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Autumn 2022

Summer is knocking and happily greets that now it is time for holiday! Before Spinn takes a summer break, there are a few things left on the agenda. We also take a look at what awaits us this autumn.

Guest visits, residence and projects
Spinn’s artistic director Veera Suvalo Grimberg visits Helsinki and the dance festival Ice Hot Nordic Dance. Veera participates July 1 in the seminar Equity in dance production: What are we doing and what are we missing?. During week 26, Spinn’s dancer Emilia Wärff goes to Scenkonst Gerlesborg at a dance residence for her upcoming solo project. On September 1, Emilia participates in the Conference on Culture and Disability at Moderna Museet in Stockholm.

Miramos
In August, the family performance Miramos comes to our neighboring country in the west and Sandefjord municipality. In October, there will also be performances at home at Folkets hus in Hammarkullen, Frölunda Kulturhus and Vingen in Torslanda.

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Hannah Felicia
At the end of October, Hannah Felicia will make a guest performance at Folkteatern in Gothenburg. Look out for ticket releases for it! We are also incredibly happy that Hannah Felicia is going on tour in Iceland! For two whole weeks we are there and play. The performance will also participate with an excerpt on the Swedish pavilion during the Tanzmesse in Düsseldorf. Not only that, Spinn will also present Hannah Felicia on November 10 during Dansmässan at Dansens hus in Stockholm.

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Workshops
Of course, there are a lot of workshops booked this autumn and among these is a new addition! Dansa en bok / Tanssia Kirja is a multilingual workshop in Swedish, Finnish and body language. It is a method where dance and music are used to stimulate reading and language learning and self-creation. The workshop is led by Veera Suvalo Grimberg and is for children 4-7 years.

This and more exciting things are waiting and surely it sounds exciting? Spinn wishes you a happy summer!

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Throwback of the spring

What have we done this spring? A lot! We look back and review what we did in the spring of 2022.

Stabat Mater
We started the year a bit sluggishly with a few canceled workshops that warned of another uncertain semester. But then it turned around! When the restrictions eased in early February, we could finally see the light in the tunnel. From January to April, there was rehearsals of the performance Stabat Mater. A project that was carried out in collaboration with members from Högsbo Church. April 3rd was the premiere and what a success it was!

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Workshops
There have been many workshops. Vågade vågor, Klot & Klimat and Lika Värde workshops have been held for children and youth around the region. There have also been some visits outside the region. Spinn has, among other things, visited Värnamo and Lunnevad Folkhögskola and held workshops for students. In May we visited beautiful Falkenberg and in Härryda kommun more than 20 workshops were held. What a thing!

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Resor och föreställningar
Several exciting trips have taken place during the spring. At the end of April we were on our way to a tour in Norrland where we played in Piteå, Pajala and Arvidsjaur with our lovely family performance Miramos. June 12, it was time for the world premiere of Poetissan från Aarenvaara – Paradisets barn which was shown at Studio Acusticum in Piteå! Felicia Sparrström was last week away in a lab in Athens with the Eurpean Beyond Access Lab. This is what Felicia says about the trip: “So fun to meet dancers from all over Europe and share experiences. I brought with me many good tips and ideas about exercises for creating my own material.”

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With that in mind, we at Spinn would like to thank everyone who has participated and gilded the spring of 2022. Participants, organizers and of course the audience!

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The performance Poetissan från Aarevaara – Paradisets barn this Sunday!

On Sunday 12 June, it’s time for the world premiere of the performance Poetissan in Aarevaara – Paradisets barn at Acusticum in Piteå! The performance starts at 12.00 and is part of Festspelen in Piteå.Spinn’s dancers Veera Suvalo Grimberg, Hannah Carlsson and Britta Kangas participate on stage together with a large orchestra and vocal soloists. The poet is played by the multi-artist Carina Henriksson, who has also been involved with writing the script.

