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NADITA - interview with Alma Söderberg

 Alma Söderberg makes choreographies that include music, sound, rhythm and singing in relation to movement and dance. She grew up in Sweden, spent a few years dancing flamenco in Spain and graduated from SNDO in 2011. Her work has won the prizes Its choreography award (Amsterdam), ACT festival prize (Bilbao) and 100 grad Berlin audience prize and has been shown in among others: Impulstanz (Wienna), Springdance EIM (Utrecht), Tanz in Bern, MDT (Stockholm) and Something Raw (Amsterdam).

Next 22nd March she will present NADITA in Vooruit in the frame of "It all happens in your head".

 

NADITA - interview with Alma Söderberg

 

NADITA means “small nothing” in Spanish. Instead of a pre-conceptual frame, the title was a pretext to be busy with “nothing”, to get rid of certain things, namely the theoretical and professional luggage that one carries in one’s body.

NADITA was also a pretext to work with non-verbal and abstract materials, playing with choreography and the possibility to create sound with the body. The process of work was very much connected with repetition and rehearsal of a same sequence. Instead of building the work in independent parts, this mode of work was a way of touching a certain emptiness at a practical level. Repetitive musical and choreographic patterns created the possibility to recreate a certain emptiness.

In this piece, hiphop and electro rhythms are initiated and developed through beat box and small repetitive gestures. After a Skype conversation, we were happy to learn that Alma Söderberg studied Flamenco dance for a long period and that she was interested for her whole life in hiphop. After all, to get rid of certain things opens the space in NADITA to make these structural and personal influences appear, even if their form is not so apparent. Alma also said to us: ”Most of the times I repeat patterns that I already carry with me, but I don’t want to make a specific music, to innovate. So, by repeating the past and these patterns, new layers are discovered and they are embodied, they become more than references or specific cultural expressions.”

It is for sure a work of patience and this craft is maybe confused with a minimalist approach to music. But minimalism is less a formal choice of the Swedish artist than a consequence of a certain attitude at work. In her previous works like “Travail” and “Cosas”, Alma Söderberg had always worked with music and choreography and, most of the times, there was not exactly a difference between dancing to the sound of a music (producing a movement that follows a certain musicality) or creating a music with the body that produces a dance (a body that produces musicality). Her dance formation background and specially her experience with Flamenco gives us a hint of how to approach this insistence in rhythm and body sound, because in Flamenco the interplay between being a musician and being a dancer is concretely molding an identity to this technique, interplay which is present in a strange way in Soderbergh’s works and interests.

Next 22nd March, NADITA will be showed at Vooruit, in the frame of It all happens in your head, a program dedicated to 9 experiments with language, work & time. Please came and see it. Also, don’t wait to google John and The Houseband nomadic band collective. Together with Alma Söderberg, Dennis Dieter and Anja Muller and others, John and The Houseband is a collective musical and performative project where the production of music doesn’t put the listener at ease. Changing music styles, changing who is singing, changing who plays each instrument is part of this research where form is constantly challenged. John and the houseband was in residence at Pact Zollverein in June 2015, also in the frame of DNA support.