Keðja presents Stretch Vitlycke, Sweden 2023 – What´s the story?
Keðja is for the second year organising a lab for dance artists from Norway, Iceland, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovenia, Scotland and Sweden. The lab will be held at Vitlycke Centre for Performing Arts and Vitlycke Museum in the west of Sweden.
Stretch Vitlycke, Sweden 2023 - What´s the story? is a creative lab inviting dance artists to explore dance and heritage hosted by Region Västra Götaland, Sweden on behalf of the network Keðja.
Keðja is for the second year organising a lab for dance artists from Norway, Iceland, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovenia, Scotland and Sweden.
The lab will be a space for artists to exchange experiences, ideas and to develop their own artistic practises through talks, discussions, seminars and workshops.
What the story?
Vitlycke is a site of bronze age rock carvings and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
With the world heritage as a back drop the lab invites dance artists to consider their own artistic practises through a lens of heritage, history, tradition, education, choices, happenstance and circumstance.
The artists will spend four days together before they are joined by the partners in the Kedja network for an additional three days of lab.
The lab will be facilitated by Benedikte Esperi.
Benedikte Esperi is a performance artist, choreographer, film maker, researcher, producer and curator based in Sweden. She is published in a variety of venues, such as public sites, galleries, theatres, festivals and elsewhere. The encounter with sites, intentions and people nurture her choices and actions where the body is both an object and a subject, mediating current topics. Her works range from solo, co-lab and community art within the genres performance/live art, installations, dance for screen and choreography. Artistically she´s often referred to post-modern dance and avantgarde aesthetics. She invented the public video concept KOREOARTscape Esperi is artistic director, board member and curator at Finnekumla Dance & Art space, Galleri 54 , Dansfilmfestivalen & The Tiny Festival Producers
In the lab you will also encounter Francesco Scavetta, choreographer, dancer and teacher and Lars Strid pedagogue at Vitlycke Museum.
Jenny Larsson is a dancer and choreogapher with roots in Härjedalan in Sweden. She has been an educator for over 20 years in Sweden and USA. 2015 she founded the dance collective Wild Beast Collective. Wild Beast Collective focus on exploring the interdisciplinary landscape, creating work that speaks to people in more than one “language.” They produce short films, site-specific performances, performances for the theater as well as site specific performances. We also offer a interdisciplinary performance art platform through our Fågelbo Residency
” By participating, I will meet a new group of people from a rich diverse background, which to me is so inspiring and refreshing. People from different countries, cultures, age, socio-economic background and with their own artistic practice, is just what I am looking for at this point in time.”
Minna Elif Wendin
Minna Elif Wendin is a freelance dancer and choreographer with a long experience in the performative arts and work with dance and stageperformances, workshops, festivals, coordination, coaching and organizational development. Minna is educated at Balettakademien, DOCH and SKH in Stockholm, and has a master in performative arts from Gothenburg University.
”I love peer exchange on a physical and hands on level and also in dialogue.”
Keðja is an international network of dance organisations. Together we aim to create open meeting places for those working in dance. Keðja facilitates events that gather individuals from dance communities to meet, share and learn together. Keðja wants to empower dance professionals to connect and collaborate across borders.
Vitlycke Centre for Performing arts is a non-governmental independent organisation, founded with the aim of providing an inspiring space for performing arts. Initiated by internationally renowned choreographer, dancer and teacher Francesco Scavetta, Vitlycke is a user-created, innovative informal institution. Its activities include: residencies, performances and informal showings, after-talks, workshops for professional dancers, master-classes for non-professional participants, concerts and music events, film projections and seminars.
During the lab we will also be able to take part in the dance festival HERE. Program to be released spring/summer.
All artists will receive a bursery of 900 €, travel to and from Vitlycke, Sweden and all meals provided.
Vitlycke Centre for Performing Arts
Vitlycke Gård 3, Tanumshede
Vitlycke 2, Tanumshede
27th of August – 31st of August – Vitlycke Centre for Performing Arts
31st of August - 3rd of September – Tanums Gestgifveri
Travel day artists 27th of August
Travel day partners 31st of August
Travel home 3rd of September
You can travel by plane to Landvetter airport, Gothenburg, Sweden or Gardermoen/Oslo airport, Norway.
From Gardermoen/Oslo airport you continue via bus to Tanumshede/Vitlycke, and from Landvetter airport you take the bus to Gothenburg and then continue via train or bus to Tanumshede/Vitlycke, it takes about 2-3 hours.
You can also travel by bus or train straight to Tanumshede/Vitlycke.
All participants will have some kitchen duties during the week.
Artists will be chosen through different processes in the different Keðja partner countries.
The total number of artists are ten.
The lab is targeted at professional dance artists with a established artistic practise and an interest in exploring their practise in collaboration with peers in an international context. Participants need to be able to commit fully to the lab dates. There will also be two group sessions ahead of the lab that will be held digitally and all artists will be expected to contribute to evaluation afterwards. We particularly recognise the rich potential for exchange between dance artists from different practices, perspectives and experiences and encourage members working across an expansive range of styles, techniques, practices and approach to apply.
All will be notified about the outcomes of the decisions no later than the end of April.
Go to the different partner websites for more info:
· Contemporary Dance Association (LT)
· Dansverkstædid (IS)
· Davvi – Centre for Performing Arts (NO)
· Estonian Dance Art and Dance Education Union (EE)
· Förvaltningen för Kulturutveckling (SE)
· Latvian Dance Information Centre (LV)
· PTL Dance Theater Ljubljana (SI)
· Regional Dance Centre of Western Finland (FI)
· The Work Room (SC)
Keðja presents - Stretch Vitlycke, Sweden 2023 is hosted and supported by Region Västra Götaland, Sweden and a collaboration with Vitlycke Centre for Performing Arts and Vitlycke Museum. With support from Nordisk Kulturfond.