The Den - H2DANCE
Amplified Edition explores hierarchy and co-dependency, allowing the elements of the theatre to meet in illogical ways. In a continuous quest to find new relationships the performers use voice and movement to set the objects in motion, making theatrical topographies, revealing what is usually in the background or hidden.
H2DANCE is choreographer/ performer duo Hanna Gillgren (SE) and Heidi Rustgaard (NO), working between Norway, Sweden and the UK since 1999. Their work sits in between performance and dance and can be characterised as interdisciplinary, often taking a humorous approach to serious subject matters.
Hanna and Heidi have an ongoing fascination with meetings of differences, exploring ways in which we negotiate hierarchy, conformity, power and manipulation. Taking their own collaboration as a starting point, the work explores two distinct and different characters and voices co-existing, agreeing to disrupt each other during process and performance. Interested in deconstruction, breaking down the hierarchy between performers, light, set, sound and costume, their work is presented in and outside the black box, sometimes with Hanna and Heidi as performers, and other times in collaboration with professional dancers and amateurs. Their work is often informed by workshops and conversations with people of different ages and backgrounds, and these encounters influence the ideas and aesthetics of the work.
Their most recent immersive performance Strangers & Others (2017) is currently touring alongside the intergenerational work Staging Ages (2015) and DUET (2012), performed by Hanna and Heidi and originally commissioned by The Place Prize for Dance 2013 and presented as part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase, as well as their immersive choir work Say Something (2011).
In 2018 H2DANCE piloted Fest en Fest - a choreographic project in the format of an international festival of expanded choreography. Fest en Fest aims to develop new connections and infrastructures across borders, specifically looking at building relationships between the Nordic countries and the UK.
Hanna and Heidi lecture part time at Roehampton University and Trinity Laban in London.