REAL TALK … with choreographer and director KATRIN HALL

REAL TALK … with choreographer and director KATRIN HALL

Artistic Director of the GöteborgsOperans Danskompani

by Armando Braswell

When someone is being interviewed, they always put their best face forward. “Real Talk” is designed to help young dancers and professionals by providing them with the whole truth about the problems faced by artists…on stage and off. A conversation with Katrin Hall, former Artistic Director of Iceland Dance Company (1996 – 2012) and current artistic director of the GöteborgsOperans Danskompani in Sweden.

Ceremony of the Swedish theatre critics award for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani and Katrin Hall. Photo by Sören Håkanlind

What did you want to be when you grew up? Did you always want to do what you’re doing now?

No, I did not necessarily believe I could make dance as my profession and career. It kind of happened naturally.

Last Minute Choreographie by Katrin Hall (Instant Smile) Photo by Maura Morales

I like dancers who…

are strong individuals, passionate with a unique artistic voice and signature. I like artists that are creative and can contribute to a creative process, are generous and secure in their own skin yet humble. It is essential for me that they are team players and can see the big perspective and not only “what is in it for me “.

A dance piece should…

Dance pieces are as different as they are many. A good dance production should leave something behind for the audience. It should ideally touch, move and inspire. Possibly raise questions or reflect our society. Make you laugh or cry and spark off your imagination…challenge and provoke. Ideally it should also inspire, develop and challenge the participating dancers and artists. In the best-case scenario, a dance piece can be groundbreaking and change your life.

I am afraid of…

Loosing someone close to me…

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Portrait Katrin Hall © Tilo Stengel