Professionals Program

Professionals program

Welcome to the Step professionals program on March 2-5 2022!

Welcome to the professionals program in Gothenburg on March 2-5 2022! Four days filled with talks, mingling and of course – dance performances! The program is for anyone working with dance, performing arts or culture for young audiences in general. Come meet other professionals and let yourself be inspired by four days filled with dance.

The professional’s program kicks off with a full-day focusing on regional practitioners and initiatives for young audiences. The themes further revolve around questions like queer perspectives and masculinity norms in performing arts for young audiences, curiosity on different bodies and various levels of representation in a performance, about how we can increase and further access to performing arts for the young audience and how teachers, festivals and programmers can work together to expand the range of performances and increase our collective confidence in presenting performances that challenges, questions and touches us. The 2022 professionals program is presented with support from the International Dance Program at the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.


Program

Wednesday March 2

Open Stage
Welcome to Open Stage – an artistic meeting place that wishes to further the art or dance for young audiences. During an inspirational morning, short performance excerpts are layered with feedback from coaches with extensive experience within the field.

We have invited dance artists who has a performance for young audiences that’s in its developing stages, and who wishes to bounce their ideas and the material off of experienced choreographers and dramaturges. The audience is invited to share feedback from their own experiences and perspectives. The aim is to support the dance artists in developing the art of dance for young audiences, by extension further a regrowth that has width, quality and immediacy. Open Stage is a collaboration between Frölunda kulturhus, Göteborgs Stads kulturförvaltning, Step/Producentbyrån, Förvaltningen för kulturutveckling i Västra Götalandsregionen and Dansakademin/Regionteater Väst.

Open Stage is part of Step Extended.

Time: 09:00 – 12:00
Language: Swedish and English
Location: Frölunda kulturhus, Valthornsgatan 13, Västra Frölunda
Nearest tram stop: Frölunda Torg (tram lines 1, 7, 8)

Open Stage is free of charge, but you have to register!

Konst och pedagogik
Welcome to Konst och pedagogik – a workshop about the artistic process from a pedagogical perspective. This workshop is presented by Regionteater Väst and is for anyone working with or for dance for young audiences. Take this opportunity to meet co-workers at Regionteatern Väst during a two-hour workshop, presenting insights into how work with young audiences reaches far beyond just the “mere” performance. Click here to read more.

Time: 14:00 – 16:00
Language: Swedish and English
Location: Spinnstudion, Järntorget 7, Göteborg
Nearest tram stop: Frölunda Torg (tram lines 1, 7, 8)

Konst och pedagogik is free of charge, but you have to register by e-mailing: luisa.denward@regionteatervast.se

Late-night meeting point
Take the opportunity to meet old colleagues and new acquaintances over a glass and a bite to eat. The official “late-night meeting point” of the festival is Zamenhof at Esperantoplatsen in Gothenburg!

Time: from 20:00 – late
Location: Hotel Eggers, Drottningtorget 2-4, Göteborg
Nearest tram stop: Centralstationen (tram lines 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 11)

Thursday March 3

Talk #1 – Queer perspectives and masculinity norms
Peter Sunesson, who works at producer for the Salto! festival in Skåne, talks about non-normative and queer perspectives in performing arts for young audiences. Choreographer and dancer Tony Tran and dancer Knut Vikström Precht talks about masculinity norms using the performance Jakob as the starting point.

The talk is moderated by Catharina Bergil and presented in collaboration with Folkteatern.

Time: 13:00 – 15:00
Language: English
Location: Folkteatern, Olof Palmes Plats, Gothenburg
Nearest tram stop: Järntorget (tram lines 1, 3, 6, 9, 11)

The talk is free of charge, but you have to register!

Mingle
Take this opportunity to meet industry colleagues, new and old friends, us from the festival, some of the participants from this year’s professionals program as well as representatives from the local, regional and international dance community. There will be some lighter snacks to eat and something to drink and perhaps also a surprise or two. Hope to see you there!

The mingle is presented in collaboration with Förvaltningen för kulturutveckling, Västra Götalandsregionen.

Time: 17:00 – 18:00 (approx..)
Location: Producentbyrån, Kastellgatan 6
Nearest tram stop: Järntorget (tram lines 1, 3, 6, 9, 11) or Linnéplatsen (tram lines 1, 2, 6)

The mingle is free of charge but you have to register!

