performances, projects and platform

Ongoing realities (OR) is an exploratory choreographic approach investigating the relationship and creative possibilities when merging dance and choreography with various digital technologies. OR is led by choreographers Anna Näsström and Johan Bandholtz and they produce performances for stage and site specific places and work with analogue and digital technologies such as XR, Motion Capture, Animation and Virtual Reality. OR and has established collaboration partners in animation, programming, sound design, freelance dancers and costume designers.

In the fall of 2022, Ongoing Realities won the "Excellence In Performance" award for the performance "o n e - a choreographic installation and performance" at the Stockholm Fringe Festival. This year they hold the year-long incubator residency at SITE, the Powerhouse for Dance and Performing Artists in Farsta where they also premiere, on June 16 2023, their upcoming performance with the working title "[e s c]", with support from the City of Stockholm and the Swedish Arts Council's restart support.

" In an epic undertaking the performers aesthetically changed the museum space by incorporating animation, digital movement and video footage which all complimented the permeant works of art already exhibited. However, my anticipation slowly built up while I observed the dancers collaborate as they prepared for the premier! Every single movement impersonated the thoughtfully selected space - it was almost as if the room and the art were coming to life! "

- Cecily Ferguson, curator & creative collaborator working at Konstmuseet in Skövde

" En helhetsupplevelse i fysiska och digitala rum. De konstnärliga möjligheterna med virtual reality är nästintill oändliga. Det menar Anna Näsström och Jo Bandholtz som denna helg förvandlar Skövde konstmuseum till en scen för både fysisk och digital dans i samspel med omgivande konst, nyskriven musik och taktil ljuddesign. Verket tar hela två våningar i anspråk, och fortsätter in i ett digitalt rum där samma miljö har omskapats på ett nytt sätt. Under en timme får vi utforska denna konstnärliga verklighet i egen takt. Vandra runt, sitta en stund, ta på oss VR-glasögon och förundras. För skaparna av Ongoing realities är verket starten på ett långsiktigt arbete med VR som koreografiskt verktyg. Med nya idéer och tekniker vill de skapa danskonst som sträcker sig långt utanför det traditionella scenrummet. "

- Rikstearen Väst