- Lisa Janbell: “KONTAKT”
KONTAKT transforms the venue into a techno ceremony. It is a ritual, a trance practice and a vibrating seductive dance performance. A dance of something that is being evoked, attempted, ghosted and hosted. Ancient, mainly Cuban folk traditions meet futures and cosmologies through techno music and a laser altar.
With movement textures by the dancers Savanna Hanneryd, Maele Sabuni and Yared Tialhun Cederlund and sacred world offerings by Lisa Janbell and Camilla Sivam from Dos Oké, KONTAKT asks for an opening, a wish for presence, a desire and a need for a deep connection with our inner selves and each other.
KONTAKT is experienced seated or standing and lasts about 75 minutes. The world premiere took place in 2020 at HALLEN, Farsta.
MDT will be co-producing an upcoming work by Lisa Janbell which has its world premiere during the autumn 2023.
- About Lisa Janbell
Lisa Janbell is a Stockholm-based dancer and choreographer. With an education in Cuban folkdance, el Instituto Superior de Arte, Cuba and a dance education from Brazil as well as anthropology studies at Stockholm University, Lisas practice and choreographic work is specialized in ritualistic performance and ceremonial practices. Her research lies in the relationship between the collective body and the subconscious mind, tuning into spirits and spirituality. The work is developed through proposals, with the aim of sharing and finding an opening to the transcendental. Through a feministic and intersectional perspective, elevating emotional work and soft values Lisa guides the audience into a caring space in which performers embody non-western witchcraft practices.This artistic strategy is manifested in warm and welcoming spaces where the audience can rest and recover while experiencing detailed textures and carefully elaborated danceworks.
Lisa’s desire is to propose collective utopias as a form of critical practice has so far manifested in works such as Trans[e]ición (2015), Trans[e]ición club edition (2016) Studio Barnhus A/V show (2018) KONTAKT (2020) Lead us (2021) SEARCH (2022).
Since 2010 and 2012 respectively, Lisa has been part of the performance duo Dos Oké in collaboration with Camilla Sivam, as well as artistic director of the Swedish-Cuban dance collective SOMOS.
Lisa’s work has toured extensively through Sweden, Europe and Cuba. Lisa has also developed commissioned works, for instance as choreographer for the Studio Barnhus A/V show that played at Sonár (Barcelona) Way Out West (Gothenburg) and Cirkus (Stockholm).
Ritual: Dos Oké (Camilla Sivam & Lisa Janbell)
Choreography: Lisa Janbell
Dancers: Camilla Sivam, Savanna Hanneryd, Maele Sabuni, Yared Tilahun Cederlund, Lisa Janbell
Music: Jessie Granqvist
Costume: Lisa Janbell
Light: Joa Palmér
Photo: Malou Bergman
Bio photo: Angelina Bergenwall
Teasers: José Figeroa
With support from
My family, my friends, my spiritual family in Cuba and in Sweden, el pueblo Cubano como ustedes ninguno, gracias por su inspiración eternamente.
All the KONTAKT artists on stage and backstage 2020 cast, and 2022 cast-
Bianca Traum, Maele Sabuni, Yared Tilahun, Savanna Hanneryd, Joa Palmér, Jessie Granqvist, Avancera. Dos Oké-12 years of rituals.
Without you all no KONTAKT. Thank you! / Lisa Janbell