VIKTOR FRÖJD

Dance can be a means to reach a deeper understanding of what it is to be human. In recent years, Viktor Fröjd’s work has been focused on honesty and social power. Viktor’s background is in street and house dance. Freestyle is therefore constantly present, as well as the understanding of how everyone (and everything) in the room – both the dancers and the participants from the audience – influence the atmosphere and what transpires in the piece.

Viktor Fröjd, alongside the dancers, creates a state of honesty, cordiality and spontaneity. This opens up for the piece itself to progress and be recreated every time it is performed, and also to be influenced by each unique audience. The aim is that the performances are experienced, rather than observed, by the audience. The dancers bring the audience on a journey, where they get to share experiences, but also explore something unique for each person who participates. This requires the dancers to have a certain presence, along with an understanding of the different situations and emotional states that can occur.

It also requires safe spaces, an acceptance of the situation and an open approach to oneself, one’s performance and to each other. The dance moves away from shaping and from formation, towards an attentive togetherness that creates room for the sincere and the festive, for depth and for presence.

Viktor Fröjd is educated at the Street Dance Program at Åsa Folk High School outside Katrineholm and has a bachelor’s degree in Dance Pedagogy focused on Street Dance from DOCH – Dans och Cirkushögskolan (School of Dance and Circus) in Stockholm. His artistic practice has progressed through a series of acclaimed and praised performances produced around Sweden during the past ten years. Viktor’s latest piece, Tillvaron, premiered in August 2020 at Idéfarmen in Dunker, Flen. His previous work includes Var Dag (Every Day) (2017) and Ett Slags Mellan (A Kind of Middle) (2015). In 2017, the collective project Nod premiered at Dansens Hus in Stockholm, a non-hierarchical creative process between Viktor Fröjd, Marika Peura (Helsinki) and Christine Nypan (Oslo).

Parallel to his artistic work, Viktor Fröjd has run an extensive collection within the street dance field in Stockholm as well as in southern Sweden, through battles and festivals. Some examples are Malmö Dance Week, Malmö Workshop Week and Hip Hop Weekend as well as Lighthouse Battles. Viktor Fröjd has also initiated and facilitated several international collaborative projects. By this, Viktor can contribute to the development of platforms and places for dancers based on their needs.

Viktor Fröjd creates performances and pieces for both larger and smaller stages around Sweden, with both commissioned and self-produced productions.

To read an interview with Viktor in Swedish, press here.

To read an interview with Viktor in English, press here.

FESTEN (2021)

Maybe festen is the last resort where we can embody our longing beyond language and thought. A longing away from structure, symmetry and the measurability which is demanded by modern life.

Festen is the tribute to the human and the spiritual. To dance and to using the body to experience all the inherent possibilities in the human being, together as well as alone. Everyone who participates in Festen is also part of creating it.

Our resident DJ Cheza takes us on a journey through the world of house music and we are guided by our host Yared. The dancers Joanna, Johanna and Victor moves trough festen together with us

Choreography: idé: Viktor Fröjd, Co-creating dancers: Joanna Holewa Chrona, Johanna Fröjd, Yared Tilahun Cederlund, Maele Sabuni, Viktor Fröjd, Master of Ceremony: Yared Tilahun Cederlund, DJ: Maele “Dj Cheza” Sabuni, Light design: Anton Andersson, Set design: Anton Andersson, Costume design: Sarah Nakiito, Dramaturgical support: Bodil Persson, Cinematography: Gustav Ågerstrand, Photo: Jonath Mathew

Production: Kulturföreningen Iver and Nordberg Movement
Co-production: Kulturföreningen Iver, Dansens Hus, NorrlandsOperan and Dansstationen.
Supported by: Kulturrådet, Malmö Stad, Region Skåne and Konstnärsnämnden

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TILLVARON (2020)

Five performers with distinctively different approaches to movement dig into their own practice whilst aiming to find a common ground. Playing with the notion of communal decisions and democracy, “Tillvaron” includes Swedish fika, the obligatory cheer and walking together. Viktor Fröjd and the performers create a mash-up of events in a 3-part performance starting outside the theater space and ending up outside.

Tillvaron is a piece/experience for the venue who wants to develop their relationship with the local audience. Tillvaron wants to be experienced from within, together with its participants. It’s a devotion/belief in the power of dance. In Tillvaron the participants get to mirror themselves in the dancers and the other participants’ experiences and actions. The piece is not interactive in the common sense of the word. Rather it’s more an experience where one can choose their own part through the work. The piece opened in Aug 2020.

Choreography: Viktor Fröjd Concept: Viktor Fröjd och Anton Andersson Dancers: Viktor Fröjd, Yared Tilahun Cederlund, Anton Borgström, Johanna Fröjd, Maria Naidu Light and set design: Anton Andersson Costume: Liselotte Bramstång Sound design: Eric Sjögren Film and photo: Gustav Ågerstrand Dramaturgical support: Bodil Persson Producer: Annette Taranto Fuller Produced by: Scenkonst Sörmland

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Tillvaron has previously performed in Sweden at Idefarmen Dunker in Flen. Bruket in Helleforsnäs and ETC Solcellspark in Katrineholm.