Hanna Gillgren

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Personal profile

Biography

Hanna came to London from Sweden to study dance at London Contemporary Dance School in 1991. Graduating in 1994 with a BA Honours Degree she started off performing in Germany, Belgium and the UK with among others choreographers Michele Noiret, Yael Flexer, Jamie Watton and Istoc Kovac. Since 1999, Hanna has co directed H2DANCE together with Heidi Rustgaard, creating more then 20 works together. They were Associate artists at The Place 2001/02.


In 2005 she collaborated with film- maker Rachel Davies on GOLD that won the IMZ Dance on Screen Award 2005, touring internationally for several years. Hanna was commissioned by Norrdans in 2002 and created Storstark Cowboy on the company, LUDUS in 2003, and The Place in 2005, a film and choreography production in collaboration with film maker Gemma Burditt. H2DANCE was commissioned by Guardians of Doubt and Dance4 to make Choreographus Interruptus with Dance Critic Donald Hutera in 2004.


2012 they were selected for the PlacePrize semifinals with DUET, which won them the audience vote at the finals in April 2013. H2DANCE is still touring DUET as well their intergenerational work Staging Ages. They are currently developing a new work in Scandinavia and the UK titled 'Strangers and Others'. The work will premiere autumn 2017 with performances in the UK and Norway.

Hanna has also delivered commissions for DanceDigital, North Kent Local Authority Arts Partnership,The Victoria & Albert and Natural History Museums in London and choreographed for students at London Contemporary Dance School, CAT (centre for advanced training)and Fanclub Dance. Hanna has taken up artist residencies at Dansens Hus Stockholm, Liikelaituri Finland, Dansit, Union Scene and Scenerommet in Norway, Region Varmland Sweden, Pavilion Dance, Dance East, DanceDigital in Essex, The Place Choreodrome, Metal and Dance4 in the UK, Devir CAPa, (Centro de Artes Performativas do Algarve) in Portugal and Gaara Dance Foundation in Kenya.

She regularly teaches workshops and professional classes in the UK, Sweden and Norway in a variety of contexts ranging from children to professionals.
She has taken part in research projects and workshops with Jonathan Burrows, Guy Dartnell, Meg Stuart, Linn Snelling and Guy Cools.

 

Lecturing and community engagement projects

2019:  Choreographic workshops with stduents at Accademia Susanna Beltrami Milano
2015: Workshops with CAT (centre for advanced training) Nottingham and Ipswich
2013: Workshop on SHIFT, The Place Youth Dance company.
2009: Movement and Voice workshop for Dans i Värmland as part of Dance Expo, Karlstad, Sweden.
2008: Visiting Lecturer in Release Technique at Millennium School of Dance, London
2007: Live projection and choreography workshop, Abundance Dance Festival, Karlstad, Sweden
2002 till present: Visiting lecturer at London Contemporary Dance School: Release Technique tutor and Choreographic commissions on 1st to 3rd years degree students, as well as one year certificate students. Student mentor for various choreographic projects.
2002: Teacher at Summer Recess, Summer School for dance professionals at Swindon Dance
2002: Visiting lecturer at Laban: Release Technique tutor and Choreographic Commissions on 1st to 3rd years as well as one year diplomas.
2000: Teacher at Greenwich Dance Agency and The Place Open Professional Classes
2004: Workshops at Kidbrooke School, a Creative partnership supported project in Greenwich London
2002: Workshops for Central Foundation Girls School, Bethnal Green, London a Chisenhale Dance Space supported project
2000: Professional classes at Dans i Väst and Dans Centrum, Stockholm

 

Public engagement

1999-present: Co artistic director, choreographer and performer for H2DANCE, curator and presenter for Fest en Fest 2018 till present
Works:

2022: Fest en Fest -YOUTH Cambridge Junction, Firstsite Colchester, METAL Peterborough, Serta Portugal, a youth curated festival facilitated by H2DANCE.

2022: Fest en Fest - Perform Europe-an EU funded festival collaboration presenting choreographer Sonya Lindfors, in collaboration with 7 European presenters.

