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Annika Vestel on Moby Dick in Vara

Throughout the week, Spinn is having a residence at Vara Konserthus with the performance Moby Dick. We got an update on how things are going from one of the dancers, Annika Vestel.

“It’s going great, we’re working away! It’s a peculiar situation in many ways – we started working with this production about two years ago, and now we meet again but with the choreographer on Zoom. But it’s an incredibly exciting process! And especially to be able to meet and work together like this in a group. We’re a super great team, with a lot of joy and laughs. Vara Konserthus is providing lunch, and these last two days we’ve been barbequing out in the sun, such a luxury!”

Annika Vestel has been working with Spinn on and off for a couple of years now. Besides Moby Dick, she’s also part of the performance Miramos. Annika was born and raised in the small town of Langhus outside of Oslo, Norway. She’s been living in Sweden for the past ten years. She has a degree in physical theatre, and is working partly with that and partly as a dancer.

“I think the most central thing for me, when it comes to being a performer, is presence. A kind of micro-sensitivity throughout the body. That’s probably the best thing! And the creative work, and being creative together with others.”

Moby Dick is choreographed by Italian Chiara Bersani, and premieres on September 5 at Oriente Occidente Dance Festival in Rovereto, Italy. Participating dancers are Hannah Karlsson, Felicia Sparrström, Annika Vestel and Britta Kangas.

The image depicts four dancers on a white dance mat against a black background. Two of the dancers are crouching, one is on all four and one is standing up. In the background there is a wheelchair.