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Our mission is to create and enable an environment where profound meetings can take place. We work actively with representation through our ensemble as well as the dance genres that our expression originates from.
Dance performances is our tool to explore and show how prejudice can become insights, that we as human beings need each other and our differences, and that we are in constant connection and influence on one another.
We see our individual differences as our strength, We allow and celebrate each persons uniqueness as wells as their dance technics, dance style and traditions. The dance company actively works for diversity, for a society where everyone is needed and is represented, I am because you are: we are – SOMOS!
SOMOS is a unique international project based dance company, A cultural exchange, designed to allow dancers from Sweden and Cuba to meet. Mixing Afro-Cuban- dance technics, with Sabar, Vouging/Waacking, Hip-Hop, Popping, House and Contemporary dance. There is simply no other dance company like SOMOS in Sweden today!
In times like these, burdened by tension between different ethnic groups, based on prejudice that grow from lack of knowledge and experiences of the "other", it is important to see the bigger picture and realize that I am, because we are. On a global scale, but also in the smallest moments, it is important to understand that we are all interdependent. We are all in constant relation to each other. What I do affects the person standing next to me. What I say and do always has consequences. I am because you are, we are, SOMOS.
SOMOS – For children and young people
SOMOS is much more than a dance performance; We are a non-profit association with children and young people as our main target audience. We invite children and young people from different socio-cultural environments and create a meeting place with dance as our tool. The project is based on plurality, and we use our vision of seeing differences as strengths to explore the issues of identity, belonging, racism, ethnicity and acceptance. It is important for us to present performing arts professionals with a multicultural background, demonstrating representation by plurality.
The project itself serves an example of our methodology; we can show children and young people how we have come together as a group despite our potential differences. Therefore, we recommend that the performance is combined with a workshop, where the children and young adults can experience and participate through dance and movement, a workshop where we give examples of our different dance styles and expressions and have open conversations around identity and acceptance.
LISA JANBELL – Artistic director
Afro-Cuban/West African. Educated at the Afro-Cuban dance program at dance academy El ISA (Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana, Cuba). Has worked with local dance companies in Guinea, Benin, Ghana and Cuba and has also studied Afro-Brazilian dance at UFBA in Bahia, Brazil and at DOCH, Stockholm. Is currently running the dance school Afro Dance Space and SOMOS Dance Company since 2012, and is singer, dancer and composer in the perfomance duo Dos Oké.
DANCERS – 2014/2015
DANEL MILIAN (Cuba) – Afro-Cuban
Educated at la ENA (Escuela Nacional de Arte Cuba). Principal dancer of Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba and has toured internationally with the company for several years.
YOLANDA PEREZ (Cuba) – Afro-Cuban.
Educated at la ENA (Escuela Nacional de Arte Cuba). Dancer with Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba, has toured internationally for several years, currently employed with a dance agency for Caribbean dancers in London.
YARED CEDERLUND (Sweden) Locking/Hip hop/House.
Educated at Åsa Folkhögskola. Member of dance company Soul Sweat, seen in "Amazima" at Dansens Hus amongst other performances. Yared’s most recent work was in productions "Macbeth" and "Jungle book" at Stadsteatern, Stockholm.
YUSNIEL GARCIA (Cuba) – Contemporary/Afro-Cuban.
Educated and newly graduated from dance academy El ISA (Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana, Cuba). Was in a car accident at 7 years old and was told he would never walk again. Suffered loss of hearing at 17, but has against all odds overcome his obstacles and graduated El ISA with the prize for best thesis work.
LISA JANBELL (Sweden) - Afro-Cuban/West-African
JOANNA CHRONA (Sweden) – Hiphop/Popping/West-African
Educated primarily at Ecole des Sables, Senegal in 2014. Founding member of street dance group "Swedish Family". International experience from working with projects, performances and festivals. This Spring Joanna will participate in Urban Connection at Dansens Hus.
FREDRIK QUINONES (Sverige) – Contemporary/Waacking/Vouging
BAMBAM FROST (Sweden) – Vouging/Waacking/contemporary.
Educated in contemporary dance at Danshögskolan. Currently dancing with dance company P*fect, Sweden’s first Vogue company, in productions Cabarét at Malmös Stadsteater, Imprint at Dansens Hus, and Parkteatern’s dance month this Summer.
BIANCA TRAUM (Sweden) – Vouging/Waacking/Contemporary
Educated at Broadway Dance Center in New York. Founding member of dance company P*fect, dancing in productions Cabarét at Malmös Stadsteater, Imprint at Dansens Hus, and Parkteatern’s dance month this summer. Also dances with Carrasco Dance Company touring for Riksteatern.
YUNIER OVIEDO (Sweden) – Afro-Cuban
Vanessa Labanino och Monika Wade har jobbat som verksamhetsledare för folk- och världsmusik, nutida konstmusik och som kammarmusikproducent. Utbildad som projektledare med inriktning kultur och som musikvetare.
Artistic advisor: Helena Ringvold
Producer at Riksteatern, with many years experience in the performing arts and dance in particular, e.g. the most recent Cullberg Ballet production ”Plateu Effect”.
Producer in Cuba/Dramaturge: Ariel Bouza
Theater director and artistic director of the theater group Palpito, operating in Havana, Cuba.
Video projection/Lighting design:
Miguel Angel, curated by Johan Söderberg
Costumes: Malena Modér.
Living and working as a costume and set designer in Berlin, has done work at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin among others.
Design direction: Babak Shermond
Promofilm: Director: Babak Shermond, Johan Amberg & Senay Berhe, Photo: Filip Stankovic, Editing: Dimitris Vulalas
Visual Effects & Sound: Johan Amberg
Sales & PR: Johanna Beckman