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Vågade Vågor

Last week we carried out the first round of our new workshop Vågade Vågor that has been specifically created for special schools. This week and the next we’ll continue this incredibly rewarding work with children and youth at Thorildskolan and Kullenskolan in Kungälv!

Together we explore movements inspired by water, animals and plants. We create sounds with trash and build shapes using our bodies. Using each student’s own prerequisites, we create a safe environment where everyone dares to wave in their own way.

Read more about Vågade Vågor here!

The picture shows two people dancing with each other, lying on the floor. In the top right corner there is a wheelchair. On top of the picture is a purple raster and on top of this are some blue-green wave-shaped lines. Graphic form: Emilia Wärff

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Moby Dick at Skånes Dansteater

We’re so incredibly happy that the Swedish premiere of our latest performance Moby Dick will be hosted at Skånes Dansteater in Malmö, Sunday the 21 of November at 4 pm!

“In a wordless landscape, we let the stillness carry us forward and wash over us with a deafening silence. We wait. For courage, for something new. For the spark that will make the body’s rhythm explode and then find peace.”

Moby Dick is a place and a state of mind. A performance with absolute presence, existing in the borderlands between dance and installation. The piece is created by acclaimed Italian choreographer Chiara Bersani who, during the last couple of years, has gained great success with her solo piece Gentle Unicorn.

Read more and book your ticket here!

In the foreground lies a dancer with her legs to the left and her upper body to the right. She has braided red hair and are looking down at the floor. In the background to the left sits a dance out of focus next to a bright spotlight. In the background to the right we see the legs and parts of the arms of a person. The picture is dark and light is reflected on the shiny floor. Photo: Polina Ulianova

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Vågade Vågor

Next week we’re going to Kungälv with our new workshop Vågade Vågor. This workshop is created specifically for students at special schools of all ages.

Together we explore movements inspired by water, animals and plants. We create sounds with trash and build shapes using our bodies. Using each student’s own prerequisites, we create a safe environment where everyone dares to wave in their own way.

Read more about Vågade Vågor here!

The picture shows two people dancing with each other, lying on the floor. In the top right corner there is a wheelchair. On top of the picture is a purple raster and on top of this are some blue-green wave-shaped lines. Graphic form: Emilia Wärff

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Reminder: Hannah Felicia at Teater Sláva/Tonsalen!

This Saturday September 25 we are delighted to present the performance Hannah Felicia at Teáter Slava/Tonsalen in Huddinge!

The performance is presented at 5pm and 7pm and there are still tickets left for both performances.

Where: Teater Sláva & Tonsalen, Kyrkogårdsvägen 2, 141 62 Huddinge
When: Saturday September 25 at 5pm and 7pm
Ticket price: from 100-180 sek

Click here to purchase tickets for the 5pm performance!
Click here to purchase tickets for the 7pm performance!

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Hannah Felicia at Teater Sláva/Tonsalen!

Saturday September 25 we are delighted to present the performance Hannah Felicia at Teáter Slava/Tonsalen in Huddinge! We’re so excited about finally getting out to perform this wonderful duet again.

Hannah Felicia is about sisterhood and the relationship between two people. Or are we perhaps merely seeing two sides of the same person? That longs to be seen, accepted and loved.

Choreographer Lára Stefánsdóttir often uses the dancers own conditions as the starting point. During several years, she was artistic director and choreographer for Iceland Dance Company, and she has also been awarded several prizes for her own works. The music for Hannah Felicia was created by Icelandic composer Högni Egilsson, who has released music on celebrated record label Erased Tapes and created music for the interactive project Project XO for Sadler’s Wells in the UK. The sound design was created by Þórarinn Guðnason.

Where: Teater Sláva & Tonsalen, Kyrkogårdsvägen 2, 141 62 Huddinge
When: Saturday September 25 at 5pm and 7pm
Ticket price: from 100-180 sek

Click here to purchase tickets for the 5pm performance!
Click here to purchase tickets for the 7pm performance!

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Premiere for recorded audio description for Miramos

Finally the time has come for the premiere of our recorded audio description for the performance Miramos!

During 2020-2021 we’ve worked alongside Audiosyn, a company working with various aspects of audio descriptio, and a reference group consisting of people with people with experiences from audio description in performing arts to help us create a recorded version for our children’s performance Miramos. And now we finally have the great pleasure of premiering our work at Världskulturmuseet in Gothenburg, Saturday September 11 at 1.30 PM.