You can book your ticket here! The ticket is valid for the entire festival which takes place 11-16 June. Take the opportunity to secure your ticket and take part in concerts with well known artists and other exciting events!

In the performance, which has its world premiere during the Festival’s 40th anniversary, more than 50 performing artists with connections to northern Sweden meet to break the silence around a shameful and darker part of Norrbotten’s history.

Performing arts production is the second performance shown in the initiative “Performing arts from the north” which makes regional performing arts accessible to more people by offering digital live broadcasts to physical and digital audiences in the northern counties in collaboration with Folkets Hus och Parker and Riksteatern Norra.

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European Beyond Access Lab in Athens

In a few days, it’s time for departure for dancer Felicia Sparrström, to Athens in Greece. For just over a week, Felicia will participate in a lab, organized by the European program Europe Beyond Access. It will be extremely exciting to hear more from Felicia about the lab!

The fifth and last Europe Beyond Access artist laboratory will be hosted at Onassis STEGI in Athens, Greece, from 7 to 12 June. It is aimed at disabled dancers from the project who want to engage in a creative research process and to explore the field of choreography.

Artistic practices and tools of choreographic composition, dramaturgy and contemporary practices, identity and accessibility are some of the topics that will be researched in the lab. This program will be coordinated and curated by choreographer Maria Koliopoulou and dancer/choreographer Demy Papathanasiou. Read more about the event here.

The core partners of the project are British Council (operating for this project in the UK and Poland), Skånes Dansteater (Sweden), Oriente Occidente (Italy), Onassis Stegi (Greece), Holland Dance Festival (The Netherlands), Kampnagel (Germany), and Per.Art (Serbia). It is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission.

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The last workshops of the spring and lab in Malmö

Summer is waiting and we are already in the last week of May! The lilacs bloom and there is a scent of summer in the air. A lot has happened during the spring and Spinn has certainly not been lazy with workshops held around the region! The final workshops of the semester are waiting soon, which are in Kungshamn and Hunnebostrand. Next week, students in year 6 participate in the workshop Klot & klimat (Globe & Climate) led by Spinn’s dancers Annika Vestel and Felicia Sparrström.

Earlier this week, Spinn was in Malmö at a lab together with Share Music, Candoco Dance Company and local dance actors who are part of Skånes Dansteatern’s network. It was a fantastic day filled with joy, inspiration and of course dancing. Many thanks to everyone who participated!

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Seminar, workshop and talk for dance teachers and pedagogues

On May 24, ShareMusic & Performing Arts arranges a dance workshop and talks for dance teachers and pedagogues. Spinn’s artistic director Veera Suvalo Grimberg and dancer from Spinn Emilia Wärff participates in the workshop.

Dance and movement give us freedom, but not everyone has freedom of dance and movement. ShareMusic & Performing Arts conducts innovative work to promote expanded participation and creation in cultural life for people with disabilities. In Region Jönköping County, we work with a strong focus on dance development, and in collaboration with Danskompaniet Spinn, we now invite you to an evening of knowledge and inspiration on behalf of Jönköping Municipality.

For three hours you will meet Sophia Alexandersson, artistic director of ShareMusic & Performing Arts, Veera Suvalo Grimberg, choreographer and dancer, artistic director of Danskompaniet Spinn and Emilia Wärff, dancer from Danskompaniet Spinn. All three have many years of experience in inclusion and dance.

Arranged in collaboration with Studieförbundet Vuxenskolan / Studio 11 on behalf of Jönköping kommun. The event is for dance leaders and dance pedagogues in the Jönköping area. Registration for the workshop is available on Vuxenskolan’s website.

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Danskompaniet Spinn participates in the talk Universell Scenkonst during this year’s Bibu

Spinn’s artistic director Veera Suvalo Grimberg participates in the talk Universell Scenkonst, 19 May during this year’s Bibu in Helsingborg!

