Anna Koch dancer/choreographer and artistic director at Weld. Here she works and presents her own artistic work and cultivates the organisation. Throughout her career, Anna has worked in a variety of international contexts. She is a frequent participant in the worlds of art and the theatre but is also actively engaged in the field of electronic music. As a choreographer, Anna Koch has created a whole range of choreographies and collaborations, including commissions for various contexts internationally and nationally. During 2013 she initiated Weld Company and is conceptualizing its work. Please read more below.
In December 2019 Almost out of sight, premiered at 3:e våningen in Gothenburg with dancers Elsa Aurell, Lina Räftegård and Olof Persson. A further development stemming from work made 10 years ago at the Dance- and theatre festival together with Sybrig Dokter, Rasmus West and Ingrid Cogne. She also created choreography for voice, hands and objects, Manege a trois with Weld Company at the event Manege by Marie Fahlin at Marabouparken.
In October 2019 Anna danced in Seven Extravaganzas by Fédéric Gies, together with Anne Juren, Hokuto Kodama, Benoît Lachambre, Andrea Svensson, Elizabeth Ward and Frédéric Gies at Hallen in Farsta.
She also held the free-standing course ”From Beoyncé to Bach” at DOCH and edited the book No Talking No Props for Weld Company about the work of Yvonne Rainer together with Weld Company.
In 2018 Anna worked in the studio of Weld and at Skogen. She is performed with Dinis Machado and his work Cyborg Sunday and made all her memories of Rite of Spring into a solo shown within the context of ”Silent dances” (Tysta danser), a project by Wilhelm Blomberg and Maja Hannisdal at Dans och Teterfestivalen in Gothenburg.
In the spring of 2017, Anna, in collaboration with Dinis Machado created the performances, ”a dance inspired by a dance by Courtney Alston that was inspired by the dance by Katherine Dunham” as a commission for Konsthall C for the exhibition ”Horses on rollerblades”. She also made a solo for Dinis and his Barco collections. She also worked with Frida Sandström on Talking & Props and on the Weld Company yearbook.
In autumn 2016, Anna completed the textbook ”disappearing”. Designed by Jonas Enqvist (Donebyme), which is a continuation of the text/sound piece Magic spells. Magic spells is a text/sound work made in collaboration with sound artist Tomas Björkdal as a commission for the summer exhibition ”Death- an exhibition about life” at Liljevalchs in Stockholm. June 3-sept 4, 2016.
Autumn 2015 Anna participates with a solo No square dance at FestivalDisplay at the Rotunda, at the Royal Opera. Along with Anna Asplind and Daniel RecénAlmgren she participates in the Nordic Music Days in Copenhagen and together they create the first part of a new work, ”Insisting On” which premiered at the festival Swedish Energies, Nordic Edition, Issue Project Room in NYC in December. Music by Mats Lindström. Swedish premiere in February 2016.
Spring 2014 she is preparing a new work for Töne festival (GB (June)) and a choreographic work at Weld. She is performing the choreography Unfolding(2011) with Weld Company at Hasselblads centre in Gothenburg and participated with the performance I, I, I Moderna Bar in the frame of The Normalcy project by the Royal Institute of Art.
In 2013, Anna developed and proceeded the idea Weld Company, participated in Philipp Gehmachers concept Walk +talk.
In June 2012, Anna performed in ”One of them is red” with artists Torbjörn Johansson and musician Christine Abdelnour
In May 2012 Anna, Claudia Molitor (UK) and Pascal Jardy further developed the sound installation Unter-Haltung at SPOR festival in Århus. A piece commissioned by SPOR in connection to ’Call for Proposals 2012.
During fall 2011, Anna initiated her project Omprövning (Re-consideration). In the spring of 2012, she developed the project further into a solo with Anna-Mi Fredriksson formerly dancer at English National Ballet. In spring the work toured and developed at the platform Skogen in Gothenburg. In the fall of 2012, the project continued into a group work with dancers Anna-Mi Fredriksson, Sebastian Lingserius, Henry Vikman and Noah Hellwig. The project is further explored during 2013.
