27 Apr 2018
A couple of weeks ago I was in London filming short clips with the amazing acrobatic company Mimbre and film maker Arthur Le Fol. A try to portray the independence of women through their pregnancy...
Here comes a couple of photos from the studio.
Acrobats: Silvia Fratelli & Rebecka Nord
Photographer: Anna Strickland
14 Mar 2018
After a very calm autumn the new year started intensively and brings a lot of exiting projects.
I started the year diving into a brand new creation; "Att rymma med en cirkus" (To run away with the circus) which is a children's show expected to premiere in November 2018.
It's a quiet clown show with one sculptor, two acrobats and a whole universe of ceramic abstract sculptures. "Att rymma med en cirkus" is about the border between sculpture and body, between creating and practicing. To see your own work through someone else's internship. About longing.
How do you treat sculptures, can you move, pull, climb on them? How do they reach the liberation they long for?
We're exploring the sculptures physical limits, while challenging the prohibition of touching art.
On stage with me: Acrobat Signe Veinholt & sculptor Matilda Haritz Svenson.
I also organised a creative convention for female acrobats that took place during a weekend in the end of January in the south of Sweden. It turned out to be a great event and it was amazing to meet all these lovely, strong and inspiring women!
The meeting was all about partner acrobatics, physical and mental strength and being a woman + motherhood. It was an exchange that reunited and inspired us.
On the schedule we had partner acrobatics, discussions; more or less formal, yoga, good food and wine. ;)
Photographer: Anna Hanna Rosengren
After spending a great deal of last year writing applications for the creation of a full-length adult show "Det får bära eller brista". It is now time to start some of the preparation work.
Its creation will take place in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland during 2019 and will include six female partner acrobats and two folk musicians.
The show’s original inspiration came following interviews with my grandmother about her grandmother, her mother and herself. The show aims to tell the story of women’s physical labour during the twentieth century. Contrary to the popular belief that men did all the hard physical work, women were also involved in significant physical tasks, particularly carrying various goods on their backs.
How did they live? What were their physical duties? Did it look alike in all the Nordic countries?
The theme follows women’s’ physical tasks in the last century: clean the pieces of sugar beets, wash by hand, scrub the floor on the knees, be pregnant and draw water from the well in the bucket, and so on.
The project teases out questions about what lies behind the roles of the modern woman, what it means to be a mother, and what we pass on to our children.
Borrowed photo of Stint in Lille 2008. Photographer: Fred Guerri
We got funding from Nordisk Kulturfond and are awaiting several other answers in the near future. Anyhow, excitement is here with me and it's going to be an incredible journey to create this show, both on a personal and professional level. I'm looking forward telling you more about this project as it evolves during this year.
1 Jun 2017
I couple of weeks ago we finished the punk-clown tour in Stockholm. Performers were Rebeca FL, Antoine Dutrieu and myself. I also had the honor to be tour leader, the link between the clowns withot borders, the venues and the artists, and it was as always both challenging and exiting.
Our audience was unaccompanied minors at different asylum accomodations around the city of Stockholm.
I'm happy having gotten the opportunity to meet all these lovely youth coming from various places in the world and trying to get the hold of their new home country.
Wherever we went we were greeted politely and with big interest. The show was well received and I can still hear their laughter ringing in my ears.
After the show we had discussions and the audience tried acrobatics with the artists. At one venue we got challenges to dance; -can the clowns dance to Afghan music or to Kazakh music? It was a moment to remember!
I big thank you to the Clowns without borders Sweden that made this tour possible together with the City of Stockholm. Also thank you to the motivated teachers and carers that we met during the tour and of course our amazing audience.
Thank you to Björn & Marie that opened up their home so warmly during this week & to Alex, Maé and Aélia that took care of each other and us in the best of ways.
An extra warm thank you to my clown colleges that made every show new and special and could improvise and adapt to a new setting every day!
28 Apr 2017
Djeliya in festivalshow at Aprilfestival, JydskeVestkysten 28th April 2017
24 Apr 2017
We have arrived in Denmark for the huge showcase Aprilfestival.
