residency by nilla björkman and evelina gustafsson

Dance artists and creators: Nilla Björkman and Evelina Gustafsson
Music design:Tanja Andersson
Light design: Rasmus Persson
Dancer: Mira Jägemar

In collaboration with: Tanja Andersson Lidberg, Rasmus Persson, Atalante, Danscentrum Väst, Vitlycke – Centre for Performing Arts.
Supported by Kultur i Väst, Göteborg Stads Kulturförvaltning.

10.06 - 20.06

Kultur i Väst dance residency by Nilla Björkman, Evelina Gustafsson, Tanja Andersson, Rasmus Persson and Mira Jägemar. During the residency the group will work on a new piece DUCKA!. The premier of DUCKA! will take place on 5th of October 2019 at Atalante in Gothenburg.

DUCKA in swedish slang for ”Good Girl”. Ducka could also be translated ”to dodge”. The word ducka therefor has two meanings. The noun ”Good Girl”, and the verb ”to dodge”. -Evelina Gustafsson

Bodies changing shape. A reflection of silhouettes you’ve seen before. On the street or in parks. Displays statues, the female body.
It’s growing, and it’s hidden, maybe a beast? Darkness and the most obvious taking place in the same body. And of course all the things you expect from us, just by reading us. To be or not to be the good girl.
This is the exploration of the good girls we want to be and the ones we want to leave behind. How can we question exhaustion and commercialised bodies? Who is taking space and how? Sound, speech and body all together presents Ducka.

DUCKA as a verb noun created by Evelina Gustafsson. Text: Nilla Björkman

Evelina Gustafsson
- performer, teacher and choreographer, with Gothenburg as platform.
She’s mostly worked with Camilla Ekelöf, Toby Kassell & Ingeborg Zackariassen, ilDance och Felix Skalberg. This resulted in, for example, dancer in the production The Magic Flute 2017, GIBCA-tour with Transition, dancer for the activistgroup PUSSY RIOT. Her work themes is based on parallel realities and differences. At the moment, Evelina Gustaffson is collaborating with Nilla Björkman to create DUCKA!.

Nilla Björkman
- freelancing as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. As a dancer worked with choreographers like Gilda Stillbäck, Linda Wardal, Anna Bergström, Alexandra Pirici, Israel Aloni, Rebecca Evanne and with companies Embla dans och teater och ReAct Actions Moving. In her choreographic work interested in transforming the stage and keeping the artists close to the audience through story telling. In DUCKA! her research is based on how the pictures created on stage can amplify the story telling.

Tanja Andersson
- freelance performer, dance artist and sound designer/ musician from Umeå/ Stockholm. Based in Gothenburg since 2017. Runs the performative art duo Slip of the Lip together with Emelié Sterner at Teater Kajskjul 46, working interdisciplinary in collaborations. Educated within contemporary dance, sound- and music production in Piteå, New York, Finland, Falun and Stockholm.

Rasmus Persson
is a sound and light artist and engineer based in Gothenburg. Working in-between art and technology, he creates atmospheres and situations through light, sound, space, movement and visual language. Prior works include numerous theatre performances, installations and concerts as a part of Skogen, Teater Galeasen, SR, Atalante, Ställbergs Gruva, Gruppen, among many others, as well as own artistic projects.

Mira Jägemar
- freelancing dancer and dance teacher from Uppsala. She has completed dance studies at Kaggeholm Folk College and Kävesta Folk College with a specialisation in Contemporary Dance and Improvisation. In 2017, she graduated from the professional dance program at the Gothenburg Balett Academy and worked with coreographer Pascal Marty at the Gothenburg Opera as part of the seasonal Youth company NUdans 2017. Following her graduation, she has also worked with coreographer Felix Skalberg on the piece ”Human aquarium” at the museum of Naval History; with Nilla Björkman on ”Tribute to My Teenage Self” at the venue Atalante; with Josefine Chiacchiero on her master exam project ”Sound of Foothold” as well as Georgios Giokotos’ master exam project ”60 Sec” at the University of Stage and Musical Arts. She has been a part of the Spinn Unga Company during 2016-2017, and since 2018 she has toured around the country with her fellow dancer Karin Breisch and their collaborative piece ”4m2”.

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