Impeded Love

Pantomime ballet

Impeded Love (Kärlek med förhinder)

Choreography Ivo Cramér (1921-2009)
Music W A Mozart (1756-1791), K 446

Impeded Love by the late Ivo Cramér is a charming pantomime ballet that bubbles over with humour and the joy of dancing. A string of well-known commedia characters are present: Harlequin and Columbina (the young lovers who manage to get one another in the end through their cunning), the unwanted suitor Pantalone, the greedy old Dottore and the naive and good-natured servant Pierrot.

The ballet was created in 1991 and has been performed by Cramérbaletten, the Gothenburg Opera ballet, and the Royal Swedish Ballet. In the version presented by Nordic Baroque Dancers, the work is given new life by dancers who are specifically trained in 18th-century dance.

The music was originally composed for a divertissement performed in Vienna in February 1783, with W. A. Mozart himself in the role of Harlequin. Columbine was performed by his sister-in-law and Pierrot by his brother-in-law.

Impeded Love mixes dance, theatre and music from the 18th century in an easily accessible, humorous and lively form, proper to Ivo Cramér. With a straightforward narrative, expressive characters and humoristic choreography, it is a production turned to all ages.

Performance length: 40 min.

Rehearsal trailer from Impeded Love. Nordic Baroque Dancers/Engeli Broberg/Sylfid Film 2012


Rehearsal director Lena Cederwall Broberg
Costume designer Anna Kjellsdotter
Producer Anna Karlander


Columbine Celia Berndtzen
Harlequin Noah Hellwig
Il Dottore Karin Modigh
Pantalone Adrian Navarro
Pierrot Tove Skeidsvoll

Musicians (recording or live)

Violin Sara Uneback
Violin Marie-Louise Marming
Viola Elsbeth Berg
Cello Kristina Lindgård

Impeded Love has received support from the Halland region (Sweden), in collaboration with the Cramér Foundation and Löftadalen Conservatory. It has been performed in Lysekil, Varberg and Vänersborg.

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