There is no extra charge for the recorded audio description and there is also no need to pre-book the headphones. But since we only have 15 sets, it’s a first come, first served deal.

In Miramos we meet four unusual creatures who are on a visit to our blue-green planet. They investigate our world with curiosity and fascination. But where do they come from and what are they actually doing here? Miramos is for ages 4-8 and families. Spinn’s dancers Felicia Sparrström and Hannah Karlsson are joined by guest dancers Annika Vestel and Britta Kangas/Emilia Wärff. The performance includes classical music by composers such as Gabriel Fauré, Claude Debussy and Camille Saint-Saëns.

Where: Världskulturmuseet
Cost: 80 sek for adults, free of charge for children
Additional information: Limited number of seats. For children ages 4-8 years old and their grown-ups. The performance will be audio described. You don’t have to pre-book the audio description.
Location at the museum: Studion

Read more here!

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Moby Dick is finally premiering!

Sunday September 5 the time has finally come for the premiere of our new performance Moby Dick!

A year later than planned, we are now increadibly happy to premiere Moby Dick as part of this year’s edition of Italian festival Oriente Occidente Dance Festival in Rovereto on September 5 at 8:30 pm.

In a wordless landscape, we let the stillness carry us forward and wash over us with a deafening silence. We wait. For courage, for something new. For the spark that will make the body’s rhythm explode and then find peace.

Moby Dick is created by acclaimed Italian choreographer Chiara Bersani who, during the last couple of years, has gained great success with her solo piece Gentle Unicorn. On stage we meet dancers Hannah Karlsson, Felicia Sparrström, Annika Vestel and Britta Kangas. With stunning lighting design by Emily Lavebäck and with music that is as dreamy as it is suggestive, Moby Dick is more of a place and a state of mind. A performance with absolute presence, existing in the borderlands between dance and installation.

Moby Dick is a co-production with Oriente Occidente Dance Festival and Dansnät Sverige. Part of the performance was created during a residency at Vara Konserthus during spring 2021.

In the foreground lies a dancer with her legs to the left and her upper body to the right. She has braided red hair and are looking down at the floor. In the background to the left sits a dance out of focus next to a bright spotlight. In the background to the right we see the legs and parts of the arms of a person. The picture is dark and light is reflected on the shiny floor. Photo: Polina Ulianova

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Miramos at showcase day in Piteå!

On September 1, Dans i Nord presents a showcase day for Norrbotten and this year we have the great honor and joy of presenting Miramos as part of their amazing selection! The cast in Piteå will be dancers Emilia Wärff and Izabell Makiela.

The program is for children ages 2 and up to High School. It’s free of charge for anyone presenting dance performances or who are otherwise working for and with dance.

Location: Piteå, Studio Acusticum, Black Box
Date and time: September 1 at 12.00 – 17.00

Registration is open until Wednesday August 25.

Click here to register!

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So far, so good?

Next week we’re presenting the online-talk So far, so good? – a reflective talk on personal and structural change in inclusive performing arts. The talk is a collaboration with Göteborgs dans- och teaterfestival and Vara Konserthus.

Over the years we at Danskompaniet Spinn have worked tirelessly to change the idea of who is allowed on stage. Drawing from experiences from both previous and existing networks, we wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on the changes that have been made during these years. What have we learned from working in inclusive dance? Have we gained new audiences or new insights, and how does the personal journey relate to the bigger picture?

Participants are Emilia Wärff (SE) – Dancer with Danskompaniet Spinn, Rani Nair (SE) – Choreographer, Elin Svensson (SE) – Producer Dance at Regionteater Väst and Anna Consolati (IT) – General Manager at Oriente Occidente Dance Festival. The talk is lead by Catharina Bergil – Head of unit, Performing arts, at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg.

The talk takes place at Vara Konserthus, but will be live-streamed. Book a free ticket, and you will recieve a streaming link to the talk.

Click here to book!

The talk is part of the Spark Lab taking place at Vara Konserthus August 20-24. The lab is lead by Swedish choreographer Rani Nair and Canadian actress and filmmaker Nadia Adame and explores themes like memory, inheritance and storytelling through movement.

Spark is an international project gathering festivals and companies from seven European countries. This talk is presented in collaboration with Vara Konserthus and Spark. Spark is funded by Pro Helvetia, Kulturrådet and Västra Götalandsregionen.

The picture shows a group of dancers in heavy movement blur. On the left is a dancer in wheelchair, and in the background there is also a dancer in wheelchair. Photo: Patrik Gunnar Helin

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Spark Lab Vara!

