Friday, August 30, 2013

questionnaire with participant Gunilla Heilborn (SE)

Have you been (when) to Budapest - Hungary with your pieces and artistic works earlier?
Yes, one time we showed a studio version of a This is not a love story at Sín Culture Center for a tiny audience. We also had a residency there in 2010 when we worked on the piece.

What do you know about Hungary and what kind of informations do you have about our dance life?
Unfortunately now when I think about Hungary I think mostly of your tough political situation.
I know very little about the dance community. Hope to learn more at the festival!

Could you share with us if have any idols in theater/dance life?
Nature Theatre of Oklahoma ....and Jerome Bel - especially his piece The show must go on. After that I felt no need to make any more work......

What kind of piece will you bring to L1danceFest and does this piece mean any differences or similarities to your earlier works? Where did you perform it already?
We will perform a duet made from material, both text and dance, that we collected and made during 7 residencies in Europe. We just used everything that happened to us and boiled it down to images from here and there. I would say it's a low key, melancholic and also quite funny story with 2 heroes walking aorund talking and dancing. We have performed it in many places for example; Berlin, Rotterdam, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Vienna, Munich, Helsinki....

Do you have your arsittic statement, could you share with us?
Sometimes doing something leads to nothing and that's fine.

Do you have any hobby beside working as a performer or creator?
I wish I had a hobby, but everything I like to do seems to be going into my work. But I like gardening. Sometimes.

Can you write some details about your artistic life - which direction did you come from and which direction do you go right now? Tell us some important steps from your background!
A lot of travelling, Film and radioschool, San Francisco Performance Studies, choreography studies in Stockholm, husband and 3 kids. I don't know, everything just seems to be moving on, one thing happening after the other. I wish I had some more time to make more films.

How did your summer time go? Did you get any new inspirations? Do you have a best experience during this summer?
A long vacation at our summerhouse. Lazy, eating a lot of good food. It was so long that it felt great to get back to working again.

Does it mean any differences to play your pieces in different countries? If so, could you please tell us in what sense?
I think that the humour in my pieces works a bit different in different countries. It's extremely fantastic to perform for people who knows absolutely nothing about me or my work. Then they just see the piece. In a way that makes it more clear for us what this work is that we are doing. It gets another context than it gets in Sweden.

What does it mean to you to be in the process and to show the work to the audience? What kind of feedback are you open for?
I hope I'm open to any kind of sincere feedback. I try to make my pieces as loose and open as possible in their storytelling and leave it to the audience to tie it together in any way they want. Then it's great to hear peoples ideas of what the piece is about. For them.

Do you read critics about your works? What kind of critic do you need?
Yes, I do. I read everything. I think it's fascinating with people who say that they never read critic! It's scary but is part of it all. I think dance critic, at least in Sweden, tend to stay in it's own little world. It would be great to get good or bad critiic on where our work is in the society, in the things that are happening now and not only refer to the dance scene.

Do you criticize other’s works? Do you write about it?
No, this is something I would like to do more and be better at. Not write maybe, but be better to talk to my colleagues about their work.  Also to say when I don't like and why.

Are you open for a round table discussion with the audience after a premier or after your show?
Directly after like the very first premiere I think it would be hard. But the day after, absolutely. And after any other show. I would love to listen in on a talk about my work without people knowing that I'm there. Like being invisible. Then maybe people would be less polite....ha ha

Here you find some words, could you put them in sentences which could be kind of ars poetic of yours!
A popular hug.
A homage to sense and quality.
Getting closer. Maybe.

Do you have any question?
Nope. Not now!

Gunilla's performance takes place on 22nd September in MU Theatre.

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