Illustrations by Edith Hammar  + Graphic design by Sara Kaaman

 

Meleat Fredriksson - YES

How you gonna do it if you really don’t wanna dance

By standing up the wall?

(Get your back up off the wall)

Tell me baby

How you gonna do it if you really won’t take a chance

By standing up the wall?

(Get your back up off the wall)

 

Let’s take a chance

No excuses

No promises

Unapologetically

 

In YES Meleat (middle-upper class, low-income, functional, Swedish, Ethiopian, adopted, female artist – could you tell?) is tuning into and questioning how her blackness is connected to her artwork. On the mission to duck imposed white values, standards and affirmation she seeks out how dance found her so many years ago and wonders what happens when you place your whole (intersectional) self at the core of the research? - Unapologetically. 

 

Performance date: 14/9 18.00

 

Credit & thanks to:

Lydia Östberg Diakité, Thomas F. DeFrantz, Kool & The Gang, Kendrick Lamar, Aida Rønnvik, James Brown, Azealia Banks, Kai Merke, Stefflon Don, Buddy, Cardi B, Jacob Petersen, The Union – The Danish Cultural Workers Union for Black and Indigenous People of Color.

 

Meleat Fredriksson is a dancer and choreographer, educated from The Danish National

School of Performing Arts in Copenhagen. Since graduating in 2015 she has been part of

danseatelier: a studio-collective consisting of 11 dance artists working with creating

continuity within the freelance world and explore art making, sharing and hosting - using

multiple hierarchies.

 

Meleat’s work often springs out of and features improvisation, rhythm and attitude. She has

worked a lot with open structured improvisation as a way to investigate how the body and

mind can be (un) aware of choices in a wider spectra; how to create a choice and use it,

recognizing it as only being one of endless possibilities. It is not to say anything goes but a

way of saying that anything can be grasped. Her work has been shown in Norway, Denmark,

Sweden and Hong Kong at festivals such as Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival 2018,

TheCarrierBag Festival 2016, Hong Kong International Choreography Festival 2016.

 

Besides different projects with visual artists, designers and musicians Meleat is also working

for choreographers Julie Schmidt Andreasen, Francesco Scavetta (Wee Company) and Noé

Soulier.

 

PHOTO CREDIT: Paolo de Venecia Gile

 

PHOTO CREDIT: Jacob Petersen