Hanko Zell

Work on Step 2022 moves on with undiminished force. As of fall we now have our new project manager Hanko Zell in place for the coming festival. Hanko has previously worked as school and culture coordinator and with Skapande skola in Varberg municipality and was also producer at Hagateatern in Gothenburg between 2016-2018.

But who is Hanko then?
“Ha ha! How do you even respond to that? This isn’t even about me, but something much bigger! But as project manager for Steo I get the opportunity to tie together my experiences, interests and my competence – while simultaneously getting a chance to work for my favorite target group. That’s happiness!”

What does work with Step look like?
”At the moment there are a lot of practical issues that needs to fall into place, and we’re working relentlessly in finishing the programming so that we can announce the program. At the same time we’re focusing on further establishing the festival in the region, with the audiences and the dance sector. To increase and to implement. Even though there are still some months to go, it’s clear that this is a Step-year.”

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?
“That it actually starts! To feel the charge before the festival’s performances, to meet the children and be a part of spreading dance throughout Västra Götalandsregionen!“

Professionals program!

We can hardly believe it ourselves, and there’s still a long way to go, we now have the great pleasure of announcing that the Step 2022 professionals program takes place in Gothenburg on Thursday to Saturday, March 3-5!

The themes for the 2022 professionals program are yet to be decided. But right now, topics that are all bouncing around here at the office are sustainability, representation, inclusion, accessibility and the eternal question of why it’s so hard for adults to talk to children and youth about a performing arts experience. We have initiated dialogues with a number of people that we’d like to welcome to Gothenburg to share their wise thoughts on some of the above topics. What we can say is that this will be an opportunity to discuss topics concerning dance for young audiences, meet colleagues from both Sweden and hopefully from other parts of the world and see a number of the festival performances, in Gothenburg and in the region.

We will share more information about the program and the registration during fall, but pencil in the dates March 3-5 2022 in your calendars, and we hope to see you all in Gothenburg!

Regional presenters meeting

It was amazing to meet both previous Step presenters as well as curious new presenters and collaborators during the regional presenters meeting that was hosted on March 11!

We were met by 21 happy participants from 11 municipalities throughout the region, which is an increase from the previous festival. We presented Step in general, but the main focus was of course to present the selected performances for Step 2022, a selection that was done by our three amazing curators in collaboration with us. Deadline for choosing what performances they want to present is Friday may 14. Naturally we hope for a big interest in booking a whole bunch of performances and be part of Step 2022.

More information about next year’s edition of Step to come!

Presenters meeting on March 11!

On March 11, Step invites regional presenters to a digital meeting to present the selection of performances that have been chosen for Step 2022!

During the meeting we will give a brief introduction to Step and a shorter presentation on each performance. There will also be time for questions. In preparation for the meeting, we will send out more information on each performance with production facts and cost. We will also share a Dropbox where you can access technical rider and other useful information that might come in handy.

This meeting is for dance presenters in Region Västra Götaland and takes place digitally, Thursday March 11 at 13:00-15:00.

Would you like to join? Please let us know no later than March 5 by e-mailing:
julia@producentbyran.se

We look forward meeting both old acquaintances as well as new dance presenters!

Our curators!

It is now official who will be our guest curators for the upcoming edition of Step, taking place in March 2022!

With us this time is Fiona Ferguson who works as Creative Development Director for Edinburgh based Imaginate who develop theatre and dance for young audiences in Scotland and produce Edinburgh International Children’s Festival. This time around as well, we have Adjjima Na Patalung from BICT Fest in Bangkok and Peter Sunesson who normally works as producer for the Salto! festival in Skåne. We are increadibly happy and grateful to have three such talented, experienced and generally great people with us during the work ahead. Read more about the festival curators here!

A first selection of performances will be ready before the end of the year, and the idea is to then have a slightly adjusted selection ready for our regional and local partners in March 2021. And given that the final selection will be done much earlier than during the previous edition, we hope this means that the festival’s performances will reach even more further throughout the region in 2022.

Step 2020

Without exaggerating, it’s safe to day that the first edition of Step was a rollercoaster like no other. The festival was filled with amazing encounters with children, youth, companies and presenters. And at the same time, it was with a heavy heart that we were forced to cancel a great number of performances due to the current situation in the world.