It's great to be here. Exiting!
Tonight we're all calm and concentrated, preparing mentally for our four shows + festivalshow + new case and other things happening. The program is full!
Read more on www.aprilfestival.dk
29 Mar 2017
I’m so exited to tell you about a new show that is under construction at this very moment!
It’s a ”punk –clown” show that I’m creating together with Los Errantes and more precisely Antoine Dutrieu & Rebeca FL.
After having toured Djeliya for two years now we felt ready for new challenges.
So what’s this all about:?
“Three clowns meet and decide to go on a journey to reach a magical solution for being attractive to others. They find themselves in funny, absurd situations and with cooperation and little bit of luck, they manage to reach their destination. This turns out to be a very special place where everything they knew is turned up side down and they find themselves in a position where they can reinvent the world according to their own taste. “
The new show is a show directed to a slightly older audience. It can be played for all but is not made for children under the age of 8. It is a 30 minutes long show that can be played in any space.
In the beginning of May we’ll be playing for asylum seekers all around Stockholm with the amazing Clowns without borders Sweden!
13 Feb 2017
2017 started in Toubab Dialaw in Senegal.
As a matter of fact, on the 1st of January we played Djeliya in the village's central square, while the sun set behind us in the Atlantic ocean. It was magic. The best way to start a new year.
We also played at the Djaram'arts' theatre, and at a school yard in the little village of Ndayane. Here are some photos.
Now to a completely different setting: winter in Florence with budgeting & planning for the coming year, and new projects.
In the end of January we traveled to the west of Denmark with Los Errantes for a showcase, to try to get admission to the Danish school scene.
Great news; we got it! This means that all Danish communes get 50% discount on our show for the next 5 years.
We're in the online catalogue scenen.dk.
In April, we're going to Sönderborg in Denmark to play at the huge showcase Aprilfestivalen with around 100 other companies producing shows for children and youth. Networking, networking. ;) More about that later.
In two weeks I'm off to Brussels to give a workshop to 9 - 12 year olds at the Ecole de cirque de Bruxelles.
The workshop mixes partner acrobatics and building pyramids, with danse and improvisation. I'll be working with the eminent performer & choregrapher Rebeca Fernandez Lopez.
I'm also starting up a new project with physical performer Amanda Rahm and the interesting artist & photographer Lisa Grip.
All of this is sooo exiting, and the year has barely started!
18 Dec 2016
It's a beautiful Sunday in south of Sweden, the sun has just set (it's 3.30PM) and the light is bright and dark at the same time.
Last week we were in Brussels with the Djeliya team to develop our show and it went very well.
We managed to get more acrobatics into it, more singing, a clearer story and more subtle acting. I'm very thankful for the days we had and for Daniel Goldman who helped us imagine, create and to grow. Amazing work.
Now to our Senegal-tour!
As Senegal’s economics are not able to compensate us financially, we rely on other sources of funding to cover costs such as flights and housing. As well as applying for support from several international cultural institutions, we have decided to also mobilise our entourage and beyond to support us in this fabulous adventure and help us take our story to as many young people and families as possible.
Any little amount you can donate is a direct gift to all those who will see Djeliya, as the performances not only offer a moment of lightness, magic and laughter, but also serve as opening points for impromptu acrobatics lessons, Kora classes, personal exchanges, improvised dancing and other laughs alike.
The Swedish Embassy in Dakar & The Swedish Arts Council are supporting our tour, but still funding is needed and we're looking for YOU to help us. Be part of this experience and help us put a smile on as many of Senegal’s little ones as possible!
21 Nov 2016
Here's a glimpse of the very first steps of research on the theme: a persons physical & mental strength.
6 Nov 2016
It has been quiet on the blog for a little while, in contrast to life that has been intense on many levels.
After five months of living in Athens, in June we left and went on travelling for two months; starting with a Clowns without borders’ tour in the north of Greece. ;)
I was the tour leader, an artist and a mother. A great challenge but an amazing experience. With the support of my clown colleagues Julietta & Mira, and with Alex & Aélia staying with me in Thessaloniki. Everything went perfectly well and we managed to spread some laughter and joy in the refugee camps by the northern Greek border.
