Bio & Texts – The Dinner Club
Linn Hilda Lamberg
Set designer/Artistic director
Together with Stefan Åkesson Linn Hilda forms the leadership of the Swedish performance company Poste Restante. They started their collaboration during their studies at The Dramatic Institute in Stockholm, where Linn Hilda graduated as Set designer 2008. Their first two productions “The Secular Society” (2008) and “Night Watch” (2008) both somehow related to secularity and Christian traditions. Together with Mossutställningar in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute in Stockholm they made the voluminous piece “The Dinner Club” (2009) which also was the startingpoint of their long term collaboration with curator Erik Berg. At the Perfect Performance festival 2009 they did the small and tender piece “:Clarion Hotel, Skanstull”. Currently they are preparing the turing of “The Dinner Club” to Göteborg Dance and Theatre Festival 2010 and the workshop “State of Exception” for DNA festival in Warsaw. This autumn they will present the Polish/Swedish production “Sanatorium Frédéric”, commissioned by Teatr Dramatyczny at the international festival Warszawa Centralna 2010. After the festival in Warsaw “Sanatorium Frédéric” will be performed in Stockholm.
As a Set designer Linn Hilda works with both independent groups and at institutional stages. At the scandalous theatre INSTITUTET Linn Hilda has made “Triptych on Essence” (2008), “INSTITUTET – at your service” (2009) and “Lära sig stiga upp” (2009). Other assignments to be mentioned are “Folkungasagan” by Strindberg at TUR-teatern (2009) and “Bussen” by Bärfuss at the Royal Theatre (2007).
Together with Linn Hilda Lamberg, Stefan Åkesson forms the leadership of the Swedish performance company Poste Restante. They started their collaboration during their studies at Dramatiska Institutet (The National University College of Film, Radio, Television and Theatre) in Stockholm. Stefan graduated as a dramaturge in 2008. Poste Restantes’ first two productions”The Secular Society” (2008) and “Night Watch” (2008) both related to the confusion of belonging to a secular culture that is rooted in christian traditions and norms. Together with Mossutställningar and in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute in Stockhom they made the voloumnius piece “The Dinner Club” (2009) wich also was the starting point of their long-term collaboration with curator Erik Berg. “The Dinner Club” is invited to Göteborg Dance and Theatre Festival 2010. After the small and tender piece “:[INSERT TITLE]” (2009) for the Perfect Performance festival they are currently working with a production inspired by the life and death of Frédéric Chopin, comissioned by Teatr Dramatyczny for the international festival Warszawa Centralna 2010. After playing in Warsaw the piece will be performed in Stockholm.
Stefan has also worked as a dramaturge and performer with the dance company “You are here now-collective” for their project “The Invitation” (2008). The aim of “The Invitation” was to create a dance-performance, where the performers and audience shifted place. It was produced and performed at Dansbyrån in Gothenburg. Fall 2009 and spring 2010, Stefan was employed as dramaturge at Backa Theatre (Gothenburg City Theatres’ children and youth stage). At Backa Theatre he worked with the performances “Gangs of Gothenburg”, “Lille Kung Mattias”, “Carmen” and “4018 dagar” (which he also was co-writer of).
As a playwright, Stefan has written the children play “Hanna Ninja” (2008), which was staged at Dramatiska Institutet and toured in Stockholm.
Erik Berg is an independent curator currently working in close collaboration with the Swedish performance group Poste Restane. Erik graduated from Södertörn Collage of Stockholm with a BA in contemporary aesthetics and art history, with a special focus on interactive performance works. After working with institutions such as international residency program Iaspis (Swedish Arts grants committee) and producing events such as Market Art Fair, Erik joined Mossutställningar, a small art production organisation that focus on producing specific projects outside of traditional institutional frameworks. The production and commission of “The Dinner Club” by Poste Restante was not only a much welcome re-encounter with interactive performance, but also the starting point of the collaboration between Erik and Poste Restante (Linn Hilda Lamberg and Stefan Åkesson). Current projects are the touring of “The Dinner Club” to Göteborg Dance and Theatre Festival, the Workshop “State of Exception” for DNA festival in Warsaw, and long anticipated Poste Restante production “Sanatorium Frédéric” commissioned for Teatr Dramatyczny and the festival Warszawa Centralna 2010 in Warsaw.
Apart from the long term collaboration with Poste Restante Erik has been working with visual artist such as Felix Gmelin (SE/DE) for his work “we’ll meet again” 2008 for Art Basel 39, Matti Kallionen (SE)” Phylogenes” 2010, a new site-specific commission for The house of Dance , and Lina Issa (NL) with collaborate piece “What if – I take your place/ My extended presence”) 2010. Erik has also worked with performance groups such as Gelitin (AU) “Gelatin on boring island” 2009, and Reich+Szyber “The Medium is the message” (yet to be finalized). Apart from curating Erik works as an art-educationalist.