2018 spring came and went with a blast

For new years I gave myself some goals to reach for 2018; do a new solo project, do a collaborative project, get a job through audition, travel somewhere international to dance.. When I sat these goals I didn't have any idea how 2018 was gonna turn out and I thought to my self that if I fulfill just one of these goals, I will be pretty satisfied. Now summer is here and what have I accomplished? Well, more than I could ever anticipate actually.. 

First I started on a new solo project in January. Me and my boyfriend sat and listened to some African psychedelic fuzz funk one evening, and suddenly I (read we) got super inspired to do something with this music in the contemporary dance area. I later dug deep in to the history of the music, and got even more inspired. I entered an application to this dance concept called Vin&Valsen, arranged by Dansekollektivet, and the next evening I got a mail saying they would like to have my piece performed on their first event early in March! Full of excitement and joy, knowing someone else also liked my idea, I started an intensive creative prosess, making my second solo project: Psychedelic Fuzz. I could never have done the project in such a short time periode without the help from my old ballet studio KGB Dans og Ballett, which provided me with their great studios to rehears in. This project was so intense and fun, and I am very pleased with the outcome. Hopefully I can perform it again and also develop it even further in the future. You can read more about the projects background etc. and se a recap here.

Meanwhile I was working on Psychedelic Fuzz, I also worked on a collaborative project with my friend and gorgeous dancer Aurora Itland . We were inspired to work with each other after we met on the former project Trofast. Also inspired by the campaign #metoo we made the piece Overmann. Overmann means superior man in Norwegian (more information about the piece under 'Projects' coming soon). Not knowing where to perform this new piece and with a shared interest of moviemaking, we decided to contacted my cousin Torfinn Rønning Sanderud, who is a professional cinematographer. It turned out he also was both interested and excited to work on a creative project with dancers! And then, in early June, we found ourselves running around among tall grass and birch trees out on the country side outside of Oslo, surrounded by millions of mosquitos, dancing and repeating as the sun set. And home we went with a thousand mosquito bites and a lot of movie material. This way of working is new to all of us, so we decided to call this a test project to learn from, and then maybe do something again i the future, with Torfinn with us from the beginning. We are now at the end of the prosess, where Torfinn is editing the movie in between all his other jobs and duties, very excited to see the final result! And while we are waiting, here are some stills. 

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After I had performed Psychedelic Fuzz at Kulturhuset in Oslo, I was contacted by one of the girls in Dansekollektivet, running the event. She wanted to apply with a piece for Oslo Jazzdansfestival, Oslos first festival for jazz dance, and she wondered if I would like to join! Super happy that someone had seen me and wanted to work with me because of a previous performance I off course said YES, and in one two three, over a couple of days, Caroline Blomqvist had gathered a group of five dancers. We learnt some material og made a short video to send with the application and ..Oslo Jazzdansfestival said yes, they would very much like to invite us to perform both days! The piece was called MOTUS which means movement in latin. And on we went with the process of creating the piece, which I must say, is the smoothest most fun process I've been in so far! All of us get along so good, and Caroline has been so creative, efficient and smart leading the process. This resulted in a beautiful and playful piece which got a lot of great feedback from the audience. We were all very satisfied with our performances, AND Oslos first jazz dance festival had full house both days, HURRAY! A lot of creds to the two hard working ladies Ingvild Vaagsether and Natalie Dahl who started the festival, may it continue for many more years!  

We are now talking about developing 'MOTUS' due to the good respons and smooth collab we had. I'm crossing fingers for that to happen, and are looking forwards to hopefully working with the girls again this fall. 

In between all this, I also got to perform Kapittel X again at a charity event for WWF, go to 'projects' or 'videos' to see a recap of that performance.

So there we are, summer is here, I'm waiting for an answer from an audition I attended, this summer i'm going to a five days Ultima Vez workshop in Berlin and then a one weeks dance camp in Kiev. I'm going alone again and I'm am very excited! And suddenly I realize that I have accomplished so many of my 2018 goals already, and life just keeps on rolling.. it's funny how it is like that. And it is good to know that as long as you work hard, it will always work out, in some way or another, and it will keep on rolling.

Motus by Carolin Blomqvist Photo: Jan Khür

Motus by Carolin Blomqvist
Photo: Jan Khür

Motus by Carolin Blomqvist Photo: Jan Khür

Motus by Carolin Blomqvist
Photo: Jan Khür