Ofelia Jarl Ortega - Hegemony

It’s a slippery slope. A volatile experience. It can change in a second. We witness them cornering themselves, doing it to each other, luring each other into a cavity. There, a constructed solidarity in a play of gymnastic interventions; a reassemblage takes place. It’s like a machine where you can join in, it just keeps on going.

To the sound of snare drums three dancers are immersed in complicated power dynamics. It’s fraternal incest at its core, pleasurable bullying and hard-shelled fantasies.

Hegemony is a dance piece by choreographer Ofelia Jarl Ortega developed together with dancers Darío Barreto Damas, Andrius Mulokas and Paolo de Venecia Gile with music by Jassem Hindi.

Premiere MDT, Stockholm, 21 October 2020.

Ofelia Jarl Ortega is Creative Crossroad artist (2018-2020) within the frame of Life Long Burning.

The residency and coproduction by STUK is supported by Life Long Burning - Towards a sustainable Eco-System for Contemporary Dance in Europe project (2018-2022) supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.


Ofelia Jarl Ortega​ is a Chilean-Swedish choreographer and performer based in Stockholm, Sweden. Her work centers around vulnerability and femininity, often with a suggestive erotic aesthetic; lately a notion of “voluntary objectification” has been at the core for her investigations. She holds a Dance Diploma from The Royal Swedish Ballet School (2010) and has a MA in Choreography from DOCH, Stockholm (2014), and her works have been shown at venues such as ImPulsTanz (Vienna), MDT (Stockholm), Inkonst (Malmö), Moderna Museet/Anrikningsverket (Stockholm), Les Urbaines (Lausanne), Manifesta11 (Zürich), Museo Philipe, (Valdivia) and El Club Social de Artistas, (Santiago de Chile). As a performer she has worked with Doris Uhlich, Mårten Spångberg, Manuel Scheiwiller, Young Boy Dancing Group and Vinge & Müller, amongst others. Ofelia Jarl Ortega received the Young Choreographers’ Award at ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival, 2018, for her piece B.B.