Choreographers and co-founders
Dansbyrån was ran by choreographers Marika Hedemyr, Paula de Hollanda, and Moa Matilda Sahlin.
Marika Hedemyr (born 1970, Gothenburg, Sweden) is an artist working across choreography and public art, exploring the emotional and political relations between people and places. Her work is known for twisting reality into precise and humorous everyday situations with strong physicality. Her current focus is to create performative art in public spaces and thereby raising issues on access, democracy and the use of urban city centres.
Since the 90s she has consistently created works ranging from small intimate performances to large-scale productions, in art- and theatre venues and public spaces. 2000 – 2014 she was artistic director and choreographer of the dance theatre company Crowd Company. Through her interest in critically reflective dialogues Hedemyr has regularly been engaged as speaker and writer. She is also co-founder of Dansbyrån, a Swedish artist-run platform for theory, practice and choreographic development 2001 – 2016. Her works have been presented at amongst others Dansens Hus Stockholm, Röda Sten Konsthall, The Swedish Dance Biennale, GIBCA – Gothenburg International Biennale for Contemporary Art, Bibliotheca Alexandrina Egypt, Rawabet Theatre Kairo, Yokohama Dance Collection Japan, and numerous public places in Sweden and abroad.
Currently Hedemyr develops The Event Series – a long-term public art project exploring Gothenburg’s Event District, and Next To You – a site specific mixed reality-walk about co-existence in a shared public space, in co-production with Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival and RISE Interactive. In 2016 Hedemyr co-edited the publication Dansbaren—The Mob without Flash published by Dansbyrån, a printed object consisting of a book dedicated to critical thinking in the field of choreography and self-organisation, and a tablecloth of topics for new dialogues.
She has an MA in dance from Laban Centre London (1999), and an MFA in Contemporary Performative Art (2014) with focus on Works for Public Space from Gothenburg University - The Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts. Since 2017 Hedemyr is enrolled for a PhD in Interaction Design at the School of Arts and Culture (K3) at Malmö University, Sweden.
Paula de Hollanda
Paula de Hollanda is currently working on two parallel tracks. One concerns the body's capacity and gender, how we can look past preconceived ideas of what we are able and what we are not able to do based on our gender, and instead discover our own actual capacity. The second track is samba and what relationship the evolution of the music and the bodies in the carnival samba has to the development of the Brazilian economy.
Recurrent thoughts are about gender, color and power. What privileges associates with different gender and skin color and what is the price we pay for these privileges. Paula has lived and studied in Brazil and experience from there mirrored in a Swedish contemporary art context gives rise to many thoughts that trigger her to articulate her practice.
Moa Matilda Sahlin
Moa Matilda Sahlin (born 1974 in Gävle, Sweden) reactivates the postmodern practice theories through a critical exercise of feminisms development in her own body and societal corporeality. Her dance teaching and choreographic practice insist on art's central role in society. She repetitively invites to the hopeful serpentine roads, towards the ongoing dream of Utopia.
MOA kompani, is a proposal to work through choreographic methods in projects, networks, choreographies and conversations. The most in-depth work so far was done with Dansbyrån and dansbaren where; Funmi Adewole, Inta Balode, Kate Elswit, Åsa Holtz, Rani Nair, Jannine Rivel, Petra Kuppers and others are and have been influential colleagues. With their new perspectives, formal experimentation and bodily updates. The choreography "Nyfiken på gränsen" was made in her master's degree in choreography in 2005 London, Laban, and was part of the Dance Biennale in Gothenburg in 2006.
The clients have since been everything from Gothenburg City Theatre for choreographic support, to the Eurovision Song Contest for the project of a flashmob in Gothenburg with 500 people to Critial Conversations in New York.
"The extended hand gesture" is a work in 2016. A larger group of dancers with expertise in a wide range of performativity practices become part of the MOA kompani, synchronize solidarity movements to newly composed music. It is in the context an extraordinary stage space that creates contemporary witch history, lighting design and artificial clouds.