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We have two new colleagues. Two new brilliant people to make great plans with: Anna and Karin.
Anna and Karin are enjoying the sun by the river.
Anna Efraimsson is the curator of part of the Festival’s seminar- and meeting place programme.
– It feels great to be able to work with the Festival, that has been so important to me. My vision is to involve that which is fun and humorous next to that which is nerdy and intellectual and that the two should not contradict, says Anna Efraimsson.
Anna has worked within the dance- and performing arts field and has had different roles; in the free cultural life, as producer and as official. She has studied at the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance outside of New York and has worked at, among other places, at the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Moderna Dansteatern and at the University of Dance and Circus.
Our new colleague Karin Hjertstrand has a background within art and crafts. She likes beautiful collaborations that unite people. Karin is filling in for Malin Schiller while Malin is on maternity leave. In other words: Karin coordinates our seminar- and meeting place programme for the next Festival. Karin coordinated the Festival’s meeting place for 2013, and just like then the theme is Playground.
– I see play as a third path. We can choose to oppose against the present order, or we can be beaten and follow. Or we can choose a third path that is something completely different. Play has a grain of that in it. It can be the simplest thing in the world, but it can also be very political, says Karin Hjertstrand.
Now you can follow Gunilla Heilborns work with the performance Gorkij Park 2 on Instagram!
Those of you who visited the Festival in May 2013 could see a work in progress of the performance. Now the work continues:
steirischer herbst 2008: raumaborberlin “moderato cantabile” festival centre, Photo: wolfgang silveri
Why is it that the most natural is so easily neglected? A meeting place. A place that exists for the citizens to meet there. Not meet because they wanted to buy something, pay for tickets or borrow a book. Just meet. Why are we, who live in our own city, limited to go to a café or a bar when we want to meet up after shopping or the cinema?
Inspired by the Festival steirischer herbst in Graz, which had raumlaborberlin build their festival centre in 2008, we have invited raumlaborberlin to see what we could do together in Göteborg. They first visited us during the Festival in 2013 when they held an appriciated seminar about their project Eichbaumoper. A project where they made the metro station Eichbaum outside of Essen into an opera house.
Now we deepen our relation and ask what they could bring to Göteborg. In a seminar we ask raumlaborberlin to talk about meeting places in the city. Is it possible to create a place to which it is alright to go without your wallet? That does not gather people to buy something, but because they want to meet. Read the rest of this entry »
steirischer herbst: Ann Liv Young: Sleeping Beauty (1-4) Fotos: Michael A. Guerrero / Ann Liv Young
The Festivals steirischer herbst (founded in 1968) in Graz, Austria and the Dublin Theatre Festival (1957) are both on at the moment. These two festivals both have a long history and are currently involved in the EU-project NXTSTP together with the Göteborgs Dans & Teater Festival. Their artistic directors told us their thoughts on what a Festival is and what it could be. Read the entire interview with Willie White and Veronica Kaup-Hasler.
– En festival är ett statement. Man säger något genom att göra en festival. Det är viktigt att använda sin intuition och fråga sig vad som är aktuellt och vilken fråga som finns där ute just nu, säger Virve Sutinen.
– A festival is a statement. You say something by doing a festival. It is important to use your intuition and ask what’s interesting and what questions are out there right now, says Virve Sutinen.
Virve Sutinen is in the middle of wrapping up her work as artistic director at Dansens hus i Stockholm and move on as the artistic director at Tanz im August in Berlin. Tanz im August is an international dance festival that celebrated 25 years this year and it is considered one of the most important dance festivals in Europe.
We talked to Virve about Berlin, the future and about dance. Here you can read the entire interview with Virve.
Birgitta is talking to Rabih Mroué, film maker and artist based in Beirut and the world.
We are working intensely with the research for the Festival 2014. Around the world lots of exciting and inspirational performing arts events are happening. In Reykjavik there is a dance- AND a theatre festival at the same time. And in Groeningen our partners in the EU project NXTSTP have opened the festival Noorderzon. We have also made our first scouting trip for the autumn – an inspiring trip to Germany which gave us lots of ideas for the future.
Furthermore, Doris Uhlich, the coreographer who has visited the Festival twice, has premiered her latest performance. Read the rest of this entry »