bente

Bente Rolandsdotter belongs to the new generation of set & costume designers in Sweden, currently living in Stockholm, freelancing in the field of opera, dance and theatre.

Her style; a mixture of contemporary avant garde and historical fashion, offers a playfullness with both genres and proportions. Her set designs portraits both the mythological and emotional.

She has a Bachelor in Set & Costume Design from the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts. Earlier education includes Textile studies at Capellagården, Archaeology at Högskolan in Visby and Pattern making at Tillskärarakademin in Gothenburg.

Previous opera productions include classics as TURANDOT performed at Dalhalla Opera, as well as the contemporary piece MIN BROR ÄR DON JUAN, premiered at the Royal Swedish Opera and opening the Happy new Ears-festival in Mannheim, Germany 2016. In SNÖDROTTNINGEN at Norrlandsoperan she worked with Staffan Aspegren, a director with whom she prevoiusly made several musical productions such as Sondheims ASSASSINS and Bernsteins MASS.

Her long time collaboration with Operabyrån to acknowledge female baroque composers has resulted in the world premiers of three chamber operas; LOVISA ULRIKA , KURTISANEN & KÄRLEKEN and most recently INGJUTET I MITT HJÄRTA performed at the Specs on! Festival in Berlin.

In the field of contemporary dance Bente has a ongoing collaboration with choreographer Örjan Andersson, creating GOLDBERG VARIATIONS - ternary patterns for insomnia, a production now touring internationally, as well as ALAE and TILL OZ.

At Kulturhuset/Stadsteatern she’s designed costumes for HEROINES and PIANO PIANO by choreographer Kenneth Kvarnström. With director Malin Stenberg she designed costumes for METROPOLIS and most recently JEANNE D'ARC at Backa teater. At the Royal Dramatic Theatre Bente worked with director Jenny Andreassons HAMLET and Lisa Langseths DEN ÄLSKADE.

She is a co-founder of Den Andra Operan (D.A.O), a freelance group formed to vitalize and produce opera work by female composers and female artistic teams.

Her costume designs have been on display at an exhibition at Capellagården, and her styling projects in collaboration with the Royal Swedish Opera have been presented in the exhibition EVERYTHING YOU CAN IMAGINE IS REAL at Dansmuseet in Stockholm.




bente.rolandsdotter@gmail.com

+46 (0)73 571 82 46