Danskompaniet Spinn is an international dance company with dancers with and without disabilities.
Danskompaniet Spinn is a professional dance company based in Gothenburg, Sweden. We are passionate about the art of dance and about challenging stereotypes regarding what dance is and can be. It is about different bodies with different functions and new ways of creating and presenting dance art. In our world, everybody is welcome. It is not about how many pirouettes you can do, but what you want to express with the pirouette that you do.
Spinn was founded in 2010 by Artistic Director Veera Suvalo Grimberg. We are an international company working with Swedish and international choreographers and composers. We work with people who are interested in an artistic dialogue, and who want to explore and develop both their own as well as our artistic expression. Over the last few years we have created both bigger and smaller productions, in Sweden and internationally. Spinn also gives workshops and lectures where we meet other dance artists, nursery school children, museum curators, personal assistants, politicians, students, dance teachers and many others.
SpinnUnga is our company for people who are still young in terms of dance experience, but who are ready for further challenges and development. Our aim is that dance education and dance as an art form should be available and open to anyone, regardless of disabilitiy. Between 2014 and 2018, the education project SpinnVäxa was run in collaboration with Studieförbundet Bilda and funded by Allmänna Arvsfonden. Since Spring 2018, the work with inclusive dance classes for children, youth and adults is run by Dansutbildningen Språng and the collaboration with Danskompaniet Spinn continues in various forms.
Spinn’s administration, communication and tour coordination is handled by Producentbyrån.
For me, working with Spinn is important because we work in a historic context full of rules and conventions that we all have the ability to break and re-shape.
Emilia has been dancing with Spinn since the start in 2010 and has also created the performance Kurvatur alongside Spinn dancer Malin Rönnerman. Emilia has an MA in Design from Högskolan för design och konsthantverk at the University of Gothenburg. Emilia has also created Spinn’s graphic profile and the printed material for Spinn. Emilia has no formal dance training; as a wheelchair user she has not had access to the dance education available in Sweden. Emilia has been presented with a number of awards for her work and in 2016 she was awarded the Göteborgs stads Kulturstipendium.
My favorite pastry is the Lemon-ring, which is a bitter, tart kind of lemon Mazarin. Juicy inside, with a clear icing, making it both crunchy and crisp. It was one of the classics at my grandmother and grandfather’s bakery in Värnamo in Småland. The scent of freshly baked Lemon-rings on their staircase is something that I’d like to keep in a jar!
To me, being a part of Spinn means contact and creativity in the present. It means I believe in my ability to convey something to the audience.
Izabell is educated at New Education for Contemporary Dance in Härnösand, and on the three-year professional dance education at Balettakademin in Gothenburg.
She has been part of a vast array of dance and performance productions, from photo shoots with Thomas Morel, to a production with Thomas Noone Dance and as a dancer in the film Tom of Finland. During Fall 2017 she was part of the integrated children’s production Vem är starkast?, choreographed by Gilda Stillbäck and she is also working as Manager for Dancer and Choreographer Charlotta Öfverholm.
My favorite pastry is semla, semla, semla! During February I always make time to have a peek at the citiy’s semle assortment. This is a tradition that comes from the fact that it’s my birthday in February, and every year, being the massive cream lover that I am, I wish for a semla.
To get to work with Danskompaniet Spinn feels great on so many levels. Aside from being able to work with inclusive performing arts and to promote that everyone, regardless of disability, has a right to take the stage, it also feels wonderful to work at such a fantastic workplace where everybody, no matter who you are, has their own equal and natural place.
Since Fall 2016, Felicia has been part of SpinnUnga and has participated in, amongst other things, the performance Livsvägar och Tillfälligheter, which premiered Spring 2018. She has also been a dancer in the Spinn performance Florere and was part of Rovereto Choreographic Lab in Italy, Fall 2017. She works with Gothenburg based theatre group Teater Kattma where she’s participated in a number of productions. Summer 2018 she was part of the international dance camp Rollettes Experience in Los Angeles. She is also the first person in a wheelchair to work with a graduation production at Balettakademin, in a piece by Moa Lund.
The best cookie I know is a hard cookie consisting of several flavors, including butterscotch, caramel and chocolate so that each chew is a surprise and a new taste sensation.
Annika Vestel is active in both dance and physical theatre. She has often worked in an interdisciplinary way, and has, amongst other things, an education from Scuola Teatro Dimitri in Switzerland. In her own work, she investigates the communicative aspects of movement and various visual expressions. She often works with associative and poetic expression, rather than clear narratives, with the ambition of creating a physically direct and intuitive understanding of the pieces. Annika has also created costumes and set-design for her own projects, amongst them the performance Cracked that premiered at Atalante in Gothenburg in 2016.
Britta Kangas is a dancer, choreographer and scriptwriter. She was previously part of SpinnUnga and has an education from Dansutbildningen at Balettakademin in Gothenburg 2016-2018. In addition to her work with performing arts group Fula, she has created the dance and theatre performance Mosquito Nights, which is about growing up in Tornedalen. Britta has previously worked with choreographer Benedikte Esperi and choreographed for short films. In August 2018 she was one of four residency artists in Dans i Blekinge’s residency program Blekinge Dansresidens.
Aristide started his journey in theatre but has since moved towards dance and community based work. In 2010 he graduated at Rotterdam Dance Academy and he also has an education in community dance practices at Mousikè in Bologna. He has previously danced for amongst others Candoco Dance Company and was also one of the participating dancers in the EU project Moving Beyond Inclusion. Aristide has choreographed two performances, done community dance projects and in 2016 he was selected for Vetrina della Giovane Danza d’autore, an Italian platform for emerging choreographers.
