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)