Costume for dance

Phoenix is a work created with choreographer Rebecka Stillman. On stage we meet 13 dance artists who use different chorographical methods to explore what it means to actually be a company. They delve deep into the knowledge and experience they have between them as a group, to see what might come out on the other side of the fire.

Weld Company was always about exploring the company format, focusing on dancers individuality and agency. For this production for Dansens hus and Weld Company I wanted to highlight the participating dancers, as well as bringing them together and form a collective.

The process began by interviewing each dancer about what type of clothing made them comfortable and safe. During the interviews I photographed them, focusing on what aspect of their body they felt defined them. Back in the studio I started creating digital prints from the images, along with drafting designs for each individual performer. 

The result was 13 unique costumes with placement prints of legs, arms, hair, etc, from peers and onto peers. On stage the costumes highlighted the temperament of each performer, while the prints fused the company together. 

Phoenix played at Dansens hus, one of Sweden’s largest venues for contemporary dance, in April 2016. 

Choreography: Rebecka Stillman with Weld Company.

On stage: Caroline Byström, Robin Dingemans, Sybrig Dokter,Marie Fahlin, Noah Hellwig, Elias Girod, Disa Krosness, Robert Malmborg, Sandra Lolax, Per Sacklén, Hanna Strandberg, Andrea Svensson, Anna Westberg.

Light- and set design: Chrisander Brun
Costume: Erik Annerborn
Photography: Chrisander Brun and Erik Annerborn

Made possible with support by the Swedish Arts Council, the City of Stockholm and the Stockholm City Council.

Produced by Weld in collaboration with Nordberg Movement.

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