Artist Elna Jolom works primarily in glass. Her inspiration is the natural world and she uses organic and botanical forms throughout her work. In the café at Wanås visitors are met with a fanciful array of colored glass lamps with chords that twist and spiral from floor to ceiling. Each chord is crowned with a bud-like, candy-colored glass object filled with light. Jolom is classically trained in traditional glass blowing techniques. In her studio sand is turned into glass that is formed by a breath of air.
Rachel Tess is an American dancer and choreographer from Portland, Oregon, who lives and works in Sweden. The primary inspiration for her choreographic work Souvenir, is the empathic response to bodies in motion in a confined space. Souvenir is the title for her mobile choreographic architecture and the dance choreographies and encounters created inside of it. The audience is invited to view dance performance from an unusually close vantage point inside of Souvenir . At Wanås Konst, Tess and dancer Kenneth Bruun Carlson will perform a 30-minute duet inside Souvenir in the Art Gallery.
Souvenir Dialogue , in a space adjacent to Souvenir , is an installation that gives insight into the choreographic process. Visitors are invited to practice their own interpretation of the choreography through a set of specific instructions adapted from the performance. Souvenir Dialogue offers a room for the audience to explore their perception of space, movement, and matter, amidst a geography of objects that includes a set of stairs, a pliable sofa, felt blankets, and a bright pink rug. Souvenir was premiered at a Works in Progress Residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in July 2013 in New York City (with generous support from the Princess Grace Foundation USA). At Wanås Konst the project will be viewed in its entirety for first time in Sweden. Souvenir will be returning to New York City in September as part of the Lower Manhattan Culture Council’s programming on Governor’s Island.
Tess has invited dancer Kenneth Bruun Carlson as a performer and collaborator. Bruun Carlson is a Norwegian dancer trained at the London Contemporary Dance School and Amsterdam University for the Arts. He has worked at Danish Dance Theater and The Cullberg Ballet and has collaborated with choreographers such as Martin Forsberg, Johan Inger, Benoît Lachambre, Crystal Pite, and Björn Safsten.
Elna Jolom trained as an artist and glassblower in Småland. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, including public commissions. Jolom is the founder of Österlens Glashytta in Brösarp.
Rachel Tess was trained as a dancer at the Juilliard School in New York City and has performed for repertory dance companies both nationally and internationally including The Cullberg Ballet and Gothenburg Opera Ballet in Sweden. Tess lives in Kivik where she recently established MARC, a center for artistic research in performance and inter-disciplinary collaboration. Souvenir began as her thesis at DOCH (University of Dance and Circus) in Stockholm.
Dance Me is a part of Stretch , a Wanås Konst initiative that began in 2011, which approaches and explores various creative disciplines through a series of exhibitions. Dance, choreography, and sculpture meet and merge through Stretch programming for 2014. Rachel Tess is a part of Dance Me which runs from May 18 – November 2. Elna Jolom’s glass installation will be on view throughout the season in the Café.