In December 2011 she performed One/Scratch memory (a duet with electronic musician Mats Lindström) at The Issue Project room in Brooklyn, in the festival Swedish energies. In April 2011, Anna presented the choreography Unfolding at festival:Display in the Modern Museum in Stockholm and Weld far out West at the festival Almost out of sight April 1-20, at Weld. In August she was invited by Dansens hus in Stockholm as the artistic coordinator for ENPARTS-Open campus.
In March 2010 Anna Koch premiered Happy To be Here, at Dansens Hus in Stockholm. The piece toured to Made festival in Umeå and back for two evenings at Weld. She also initiated the project Weld far out west, an excursion that became a performance at Gothenburg dance and theatre festival.
In 2009 she had the premiere of the duet 8.66 together with ex-Cullberg dancer Gunilla Hammar. Anna was also touring her solo piece Scratch memory and engaged herself and nine colleagues in a site-specific work and a film ”Another Pavilion”. She toured the piece Inexakt with choreographer Marie Fahlin and electronic musician Mats Lindström. She also coached the project Fast Forward-movement and film in Belgrade.
In the fall -08 she participated at the Navinkifestival in Minsk and toured her solo to become Montage 3 to Art Lab in Venice. In May-08 she premiered a new performance with nine actors named ”deconstructed formations 1” this piece was reworked to ”deconstructed formations 2” and had a new opening on the 31st of October -08. In the spring she held a workshop at the Swedish dance biennale in Umeå.
In dec/jan-07-08 Anna participated in a new production by Erika Latta(Nyc) taking place in Ljubliana, Slovenia. In the festival node.stockholm Anna collaborated with the artists Geska Helena Andersson and Robert Brecevic in the project Overklighetesinstallation at gallery HAP in Stockholm.
In 2007 Anna has been touring the second part of the triptych Montage: a solo for the actor Simon Norrthon, which premiered on the 22 of November-06. Montage 2 toured to Inkonst in Malmö and to the Nordwindfestival in Berlin, where she also played the new solo To become montage 3. In spring -07 Anna had a residency at Theatre in Motions BeiLab in Beijing. In September 07 she participated in the International performance festival Navinki in Minsk. She is also an active member of INPEX. Anna gives workshops and lectures nationally and internationally.
Anna Koch utilises various methods to create her choreographic works as can be seen in solos such as Vocoder, Duolouge, Exrpt and Same but Different. She also works with open knowledge-generative processes, a path she started on with the show Transmission (read text)– a solo consisting of movements “swapped” between 35 Swedish choreographers. In Transmission Petit for the Panacea Festival held at Stockholm’s Dansens Hus, she used written instructions to provide 35 dancers with the movements for the piece. In the choreographed exhibition work Projekt Djurgårdsbrunn (a commission from Magasin 3, Stockholms Konsthall) she extended the Transmission concept developing it into a site-specific work. She had a study carried out of the Magasin 3 project both as a geographical location and a social convention and then invited a large number of her colleagues to engage in individual working processes and shared workshops, finally presenting an accounting in the form of a performance at Stockholm’s Jewish Theatre. The spring of 2006 saw the premiere of her work Montage, a duet performed by Marie Fahlin and Peter Jansson.
As a dancer, Anna has worked with both Swedish and international artists such as Efva Lilja, Xavier Le Roy, Michael Laub, Margareta Åsberg, Lotta Melin, Erika Latta/the WaxFactory. Anna has been supervising at the PhD programme at Stockholm Uniarts and is engaged in the furtherance of Artistic Research.
Anna has shown her work at Dansens Hus, Kulturhuset, Magasin 111, Bonniers Konsthall, Forum, Fylkingen amongst others, and at various international festivals. Since 2005 she has collaborated with Norwegian director Ole Anders Tandberg which has led to choreography at the Royal Swedish Opera, the Royal Dramatic Theatre, the Citytheatre in Stockholm and the National Theatre in Oslo.