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In his work choreographer Fernando Melo often paints powerful visual images with stage elements and the human body, full of detail and sensitivity. A choreographic approach that demands both leadership and collaboration.Fernando Melo joins DancePod host Kit Brown to talk about many different aspects of a life in performing arts. The conversation spans from what he enjoys in a piece when he is sitting in the audience, to the challenges of being an artist parent and why we need performing arts in uncertain times.Spring 2022 Fernando is working on an exciting collaboration between Skånes Dansteater, The Royal Danish Theatre, Concerto Copenhagen and Malmö Opera, W.A. Mozart's very first opera: Mitridate. A performance created together with director Ralf Pleger and set designer Alexander Polzin.-----Host: Kit Brown, dancer, Skånes Dansteater.Guest: Fernando Melo, choreographer.Editor: Samuel Denton, dancer, Skånes Dansteater.DancePod Team: Kit Brown, Samuel Denton, Dario Minoia, Alvilda Faber Striim, dancers, Skånes Dansteater.Jingel: Anders Ortman.
In part 1 choreographer and dancer Carl Knif talked to host Samuel Denton about his personal relationship to dance. In part 2 you get to hear more about ‘Vinterresa‘, Carl’s new solo for Skånes Dansteater’s dancer Madeleine Månsson. You’ll also get to listen to an audio described excerpt of the piece.‘Vinterresa’ is an autobiographical work about Madeleine. Carl wants to visualize her inner thoughts and the fragmented and poetic nature of memories. He shares his thoughts about making peace with one’s experiences. That we are not determined by our past but can free ourselves and change direction if we want to.-----Host: Samuel Denton, dancer, Skånes Dansteater.Guest: Carl Knif, choreographer. Music: Erstarrung, Franz Schubert. Janne Hast.Editors: Kit Brown, Samuel Denton, dancers, Skånes Dansteater.Jingel: Anders Ortman.-----
Carl Knif is a dancer, choreographer, and the artistic director of Carl Knif Company in Helsinki. He visited Dancepod when he was in the later stages of his creation ‘Vinterresa‘, a new solo made for Skånes Dansteater’s dancer Madeleine Månsson. The episode is divided in two parts. In part 1 we learn more about Carl’s personal relationship to dance. How dance saved him and still helps him to find courage and closeness to other people.In part 2 we dive into the work itself, sharing the thinking behind ‘Vinterresa‘. You’ll also get to listen to an audio described excerpt of the piece.-----Host: Samuel Denton, dancer, Skånes Dansteater.Guest: Carl Knif, choreographer.Editors: Kit Brown, Samuel Denton, dancers, Skånes Dansteater.Jingel: Anders Ortman.-----
Chiara Bersani is an ltalian dancer, choreographer, and artist. In this episode she also talks about her work as an activist.Chiara speaks openly about the traumas of Covid, about being a disabled person during the pandemic’s first wave in Italy. She does not only share her anger as a woman and as a disabled person in the current moment, but also her optimism and the possibility of rebuilding new and better ways for disabled people to be part of mainstream art-making.In December 2021 Chiara did a residency at Skånes Dansteater as part of the Swedish Arts Grants Committee's lnternational Dance Program. Her work Moby Dick for Spinn Dance Company was performed here in November the same year, as part of our DansFunk festival. During 2022 she will be touring with her most recent work, 'Gentle Unicorn'.-----Host: Kit Brown, dancer, Skånes Dansteater.Guest: Chiara Bersani, choreographer.Editors: Kit Brown, Samuel Denton, dancers, Skånes Dansteater.Jingel: Anders Ortman.
Jessica Helbach is a Dutch designer and one of the co-creators behind ‘Out of the Blue’. In this episode Jessica talks about her role as a costume designer and about her process: starting broad then getting down to the details. She also speaks about co-creating the world of ‘Out of the Blue’ with all its historical references, colours and textures, and the language of her collaboration with choreographer, Anouk van Dijk.‘Out of the Blue‘ is a collaboration between Skånes Dansteater, Malmö Opera Orchestra and Malmö Opera Children's Chorus. The work premiered at Malmö Opera 4 December 2021.-----Host: Samuel Denton, dancer, Skånes Dansteater.Guest: Jessica Helbach, costume designer.Editors: Kit Brown, Samuel Denton, dancers, Skånes Dansteater.Jingel: Anders Ortman.
