Here you can meet the artists who are currently active at höjden (listed here in no particular order):
MAIA MEANS is a freelance dancer who holds a BA in Dance Performance from DOCH, Stockholm University of the Arts. Means works artistically with perfomances, text and organisational work. She performs in work by among others Mette Ingvartsen, Gry Tingskog and Karen Eide Bøen and she collaborats with Oda Brekke on their performance On top of things. Means is co-editor of the choreographic zine This Container and is in the board of the organization INSISTER SPACE.
Klara Utke Acs is a performance artist working in the expanded fields of dance and choreography. She is active in Stockholm and Copenhagen and holds a bachelor in Dance Performance from Stockholm University of the Arts. The work departs from questions regarding poetics and body politics. It is built on a foundation of creating collective spaces with queer and crip strategies. Together with Chloe Chignell, Louise Pousette and Tamara Alegre, she is a founding member of the open-ended dance and reading circle POSSE hosted at c.off in Stockholm, that has led to collaborations in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Italy. Klara’s choreographic work is built on collaboration and inter-mediality in the borderlands of choreography, dramaturgy, sound, film and visual arts. Her pieces have been presented in performing arts-, visual arts- and inter-disciplinary contexts such as Overgaden, Charlottenborg, Space10, Konstnärshuset, Mini Bar and Norberg Festival. She has been working with choreographers Pontus Pettersson, Ellen Söderhult, composers Pan Daijing and Soho Rezanejad, performing in contexts such as at Tate Modern, Berlin Atonal, MDT, Dansehallerne, Blackbox Teater, Konsthall C and Tensta Konsthall.
Noah Hellwig is a freelance dance artist based in Stockholm who is working in contexts of extended choreography, contemporary dance, performance art, baroque dance, interactive performance and interactive media.
Noah Hellwig has a BA in Professional Dance & Performance from Central School of Ballet in London and from 2016 a MFA in Choreography from Stockholm University of the Arts (DOCH).
He often work with Weld Company and Nordic Baroque Dancers in different productions. He also works with freelance choreographers as Dalija Acin Thelander and Sebastian Lingserius.
His own choreographic work has spanned between focusing on participatory and interactive performances, immersive environments, mixed-reality performances, reflections on dance and music history, choreography for musicians in orchestras, somatic and subjective perspectives on experience and movement, as well as working with different approaches of embodying relationships with technology.
Hiroko Tsuchimoto (b.1984, Sapporo, Japan) is a visual/performance artist, living in Sweden since 2008. She began her career at Musashino Art University in Tokyo and went on to study at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts, and Design and Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. Her works are generally manifested as stage performances and social experiments in public spaces. In her performance pieces, she often provides communal experiences to audience members through physical assignments, dialogues, and collective movement. Since 2008, Tsuchimoto has presented her works internationally both inside and outside art spaces. She is a working grant recipient from Swedish Arts Grants Committee for the years 2013 and 2016-2017, as well as a grant holder at the IASPIS studio residency in Johannesburg in 2018. She is also active as an organizer to promote ephemeral art in Stockholm and works as a workshop leader focusing on developing her methods in non-hierarchical and decentralized settings.
Oda Brekke works with experimental dance and text. She is educated at the program of Dance Performance at Stockholm University of the Arts (2017). Oda is performing in pieces by Karen Eide Bøen, Gry Tingskog , Ellen Söderhult and Mira Mutka. She collaborates with Maia Means on the work On top of things, together they also publish the podcast series Danstrubbel with Lisa Schåman. Through the organisation INSISTER SPACE and the collective studio höjden she works to produce collegial contexts and interfaces for artistic work.
ÅSA POLFJÄRD is a visual artist that works with installations, sculptures, text/poetry and the art of printmaking. She has a bachelor’s degree from Oslo National Academy of the Arts. She explores the relationship between nature and culture, examining the transformation that occurs to nature in modern urbanisation. Åsa is also a professional member of the Swedish Printmakers’ Association and Norske grafikere.
Anna Fischler (b.1993) is a dancer, dance teacher and organizer with her base in Stockholm. She is one of the initiators of the height and has been on the board of Släktet Economic association since its start. With a background in studying both dance, choreography and pedagogy, Anna is currently working as a dance teacher and mentor at Kung Saga Gymnasiesärskola - a school for adolescences with neuro diversities. She has previously been a dancer in the performance ”Tillhet” by MELO Collective - a piece designed and created for adolescents with neuro diversities. During spring 2021 Anna will work as a dancer in the performance "In Medias Res" - a part of the artist project "TRAKT" that is creating culture and dance for the small town Grums in Sweden.
