This week, I have the absolute pleasure of working with Janessa Clark, artistic director of nomadthenewcompany in Stockhom, Sweden. Because of a generous grant from the Montclair State Global Education Center, I was able to book a week-long residency with the company to learn from their process and also begin to forge connections between my students at Montclair and the Swedish dance community. Janessa is a consummate artist and creator, with an innovative approach to how she examines and challenges her own artistic practices. And beyond that, she is just one of my most favorite people in the world, so this will be a fun week!
We start in the studio tomorrow working with her dancers in her new work flaskpost. I am stepping into her rehearsal process as both a participant and also outside voice/perspective. I'm excited to learn from her process and hopefully contribute a bit its development. Rehearsal videos of the project here, here, and here.
But first, before rehearsal, we have to eat! I got to experience some amazing traditional Swedish meatballs at Folkbaren along with sides of pickled cucumbers and lingonberries. Our server at Folkbaren spoke fantastic English and helped Janessa with some of her pronunciation of Swedish words (knife, or "kniv" is pronounced with the same "k" sound as Evil Knivel, i.e. "k-nev".) I am so awed by the fantastic English spoken around me so far in Sweden. I know bits and pieces of other languages, but I've never pushed myself to become fluent in anything other than English, so I'm blown away at how so many folks here can use it like its nothing. So far, I know god morgon (good morning) and tack! (thank you).
Tomorrow, we start rehearsing and exploring, so more videos and photos soon!