One of the sunnier moments of this Summer came with the joy of starting work on our Normal Cake, Please performance with a workshop in Copenhagen. We spend 10 days rediscovering our characters weaknesses and strengths, collaborating with the wonderful ARA dance company and consulting with our brilliant consultants; Pilvi, Thomas, Sofie and Paula.
The work opened up many questions around our topic – freedom in 2018. The conclusion of the workshop is already evident: The three protagonists are very stuck in their own views of the world – and hate the idea of sharing a cake.
Plenty of challenges to look forward to!
Supported by: KKN, APCF and the State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia.
Such joy to already be celebrating the 1st year of the Uneasy Listening Society with my artistic partner, Thomas Burø, and the great company board. It’s been a busy year, where we have developed connections to new, interesting partners – and started two major projects: Normal Cake, Please – a site-specific reunion performance of the Baltic Eurotrashers Angela, Leo and Viersturs (supported by Culture Point North), and the launch of our new festival; UPS! – an artistic, scientific and philosophical exploration of failures and f*ck-ups (supported by Statens Kunstfond) – of which I’m artistic director. Great prospects for 2017 and beyond…
Spent an inspiring week in Riga, Latvia in the brilliant company of writer/ performers Ivo Briedis and Janne Saarakkala to devise the concept for a new performance scheduled to premier in 2018. We are reviving 3 characters from the 2008 show In the Nude – who will unite around a special celebration.
Other exciting connections include the progressive St. Saviour’s Anglican Church in Riga, a representative of the LGBT community and the Ara Dance Company.
Can’t wait for the next workshop!
Supported by Kultur Kontakt Nord.
Researching Greenland has been a dream of mine for a long, long time. Thanks to the brilliant Culture Point North I received a grant to start this venture with producer Annette Max Hansen from Eklektisk Teater. Lots of reflections on nature vs culture, colonial ignorance and urban migration are of course on the agenda… But there is more to be found under the surface.
This December sees the round up of the No More Miss Nice Guy project in Helsinki. I will be meeting Tove Sahlin, cofounder of WISP (SE), and Sonja Ahlfors and Joanna Wingren, from Blaue Frau (FIN), to evaluate the project. It started a year ago and aimed to bring artists with an activist streak together to find creative was of expressing equality issues. 3 very different platforms were created and touched upon very different artistic approaches to these problems. Great creative people and plenty of food for thought. What could the Un-nice guys do in the future?
I’m currently in the wonderful city of Helsinki working with 3 colleagues that I met in 2004: Elin Petersdottir (ICE), Janne Saarakkala (FIN) and Ivo Breidis (LAT). Our performance Leftovers from the War premiers on the 8th of November and looks at family history, WW II and the generation that was handed things on a silver plate.
Leftovers from the War is presented by the Baltic Circle Festival 2012 and supported by Kulturkontakt Nord.