Then we travelled to Lund, Sweden, where we met up with Los Errantes and played Djeliya at the festival Sommarlund:
And continued to the festival Da Flo where we played the show again. I gave some partner acrobatics' classes.
After the summer touring we spent a month in Sweden on a real family vacation: it was wonderful.
End of August a big change came with the move to Florence, Italy; where Alex got a post-doc position at the European University Institute. September was mostly about getting into our new life in the hills of Tuscany.
Then we went to Copenhagen for an acrobatic convention. I also visited Ystad where I gave a speech at the high school about my work as a tour leader with the Clowns without borders; Read the article in Swedish.
Now to THE NEWS!
First of all we’re going to tour Djeliya in Senegal at the end of the year, and we are very excited.
We’re going to play at the international festival Rythmes et Formes du Monde in Toubab Dialaw and then continue with a tour for disadvantaged children and youth around Dakar with the organisation Pôle Culturel Djaram'arts.
This tour is partly founded by Team Sweden and by ourselves. At this very moment we’re applying for additional funding from, for example, The Swedish arts grants as the organisers in Senegal cannot cover our flight tickets. More about this later.
In December we will do another Djeliya residency, this time at La Roseraie in Brussels. We plan to spruce up the show!
First we’ll work on a couple of cool acrobatic tricks, and with the help of the UK director Daniel Goldman (http://www.tangramtheatre.co.uk/about) we will get the show going once again, this time for Senegal! ;)
I’ll keep you updated about our public end-of-residency-presentation in Brussels on the 11th of December!
25 Mar 2016
I would love to tell you all about this incredible tour. How it is to travel around Sweden with a soon one-year-old baby as a temporarily single mother playing 19 shows and being the tour manager...
But for tonight I just want to say thanks to a lot of people.
First of all, thanks to those who booked the shows: Christel Molin, Christina Strömvall, Sara Berndtsson & Mia Rosengren.
Then, thanks to the wonderful babysitters: Cicci, Gretel and Amanda. Without you it would not have worked!
Thanks to all the nice teachers and students we met, about 1,500 people; and a special thanks to the students at Furulund School in Halmstad who wrote useful comments about the show. Thanks to Johanna who gave us bread and cakes, to the librarian who filmed our performance in Träslövsläge and Ulrika Andersson who did a splendid filming job in Halmstad.
Thanks to Julietta for support on Bosgårdsskolan in Tvååker and to the teachers and students at the same school who invited our children with the babysitter to their classroom when the weather was bad. Thank you to the caretakers who helped us with the technology and those who invited us for coffee and buns and lunch. ;)
Thanks to Pelle our director who came to visit and thanks to his theater school students who came with constructive comments. The show has evolved and become better every day.
A great great thanks to the amazing artists; Rebeca, Antoine & Vincent!
It has been a rewarding experience putting this tour together.
4 Feb 2016
2016 is here with a lot of new projects for Circus By Me and Los Errantes.
First of all I want to tell you about the beautiful Djeliya tour that's coming up in March. This is how it looks:
It's a short and dense tour and we're all looking forward to it! If you would like to attend one of the shows please contact me.
In the beginning of the year I had the honor to work with the artists Britta Wålstedt & Signe Veinholt. I helped them with the start-up of a new children's show; we did creative research involving partner acrobatics under the theme play & playfullness. It was inspiring and I'm very happy we've started this collaboration!
Britta & Signe with Cirkus Rabalder; www.cirkusrabalder.se
27 Oct 2015
DJELIYA – what a difficult and amazing project. After the long creation of the show in four different countries, with crowd funding to save the budget and two babies born into the company I would like to give us all a great applause for how far we’ve gone.
Now I realise that we are at the end of the creation and in the beginning of a wonderful journey.
