May first, Kunming Airport. The morning mist and clouds being smeared out by the sunlight can be seen through the airplane window as Annika Bergmark, Annasara Yderstedt and Jonatan Lundin once again touch ground on the landing strip, eleven years after their last visit to Kunming. The streets and alleys of Kunming, the pu’er tea drunk in the homes of their friends, the lights on Nordicas stage and the blossom smell that filled the air eleven years ago have all turned into cherished memories. The artists now return to source of these memories, this time as Nordicas artists in residence.
The three Swedish artists and local artists from Kunming were already familiar with and each other through their music and dance. When once again standing together at Nordicas stage their warmth and emotion towards each other shone through. Ten dancers and musicians from Scandinavia and China alike used their bodies to express their feelings and and thoughts from the last ten years. Through these emotions they write new stories and bring about new art expressed through their music and dance performance ”Northern Lights”.
As part of the residence program musician Jonatan Lundin, and dancers Annika Bergmark and Annasara Yderstedt were invited to the Yunnan Arts University. There they held a workshop for students and teachers from the departments of music and dance, giving them a taste of the essence and characteristics of Swedish modern dance and music. The focus of this exchange was the interaction between music and dance. The three young artists teared down the walls between the faculties, finding possibilities for dance within the rhythm of music, and finding inspiration for music within the movements of dance. The music and dance erased the differences between the different cultural fields, allowing artists from different backgrounds and disciplines to form new bonds in an open, respecting and relaxed atmosphere.
Culture exchange between China and western countries has always been a central part of TCG Nordicas work. Nordica has established a cultural bridge between China and the nordic countries. Over the last 20 years the cultural exchanges have resulted in many beautiful stories. As a platform for cultural meetings between east and west Nordica will continue to work for and promote cross-cultural understanding, trust and interflow as well as the development of local artists while stimulating reflection on human worth as expressed through various art forms.
Annika is a dancer, musician, performer, physiotherapist and teacher based in
Stockholm. She has studied dance at Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School, The Ballet Academy in Stockholm and has bachelor degree in physiotherapy from Karolinska Institute i Stockholm. Annika has worked with dance companies such as Avensis and The Expert Dance Company touring around Sweden. Annika har also choreographed the dance theatre show ”Dear body” which pays attention to opinions about the body and how we feel about it, which is still touring in Sweden.
Annika has been singing with several music artists as Arash, Timbuktu, Carola, Cosima, IIDA and also created music videos and stage performances.
11 years ago she came to Kunming for the first time. After that she studied music, dance and physiotherapy.
Annika is fascinated by the human body; how it works, how it moves and how it relates to others. When present in the body while moving to the music – she experiences freedom.
Lars Jonatan Lundin
Jonatan started playing music at the age of ten and has done so ever since. After high school he studied at the Royal Music Academy in Stockholm, graduating in 2014. Since then he has been a freelancing musician and producer, touring and recording with several artists and shows all over Sweden.
This is Jonatan. Six years ago he lived for a year in Kunming, and now he is very happy to be back.
Here he can pursue his two biggest interests: music and language. He think the two are very similar. He would even say that music is a language – a universal language.
Annasara is a choreographer, dancer, and teacher based in Stockholm, originally from Malmö, Sweden. She finished her bachelor’s degree in dance and pedagogy at the University of Stavanger, Norway in 2014, where she also studied one semester abroad at SUNY Brockport, USA. Since graduating she has worked freelance for several projects around the world including in USA, Germany and Namibia. Annasara has danced with Avensis, KidZ Dance Crew, OYO Dance Troupe, Mariah Maloney and Flexer & Sandiland. Her choreographies have been showcased at Moderna Dansteatern, Dansehallerne, Dalsnuten, Kulturhuset in Oslo, Starke Stükke Festival, Festival Franje and Stockholm Fringe Festival. Currently, Annasara studies project management at the University of Stockholm and works as a freelance dancer, teacher and choreographer.
This is Annasara from Sweden. She is a dancer, choreographer and teacher. Last time she danced at TCG Nordica she was 17 years old. Today she is 28.
Her passion is to explore dance as a tool to bring people together across cultures, differences and preferences.
12 years ago, these three dancers Annasara, Annika and Chen Jia met for the first time here at Nordica. In 2017, they met again, in Sweden. The first question Chen Jia asked was “When are you coming back to China?”.
So here they are, one year later, dancing together again. Friendship is a powerful thing – they feel like they’ve never been apart.