sonor - residency by aloun marchal (SE)

Performers: Gilda Stillbäck, Kristina Hanses, Nelly Zagora, Sandra Abouav
Choreography and project leader: Aloun Marchal
Musical advisor: Aurelio Edler Copes
Dramaturgy: Celine Cartillier
Costume: Anna Sefve
Production: Possibilitas and Siège (France)
Photo: Carl Ander
In collaboration with: Atalante, Vitlycke – Centre for Performing Arts, Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival, Secret Hotel (Denmark), Menu Spaustuvè (Litauen) and Theatre de Vanves (France)
Supported by: City of Gothenburg, Region Västra Götaland, Folkuniverstitetet, Kultur i Väst and DRAC Ile de France.

10.11 - 24.11

Residency of choreographer Aloun Marchal for creation of sound and dance show called SONOR. Informal showing of SONOR on 23rd of November, 17.00 at Vitlycke – Centre for Performing Arts. Residency in collaboration with Kultur i Väst.

After critically acclaimed Bibi Ha Bibi, Aloun Marchal is back as a choreographer. If you experienced the show you know how the grotesque and absurd can be turned into beauty. This time with four women on stage. The outcome is a rythmical show were the boundaries between dance and concert are dissolved.


The four performers are generating music from their dancing and they are dancing on the music they are creating. In SonoR, the performers bodies are the instruments, musical gestures become dance movements and dancing is music making. But sometimes that is not the case. Sometimes the performers mouths sing a song when the performers bodies dance on an other melody. Sometimes your ears are invited to travel in a sound landscape when your eyes are visiting an other landscape, even if everything is performed live in front of your eyes and ears. No tricks, no pre recorded music, just a fascination for the fine mecanics – and sometimes not so fine – of moving and sounding !
SonoR plays with the concert format by injecting the body mobility that a dancer can generate in the musician stage persona.
The audience is invited to navigate in between landscapes to be imagined – seashores, cliffs, steppes – and the concrete space of the stage where the performers are working with rythms and space.

Aloun Marchal (SE/FR) – choreographer and project leader
Aloun Marchal started dancing when he understood that thinking was not enough, since then he is fascinated by moments that don’t make sense yet, but eventually will. His choreographic work is about exploring his fascination with the human condition. The human as a thinking animal that lives in the present, often in a vertical situation, creates societies, is in motion, sounds and creates collective and individual imaginary objects. This has led him to create contemporary dance performances where a wide range of movements, vocalizations and conversations are interwoven. For each show, a specific universe and vocabulary have been created.

Aloun is an improviser, dancer and choreographer. A french artist living in Gothenburg, Sweden, and Paris, France. He received the Danceweb grant in 2008 and 2012. In 2010, he was awarded the second prize of the Dance competition, “Danse Elargie” that took place in théatre de la ville, for the creation of “Gerro, Minos and Him” in collaboration with Roger Sala Reyner and Simon Tanguy. In 2013, “Gerro, Minos and Him” was awarded the best dance piece award at the Stuttgarter Tanz-und Teaterpreis festival. In 2017, he received the innovative choreographic grant from SACD for the creation of Bibi Ha Bibi.
He is currently touring three of his creations : “Bibi Ha Bibi”, “Gerro, Minos and Him” and “Trippel”. As a performer, Aloun is touring with “More than naked”, a massively naked show choreographed by the Austrian artist Doris Uhlich, the last shows of the integrated dance company SPINN and “L’Age d’or” choreographed by Eric Minh Cuong Castaing.


Kristina Hanses (SE)
Kristina Hanses is a dancer, performer, singer and composer. Graduated at Amsterdam Hoheschool voor de Kunsten in 2010. She worked with choreographers like Tabea Martin and Itamar Zerussi Sahar. She is choreographing her own solowork and is dancing and composing songs for her pop/performance duo Kristal &.

Gilda Stillbäck (SE)
Educated at the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm, Gilda started her career as a dancer in Sweden. She freelanced with independent companies, as well as working at institutions such as the Gothenburg Opera, the Norwegian Opera and the Malmö Opera.
In 2006, she choreographed her first piece “b rör mig” (touch me) a blend of contemporary dance and argentine tango. The piece toured Sweden and Argentina from 2007-2009.
The following years, Gilda choreographed and produced another three pieces and also started working as a choreographer for opera and theatre at the City Hall Theatre in Gothenburg. While working with actors, Gilda took an interest in acting and so started studying acting in 2013, which was also the year of her first short film, “House of Ahava”, directed by Eric Eger. The film was presented at both the Cannes and the Miami Film Festivals.
Since 2015, Gilda is working between Sweden and France as a dancer, choreographer and actress.

Nelly Zagora (SE)
Nelly Zagora is a freelance dance artist from Stockholm, Sweden. Since her graduation from Balettakademien Stockholm she has been working with several Stockholm based choreographers., among them Christina Tingskog, Björn Säfsten and Anisa Hason Abas. As a choreographer and performer she has traveled with the solo ”…in Wonderland” to Finland, Norway, Danmark and Poland. She is also working as a choreographer and performer in the group Waste Collective, organising Stockholm Dansfilmfestival. Later this spring she will be assistant choreographer for the piece Häxorna at Årsta teater by Aurelia Le Huche and be a part of the musict heater Malmens Väg made by Tornedalsteatern with premiere in august in Pajala.

Sandra Abouav (FR)
Sandra has been training Ballet from the age of 4 and started training contemporary dance techniques some years later at the Conservatory of Poitiers. She continued her dance training in RIDC in Paris where she obtained her state diploma. She passionated herself for the History of body representations in arts and obtained a Bachelor degree in Archaeology about it. She obtained a master degree in Dance from the university Paris 8 by focussing on “The play of the performer”. Sandra has met the universe of many french choreographers.
She created the Company METAtarses in 2010 with Vincent Cespedes, philosopher and composer, Pauline Falourd, light designer and the scenographer Geoffrey Crespel. Within Metatarse works, all media are welcome to provoke the surprise and the meeting : dance videos, performances, conferences, workshops and collaborations with artists of different disciplines as for instance the French sculptor Alain Kirili who invited her to come to celebrate his monumental installation RHYTHM OF AUTUMN Place of the City hall in Paris.

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