Reflection on the 2021 #CROWDdance

by Pontus Linder dance artist from the 2021 edition of #CROWD
This post aims to give future aspirants artists for the project and anyone else interested an insight in my personal experience.

CROWD is a series of residencies that provide an opportunity for community-based dance artists to share their practices and together discover new and exciting work environments. Each residency facilitates an introduction of the space/village/city/nature in which the residency is taking place. With the help of a local mentor of sorts the selected group of artists discover themes that they are interested in. Each residency is unique and offers a variety of possibilities for interesting work for the artists. It can be an interesting place in nature, specific architecture, meeting with local artists or other communities a traditional dance studio etc.

This is an excerpt from my notes one of the days in the village of Varjakka, Finland. Where our first residency took place. Varjakka in close to Oulu in the northern parts of Finland and the residency partly took place partly on the abandoned island with the same name as the village. The working environment is beautiful landscape, water, 100’s of years old buildings, a manually handled ferry all connected to fascinating stories that ties them together.
The notes below are regarding shooting the improvisational video concept listening. The video is available on the CROWD dance blog.

On the last day of our residency we shot this video, with the ambition to try to explore some of the ideas that had resonated with us. The score was built on the idea of listening and responding to the many stories about Varjakka. Especially the giant sawmill, which was one of the biggest ones in Europe about 100 years ago. As part of our research we studied and reflected on different fates of the people living and working on Varjakka island. We reflected and discussed the history from the perspective of a capitalist structure, working class and gender related power dynamics.

This is some of the improvisational scores and tasks we set out to explore, each one of us with a slightly different approach:
Letting things pass through//Negotiating memory with your body//Dancing with the ghosts//Exploring, performing and releasing perceptions, whilst our ideas remain apart//Finding an emotional response

Here you can see the result of the improvisation in a short video:
https://youtu.be/XoKaApj4UR4

­­CROWD gave me a lot of new input as a dance artist. The artists selected was from very different backgrounds and countries, the constant influx of new ways of thinking and new ways of working was constant. A great learning experience.
If you want to get to know me a bit more here´s a interview that was done by Taikabox during one of the residencies.

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