In Universell Scenkonst, we get to take part in how the work with the perspectives around Universell Scenkonst has gone, viz more culture for and by more people, inclusion and everyone’s right to both experiences, explore and practice performing arts. They want to talk about how the network started and how others could do, and feel free to listen to others who have experience and thoughts about this. If we share knowledge, it will be bigger!

Come and listen to a presentation of Universal Performing Arts and take part in some of the projects that live within the network: the productions Vind Blås Mig!, Utflykten and Relaxed Performace.

Time: 13.30-14.30
Location: Dunkers kulturhus

Read more about the seminar here.

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Poetissan från Aareavaara – Paradisets barn

It is with pleasure that we can announce that dancers from Spinn participate in the performance Poetissan från Aaareavaara – Paradisets barn!

The performance premieres on June 12, at 16.00 in the Stora salen at Studio Acusticum in Piteå and is part of the Festspelen in Piteå which takes place between 11-16 June. Spinn’s artistic director Veera Suvalo Grimberg choreographs and also dances with Hannah Karlsson and Britta Kangas.

Poetissan från Aareavaara – Paradisets barn (The Poet from Aaareavaara – The Children of Paradise) is an interdisciplinary and cross-border performing arts production in five languages in the border and the third room of music.

The corpuscle movement; a religious, orgiastic sect in 20th century Sweden that was banned after high-profile trials where material was classified and disappeared without a trace. A story of sexual liberation and a religious movement that lost its grip with social misery, exclusion and inherited shame as a result.

Read more about the performance and the entire program for the festival on their website.

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Globe & Climate workshops in Härryda kommun

After an incredibly nice tour up in Norrland with the performance Miramos, it is now time for Globe & climate workshops in Härryda kommun.

There will be no less than about twenty workshops over the next three weeks. Full focus on issues related to the climate and on how together we can make big differences in the small things. We talk about shared responsibility, think about how everything’s connected and how we together can make a change. Because together we are both strong, brave and inventive.

The dancers in Spinn are excited to visit: Lanvetterskola, Vällsjöskola, Hindåsskola, Härrydaskola, Lunnaskola, Hällingsjöskola, Högadalskola, Säteriskola, Skinnefjällskola, Rävlandaskola, Furuhällskola and Backaskola. So yes, there will be a lot!

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Final preparations before the tour!

On Monday, the dancers rehearsed for the Norrland tour of Miramos. With about a week left until departure for the tour, it was time to fix and get to the last thing before Easter break. The props have been packed, the choreography has been honed and the dancers are now ready for more northern degrees. Piteå, Arvidsjaur and Pajala – see you soon!

The first stop for the tour is Piteå 23 May at 14.00 at Studio Acusticum. The performance is part of Barnlördag which is a co-production between Dans i Nord and Studio Acusticum.

Read more about Barnlördag and booking the performance on May 23 here!

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Miramos on tour!

There is a lot of stuff simmering inside Spinn’s rehearsal rooms because soon it’s time to go on tour with Miramos!

In Piteå, Arvidsjaur and Pajala, this wonderful performance will be played. Check out Spinn’s calendar about times and dates for each place!

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?

Spinns dancers Felicia Sparrström and Hannah Karlsson and guest dancers Annika Vestel and Britta Kangas, participate in the performance.

You can find tickets for the performance in Piteå at Studio Acusticum here.

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Stabat Mater at Högsbo Kyrka on Sunday!

On Sunday, it is finally time for a concert and dance performance of Stabat Mater!

The project Spinn – Stabat Mater is a collaboration between Högsbo församling and Danskompaniet Spinn. A creative project where modern dance meets 13th century anthem.
During the spring, we explored the room, the music and the movements based on Arvo Pärt’s music and the text Stabat Mater. The evening’s concert and dance performance is the end of the project.

Time: 17.00
Location: Högsbo Kyrka, Bankogatan 61,Gothenburg

Can’t get enough of Spinn Stabat Mater? At 16.00 the same day, the introduction “45 minutes before” starts, where you can experience more and get a taste of how the project is shaped.

You can read more information about the performance and participants here.