Photos: Benedict Johnson
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. 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 and inform the ideas and aesthetics of the work.
They have toured their performances and projects across the UK and internationally and been resident at Rosendal Teater, Black Box Teater and DansiT, Norway; Nordic House, Iceland; Dansens Hus, Sweden; Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan; Gaara Dance Foundation, Kenya; Dance4, METAL, Dance East, and The Place in the UK.
They are currently developing Amplified Edition N° 2, the second project in the Amplified Edition series (2019) which will premier at Rosendal Teater 2021. This work will tour alongside their works Strangers & Others (2017), DUET (2013), and Say Something (2011). In 2018 they founded Fest en Fest (2018/2020), curating & presenting touring works, workshops, talks, and artist-led gatherings presenting Nordic & British choreographers.
The Place Prize for Dance, Audience prize 2013 with DUET.
IMZ Dance on Screen Award 2005 with GOLD (director: Rachel Davies).
Shrinking Cities competition (German Federal Cultural Foundation and Archplus) 2004, with the project “Cow – the udder way”. In collaboration with architects What if –projects, choreographer Susanne Thomas, architect Eike Sindlinger and filmmaker Paul Cotter.