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.