ilDance is a production body dedicated to contemporary dance, established by Israel Aloni and Lee Brummer in 2012. It is a dynamic organization with a multidimensional operation which involves:
- creating, producing, performing and touring contemporary dance across Sweden and internationally
- support and mentor emerging artists
- lead ilYoung – project based professional junior company,
- International Contemporary Dance Collective – a large international cooperation project co- funded by Creative Europe
- operate Gaga Sweden – Swedish authority of Gaga Movement Language
- one of 4 artistic partners in Dancing Histor(y)ies – co-funded by Creative Europe
- subcontractor in Cultural Transformation Movement Project – co-funded by Creative Europe.
ilDance takes a fresh perspective of what an “independent dance company” is. It operates as a whole body.
In 2022 ilDance led nearly 350 public activities in 14 municipalities in 10 different regions in Sweden as well as in 9 other countries on 4 continents. These include performances, artist talks, workshops, Gaga classes, residencies, mentorships and research projects.
Being led by practicing dance artists, namely artistic director Israel Aloni, ilDance’s methodologies and strategies are first and foremost informed by movement, dynamics, shifts and adaptability.
In ilDance, dance is the knowledge heritage on which ethics and management practices stand.
As a heterogenous group ilDance values and celebrates differences in experiences, identities and background including gender, sexuality, culture and heritage. This eclecticness in experience is in the heart of the art which is created in ilDance.
SHORT BIOS OF MEMBERS INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT
Israel Aloni - Artistic Director
Choreographer, educator, performer, writer, mentor and cultural provocateur.
Aloni’s artistic work often addresses social-political topics and masterfully converses with the public discourse, such examples include; #GHETTO (2017) they addressed the destructive effect of labels and tags on compassion and solidarity, and My Body My Nation (2019) where Aloni attempts to decolonise their own non-white, non- binary and non-conforming physical body from concepts, philosophies and behaviors which have been forced upon it, and their most recent work SCHISM (2022) which deconstructs the very notion of borders.
Their choreographic work has been presented around the world. They have been continuously developing a powerful artistic voice which transcend borders and truly captivates the audience.
Aloni strongly believes in collaborative creation and making methodologies as means of stimulation and a necessity for the advancing of current practices. They see art as a catalyst of social and cultural narratives as well as an invaluable apparatus for the evolution of our communities.
Both in their artistic practice and the ways in which they initiate and manage international projects, Aloni purposefully promotes democratic, horizontal and equal practices in opposition to current regimes and governance which threaten our liberty and safety.
Currently, Aloni is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of ilDance, an independent production body which is dedicated to contemporary dance; the architect and international project manager of International Contemporary Dance Collective (iCoDaCo) which has been co-founded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union; researcher in Cultural Transformation Movement Project, a European cooperation project aiming to examine correlation amongst systems of governance and artistic practice in relation to just representation of under represented communities; Resident Practitioner at New Education For Contemporary Dance at Härnösand Folkhögskola; Advisory Committee member of IETM – International Network of Contemporary Performing Arts.
Hanna Magdalena Gödl - Producer
Hanna Magdalena Gödl studied Northern European Studies and Musicology at Humboldt University in Berlin before moving to Gothenburg to complete an education in International Culture Project Management at Kulturverkstan. She has been working with ilDance since 2021, with a focus on production and project management of COMPASS, a sister organisation of ilDance which provides support for emerging dance artists in Sweden.
Besides her work with ilDance, Hanna has been one of the Festival Directors of Gothenburg Fringe Festival since 2019. In this role, she has co-led the facilitation of the main annual festival, two showcase festivals, artistic residencies, workshops and multiple projects on national and international level, providing a platform for international exchange in Gothenburg and offering a stage for interdisciplinary performances. Hanna’s work is inspired by her passion for promoting and supporting the work of independent artists, creating meeting places for presenters, audiences and artists, exploring the creative potential of site-specific performances and making arts and culture more accessible.