Next week we’re kicking off Spark Lab Vara, that takes place at Vara Konserthus on August 20-24 2021. The lab in Vara is a hybrid between digital and physical participation, with dancers from around Europe working on site at Vara Konserthus, as well as dancers following and taking part of the lab via a live stream in their own respective countries. The lab will be lead by Swedish choreographer Rani Nair and Canadian actress and filmmaker Nadia Adame.

Rani Nair (SE)
Rani Nair is a dancer and choreographer whose works have been programmed at the Centre National de la Dance Paris, ImpulsTanz Vienna and Spielart festival Munich to name a few. She is represented at Dansmuséet in Stockholm and in the book Oxford Dictionary of Dance and Re-enactment. Rani’s latest work Baba Karam will premiere during the 2021 edition of Göteborgs dans- & teaterfestival.

The picture is a portrait in half figure of the dancer and choreographer Rani Nair. Rani has curly brown hair and are looking straight into the camera. She is wearing a tiger patterned coat, a leopard patterned scarf and another colorful scarf in pink, orange, purple and light blue.

Nadia Adame (CA)
Nadia Adame is an award-winning dancer & choreographer, actress and filmmaker. She has performed in companies around Europe, Middle East, and North America and performed at the Kennedy Centre with Mikhail Baryshnikov. Nadia’s acting career includes theatre and independent film projects. She likes to tell stories through movement.

Portrait picture of the dance and choreographer Nadia Adame. Nadia has shoulder-long brown hair and are looking straight into the camera. She is wearing a blue tank top with bare shoulders. In the background is a grey backdrop.

So far, so good?
As part of the lab we’re also presenting the talk So far, so good? – a reflective talk on personal and structural change in inclusive performing arts

Over the years we have worked tirelessly to change the idea of who is allowed on stage. Drawing from experiences from both previous and existing networks, we wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on the changes that have been made during these years. What have we learned from working in inclusive dance? Have we gained new audiences or new insights, and how does the personal journey relate to the bigger picture?

Participants are Emilia Wärff (SE) – Dancer with Danskompaniet Spinn, Rani Nair (SE) – Choreographer, Malin Aghed (SE) – Skapa Manager at GöteborgsOperan and Anna Consolati (IT) – General Manager at Oriente Occidente Dance Festival. The talk is lead by Catharina Bergil – Head of unit, Performing arts, at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg. The talk is live-streamed from Vara Konserthus and is held in English.

Spark Lab Vara is presented in collaboration with Vara Konserthus. Spark is realized with support from Pro Helvetia and Västra Götalandsregionen.

The picture shows a group of dancers in heavy movement blur. On the left is a dancer in wheelchair, and in the background there is also a dancer in wheelchair. Photo: Patrik Gunnar Helin

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Fall 2021

We’re looking ahead towards an exciting and eventful fall of 2021! The performance Moby Dick is premiering in Rovereto, Italy, and will also be played at Skåne Dansteater. Rehearsals will take place the last two weeks of June with choreographer Chiara Bersani.

The performance Miramos is due at Norweigan Markedet for Scenekunst, plus a visually interpreted version at Världskulturmuseet in Gothenburg. We will do a workshop with circus artist and director Daniel Gulko, and also a lab with the project Spark in Vara. Besides this, we’ll also be part of the inauguration of Örebro Kulturkvarter.

We’re hoping to be able to do the cooperative project Stabat Mater in Högsbo Kyrka, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed for a study visit from LIVE in Helsinki. A few alterations to these plans may be expected, but nonetheless it will definitely be a fall to look forward to!

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Looking back at spring

Summer has finally arrived, and with it we look back on an eventful and exciting spring. A spring that, despite the ongoing restrictions, has been filled with performances, rehearsals and workshops. Hannah Felicia performed both at Vara Konserthus and at Salto! showcase. Miramos spent four days in Stockholm with Dans i Stan. And Moby Dick has recently finished a successful semi-digital residence at Vara Konserthus.

We’ve done several workshops with Klot & Klimat in Härryda, and also several with the theme garbage. We’ve participated in the international Dance Day and been part of conferences and seminars, discussing availability issues.

The image is an illustration of the North Pole. On the left is the upper body of a polar bear standing with its paw on a yellow-green ball, on the left is a bird. Graphic Design: Emilia Wärff

With all of this behind us we look forward to a lovely summer, filled with equal parts rest and activity – because at Spinnstudion we will be hosting an exciting summer residence, stay tuned for more info!

Enjoy the summer weather!