Ongoing realities (OR) exists as performances, projects and a platform created by Anna Näsström and Johan Bandholtz. The project keeps evolving and exists and develops in different directions.
Anna Näsström is a Swedish freelancing dancer and choregrapher raised in Skåne, based in Stockholm. She is educated in modern dance and performance at The University of the Arts in Stockholm (SKH/DOCH) and has also studied in New York and worked around Europe as a freelancing artist for twelve years. She has a background in social, non-institutionalised danceforms, Ballroomculture and a strong connection to clubculture and "streetdance" in different ways. Anna recieved "The Swedish Arts Grants Committee" working grant for 2022-2023.
Her recent engagements include producing and performing with Ongoing realities (OR), researching digital technologies, visual & soundbased, as choreographic tools. In her artistic process she is exploring bodily memory, shapes, practices and patterns excisting un- or conciously in the body. This and politics of normativity is something that permeates her work and interest and she has also studied Social anthropology and Political science at The Stockholm University.
Annas first solo-piece "Boxwood" was developed in 2012 and part of 2013 "Dansbiennal" and toured Sweden with Dansens Hus. She has recieved the ”Dance of the Year” award from Kingsize Magazine and has also worked in part pro bono projects in conveying space for training and community, teaching and mentoring upcoming dancers & creating clubs and events. Anna has been active in various parts of the dancefield and has a wide range of experience in the field such as choreography for artists, musicals or film, multimedia art exhibitions and tv productions.
Johan is a dancer and choreographer from Stockholm and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) in Dance and Performance from Stockholm University of the Arts (former DOCH). He also holds a Bachelor of Medical Science (B.Med.Sci) in Psychology from Karolinska Institute, and a Master of Arts (M.A) in Gender Studies with a Specialization in Gender Politics in Practice from Södertörn University.
Since 2019 he has been working with Ongoing realities, an explorative choreographic project centered around technology such as Virtual Reality and Motion Capture. He has been the recipient of several art residencies including The Swedish National Touring Company (Riksteatern Väst) as well as with Rum för dans and Teater Halland to name a few. In 2013 he recieved the Carina Ari Scholarship for young dancers and spent two months in New York exploring and deepening his artistic interests in movement.
Johan has also worked with freelance projects and events at a publishing house and as a teacher and lecturer. As an example he held a lecture around gender mainstreaming at the Nobel Prize Museum in the fall of 2020.
Johan is interested in the intersection(s) of contemporary choreography, technology and neuropsychology. He is also interested in the psychology of creativity and finding strategies for creative collaborations in contemporary choreography.
Participating collaborators over the years
Cocreating dancers & performance artists: Alexander Dam, Bianca Traum, Yared Tilahun Cederlund, Matilda Bjärum, Anna Borrás
Sound design: Rosanna Gunnarsson, Alexander Zethson, Yared Tilahun Cederlund
2D– och 3D animation & projection: Emal Ghouse
VR Programming: Vincent Wong
Costume design: Demeanour designs
Videoartist & photographer: Tanne Willow
Documentary photo & film: Maya Eneh
With support from: The Swedish Arts Council, Riksteatern Produktions residens, Riksteatern Väst, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Rum för dans & Teater Halland, The art museum in Skövde, Skövde University
Also thank you to: Fryshuset Danscenter Sthlm, Danscentrum Residens Sthlm