Ofelia Jarl Ortega
Ofelia Jarl Ortega is a Chilean-Swedish choreographer and performer based in Stockholm. Her work centers around vulnerability and femininity, often with a suggestive erotic aesthetic; lately a notion of “voluntary objectification” has been at the core for her investigations. She has a MA in Choreography from DOCH, Stockholm (2014), and her works have been shown at venues including ImPulsTanz (Vienna), MDT (Stockholm), Inkonst (Malmö), Les Urbaines (Lausanne), Manifesta11 (Zürich).
Karina Sarkissova (b. 1988) is a Russian-Swedish choreographer based in Stockholm, graduated in 2012 at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam (SNDO) and in 2019 at Dutch Art Institute (DAI). Karina is a co-founder of höjden in Östberga, a house for artistic production. Karina is together with Pontus Petttersson curating the annual festival My Wild Flag. Karina’s practice is dramaturgical and curatorial; she has a podcast called Navegante and is working continuously with artists like Ofelia Jarl Ortega, Tamara Alegre, and Pontus Pettersson.
Filippa Edholm (1991). Visual artist based in Stockholm, educated at Valand Academy in Gothenburg (BFA 2018). I work with different media such as painting, installation and writing, and also do some project leading within the cultural field. Right now I arrange the artist residence Vrångsholmen Skola, a residency for co-learning between artists, and am one of höjdens board members.
is a dancer and choreographer based in Stockholm and Copenhagen. Charmed by letter correspondences, tall buildings and memory dances, she works with experimental methods and often in collaboration with others. Stina is a board member INSISTER SPACE, a voluntary organisation working to build feminist and solidary structures within the dance field. In 2020 she graduated from the BA programme in Dance and Choreography at The Danish National School of Performing Arts.
Born 1993. Script writer and story consultant. Currently writing a tv series aimed at teenagers.
Ellinor Tollerz Bratteby
Elinor Tollerz Bratteby (b. 1990 in Uppsala, Sweden) is a dance artist working in Sweden and internationally. She collaborates with independent artists and groups, and she runs the duo Uncover Choreography together with choreographer Sanna Söderholm.
Elinor dedicates herself to ongoing embodied studying. She dives into artistic collaborations open-heartedly with a sensitive yet sharp sense of direction. The central motivation in Elinor’s practice is her infinite fascination for dance as a craft. Her interest is to carry out experimental projects related to dance and choreography, and to create contexts that are human and fantastic.
Karin Jemsby works as a dancer, dance teacher and is developing her work as a choreographer. At Höjden she is working with different artists and developing her own research. She collaborates with jazz pianist Arne Forsell working with dance and music improvisation. Mats Flink’s dance theatre piece called ”The Choreocrapher,” played at Theater Giljotin, is now being developed into a duet with artist/dancer Åsa Lundvik Gustafson and Karin Jemsby. With the mask artist Amanda Cederquist Karin is researching mask and dance work.
She teaches at Kulturskolan in Gnesta and Dansverket, Huddinge.
For eight years she lived in Paris and worked as a dancer with choreographers such as Faustin Linyekula (Congo), Opyio Ocach (Kenya) Hélène Taddei Lawson (Corsica), Marianne Ison (Normandy), Gregory Maqoma, (South Africa).
Educated at The Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm and DOCH in Stockholm.
Adam Seid Tahir
Adam Seid Tahir is an Eritrean-Swedish dancer, choreographer and web-developer based in Stockholm. His work encompasses dancing, performing, choreographing, writing, coding and creating work for physical platforms and cyberspace.
He is one of the founders of the collective Body Intelligence. A collective that works interdisciplinarily with dance and technology. He also works as a Web Developer both as a freelancer and at a web agency in Stockholm.
Adam has created and exhibited/performed works throughout Europe. From big stages as Sadler’s Wells in London to film festivals as The Ecotrash Festival. He has also contributed to the writing of a book on treating autoimmune illness with food.