Late-night meeting point
Take the opportunity to meet old colleagues and new acquaintances over a glass and a bite to eat. The official “late-night meeting point” of the festival is Zamenhof at Esperantoplatsen in Gothenburg!

Time: from 20:00 – late
Location: Hotel Eggers, Drottningtorget 2-4, Göteborg
Nearest tram stop: Centralstationen (tram lines 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 11)

Friday March 4

Talk #2 – Curiosity on different bodies and various levels of representation
Sandra Grehn holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature with a focus on Theatre Studies and will highlight representation based on different levels and how performing arts can challenge the form, audience contact, and performing arts expression. Dancer and designer Emilia Wärff talks about inclusion and a curious approach to both your own and others’ bodies.

The talk is moderated by Catharina Bergil and presented in collaboration with Folkteatern.

Time: 13:00 – 15:00
Language: English
Location: Folkteatern, Olof Palmes Plats, Gothenburg
Nearest tram stop: Järntorget (tram lines 1, 3, 6, 9, 11)

The talk is free of charge, but you have to register!

Late-night meeting point
Take the opportunity to meet old colleagues and new acquaintances over a glass and a bite to eat. The official “late-night meeting point” of the festival is Zamenhof at Esperantoplatsen in Gothenburg!

Time: from 21:00 – late
Location: HAK, Nils Ericsonsgatan 21, Göteborg
Nearest tram stop: Centralstationen (tram lines 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 11)

Saturday March 5

Talk #3 – Creating access to and methods for making performing arts more accessible
Adjjima Na Patalung, artistic director of BICT Fest in Bangkok talks about access to performing arts in relation to education and about working with dance for young audiences in a Thai context. Fiona Ferguson, creative development director at Edinburgh International Children’s Festival talks about how teachers, festivals and programmers can work together to expand the range of performances and increase our collective confidence in presenting performances that challenges, questions and touches us. Ellen Rengman, dancer with and co-founder of Kompani Catapult, talks about various various self-experienced perspectives and methods on working both preparatory and after a performance for young audiences.

The talk is moderated by Catharina Bergil and presented in collaboration with Folkteatern.

Time: 13:00 – 15:00
Language: English
Location: Folkteatern, Olof Palmes Plats, Gothenburg
Nearest tram stop: Järntorget (tram lines 1, 3, 6, 9, 11)

The talk is free of charge, but you have to register!

Late-night meeting point
Take the opportunity to meet old colleagues and new acquaintances over a glass and a bite to eat. The official “late-night meeting point” of the festival is Zamenhof at Esperantoplatsen in Gothenburg!

Time: from 21:00 – late
Location: HAK, Nils Ericsonsgatan 21, Göteborg
Nearest tram stop: Centralstationen (tram lines 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 11)



Participants

The participants of this year’s talks program represent various parts of the performing arts scene for young audiences. They are producers, artistic directors, performers, choreographers and researchers. Here you can read a bit more about the participants and what they will talk about.

Tony Tran

Tony Tran is a Norwegian-Vietnamese choreographer and dancer. In his artistic work, he focuses primarily on embodied traits of human relationships and the diverse expressions and gestures of social togetherness. His performances have toured in Europe, Asia and North America. Currently he is working on the performance Brotherly which will premiere in early 2022. Tony lives and works in Oslo, Norway.

Using their own performance Jakob as the starting point, Tony Tran and Knut Vikström Precht reflect on how the performance both nuances and challenges our perceptions on intimacy and sexuality. How are men portrayed on stage, and what about the gender diversity in performing arts at large? How can we show extreme physicality without ending up with cliché images and stereotypical expressions of masculinity? Tony and Knut presents a talk about what it means to display different types of male closeness in performing arts for young audiences. When the conventional and stereotypically masculine is set against intimacy, tenderness and vulnerability – what kind of expression is then created?

Knut Vikström Precht

Originally from Sweden, Knut has worked and performed all over Europe and toured extensively around the world. Alongside his main focus, which is contemporary dance, he has worked with street performance, dance films, theatre productions and performance art. In 2015-2018 he joined Ultima Vez – Wim Vandekeybus and has co-created and performed works of numerous other directors and choreographers. He has also been teaching internationally since 2019.

