Lena Kimming, Liv Schellander and Alexandra Wingate research, develop, co-choreograph and perform Animalarium as a collective. They started their long-term artistic collaboration and friendship during their BA Dance Theatre studies in London and have since created numerous works together in different constellations.

 

Animalarium, their most extensive co-authored project so far, has been researched and presented in Sweden and Austria, offline and online. In 2019 Animalarium was awarded the Konstnärsnämnden Internationella Dans Residens. The next performance will happen in October 2021 at 3:e Våningen as part of GIBCA Extended (Gothenburg International Biennale for Contemporary Art).

 

 

Biographies

 

Lena Kimming is a dance artist from Växjö, Sweden currently based in Stockholm and London. She received a Master in Creative Practice 2012 and a BA Dance Theatre in 2006 from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and Independent Dance in London. She also received a BSc in Physiotherapy from Karolinska Institute Stockholm 2016. 

Lena is curious towards and often works in participatory works and improvisational structures with a base in somatic principles. She wishes to create dance and performance that engages, moves and challenges the visitor and brings them to a place of physical experiences and discovery. She works with a variety of artists and organisations from different disciplines mainly in the UK and Sweden as performer, choreographer and in educational roles. Among others with UK-based choreographer Janine Harrington (2012 - 2019) and Swedish performance group Poste Restante (2007 - 2015). She has also worked as a dance teacher for the regional dance agency Dans i Sydost in a project to make dance more accessible for people with disabilities. And performed her adaptation of “The Runner” (2007 - 2013)  choreographed by Deborah Hay since being part of the Solo Performance Commissioning Project.

 

Liv Schellander is a dance and performance artist, choreographer and facilitator based in Vienna, Austria. Her next production Strange Natures will premiere in late 2021/2022. Most recently she worked with Doris Uhlich in Habitat and Manuel Pelmus in Tricks for Tips. In 2019 Volume,  her collaboration with Sara Lanner & Jasmin Hoffer, was premiered at Imagetanzfestival / BRUT Theatre. She obtained a BA Dance Theatre at Laban London/ UK followed by an MA Choreography at the Institute of Dance Arts, Linz/ AT. Recent awards have included the Veem House Amsterdam Residency 2020, the TURBO residency 2017 for emerging choreographers at ImPulsTanz Festival, a danceWEB scholarship 2016 with mentor Tino Sehgal & Louise Höjer, and the SuSy Exchange Programme 2015 (LifeLongBurning) at Uferstudios Berlin. From 2018 – 2020 she programs training&workshops at Tanzquartier Wien – Center for Contemporary Choreography and Performance.

Swedish/British Alexandra Wingate is from Bohuslän, currently based in Gothenburg and Skärkäll (Tanums municipality). She received her MA Choreography (2009) and her BA (Hons) Dance Theatre (2006) from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London.

As a choreographer she works with performance for stage, dance film, performance installation and participatory performance. Both as part of a non-hierarchical collective and as the leader of a team. 

Her more recent work “Sex as commercial instinct” and “Kill a Cat Show” explores what happens when the commercial enters the realm of the personal and problematizes the commodification of sexuality.

The work “The Atlas Club” explores conversations, body-maps, treatment formats and movement-based improvisation with the aim to question the spitting of matter and meaning. Alexandra collaborates with Liv Schellander in “Sex as commercial instinct” and with Lena Kimming in “The Atlas Club” and “Rapacious Excellence”.

Alexandra also works as a producer, method developer and process facilitator for interdisciplinary, intercultural and community art processes within the framework KOLT – a creative workshop and Ställberg mine.