Adam has trained dance at Kulturskolan in Partille Gothenburg, at Särvux dance education at Folkuniversitetet at Balettakademin in Gothenburg. He is part of the inclusive dance project SpinnUnga, lead by Anna Emilsson, and he’s also had internships for both Danskompaniet Spinn and Share Music as a dancer, workshop assistant and artist. Adam is an incredibly creative dancer and a strong presence on stage. In addition to being a dancer, he also works with both music and visual art.
Aloun is an improviser, choreographer and dancer. He is based in both Gothenburg and Paris. Educated at SNDO, the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam 2006-2008, Aloun was awarded the second prize at Dance Elargie in 2010, a choreography contest organized by Théâtre de la Ville in Paris and Musée de la Danse in Rennes. He has also been awarded a prize for his work Gerro, Minoos and Him. For Spinn, Aloun has amongst other things created the piece Trio alongside dancers Gilda Stillbäck and Emilia Wärff.
Tone Helly-Hansen is a trained actor from Högskolan för Scen och Musik in Gothenburg and has been freelancing since 1985. She has worked at both larg and small theatres in West Sweden and extensively in TV and film. During Spring 2017, Tone started working as Spinn’s Company Host.
Since 1988, Klas has had the role of carpenter, technician, stage manager and set designer for productions by Utomjordiska Barockbolaget, Katarina Karlsson/Musik i Väst, Teater Bastard and E=mc2. Klas has worked with Spinn since it started in 2010.
According to himself, Johann Nordqvist is “An easy going dude, who has worked with pretty much everything in the art and culture sector over the years. Probably doesn’t have any specific talent? But has been active since the ‘60s, more to the point since 2.23 pm on May 27th 1961. With Spinn it’s often work with technical stuff and logistics, sometimes some artistic work as well. But it’s lots of fun still.”
Billie has been dancing with SpinnUnga since Autumn 2014 and she has also co-developed the concept for the workshop Virkhall. In 2016 and 2017 she was part of the EU project Moving Beyond Inclusion with labs in Uddevalla and Rovereto, Italy. Billie has an education in contemporary dance from Angeredsgymnasiet yrkesdansprogram and in folk dance for the stage at Musikkonservatoriet in Falun. She also received a training grant in kathak at Rhythmosaic in Kolkata, India and has danced and held workshops on Jamaica and in Uganda. Billie has performed as a dancer at live concerts, in theatre and dance performances and in various music videos.
Berith Stennabb is an artist focusing on spatial design, sound and movement in interdisciplinary collaborations. With curiosity and openness being the main driving forces, new spatial landscapes are created from different materials, expressions and sensations. Berith has, amongst other things, created the scenography for Spinn’s performance Garden of Trees.
Veera Suvalo Grimberg
The work we do with Spinn result in changes that are sorely needed in the field of dance. New bodies on stages, and the road to get there, with everything we’ve learned and the competence that’s been accumulated and disseminated. Danskompaniet Spinn is a role model, making it possible for coming generations to experience an art form where everyone is equally valuable.
Veera is the founder and Artistic Director of Spinn. She has worked as a choreographer and dancer since 1995. Veera trained as a dancer at the Performing Arts School in Gothenburg and has also studied Dance Pedagogy. Veera’s own work includes Hi-Hat Xpres from 2012, The Dancing Excavators at The Ground Breaking Ceremony (of the Swedish Pavilionfor Expo 2010 Shanghai China) 2009 and Truckbalett 2007-2009. Between 2003-2004 Veera worked as an Airis Artist (TILLT) and during the period 2004 to 2007 Veera was employed as Town Choreographer in Vara. She has also worked as a dancer with choreographers Gun Lund, Ismo-Pekka Heikinheimo and Eva Ingemarsson.
My favorite pastry is Runebergstårta that’s eaten on Runeberg Day, on February 5th in Finland. A perfect combination of almond, punch, raspberry jam and icing. I’ve never tasted anything similar anywhere else.
Spinnstudion, Gothenburg’s first accessible dance studio, is located at Järntorget 7 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Since August 2016, Spinnstudion is also the home of Danskompaniet Spinn.
Previously, there weren’t any dance studios in Gothenburg that could meet the requirements for accessibility necessary for Spinn. From the beginning, we were referred to a variety of gym studio, private dance schools and cultural houses, all temporary solutions with many compromises. By establishing our own studio, not only have we created an opportunity for the company to develop its own activities, we can also give children, youths and adults with various disabilities an opportunity to experience and take part in dance and meet on equal terms; a forum that’s previously been missing in Gothenburg.
The work to get the studio up and running has been done by us in the company, as well as by a number of volunteers, the latter giving us both their time and their money. Together we have realized our dream of Gothenburg’s first fully accessible dance studio.
There is a small elevator and stairs from the entrance at Järntorget 7. If you require a larger elevator, this is located on the other side of the building at Mellangatan 1 B. Access code for this entrance will be provided by Veera.
Free floor space in the studio is 11.3 x 7.7 m, the ceiling height is 3.3 m. Please note that ventilation shafts come down 40 cm from the ceiling in many places.
A red vinyl dance floor covers the sprung floor.
Along one of the sides is a mirrored wall that can be covered with a grey curtain.
There are no ballet barres.
The studio is equipped with a PA (including a cable with mini-tele plug), beamer and Wi-Fi.
There are 10 yoga mats that can be borrowed.
Outside of the studio there is an accessible kitchenette where you can heat food, make coffee etc.
There are also showers, and the facilities are fully accessible.
Interested in renting the studio?
Contact Veera Suvalo Grimberg, Artistic Director
Phone +46 (0) 706 48 33 13