The Zetterberg collection

Jan Zetterberg was a man important for the art of dance in Sweden. He was also a keen collector of dance literature. His collection of books is now integrated in DOCH's library and accessible by the database Libris.

The project "The art of dance as literature" is now completed, after many years of work. The aim of the project was to find means to acquire Jan Zetterbergs collection of books to DOCH's library, as well as to register it in the national library database Libris. By the realization of this project, we have enriched the art of dance with a book collection of great importance. The collection will serve as a source of inspiration and be available for all those who are interested in reading, writing or researching dance. The collection will contribute to a better basis of knowledge for higher education and research in dance.

Jan Zetterberg, known as the founder of "Dansens Hus" to many people, died in 2006. Jan Zetterberg was an important person in Swedish dance history. His long term, assidious work for the professional dance manifested itself in the foundation of "Dans på Cirkus", "Dansteatern" in Stockholm, "Dansens Hus" as well as "Dansnät Sverige". He took part in the creation of "Danscentrum", he was in charge of the education of choreographers at Danshögskolan in the 80s and was part of the board of the Carina Ari foundation. Jan Zetterberg took great interest in collecting dance literature and during his many journeys, he spent plenty of time in second hand book stores. His collection of books is of substantial value for our cultivation and education in the field of dance history as well as for our understanding of the contemporary art scene. The dance is an essential form of art, but with few educational institutions and researchers. It's history and tradition must become visible and accessible for the surrounding world. We want to make this possible by means of Jan Zetterberg's collection of books.

"So let us take the dance seriously and explore the nature of human beings. Let us dance together, tightly, hand in hand. Let us be seated at the theatre side by side and see people build a world in the world and let this world meet your own world. It is in this meeting it will take place, no matter if you dance with yourself or with your fellow human being. Let us examine if the dance may help us to understand better the being we know so surprisingly little about - the human being." * Jan Zetterberg
* Translation Åsa Teglund

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Åsa Teglund