Peter Sunesson

Peter Sunesson works at Dansstationen in Malmö as producer for the Salto! festival. The festival takes place in October and is a yearly recurring dance festival for children and young audiences in Skåne. Presenting approximately 150 performances each year, the festival is one of the largest dance festivals for young audiences in Sweden and Europe. Peter has also worked with the selection for various festivals like Bibu 2016 and 2018, and he’s also part of the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s working group for dance and circus.

Peter will talk about how we can present the non-normative in performing arts for young audiences. What expressions do queer perspectives get when we create performing arts for the young audience and what significance does representation have for children’s experience? A talk dealing with perspectives regarding the relationship between pedagogy and art, thematics and representation and gender identity and gender roles.

Sandra Grehn

Sandra Grehn holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature with a focus on Theatre Studies. In 2020 she defended her dissertation They Mess around and Scuffle and Throw Stones. The Staging and Hybridization of Dominant Discourses in Backa Theatre’s Productions Little King Matt, Gangs of Gothenburg and 5boys.com at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Grehn has been teaching Theatre Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Gothenburg and Stockholm University. She is a member of the International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network since 2015, and recurrently collaborates with performing arts scenes, analyzing productions and repertoires.

During this year’s professionals program, Sandra will highlight representation based on different levels. Representation is often discussed based on which bodies are on stage or not. What more levels are there to consider when we want to increase the representation on our performing arts scenes? What can the performing arts gain from increased representation and in what ways can it challenge the norm for both form, audience contact, and performing arts expression?

Emilia Wärff

Emilia Wärff is a designer and dancer. She holds a MFA in design at HDK and has been part of Danskompaniet Spinn since the start in 2010. Through workshops and performances she wants to widen the idea of what type of body that can be seen in performing arts today. Young audiences have been a natural part of both her design work and her work with dance. She has worked with several pedagogical projects where children and youth has been a part of shaping physical healthcare surroundings at hospitals and she is very interested in the great importance of small details. She is currently working with the performing arts project Vardagens Anatomi which is part of the mentor program Diverse Nordic Voices, initiated by Dansens hus, CODA Oslo International Dance Festival and Reykjavik Dance Company.

Emilia will talk about the importance of, from an early age having a curious approach to both your own and others’ bodies, their various sets and the challenges they meet. How we, through performing arts and objects that we surround ourselves with, can create a bond between people as opposed to division. What creates benevolence and what creates resistance?

Fiona Ferguson

Fiona is a trained flautist graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2001. Since then jobs in music, theatre, arts education and curation have led to a focus on theatre and dance for children and young. Fiona joined Imaginate/Edinburgh International Children’s Festival as Creative Development Director in 2011. Her role includes initiating and leading projects and opportunities for artists, teachers and schools, curating platforms for artists, and being Artistic Lead for the EU project PUSH+. Fiona is currently on the International Advisory Panel for explore dance, a German project commission new dance works for young audiences.

A discussion about how teachers, festivals, programmers and artists can work together to expand the range of performances that schools attend and increase our collective confidence in talking about big topics with children and young people through live performance.

“In Scotland we have been running a Teachers’ Theatre Club (TTC) to increase teachers’ knowledge of the range of theatre and dance they can see, and to introduce them to the artists who make the work and the people who present it. This project has really built a strong connection and trust between festivals and schools so that teachers feel confident to bring their classes to performances that are more challenging or that require post-show discussions to explore the issues raised. TTC has been running for over two years and is a partnership between Imaginate/Edinburgh International Children’s Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe.”

Adjjima Na Patalung

Adjjima is a theatre director, curator and producer. Her current role is that of Festival Director at BICT Fest and Creative Director at Arts on Location, a creative development organization. She has a background in visual arts, crafts and liberal arts. Since 2006, she’s been dividing her time living and working in Bangkok and London. Her wish is to utilize her experiences to generate more awareness among the Thai public sector about the benefits of performing arts for people of all ages.