We chat to Tina Tarpgaard about her latest work for Skånes Dansteater, ‘Vår Dag’. Tina is a Danish choreographer and founder of Recoil performance group based in Copenhagen. In this episode, she talks about making the durational dance experience that is ‘Vår Dag’; how we need to value a broader spectrum of dance; and the energy she gets from meeting people and doing dance in different social contexts. Keywords for this conversation are: joy, locality, value, people, and of course dance!‘Vår Dag’ premiered on 28 November 2021 and will be performed on tour spring 2022.-----Host: Kit Brown, dancer, Skånes DansteaterGuest: Tina Tarpgaard, choreographerEditors: Kit Brown, Samuel Denton, dancers, Skånes DansteaterJingel: Anders Ortman
Anouk van Dijk is a Dutch choreographer, director and the creator of Countertechnique. In this episode, she talks about the underlying themes in the work ‘Out of the blue’. The performance is a carnival of colour that celebrates the power of the imagination and the resilience to adapt.She explains some of the rationale behind her movement system Countertechnique and emphasises the power of distraction, the inherent creativity of technique, and she discusses the kind of tasks and tools she uses to feel in the moment. She also touches on longevity and her extraordinary love of dance and dedication to it.Out of the Blue is a collaboration between Skånes Dansteater, Malmö Opera Orchestra and Malmö Opera Children's Chorus. World premiere at Malmö Opera 4 December 2021.-----Host: Kit Brown, dancer, Skånes Dansteater.Guest: Anouk Van Dijk, choreographer.Editors: Alex Blondeau, Samuel Denton, dancers, Skånes Dansteater.Jingel: Anders Ortman.
Roser López Espinosa creates a lively and playful physical universe of refined poetic imagery, intense teamwork, and, very often with a touch of humour. Roser introduces you to her duet 'Fine Lines'. The work is a danced dialogue between two outstanding women who are constantly challenging and pushing each other. 'Fine Lines' was premiered in the Netherlands in 2020 as part of Mixed Doubles, a programme of duets produced with our partners in the project Europe Beyond Access. It will tour internationally and perform at Skånes Dansteater in November 2021.Hear Roser talk to host Samuel Denton about creating work based in a strong physicality. About her great passion for precision, delicacy, acrobatic elements and detail.-----Episode 22​: Roser López Espinosa - Fine Lines.Host: Samuel Denton, dancer, Skånes Dansteater.Guest: Roser López Espinosa, choreographer.Editors: Kit Brown, Samuel Denton, dancer, Skånes Dansteater.Jingel: Anders Ortman.
How do you preserve a movement? How do you archive a dance? What do we want to pass on to future generations?Celine Orman works as a dance archivist at Skånes Dansteater and is the project manager for Bevara rörelse (Preserve Movement), a project that raises many intriguing questions about dance. About its past, present och future. About the inherent volatility.Celine introduces you to her work with collecting experiences, perspectives and intentions around a particular dance performance. You’ll get to listen to short extracts from her in-depth interviews with audience members, dancers and the artistic team of Tero Saarinen’s Transit. Bevara rörelse is funded by Swedish Arts Council.-----Host: Kit Brown, dancer, Skånes Dansteater.Guest: Celine Orman, archivist and project coordinator Bevara Rörelse.Music: Tuomas Norvio, Lento.Editors: Kit Brown, Samuel Denton, dancers Skånes Dansteater.
