Anna Öberg is a dancer and choreographer who uses her background in Swedish folk dance as the starting point for both her artistic and research work. In 2015 she was awarded an MFA degree in Choreography at Stockholm University of Arts (Uniarts), as the first traditional dancer in its history.
Anna’s work comprises her own artistic projects as well as commissions from different venues and institutions in Sweden and abroad. Her deep knowledge of tradition in combination with her innovative approach has drawn a lot of attention to her choreographic work, which is characterized by the creation of multilayered performances with a strong physical approach, often using the interaction between music and movement as a central core. Even if she nowadays often works with ensembles, she has grounded her practice in a number of solo performances in which she has explored craft and concepts embedded in the genre of folk dance, striving towards the shift from what those areas depict and represent to the effects and experiences they produce. Her work is often described as innovative and with subtlety and perceptual acuity.
Commissioned works in recent years include e.g Musik i Syd, Dalateatern, Stadsteatern, Scenkonst Sörmland, Riksteatern, Dancenet Sweden. Her stage works have been presented at e.g. Dansens Hus, MDT, Norrlandsoperan, Moderna museet, Dansstationen in Sweden, Dansehallerne in Denmark, Riksscenen Norway and Brut Imagetanz Vienna. During 2019 she created SOLITUDE as Dancenet Sweden’s new co-production.
Anna has recurring commissions as a dramaturg, moderator, and pedagogue in Sweden and abroad. During the years, she has also initiated and curated platforms for stage art, pedagogical issues and research, latest FLOCK, a new festival for scenic art in Falun, Sweden, in collaboration with Dalateatern and Folkmusikens Hus.
The up coming work Landscapes explores the intersection of groove-based movement practices and is created for two dancers with backgrounds in house- and folk dance. In Landscapes Öberg investigates how similarities and differences, through transference and transformation, can be passed on between the dancers in order to create new and fleeting landscapes of crafts, histories and experiences.
Thematically, Landscapes are examined as a metaphor for shifts, contradictions and the multi-faceted personalities of human beings.
CHOREOGRAPHER Anna Öberg
DANCERS Viktor Fröjd, Jon Bugge Mariussen
SOUND DESIGN Elize Arvefjord
STILLS/VIDEO Milja Rossi
PRODUCTION Anna Öberg with support from Lina Dahlgren/Nordberg Movement
ANNA ÖBERG - September 25, 2024 - Norrlandsoperan, Umeå Sweden - 00:00
Norrlandsoperan, Umeå Sweden
September 25, 2024
ANNA ÖBERG - October 1, 2024 - Falkenberg, Sweden - 00:00
October 1, 2024
ANNA ÖBERG - October 3, 2024 - Malmö, Sweden - 00:00
October 3, 2024
ANNA ÖBERG - October 5, 2024 - Linköping, Sweden - 00:00
October 5, 2024
ANNA ÖBERG - October 11, 2024 - Askersund, Sweden - 00:00
October 11, 2024
ANNA ÖBERG - October 14, 2024 - Bollnäs, Sweden - 00:00
October 14, 2024
ANNA ÖBERG - October 17, 2024 - Falun, Sweden - 00:00
October 17, 2024
In SHADES, Anna Öberg continues her long-standing exploration of social dance as a platform for artistic creation, but contrary to her previous works, such as Solitude (2019), where the focus has been on the collective, SHADES is primarily focused on the individual body, Anna’s body, and her interaction with the audience. This allows for a deeper, less compromised approach to the physical practice she has developed, grounded in Swedish folk dance, and informed by the various contemporary contexts and collaborations she has worked with over time.
SHADES can be described as a mix of a ritual, a playground, and a collective spell and is thematically inspired by rites of passage, and its liminal moments, where everything is transitional per se. The performance explores what sensorial and emotional experiences the thematic approach creates when the audience, work, and place meet. Drawing from the folk genre, dance and music will be at the center, though periodically challenged and contorted, closely intertwined with sound and light design, space, and text.
Idéa, choreography and dance: Anna Öberg
Musician: Olof Misgeld
Sound design: Elize Arvefjord
Light design: Not yet decided
Programming: Johannes Burström
Set design: Soria Romberg
Dramaturge: Charlotta Ruth
Production management: Lina Dahlgren/Nordberg Movement
Produced with support from Swedish Arts Council, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee and during residency at Dansens Hus Stockholm and MDT Stockholm.