2019-2023: Amplified Edition, a series of works for various spaces, taking the starting point in the black box theatre, negotiating the hierarchy of its elements.  Funded by Nordic Culture Fund and Arts Council England
Co-produced by Rosendal Teater NO, MDT SE, BUDA BE, First Site Gallery/Colchester Arts Centre Colchester, Peterborough Museum/METAL Peterborough, Dance4 and Cambridge Junction UK

2021:  Fest en Fest LAB presenting and curating an online choreographic research lab.  Funded by Arts Council England, Embassy of Sweden, Royal Norwegian Embassy

2018-2020: Fest en Fest, an artist run festival for expanded choreographic practice presenting and curating performance works from UK and Nordic countries www.festenfest.info.  Funded by Arts Council England, Embassy of Sweden, Royal Norwegian Embassy

2019:  Presentation on festival curation at Milano Dancehaus2016-17: Strangers and Others, a performance without performers, where the audience are protagonists. The work is based on strangers meeting for the first time, negotiating presumptions, judgments, trust, collaboration and intimacy. Research and development funded by Nordic Culture Fund, region Varmland and Arts Council England. Production 2017 funded by Norwegian Arts council and ACE (tbc). Performances in the UK, Norway and Sweden summer and autumn 2017.
2015: STAGING AGES, an intergenerational work looking at the generation gap; norms and taboos, dignity, expectations and prejudices. A co- production with Riksteatern Sweden. Premiered in Karlstad 22nd May 2015.Research and creation supported by Arts Council England, Sweden and Norway and Region Varmland, Sweden. Coproduced by: Dansit Trondheim Norway, Pavilion Dance Bournmouth, Danceeast, Ipswich, The Place London UK.

2013: DUET, developed from the Place Prize Commission 2013. Full -length piece premiered Autumn 2013. Funded and supported by Arts Councils of England, Norway and Sweden, studiotrade, Cologne, Germany, Dans I Värmland, Region Värmland, Karlstad, Sweden, Dansit, Trondheim Norway, Nordic Culture Fund, South East Dance, The Cambridge Junction, The Place Choreodrome. Performances in Sweden, Norway and UK throughout 2013/14: The Place, Colchester Arts Centre, Karlstad University, Ingesunds Musikhogskola, Arvika, Sweden, Luton Hatfactory, Roehampton University, BendIt, Yorkshire Dance, Leeds, Tou Scene Stavanger, Grusomhetens Teater Oslo Norway.

2011: Say Something, UK and Scandinavian Tour 2011/12
A collaboration with amateur choirs, 4 dancers and composer Sylvia Hallett. A singing/movement performance investigates group behaviour and freedom of expression within groups. Say Something was performed at 3e våningen Gothenburg and Södra Teatern, Stockholm November 2011. The work premiered at The Place, London February 2011. It was performed at Scenehuset Oslo (children’s version), as a SHIFT commission at The Place (children’s version), Vaasa, Finland January 2014, Oslo and Trondheim, Norway, May 2012, BIGdance, July 2012 and Edinburgh Fringe Festival/Escalator East to Edinburgh August 12. Say Something is financially supported by Arts Council England, Nordic Arts and Culture Fund, Norwegian Arts Council, Swedish Arts Council, Norwegian and Swedish Embassy, Buskerud Fylkeskommune, Säffle Kommun, Dans i Värmland and Arts and Grants Kensington and Chelsea. Additional support by Scenerommet, Vestfossen, Devir CAPA, Faro, The Place Choreodrome, Union Scene, Drammen, Hextable Dance, Laban Theatre and London

2007: To Die For, UK and Norwegian tour 2008.
A quintet, looking at extremism and manipulation techniques. Co produced by Hedmark Teater, Norway with additional support from Swedish Arts Council, Värmland’s Opera, Sweden and Laban and Greenwich Dance Agency in London and The Royal Norwegian Embassy.

2007: One, premiered at The Place Theatre, Swedish tour

2005: På Gränsen, Resident at the Värmland’s Opera House. A full evening show celebrating the 100 year anniversary of Norway’s independence of Sweden 1905. The piece looks at nationalism, group psychology and peoples need to belong. The work was performed by five dancers, two singers/actors and two live musicians. Touring Norway and Sweden, co - produced by Dans i Värmland and Värmland’s Opera.

2004: Silent Movie. A duet themed around film noir and the glamorisation of violence. Supported by Laban, Arts Council England and the Swedish Embassy. Performed at Alsager Arts Centre, Laban, Moderna Dansteatern, Stockholm, The Place, Yorkshire Dance Centre and Croyden Clocktower.

