vienna
Subway: U1 (Stephansplatz), U2 (Schottentor), U3 (Herrengasse) / Tram: 1, 37, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44 (Schottentor) / Bus: 1A, 2A (Herrengasse U), 3A (Renngasse)

June 2024
Aldo Giannotti in Collaboration with Karin Pauer

Rote Bar at Volkstheater


Arthur-Schnitzler-Platz 1, 1070 Vienna
Subway: U3 (Volkstheater) / Tram: 49 (Volkstheater) / Bus: 48A (Volkstheater)

June 2024
Arno Böhler, Susanne Valerie Granzer, Sabina Holzer & Florian Reiners

brut at Sportplatz 1210


Jedlersdorfer Platz 25, 1210 Vienna
Subway U6 (Florisdorf) / S-Bahn: S1, S2, S3, S4, S7 (Floridsdorf) / Tram: 30, 31 (Brünner Straße / Hanreitergasse) / Bus: 30A, 32A (Toni Fritsch Weg)

June 2024
Theater im Bahnhof

studio brut

not accessible

Zieglergasse 25, 1070 Wien
Subway: U3 (Zieglergasse), Tram: 49 (Westbahnstraße / Zieglergasse)

brut nordwest – rehearsal space

not accessible

Nordwestbahnstraße 8-10, 1200 Vienna

June 2024
A temporary collective of students and artists from the Department of Site-Specific Art / University of Applied Arts Vienna
Exactly As Imagined