Alexander Talts is a dance artist and writer based in Stockholm. Alexander holds a Bachelor in Dance Performance at DOCH/Uniarts since 2019. As a performer, Alexander has worked with Eleanor Bauer, Samuel Feldhandler for Weld Company, Hannah Krebs, Stina Nyberg, Lea Moro, Heine Avdal & Yukiko Shinozaki and Lea Martini. In his own work, Alexander likes to think about dance as a pair of glasses to view reality through and whether the performance situation can be an opportunity for fictional experiences and understandings of the world. His work has been shown at Norbergfestival, Klimax and at DOCH. He is currently involved in making a piece for an elderly audience together with choreographer Oda Brekke, as well as a piece together with choreographer Sonja-Riitta Lanie.
Pontus Pettersson (1983) is a Swedish choreographer and artist based in Stockholm with Master’s degrees in both choreography and visual arts. His artistic practice includes a wide range of genres including exhibitions, installations, objects, poetry, dance and choreography. Working professionally as a dancer since his graduation from The Danish National School of Contemporary Dance in 2007, Pontus embarked on a diverse career working with world-class choreographers such as Ohad Naharin and Deborah Hay, while from very early on also starting to make his own work, as well as initiating different curatorial projects. His latest work includes his solo exhibition The egg the cat and the poem, were the surface tears in 2019 at Konsthall C. as well as starting the dance and performance festival My Wild Flag together with Karina Sarkissova. Pontus is an affiliated artist of Weld and MARC - Milvus Artistic Research Center, and his work is supported by the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Swedish Arts Council, and Stockholm City Council of Culture.
Lizette Romero Niknami is active as a poet, teacher and literary critic. Her debut book "De försvunna" was published in 2020 by Albert Bonniers publishing house.
Sofia Sangregorio (b. 1997) is a curious, connected and confused italo-swedish dancer, performance artist and choreographer based in Stockholm. She has studied dance at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and Ballet Junior de Genève in Switzerland. Right now she is freelancing and working with Virpi Pahkinen Dance Company among others.
Sofia sees her work as an attempt to navigate societal structures and assumptions, a need for magic to be present in daily life and a wish to bring awareness to the importance of interconnectivity between humans and Earth. Collective healing is on the menu, and fluids are often present. A lot of suppressed bodily trauma, ancient wisdoms and womb poetry has been released during the past years and seeds for future creations have been planted. Currently Sofia is working on a project with her friend Laura Cornejo, which encompasses much of the above.
Lisen Pousette is a choreographer and dancer based in Stockholm. Between the years 2012-2016 she studied Bachelor of Dance at ArtEZ Hoogeschool voor de Kunsten (Arnhem), and in 2019 she graduated in Master of Choreography at Stockholm University of the Arts. Drawing from her background in choir singing, her practice is an ongoing exploration of the sonorous body. Moving through the most subtle to the most extreme vocal forms, her work pays an equal attention to the materiality and affective dimensions inherent to the expressive voice and its politics. During the recent years this investigation has been undertaken in close collaboration with dance artist Olivia Rivière (DK), which resulted in the works Ever losing (2019) and DUNKEL (premiere MDT 2022). Her work has been shown in venues such as Les Urbaines (Lausanne), Dansehallerne and Vega (Copenhagen), Inkonst (Malmö), Østre (Bergen), Fylkingen and Weld (Stockholm).
Foad Arbabi is a multi-talented music creative, composer, and sound engineer with a DIY attitude. Completely self-taught and always curious, their main work consists of soundtracks to stage productions, but often expands into other areas such as film, pop music, quirky techno, and ethereal synthscapes. Foad's music has been played on stages all over the world, from Istanbul to Johannesburg, from Brooklyn to Rinkeby.
In early 2019, as one of the first artists to move into Höjden Östberga they started building a custom analog/digital hybrid studio space specifically for their workflow.
Escarleth Romo Pozo
Anna Karin Westerlund
Josefine Hultén (1994) graduated from The Academy of Cutting and Tailoring in Stockholm 2016. (Stockholms tillskärarakademi, STA). Since then she has been working as a pattern maker, designer and garment technician for different brands in the fashion industry. She is currently working for Swedish sustainable retro brand Cissi och Selma as a garment technician and production manager. At höjden she works on her own line of digital sewing patterns for her company Ploen Patterns. Her designs are bold and colourful with inspiration from vintage clothing and haute couture. She wants to inspire others to have a fearless approach to sewing and experiment more instead of always following the rules.