The Source is an artistic research project on the meeting of dance art, film art and music. Our vision is to create a cinematic dance film - a poetic and meaningful fiction whose language is movement. Struggle, death, hope and rebirth are the themes we examine physically, rhythmically and visually with the aim of weaving together a story of survival and inheritance through generations.
The film is created and filmed at the ruins of the Alvastra monastery, a former Cistercian monastery founded in 1143 by French monks at Omberg in Ödeshög municipality. Through an organic and exploratory process, we develop choreography, directing, photography and dramaturgy on site.
For a timeless and epic feeling, we film in black and white,16 mm, with natural light. Inspired by Sven Nykvist, "the master of light", we look for images where movement, light and shadow add another poetic and spiritual dimension to our film. The Source is part of the 2022 Sven Nykvist Jubilee and will be premiered at the Bergmanweek summer 2022
Idea & choreography: Gilda StillbäckDirection: Sofia Norlin & Gilda StillbäckDirector of photography Adam NilssonMusic composition Erika VegaCostume designer Maria Tapper Dancers Sandy Ceesay, Aloun Marchal, Matilda Larsson, Vincent Jonsson, Maria Pihl, Isac Hellman, Mpululu Ntuve, Melinda Jakobsson, Jasmine AttiéDirector’s assistant Ali QuraishiChoreography assistant Aloun MarchalCostume assistant Matilda Tilly Madeon 1st assistant camera Mårten Nilsson 2nd assistant camera Matilda WikingssonMakeup artist Zhouying Dahlsjö Logistics, administration, location manager Jennifer B. KarlssonProduced by Vanessa Labanino/Possibilitas & Gilda StillbäckWith the support from: Swedish Arts Council, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, The City of Gothenburg, The Region of Östergötland, Collaboration partners Ödeshög Municipally, Alvastra Krönikespel, Bygdegårdens Vandrarhem, Hästgårdens Bygdegård
A 13 minutes long piece for 10 dancers and 4 musicians created in collaboration with composer Erika Vega. The starting point for the collaboration was the cloister garden at Royaumont - it’s architecture, acoustics, history and materials (stone, gravel, water, plants). Geysir Ouest-Lumière is the name of the central basin of the garden which also became a central part of the piece. Gilda and Erika met during the research project "Prototype" at Royaumont - Abbey and Foundation.
Choreography: Gilda StillbäckMusic composition: Erika VegaDancers: Marie Albert, Eve Bouchelot, Victor Brecard, Pierre Lison, Hugues Rondepierre, Emilia Saavedra, Théo Le Bruman, Marion Jousseaume, Delphine Mothes, Sasha AmayaMusiciens: Lou Renaud-Bailly (percussion), Morgane De Lafforest (cello), Helena Otero-Correa (sax), Aline Bieth (recorder).Photo: Laurent Paillier / Fondation Royaumont
HERR KATTZON & LILLA MORRHÅR Mr. Pusskins & Little Whiskers
A dance and theatre performance for young audience about emotions that might appear when a new member arrives to the family. Created with inspiration by the book Mr. Pusskins & Little Whiskers written by Sam Lloyd.With the wish to make dance accessible for a visually impaired audience. The work was accompanied by visual interpreter Jannine Rivel to create an integrated audio description. The music, scenography and costumes were also written and designed with the goal to make theperformance accessible.
Idea, concept & choreography: Gilda StillbäckDance: Sebastian Ruiz Bartilsson, Jasmine Attié, Nilla Björkman Music: Jorge AlcaideLighting: Carl KristianssonDramaturg: Lisa LindénScenography & costumes: Gilda Stillbäck with help from Heidi SaikkonenGraphic design: Martha SanchezProduced by: PossibilitasInfo & booking: firstname.lastname@example.org / + 46 (0) 737 13 11 96
With the support from the artist run stage and venue Atalante and its residency program for “young choreographers”, Gilda created the solo Scented Letters in the autumn of 2011. In Scented Letters Gilda explores conflicts between intellect and body, embodying voice and text, using sound tracks from movies and music.
Concept, choreography & dance: Gilda StillbäckMusic: Anders Rimpi, Thomas BjörkdahlLighting: Viktor WendinScenography & costumes: Gilda StillbäckArtistic adviser: Mireille Leblanc
B RÖR MIG touch me — the film
The dance film “b rör mig” was created in the spring of 2006 and was the starting point of the work with the stage creation “b rör mig” that was premiered in December the same year. The film was screened as a part of the stage performance and was also presented in tango festivals in England and in Italy in 2006.
Idea & Concept: Gilda StillbäckChoreography & dance: Gilda Stillbäck, Ezequiel FarfaroPhotography: Per EnglundFilm editing: Joachim StillbäckMusic: Astor Piazzolla
B RÖR MIG touch me — the stage performance
Gilda discovered Argentinian Tango in 2003. Fascinated by the intensity of this improvised social dancing, its specific technique, culture and history, Gilda started her research in the meeting point between contemporary dance, Argentine tango and physical theatre. Her research led to a short film and later to a full evening creation that toured in Sweden from 2007 – 2009. “B rör mig” was also performed at the Cambalache Festival in Argentina, Buenos Aires.
“B rör mig” was created with the support of Norrlandsoperan (the Opera in the north of Sweden) in the autumn of 2006.
Idea & Concept: Gilda StillbäckChoreography: Gilda Stillbäck in collaboration with Ezequiel FarfaroDance: Gilda Stilbäck, Ezequiel FarfaroDirection: Torgunn Wold PlatzackMusic: Thomas JekerLighting: Maria Ros PalmqlintScenography: NorrlandsOperan
VEM ÄR STARKAST ?Who is the strongest ?
A dance and theatre piece for young audiences. The piece was created in collaboration with the city of Vänersborgs in the spring of 2014 and has been touring in Sweden since then.
Vem är starkast? is questioning what strength is with a lot of humour and poetry and how you can be strong in different ways. In 2016/17 it was chosen by the Swedish Artscouncil to be a part of a touring program presenting dance and theatre for preschools in the countryside all over Sweden.
Idea, concept & choreography: Gilda StillbäckDance: Aloun Marchal, Emilia Wärff, Janni Groenwold Tschanz, Gilda Stillbäck/Izabell MakielaMusic: Jorge AlcaideLighting: Johan RödtsrömScenography and costumes: Gilda Stillbäck, Emilia WärffGraphic design: Emilia Wärff
IMAGINEa dance & stand-up performance
Imagine was created in the spring of 2013 as a co-production between Danskompaniet Spinn and Danspoolen. The original version with 10 performers on stage was premiered in Luleå and performed in Tredje Våningen in Gothenburg and at Mölnlycke Kulturhus.
In 2017 an international version of Imagine was recreated in English with 5 performers on stage. The piece was premiered in November at the AHA Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Concept & Choreography: Gilda StillbäckOn stage: Aloun Marchal, Emilia Wärff, Soledad Howe, Jorge Alcaide, Gilda StillbäckMusic: Jorge AlcaideLighting: Viktor WendinCostumes: Stina EngmanArtistic advisor: Steven RappaportArtistic Director of the Dance Company Spinn: Veera Suvalo GrimbergProducer: Producentbyrån