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Equal terms when dance meets music

Published: 13 March 2015

That choreography is created with music in mind is nothing new. But when prospective dance teachers and musicians come together in the show Rorschach it's as just much the dance that control how the music sounds.

It is the sixt time dance teacher students collaborate with musician students from the university. The course is called Course in dance and learning 2 and although it culminates in a performance the focus is on the journey.

– We dance teachers has choreographed one solo each without knowing what music it should be danced to. The musicians have written music without knowing what the dance will look like, says Katla Nelander.

Switched dance and music

Two weeks before the show, they met and swapped recorded dance and music. Since then the dancers have created choreography for the written music and vice versa.

– It is exciting to know how musicians thinks your dance should sound like, says Matilda Tuomela.

Creating dance to someone else's music is everyday life for a dance teacher. Making the choreography before the music written is not as common.

– In this type of project it becomes clear that a choreography can be danced to almost any music, says Sarah Dahlin Klein.

Interpretation free

That the show is called just Roschach is far from a coincidence. They have been encouraged to think freely and create dance and music with no coherent theme.

– Rorschach test's very open to interpretation, just as this show is, says Nicole Chindt.


Participants dance teacher students: Ann Murelius, Ida Linner, Jenny Strandberg, Katla Nelander, Linda Lundqvist, Lottie Borgkvist, Maria Wennberg, Matilda Tuomela, Nadja Nilsson, Nicole Chint, Samanta Simicic, Sarah Dahlin Klein and Tanja Andersson Lidberg.

Participating musicians: Elias Ortiz, Olov Domeij, Alicia Carlestam and Andrei Amartinesei.

Tutorial university teacher: Mathias Lundqvist (music) and Petronella Linden (dance).


Photos: Stefan Wennman