Marcos Morau is a choreographer and the artistic director of La Veronal in Barcelona. The hallmarks of his work are a strong visual design and distinctive and technically ambitious movement material. Macros introduces you to Djurens karneval, The Carnival of the Animals, a performance for all adventurous souls from school age and up set to Camille Saint-Saëns’s classic masterpiece. Hear him talk about creating for children for the first time, where he finds inspiration and how he works with references. You also get to hear an audio described extract of the piece. Djurens karneval is a co-production by Danssamverkan Sydsverige consisting of Regionteatern Blekinge/Kronoberg, Byteatern Kalmar, Rum för Dans Halland, Smålands Musik & Teater, Skånes Dansteater. Djurens karneval world premiered in Falkenberg, Sweden, spring 2021 and plays in Malmö and on tour during fall 2021.-----Host: Kit Brown, dancer, Skånes Dansteater.Guest: Marcos Morau, choreographer.Music: Camille Saint-Saëns, The Carnival of the Animals; The Swan performed by Lucas & Arthur Jussen, Royal Concertgebouw orchestra.  Editors: Kit Brown, Samuel Denton, dancers Skånes Dansteater.-----
Fabio Liberti, choreographer and dancer, introduces you to his new piece NOOK. An outdoor   production for 7 dancers that will perform in parks around Malmö and Lund. In NOOK dancing bodies become a building collective. A few weeks before premiering Fabio and host Samuel Denton talk about our ability to adapt to change and our need to create small tribes. Fabio also share his thoughts on the physicality of NOOK and on being transparent as a leader in the dance studio.NOOK world premieres in collaboration with Sommarscen Malmö 12 June 2021.-----Host: Samuel Denton, dancer, Skånes DansteaterGuest: Fabio Liberti, choreographerEditors: Kit Brown, Samuel Denton, dancer Skånes DansteaterJingle: Anders Ortman.-----
Madeleine Månsson took a different route than many on her journey towards a professional career as a dancer. A former social worker who found dance as an adult. Madeleine has toured around the world with the highly acclaimed duet Dare to Wreck. Today she is working on a new solo with choreographer Carl Knif called Vinterresa.Madeleine shares how she uses translation in her creative work and teaching – and the importance of having a community of disabled artists for support, inspiration and everything else that keeps her dancing.Madeleine and host Kit Brown also chat about Fine Lines, by Roser López Espinosa for Skånes Dansteater. A duet of power and precision that world premiered at Holland Dance Festival in 2020. You also get to hear an audio described extract of the piece. -----Host: Kit Brown, dancer, Skånes Dansteater.Guest: Madeleine Månsson, dancer, Skånes Dansteater.Music: Fine Lines, Mark Drillich.Editors: Kit Brown, Samuel Denton, dancers, Skånes Dansteater.Jingle: Anders Ortman.
In part 1 Tanja Mangalanayagam, project manager, Kit Brown, dancer, and host Samuel Denton talked about general ideas about community, participation, engagement and access. In part 2 you get to hear more about dance and disability specifically. Join us for a conversation about key projects like Europe Beyond Acccess and iDance. The trio explores in greater detail the practice, politics and ideals of advocacy and change, and go deeper into questions of identity, quality and fear of change and much more.-----Host: Samuel Denton, dancer, Skånes Dansteater.Guests: Tanja Mangalanayagam, project manager, Skånes Dansteater & Kit Brown, dancer, Skånes Dansteater. Editors: Kit Brown, Samuel Denton, dancers, Skånes Dansteater.Jingle: Anders Ortman.-----
Tanja Mangalanayagam is a quiet force behind the scenes: committed, hardworking and a real advocate for change. As project manager at Skånes Dansteater she designs and leads projects that want to use our art form to bring communities together and give ownership of dance to people who traditionally have been excluded from it. Tanja and dancer Kit Brown join host Samuel Denton to talk about general ideas about community, participation, engagement and access. You also get to hear an audio described extract of the piece “To find a way with one another”, choreographed by Ben Wright (2018).The episode is divided in two parts. In part 2 you get to hear more about dance and disability specifically.-----Host: Samuel Denton, dancer, Skånes Dansteater.Guests: Tanja Mangalanayagam, project manager, Skånes Dansteater & Kit Brown, dancer, Skånes Dansteater. Music: Valses nobles et sentimentales, Maurice Ravel - recording by Malmo Opera Orchestra.Editors: Kit Brown, Samuel Denton, dancers, Skånes Dansteater.Jingle: Anders Ortman.-----