The fifth of October the whole team arrived to Ystad in the south of Sweden, here we rehearsed at Ungdomens hus (The Youth House) and prepared ourselves for a pretty exciting showcase at the cultural house in Hässleholm. Here were most of the south region’s programmers from schools and communes invited to watch the offers of the year.
Many times have I been lying in a hotel bed feeling rather lonely and now for the first time I was in the same position but with a little baby and it was interesting. I also went through the final choreography on the sidewalks of cold Hässleholm while putting her to sleep in the baby sling and doing the promotion of the show with her in my arms. It’s funny how you just deal with these things when you have to, but God I was tired when we came home.
Of course it wouldn’t had worked at all if my mother and sister hadn’t been there to babysit the two girls during the warm-up and performance!
The second week after some days off we boarded the north going train towards Gothenburg and Alingsås. We had two most enjoyable shows at the school Lendahlsskolan and acrobatic training at Palladium.
My boyfriend was with us for this tour and it made my life very easy, daughter was often with him and seemed to enjoy her first experience of the touring life. She slept well at B&B’s and hotels, crawled around stages and appreciated both train rides and restaurants.
Here's part of the team reading Djeliya’s first review in the newspaper of Alingsås:
The travel continued to Halmstad, a city by the west coast, where we truly enjoyed the hotel Continental, the theatre and the people we met! We also had the chance to finally make a proper recording of the show.
I must say it was a great experience to be “back in the game” again and at a whole different level. For example; now the days I performed after a real nights sleep seems utterly easy. ;) There’s nothing like new challenges in life!
Of course it didn’t go by without tensions, tiredness or tears. But mostly it wouldn't have worked without a great team and helpers all along, so THANK YOU super team Los Errantes!
Also warm thanks to: Ungdomens Hus in Ystad, babysitters Gretel, Amanda, Cicci & Alex, family Farkas for the film camera, the nice people at Hakens Gård in Abbekås for hosting our musician a couple of days, super organiser Christina, Halmstad theatre with staff, the host at B&B in Alingsås, Lendahlsskolan in Alingsås and to my much amazing man for accepting having a busy, mostly exhausted & all over touring circus artist in his life.
2 Oct 2015
After the premiere of Djeliya I had a break and became a mother. Sounds easy enough but it's hard work and I'm glad having the experience of being a circus artist in my back.
You need both stamina and creativity, you will endur pain and tiredness and crazy emotions. It's the most exciting travel of your life and yet you're pretty much staying in one place. ;)
Last week our little family was in Brussels for Djeliya rehearsals at Centre Culturel de Wolubilis and a work-in-progress presentation at L'école de cirque de Bruxelles. Now we're ready for our mini tour here in Sweden:
7 October - Scenkonstdagarna, Hässleholm
15 October - School performances, Alingsås
18 October - Circus day at Halmstads theatre, Halmstad
We will also rehears and develop the show at Ungdomens Hus in Ystad!
25 May 2015
2015 is an important year, yet I’m less active than ever here on the blog. Maybe it’s connected.
I have two babies to present to you:
Djeliya, a subtle piece wrapped in live music of an African harp called Kora, tackles the humanity lying within all of us and places its focus on optimism and open-mindedness. Through theatre and partner acrobatics it tells a story about overcoming fears and obstacles through the power of collaboration and friendship: A quirky piece without props, lights nor set to enchant children and adults alike.
"Because of an evil spell young hero Maïs is forced to escape from her home village and to go on an adventurous quest, where she will discover friendship, courage and cooperation. Backed by the mystical, musical Griot and his knowledge, she enters an enchanted world where bodies are trees to climb, oceans to dive in and mountains to cross. With two joyful companions met en route she will reach a magic fruit she needs in order to save her village."
Aélia, the wonder of wonders. A little beautiful daughter that make me the happiest woman on earth. She was born the 12th of April and was six weeks old yesterday. She weighs 5 kilos by now and smiles to her parents every day. She likes to look at shadows and light and eyes and clear patterns. She's also a great eater and exercises a lot in between, always trying to crawl and stand up. To be in daddy's arms and dancing to Greek music is also a big hit.
Life is amazing!