2004: Faked, UK and European tour, UK representatives on the Junge Hunde Network

2002: Butterfly Belly, UK and European tour, part of British Council show case in Zagreb

2001: Ostrich, UK tour

2000: Two, UK and European tour (part of Biennale in Turin 2000)

Choreography commissions

2020:  UN-SOUND a Transitions Dance Company commission by Trinity Laban.
2014: SAY SOMETHING for Kids, commissioned by The Place July 2014
2014: CAT scheme, Dance East July 2014
2012/13: DUET, a Place Prize commission (Europe’s largest choreographic competition) selected to go to the Place Prize Finals, April 2013. Won 7/10 audience votes and DUET is selected to be part of British Council Edinburgh Show Case supported by Escalator East to Edinburgh August 13.
2011: ON/OFF A site-specific work created in collaboration with arts/architect practice What if: projects. Working with local dance groups in Kent, we took over a vacant shop in Chatham to create a mini dance festival based on ideas around energy consumption. Commissioned by nklaap.
2010: Choir Project:Attention! Commissioned by the Place Theatre for their 40th anniversary celebration.
2009: Switch, commissioned by London Contemporary Dance School for Graduate students end of year performances
2009: Not Quiet, commissioned by EDGE, post graduate performance company at London Contemporary Dance School.
2008: Left Behind, a site specific work in the Natural History Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum. Commissioned by Big Dance London.
2008: Just on first years BA Honours Degree at London Contemporary Dance School. For opening of new studios and HRH visit.
2007: ID Limited on MAP Dance Chichester University MA Performance Company
2007: Flock. Choreographed on Brighton and Hove Youth Dance Company, commissioned by South East Dance
2006: Choreography and projection commission, The Place Theatre and National Film and Television School commission
2004: Choreographus Interruptus. Collaboration with Dance critic Donald Hutera, a Guardians of Doubt and Dance 4 Commission, Nottingham
2003: Storstark Cowboys on Norrdans Sweden,
2003: 6 White chairs, Wapping Power Station, London, funded by Womens’ Playright Trust and Jerwood commission
2001: Zygote on LUDUS Dance Company, Lancaster
2001: Untitled, on Cie Gaara, Nairobi, Kenya, funded by UNESCO
2001: Stairworks, Wapping Power Station, Womens Playright Trust and Jerwood commission

Operas


2007: The Sofa, directed by Alessandro Talevi, Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells

 

Digital works

2021:  Amplified Edition Sister works, a screen creation in collaboration with Jo Cork.
2010: Research with film- maker Rachel Davies, developing a film installation based on parent- child relationship and influence through generations, working titled Balancing Act. Commissioned by British Dance Edition’s research strand.
2006: Research with animator Gemma Burditt on projection for movement, commissioned by the Place And London Film School.
2004: GOLD in collaboration with director Rachel Davies, winner of the IMZ Dance On Screen Award 2005
2002: Love Me Not in collaboration with director Thomas Gray, an Arts council of England Capture commission (screened at London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival)
1999: Concrete Wasp, winner of Dance on Screen Production Award

 

Residencies


Scenerommet, Vestfossen, Norway
Unions Scene, Drammen, Norway
Medborgarhuset, Säffle, Sweden
Devir Capa, Faro, Portugal
NES artist residency, Skagaströnd, Island
Choreodrome, The Place
Hextable Dance, Kent
Dance Digital, Essex.
UNESCO Bursary, Nairobi, Kenya

Grants and Awards

Arts Council England, Norwegian Arts Council, Swedish Arts Council, Embassy of Sweden, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Nordic Culture Fund, Arts and Grants Kensington and Chelsea, Fond for Lyd og Bilde Norway, DanceDigital, Dance4, The Place Prize commission, British Council Showcase 

Publications


Are we overprotecting our audiences? Exeunt Magazine. Project: Staging Ages
The Wapping Project: On Paper. Project: Six White Chairs

Education/Academic qualification

University of Kent

10 Sep 199110 Jul 1994

Award Date: 22 Jul 1994

Contemporary dance, BA (Hons), London Contemporary Dance School

4 Sep 199120 Jul 1994

Award Date: 17 Jun 1994

External positions

Artistic Director, H2Dance Company

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