Creating Her

Creating Her
Johanna Nyberg Rydström & Nomuna Amarbat (Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland)

Work-in-development: Mon 18 – Wed 20 March at 10:00am – 4:00pm
Performance: Thurs 21 & Fri 22 March at 12:00pm & 5:00pm. Duration 25mins

In this experimental fusion of dance, theatre, and audience participation, unfolds a unique, unpredictable creation that invites you to explore the complexity of girlhood in real-time. A transformative experience giving rise to a collective celebration of identity, vulnerability, and the shared human experience.

Through working with patterns, devising techniques and provocations, we will be creating this work in real-time, in the space, alongside two other female-identifying artists. The framework we are using steps away from a product-driven process and instead steps towards experience, both for the performers as well as the audience. We’ll create this piece over three days, then performing the work across two days, which will keep evolving via the interactions with the audience.

Johanna Nyberg Rydström is an actor, dancer and maker from Sweden currently based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara. Her background is within movement and physical acting. She trained under one of Sweden’s most prominent physical actors and directors of commedia dell’arte; Micke Klingvall. At Kulturama Performing Art School she gained training in areas such as Grotowski, Lecoq, acrobatics, ballet and devising. Joanna is a recent graduate of Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School.

Telling stories through movement has always come naturally to her and making work especially for women and girls to be inspired/uplifted by will continuously be the foundation of her artistry. With Creating Her, Johanna hopes to further deepen her choreographic skills and methodology in creating work with/for women.

Nomuna Amarbat is an actor, emerging producer and creative based in Tāmaki Makaurau of Mongolian and Chinese descent. A graduate of the acting programme at Toi Whakaari; NZ Drama school, Nomuna has worked across theatre, screen and voice. Her credits include Chick Habit directed by Nahyeon Lee, Ngā Rorirori directed by Hone Kouka, and ‘Asian 8’ directed by Nahyeon Lee.

Nomuna is fuelled by work that is process-led and experimental, identity and culture driven, with a keen affinity for movement.

World Premiere!

Warnings Audience interaction

Creating Her is supported by Creative Communities Nelson and NCC Council.

Work-in-development: Mon 18 – Wed 20 March at 10:00am – 4:00pm
Performance: Thurs 21 & Fri 22 Mar at 12:00pm & 5:00pm. 25mins

Venue: Refinery ArtSpace
Rating: PG

Paper Koha


Refinery ArtSpace

114 Hardy Street
Nelson, 7010 New Zealand