Dansens Hus in Stockholm April 25, 26 ,27 – 2019
Belgrade Dance Festival July 15
A surreal tragicomedy about how to remain calm and human despite that the world falls apart around you, corruption and war is looming, your partner is lying and deceiving, and the social media is taking over people’s integrities, social norms and intimacy. – With a language that crosses artistic boarders with fast changes between humour and darkness, dance, circus, text and live music.
Premiere April 25-27 2019 at Dansens Hus, Stockholm www.dansenshus.se Idea, direction and choreography: Charlotta Öfverholm
Scenography, costume design: Elle Kunnos de Voss
Music composition: Lauri Antila
Collaborators: Dwight Rhoden, Jordi Cortes and Corinne Lanselle Performers: Lindy Larsson, Tobias Hallgren, Charlotta Öfverholm, Lauri Antila and James Friedman. As well as 3 extras over the age of 70.
LECTURES & PERFORMERS
LIZ AGGISS Performer/ Creator
For the past 40 years Liz Aggiss has been re(de)fining her own brand of British contemporary dance performance, blurring the boundaries between high art and popular culture; from the early 80’s supporting punk legends The Stranglers with her visual cabaret troupe The Wild Wigglers: to her classic solo Grotesque.
Dancer: to the dance/opera duet Falling Apart at the Seams: to the award winning dance film Motion Control: to Guerrilla Dance interventions: to the unconventional Performance Lecture Survival Tactics: to her cross disciplinary performance The English Channel: to her current solo Slap and Tickle. She received the Bonnie Bird Choreography Award 1994, Arts Council Dance Fellowship 2003, is Emeritus Professor University of Brighton and received Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Chichester and Gothenburg Sweden.
JOCE GILLES Lecturer / Elixir Festival Sadlers Wells
Joce trained at the Royal Ballet School before working as a dancer with the Peter Schaufuss Ballet in Denmark in 1997 and then Scottish Ballet in 1998. Joce left Scottish Ballet in 2004 and moved into arts management, taking up the role of Dance Development Officer at The Works; Dance and Theatre Cornwall.
He subsequently joined Rambert dance company in 2007 as Head of Learning and Participation and in 2014 was promoted to Director of Creative Projects, overseeing the organisation’s learning and participation department, artist development, and programming at its South Bank studios. Joce joined Sadler’s Wells as Director of Learning and Engagement in 2016.
CHARLOTTA ÖFVERHOLM Artistic director, Performer
Since the start of Compagnie Jus de la Vie 1995, Swedish Öfverholm has created over 25 productions, which have toured all over Europe, North and South America and Africa. Her work is physical dance theatre with depth, irony, brutality and humour.
Öfverholm graduated from Balettakademien, Alvin Ailey ADC (NYC), is a theatre graduate of UCLA in Film/TV/Video and from The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute (LA). She has a background as dancer with numerous companies such as DV8 Physical Theatre/Lloyd Newson, Bill T. Jones/NYC, Sean Curran /NYC, Complexions/ NYC, Farm in the Cave/Viliam Docolomansky/ Prague, Roberto Galván/ Tanzcompagnie Giessen, Joseph Tmim /Toláda Berlin, Ramon Oller/ Metros Barcelona, Robert Poole/ Ballet Linz, Cie Corinne Lanselle in Paris, Dorte Olesen and Richard Turpin at the Royal Dramatic Theatre and Björn Elisson Kompani in Stockholm among others.
Lead roles include Shakespeare’s Hamlet (Landestheatre Linz by Robert Poole), Alice in Alice in Wonderland (Stadttheater Giessen by Roberto Galvan), and Lola in Lola and Mr Talk at Divadlo Archa (by Jan Kodet) for which she was nominated a Thalia Prize at the National Theatre in Prague CZ 2005. She performed in musicals like Cabaret at the Royal Dramatic Theatre and Leva Livet at Chinateatern, Stockholm. Charlotta choreographs commissioned works for companies such as Norrdans/SW, Vertedance Prague/CZ, Ballet Linz/AU, Tanztheater Münster/DE, Folkoperan/SWE and Gothenburg Dance Company/SWE. She has choreographed films and documentaries for Swedish Television among them Holiday and Bortkopplad by Anna Duell and Gunstlingen by Astrid Ohlsén. Coordinates and programmes for Balettakademien’s International Summer festival since 2005. Created Fucking burn it – Age on Stage 2015, a big festival about age and dance. Seminars, performances, films, workshops with mature dancers from all over the world.
CHRISTOPHER ROMAN Artistic Director and Dancer (USA)
Christopher Roman began his formal training with The School of Cleveland Ballet, continuing at The School of American Ballet in New York City. He was invited into the ranks of the Pacific Northwest Ballet and danced as a soloist and principal with Edward Villella’s Miami City Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballett Frankfurt and The Forsythe Company.
In 2009 he received Germany’s highest theatre honour – Deutscher Theaterpreis DER FAUST – for best performance. He is the European MFA Study Curator and Co-ordinator for Hollins University in the US. From 2013 to 2015, Christopher was Associate Artistic Director of The Forsythe Company. He is a Trustee for the Forsythe Foundation.
CECILIA FERM-ALMQVIST Researcher, Luleå Tekniska Universitet
PhD Cecilia Ferm-Almquist is a Full Professor of music education at Luleå University of Technology Sweden, where she graduated in 2004 on a phenomenological thesis about teaching and learning interaction in music classrooms.
Her philosophical and empirical research focuses upon democracy and inclusion in diverse music educational settings, as for example music teacher education, assessment situations in the music classroom, and special educational contexts. Sha has presented her work internationally at several music educational conferences and in well-known scientific journals such as RSME, PMER, BJME, IJME, VRME, and Reconstruction.
NINNIE ANDERSSON Researcher, Luleå Tekniska Universitet
PhD Ninnie Andersson is an assistant professor in education at Luleå University of Technology Sweden, where she graduated in 2016 on a phenomenological thesis about assessment in dance education in upper secondary schools.
Ninnie has presented her work internationally at educational conferences focusing on dance as well as assessment. Beside her research she is a legitimized dance teacher with main focus in jazz dance. She has been certified in the Simonson technique by Linn Simonson and since 2013 she teaches the certification course of Simonson Method of Teacher Training.
ANDERS J LARSSON Filmmaker / Documentation
Is a freelance filmmaker with focus on dance and stage productions both in Sweden and internationally. The collaboration with Charlotta Öfverholm started 2013, when he created video projections for a full evening choreography, 4 Feet Under, by Charlotta Öfverholm, for Tanztheater Münster, Germany. After this he and Charlotta has continued collaborating with both documentaries, films and projections for dance productions at Göteborgs Operan, Dansens Hus, Acusticum, Rival, Ponets in Prag, Kulturhuset Stockholm, among others. Anders has also produced several Dance films shown on festivals in Sweden and international festivals.He is also the founder of Stockholm Dance Film Festival. Anders is educated at New York Film Academy Berghs School of Communication in Stockholm where he now also gives courses in film for social media.