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"Performers on the edge"

Posted by stjernholm on May 17, 2012 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

©Johan Stjernholm, 2012

Yes, yes, I know. I have been neglecting this news blog far too long now. The problem is that the more work I do, the less time there is to write about it. Anyway, starting with some old news: Last year, I was taking part in the AHRC funded research project Beyond Text, led by Philip Schlesinger, Professor in Cultural Policy, University of Glasgow, UK & Charlotte Waelde, Professor of Intellectual Property Law, University of Exeter, UK. One of the outcomes of the research project was a video documentary entitled Performers on the edge, in which yours truly feature a lead role.

The documentary was published in the peer-reviewed online academic journal Audiovisual Thinking, and you can see it if you click here. Take note of the last few words of wisdom that are uttered... I did make clear during the interview that I actually was paraphrasing an interview of Merce Cunningham, but that did not make it to the final cut.

The above picture has nothing to do with the video documentary, but it is from Clytemnestra: a work I recently choreographed for the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff. The performer is Nia Gwynne. More on that story later!

Performance for the Macmillan Cancer Support

Posted by stjernholm on October 8, 2011 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

On 24 September 2011, Dr. Johan Stjernholm collaborated with fashion designer Alvin Loy from Dior in order to raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Support. Some more pictures from the performance and the dress rehearsal may be seen in our Photo Gallery.

Choreographer: Dr. Johan Stjernholm

Producer: Alvin Loy

Costume designer: Nadia Malik

Dancers: Ayako Beagley, Ana Mrdjanov, Katja Vaghi, and Johan Stjernholm

Assistant and photography: Reiko Mori

Location: Hilton Park Lane, London

UK China Arts and Design Festival 2011

Posted by stjernholm on October 8, 2011 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)


Here are some pictures from the dress rehearsal of the opening gala performance of the UK China Arts and Design Festival 2011, directed and choreographed by Dr. Johan Stjernholm. The work was site specific, involved around 40 models and amateur performers, and consisted of a fusion of contermporary dance theatre and fashion design. The performance marked the opening of a large exhibition of work from Chinese Fine Artists and Designers.

Director and Choreographer: Dr. Johan Stjernholm

Costume Designer: Nadia Malik

Music: Tiantian Zhu

Curator: Elva White

Assistants: Mianmian Zheng and Fei Shang

Location: The courtyard of the Great Western Studions, London, 8 September 2011

Photography: © Nadia Malik

Daegu International Dance Festival

Posted by stjernholm on October 17, 2010 at 5:31 PM Comments comments (0)

SpaceEngineering has just returned from a tour to South Korea, where we have been performing at the Daegu International Dance Festival.

Title of work: Different/ciation, Subjectified

Performers (dancers): Ana Mrdjanov, Johan Stjernholm, Hyo Jin Na and Ji Yun Kim

Performers (from the Modeling Department at Taekyoung College): Hye Yeong An, Sora Lee, Da Som Lim, Ji Sung, and Bum Hee.

Musician: Jae Sung Sin

Costume designer: Myeong Suk Kwok

Special thanks to: Hyo Jin Na, Joo Yeon Hee, Yong Nam Kim and Choi Duhyuk.

Graduation ceremony and appointment at RAD

Posted by stjernholm on August 8, 2010 at 11:38 AM Comments comments (0)

Above is a picture of Dr. Johan Stjernholm during his Graduation Ceremony, held on 16th July at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. During the Ceremony, Johan publicly received his award as a Doctor of Philosophy in the field of Dance Studies.

Following his graduation, Johan has been appointed as a Lecturer in Choreography and Performance at the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). The position is full time, and will commence in September 2010.

INdependence: Programme

Posted by stjernholm on July 1, 2010 at 12:12 PM Comments comments (0)

The Programme for the 4th July INdependence event is now ready to view in our Photo Gallery. The event opens 19.00 with the Fine Arts exhibition, and the performances start from 19.30 with live music, followed by a series of exciting pieces of choreography and theatre.

Dont' forget to book your tickets!

INdependence: a performance and fine art event on 4th July

Posted by stjernholm on June 28, 2010 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)

On 4th July, the SpaceEngineering Dance Studio presents INdependence. This is an event which will present live performance art, dance, music, video screenings, and a fine arts exhibition. Participating artists include John Harrigan (Director of FoolishPeople) Simona Rossi (Cofounder of P(h)ur Old Banal), Martin Jessup (Fine Artist), and the Coreographer Emily Ayers.

Tickets cost £4, and may only be purchased in our Web Store. No tickets will be sold by the door, so get your ticket early!

Thinking through Performance Group Symposium

Posted by stjernholm on June 17, 2010 at 6:24 AM Comments comments (0)

Dr. Johan Stjernholm is a member of the "Thinking through Performance Group" at London College of Fashion. Thinking through Performance is a small group of practitioners and theorists who meet to explore issues around performance, design, the body, movement and dress from their various perspectives. The group, which is organised by Prof. Helen Thomas, is currently preparing for a one-day symposium, 27th June 2010, at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

The symposium is led by broadcaster and writer, Christopher Cook, and the aim of the event is to explore discourses on performance with a focus on the body, space, movement, visuality and dress, whilst enabling participants to share their current practice and research across various performance disciplines and practices, through reflective and/or practical engagement.

Johan Stjernholm: Doctor of Dance

Posted by stjernholm on April 26, 2010 at 7:52 AM Comments comments (1)

On April 16, 2010, Johan Stjernholm was officially awarded his title as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the field of Dance Studies.

Johan's thesis, entitled "Performativities, Virtualities, Abstractions, and Cunnigham's BIPED", explores the complex relations between dance movement, perception, and embodiment. Drawing on phenomenology, gender studies, and concepts of the virtual, the thesis reinvestigates the vitalist tradition of dance critique and contemporary performative practices.

The thesis will shortly appear in electronic form, available for download as a PDF, both at the British Library and the library of University of the Arts London. For more information, please fill in our contact form.

Johan Teaching performance practice at the Cochrane Theatre.

Photography by Alex Traylen, costume design by Ju Chong.

Picture gallery for "A Red Threatening Sky"

Posted by stjernholm on April 26, 2010 at 7:37 AM Comments comments (0)

Pictures from the collaboration "A Red Threatening Sky", by FoolishPeople and SpaceEngineering, are now posted at the FoolishPeople website. All photography by Yiannis Katsaris.