But with all this said, we are still incredibly happy and grateful for the events that we actually manage to present during the festival. The warmth and the positive energy that we met during the grand opening of the festival in Vänersborg. Where local musicians and dancers started the evening before Danish company Freestyle Phanatix opened the festival with the performance 3rd. The hysterical laughter that met Un Poyo Rojo at Stora Teatern in Gothenburg. The exalted babies and their parents that experienced Natten and the happy and curious children who got to see Big Wind’s performance Förvandling. Step ended earlier that planned, but what an ending! Dergårdsteatern in Lerum opened their doors to welcome Akram Khan’s beautiful and emotional performance Chotto Xenos.

Still, it feels amazing that we, in spite of all this, were able to present more than a third of the planned festival program. Children and youth form Vänersborg, Lerum, Gothenburg, Uddevalla and Borås were able to see performances and take part of workshops. In total we had an audience of roughly 2200 people, mainly children and youth, but also parents, grandparents, teachers, culture administrators, presenters and people interested in dance in general.

Like we said, the festival ended sooner than planned, and it was a tough blow to have to cancel so many performances, workshops and our international professionals program. But even though we couldn’t go through with all the 70 planned items of the festival program, we at Producentbyrån want to thank our companies, collaboration partners, presenters and the funding bodies. Thank you for staying by our side through the ups and downs. We’d also like to extend a massive thanks to the audience who attended the festival. We hope to see you all during Step 2022!

(photo: Olle Gustafsson)

Professionals program cancelled!

The professionals program for Step 2020 is cancelled!

Due to the increased restriction when it comes to both international and domestic travels, a majority of the participating speakers of the Step professionals program on Friday the 20th and Saturday the 21st of March are unfortunately unable to make it to Gothenburg. This means that we are forced to cancel the remaining talks, including the mingle that was to take place in connection to the talks at Konstepidemin.

So to summarize: the professionals program that was to take place in Gothenburg on March 19th-21st is cancelled in its entirety!

We are so sorry about this and we hope that you all understand the situation that we are now facing. We have fought to make this happen, and we were looking forward to meet you all in Gothenburg, but unfortunately this won’t happen. But we will be back.

En scen kväll

En scen kväll = cancelled!!!

Due to the current situation when it comes to limit further spreading and/or risk of spreading of the Corona virus, we have in dialogue with Göteborgs stads Kulturförvaltning decided to cancel En scen kväll at Stora Teatern in Gothenburg on March 17. The ambition is to present this sometime during fall, and we will let you know as soon as we know more.

En scen kväll

On Tuesday March 17 it’s time for the local showcase day En scen kväll at Stora Teatern in Gothenburg!<7strong>

During the afternoon/evening you have the chance to meet and experience local dance groups Art of SpectraTension, Big WindFörvandling, Danskompaniet SpinnMiramos, Embla dans & teaterMotsatser, Fuse FamIdentity, Gilda Stillbäck/PossibilitasHerr Kattzon och Lilla Morrhår, Kompani Catapult#NEXTLEVEL and MYSKShakti.

During the evening you will also meet Lisa Spets who is the theatre director at Stockholm based ZebraDans. ZebraDans is a presenter, guest venue, production company and platform for choreographers, dance groups and dancers. Lisa will a.o. talk about why we sometimes find it hard to present and to talk about dance, and also share some thoughts on how we can overcome these potential barriers.

En scen kväll is mainly for presenters, but anyone is free to join!

Entrance for En scen kväll is free of charge.
Click here to register!

Chotto Xenos

As we’ve written previously, London based company Akram Khan Company will have the Swedish premiere of their new performance Chotto Xenos, which means ”Little stranger”, during Step!

Chotto Xenos is a solo performance using the the often forgotten stories of colonial soldiers who fought for Great Britain during World War 1. In the performance, the dancer’s moves blend with projections that make out a big part of the piece, something you can see examples of in the trailer below.

Chotto Xenos is presented at Dergårdsteatern in Lerum on March 19 at 19:00. Tickets can be bought here!

The world premiere of Chotto Xenos took place at DanceEast in Ipswich, Great Britain on February 21. Dance magazine The Wonderful World of Dance attended the premiere and wrote:

“It is a story told by his body in choreography which is wonderfully clear and simple to understand. Using humour and body language that is both familiar and often childlike we are all too quickly engaged in the horrors of his experience”

The full review can be read here.