Kids & Kids/Family

In the Heart of it All - neurodiversity

Playing from 07 May to 12 June
Dalija Acin Thelander
Anja Ðordevic
Marina Steinmo
stage design & light
Markus Granqvist
Lena Lindgren
conductor recorded music
Per-Otto Johansson
Running time
Approx. 45 mins, no interval.

IN THE HEART OF IT ALL - Dalija Acin Thelander creates for Young at the Opera & Unga Klara

Hjärtat inuti (In The Heart Of It All) is primarily created for the youngest children with neurodiversity. It is set in a fascinating, constantly changing world – an imaginary journey in eight scenes that celebrates playfulness and imagination. Together with three dancers and one singer, the audience is immersed in a flux of spirited interplay of movement, songs and whispers within fantastical stage and costumes inspired by the microscopic world. This out-of-ordinary performance proposes diverse sensory experiences for all types of perception and encourages curiosity, exploration as well as relaxation and contemplation, within a safe environment.

The celebrated conceptual artist and choreographer Dalija Acin Thelander, the winner of the ASSITEJ International Artistic Excellence Award, is back with a work that offers an unexpected view of the world. In 2017, Dalija Acin Thelander created A Myriad Worlds, based on choreography, sound and space – a work for babies and their accompanying adults. The production went on tour to Hong Kong, the international theatre festival ASSITEJ, Kristiansand/Norway, and Malmö Opera.

Aimed at children with neurodiversity:

  • performances at 1 p.m. are aimed at children between 6 months and 2 years with disabilities
  • performances at 3 p.m. are aimed at children between 3 and 4 years with disabilities

In order for all children to get the most out of the experience, we have divided the performances into different audience groups. Every performance has an audience limit of 12 children.
Adjacent to the performance area there is a quiet space for the young audience, if there is a need to take a break from the performance. Please note that the ticket includes 1 child and 1 adult. If there is a need for an extra accompanying adult, contact [email protected]. We have a limited number of extra attendant places.

We have a number of performances on other dates open to everyone - with or without disabilities - you can book these tickets here »

A collaboration between the Royal Swedish Opera and Unga Klara.
Illustration: Ishtar Bäcklund Dakhil/Söderberg Agentur