Access to the arts, similar to high quality education, especially for young people, is still restricted in Thailand. Provision and decentralisation were a set of ideas behind the festival BICT Fest 2021: BICT on(line) the MOVE. Adjjima will share her experience curating this 3rd festival edition, originally planned out to be a “festival-on-the-move” as an attempt to bring new arts to new audiences outside of Bangkok. Shifting the whole festival program online due to the Covid-19 situation in Thailand was a necessity. This brought fresh perspectives about the potential of online and digital platforms beyond being merely substitute solutions when an on-site experience is not possible, and for wider outreach locally and globally. Adjjima will talk about the merit of working in collaboration with Theatre in Education networks and schools within the context of Thailand to cultivate an ecology for creative learning for young people, within which the performing arts is acknowledged as a powerful medium. She will also share about selecting and programming this online edition with a “different thinking” about audience engagement and experience.

Ellen Rengman

Ellen graduated from Balettakademien in Gothenburg 2018 and has since then worked as a freelance dancer. Along with three colleagues she runs Kompani Catapult, a feminist and co-creational dance company that during 2021/2022 works as municipality choreographers on the island of Tjörn. Since 2020 Ellen has worked with Embla dans & teater in the performances Motsatser and Böjligheter Möjligheter. She is also part of the Dansakademin steering group and works as dance assistant with Språng.

Using her own company, as well as working as a dancer in other’s performances as the starting point, Ellen shares various self-experienced perspectives and methods on working both preparatory and after a performance for young audiences.

Catharina Bergil (SE)

Catharina works as the head of the performing arts educations at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg. She teaches the subject Teater och samhälle (Theatre and society), that revolves around contemporary performing arts using notions like relevance, cultural policy and audience encounters as the starting point. For many years she worked as the program director at The Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg when it was brand new – also then focusing on current contemporary issues. Since several years back, Catharina is also tightly connected to the Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival.

Catharina Bergil will moderate the talks during the Step 2022 professionals program.


Registration

The talks, mingle and other activities that takes places during the professionals days in Gothenburg on March 2-5 are all free of charge. Please note that this does not include the performances that are presented in connection to the professional’s program. Reservation of tickets for these performances is done at the Google form below. There is a limited number of tickets for each performance, so it’s first come first served!

To register for the talks and the festival mingle, please fill out the form below!

Information

Transport
The easiest way to get around in Gothenburg and Region Västra Götaland is by public transport. More information, tram and bus lines and timetables can be found at www.vasttrafik.se.

Would you rather go by taxi you can for example choose Taxi Göteborg, TaxiKurir Göteborg or Minitaxi .

The easiest way to and from Landvetter Airport is with www.flygbussarna.se that goes between the airport and Nils Ericson Terminalen every 12 minutes. The journey takes approximately 30 min.

Accomodation
We are currently working on closing deals with a number of Nordic Swan Ecolabel or Green Key certified hotels in Gothenburg and will let you know as soon as we have more info on this!

Venues
Folkteatern Göteborg
Olof Palmes Plats
413 04 Gothenburg
www.folkteatern.se

Frölunda kulturhus
Valthornsgatan 13
421 46 Västra Frölunda
www.goteborg.se

Tips on cafés
Doppio – espresso bar with great breakfast
Espresso House – chain with a good selection of coffee, juices and baked goods
Kafé Magasinet – breakfast, bagels, coffee and beer
Kastello – good coffee at a great location on Linnégatan
Steinbrenner & Nyberg – focus on pastries and amazing bread

Tips on restaurants and bars
Barabicu – pan american grill and awesome drinks
Brewers Beer Bar – craft beer and sourdough pizza
Dubbel Dubbel – dumplings and dim sum
Folk – food from the sea and the plant kingdom and natural wines
Indian Masala – classical Indian cuisine and affordable lunch
Jerntorgets Brygghus – craft beer and every-day food
Made In China – asian fusion dim sum with great lunches
Mellan-Rummet – smaller dishes that spans Spanish, Nordic and Indian
Mexikanska Monarkin – great tacos and frozen margaritas
Olssons Vinbar – amazing wines and a Nordic-French kitchen
Pustervik – lunch soups at legendary music venue
Ramen Ya – world class ramen
Saluhallen Briggen – anything from traditional Swedish food to a wine bar and great Vietnamese food
Station Linné – casual gastro pub with a large selection of beer from around the world
Sushi Sendai – simple and tasty sushi
Zamenhof – a ”recreation center for adults” with all-day dining, craft beer, pokébowl and game room
Ölstugan Tullen – craft beer and every-day food