Tilman O’Donnell, choreographer and dancer, introduces you and host Kit Brown to his new work The View From Here. The piece presents us with a community of eight dancers entangled with and defining procedures of change – corporeal, spatial, and temporal.The episode is an in-depth conversation about the inseparable nature of what dancers do in the dance studio and what they eventually perform on stage. About trying to find a sweet spot between structure and freedom, and the basic aim to pay attention and resist one’s assumptions. The View From Here world premieres with a live-streamed performance 5 March 2021.-----Host: Kit Brown, dancer, Skånes Dansteater.Guest: Tilman O’Donnell, choreographer.Editors: Kit Brown, Samuel Denton, dancers, Skånes Dansteater.Jingle: Anders Ortman.-----
Mari Carrasco, choreographer and creator of the new work Remind Me I’m Not Dead, and choreographic assistant Stacey Aung join host Kit Brown. The intensely physical work for ten dancers premieres with a live-streamed performance in just a few weeks, in a gallery-like setting with a vast LED screen hanging above the dancers. An episode about dealing with doubts during creating, about being a lonely cowboy looking at things from a distance. To exist between two worlds. But also about just finding the groove and really embody the music. You’ll get to listen to a brief extract of the piece and of Mikael Karlsson’s composition. -----Host: Kit Brown, dancer, Skånes Dansteater.Guests: Mari Carrasco, choreographer. Stacey Aung, choreographic assistant.Music: Mikael Karlsson.Editors: Kit Brown, Samuel Denton, dancers, Skånes Dansteater.Jingle: Anders Ortman.----- 
Heidi Vierthaler, freelance choreographer and teacher of the Stream-Flow movement method, is joining Skånes Dansteater and host Samuel Denton. Heidi talks about reaching a point in her career where she both gets to develop her own work, work with other artists in multidisciplinary projects and teach. Heidi shares her thoughts on getting in tune with your body, section by section, and take yourself beyond the moments of frustration. You’ll also get to join her in a guided Stream-Flow movement exploration that uses visual imagery and tactile exercises. Get your body moving! -----Host: Samuel Denton, dancer, Skånes Dansteater.Guest: Heidi Vierthaler, choreographer, teacher of the Stream-Flow movement method.Activity: Heidi Vierthaler.Music: Stream of flow", Tom van Wee.Jingle: Anders Ortman.Editors: Kit Brown, Samuel Denton, dancers, Skånes Dansteater.-----
Lidia Wos’ choreography is full of fantasy, highlighting obscure perspectives on the body. Lidia and host Samuel Denton think back and discuss the work 'Snapshots of a Crowd's original creation in 2019. You’ll also get to hear a brief excerpt of the piece and join a short rhythmic movement exercise with one of our dancers, Matthew Branham. Lidia Wos’ work 'Snapshots of a Crowd' was supposed to be performed as a part of Skånes Dansteater’s Lunch dance programme this December, but due to current covid-19 restrictions it was filmed instead. The full performance is available on Skånes Dansteater’s website until 31 March 2021.-----Host: Samuel Denton, dancer, Skånes Dansteater.Guest: Lidia Wos, choreographer.Guided activity: Matthew Branham, dancer, Skånes Dansteater.Music: Anders Ortman.Editors: Kit Brown, Samuel Denton, dancers, Skånes Dansteater.-----
Amy Raymond, freelance choreographer and teacher of classical ballet and improvisation, is joining Skånes Dansteater’s dancers for a week of workshops. Amy and host Samuel Denton talk about observing dancers, decision making and how critical analysis can be a good thing.Amy shares her experiences of iconic choreographer William Forsythe’s improvisation technologies. She has also been studying Japanese Budo master Akira Hino for the past ten years and has integrated his unique knowledge of the body into all aspects of her work. -----Host: Samuel Denton, dancer, Skånes Dansteater.Guest: Amy Raymond, choreographer, teacher of classical ballet and improvisation.Jingle: Anders Ortman.Editors: Kit Brown, Samuel Denton, dancers, Skånes Dansteater-----
In part 1 Sindri Runudde, dancer and choreographer, and host Kit Brown talked about the new work “A sensoral lecture”. Part 2 gives you a taste of what the audience get to experience in Sindri’s interactive world. You get to hear an audio described extract of “A sensoral lecture” and a series of short guided somatic practices from the piece. Get ready to get involved and try something new with us!The guest performance “A sensoral lecture” at Skånes Dansteater sadly had to be cancelled due to the Swedish government's limiting directives regarding public event. Sindri is one of the participants in our digital DansFunk festival 20 Nov 2020.-----Host: Kit Brown, dancer, Skånes Dansteater.Guest: Sindri Runudde, dancer, choreographer.Guided activity: Sindri Runudde.Music: Marta Forsberg.Jingle: Anders Ortman.Editors: Kit Brown, Samuel Denton. 
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