female (with) space is the name of our upcoming community project that involves women in Sundsvall between the ages of 18-100 years. In spring 2022, together with a group of women, the dance artist Polena Kolia Petersen will examine "How public space forms us as women and how we as women form public space". Do you want to know more? Then click here.
Like few other art forms, dance is exceptional in connecting people across language, ethnicity, class divisions; you name it. Dance doesn’t care about barriers or boundaries. When we move, you are moved too, if not physically, then mentally. But often both. Through dance, we move closer to each other and into new exciting directions.
But what does this mean? Well, it means that we work and play and engage with communities or groups with movement as a physical tool for communication. We let people experience dance in all sorts of ways. Perhaps we’ll come to your home and perform there. Or we meet in a gymnasium or the town square.
Each of these Community Projects is tailored to its participants. Like the Öm.tålig project, in which a group of ordinary men explored abstract themes like masculinity and provinciality with choreographer Maria Ulriksson and composer Anna-Sóley Tryggvadottir.
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Öm.tålig, our first Community Project, is very close to our heart!
A group of men from Kramfors was guided by choreographer Maria Ulriksson on a journey where stereotypes were examined. The aim was to create an open space where the men dared and had the access to explore their own selves and use dance as a tool in their search.
Öm.tålig is a tender and powerful illustration of what it’s like to be human. A fragile yet strong performance about and by a group of men. It digs beneath the surface of what it means to be a man and to live in the sparsely populated areas of the Swedish north. Among gentle hands, pulse, breathing and patterns, a new masculinity emerges. One where fragility becomes a strength, and with muscles become a way to dance. One that is not afraid of closeness, the dance and the intimacy that vibrates behind the sternum.
Sore. Enduring. Loyal. Or neither? Who is he really, the rural man from Norrland?
Öm.tålig had its premiere November 7, 2020 at Kramfors theater.
Maria Ulriksson, choreographer
The intention of dancer Maria Ulriksson from Västerbotten is often to create works where you in the audience really get to meet the dancer – but also yourself. Interactivity and the opportunity for the audience to participate in and influence the works is not uncommon. Maria’s choreographic work has been described as containing sensitivity, presence and communication where the movement is the core and the starting point for the tone in the works. She likes to weave in sincerity, integrity and vulnerability together with heaviness, playfulness and power.
Anna-Sóley Tryggvadóttir, composer
Stockholm-based composer and sound designer Anna-Sóley Tryggvadóttir has since graduating from the Sound Design program (2010) at Dramatic Institute managed many exciting projects, including TONCIRKELN, STADSRÖRA and CASABLANCA. There is an exploratory tone in her work, where the spectrum extends from norm-critical workshops in instrument construction to the examination of the atmosphere of Norrtälje and the inhabitants view of the place. More info about Anna-Sóley Tryggvadóttir.