Härnösand, a city in North Sweden, about 25000 residents. Houses that look like models for a fairytale movie set and very nice people. A distance of one hour flight followed by another one hour flight from Stockholm, something like a drop by the coasts of Sinai from Tel-Aviv only in -20 degrees. No biggie.
White fairytale - back from Sweden
A few months ago I was approached by the choreographers Yossi Bereg and Oded Graf, with a slightly unusual offer. "Usual" is designing clothes. I "dive" into such projects from time to time, when an offer comes along that is interesting enough for me to change my priorities and make me devote myself to the job and the artists behind it, like in "two playful pink" by Yasmeen Godder, or like her latest work "Lie like a lion" where I was involved only partially.
I started working with Yossi and Oded a year and a half ago. We first worked on Heaven or Tel Aviv along with a group of dancers from Norway, who arrived in Tel-Aviv for their rehearsal period. This time it is another version for a pre-existing work, Black Fairytale, which will be remade by a group that's working in Sweden, The Norrdans.
What do we do? The dancers group changed and we have a process of copying the original outfits and adjusting them to the many changes ahead of us. It's a matter of a lot of details, big as well as small. The fact that the original had smaller number of dancers allows me to enjoy designing another brand new set of clothing, but one that's aligned with the clothes who were originally designed by Mona Moller Schmid.
I really like going to a new and faraway place, but I hate flights, especially take-offs. Ways to fight off flight anxiety with the use of chemicals: a personal bottle of wine (wine for each flight, 5 in total), drawing sketches for the summer collection and slightly obsessive drawing of safety instructions in case of an emergency.
When the suitcase gets held up – a small delay of two days, that was carefully handled by Anna-Leena, the super Production Assistant of the group and a former dancer herself – there was no choice but to turn to Härnösand's lighthouse, the branch of the Swedish clothing company and go on a shopping spree. For one day I turned to a model presenter from top to bottom, including skinny pants, god forbid. Overall it's quite nice to do some shopping, something I haven’t done in over a decade. the suitcase arrived eventually.
Annette, the dressmaker who works with the group and is basically in charge of making all the clothes. This is the woman who craft wonders. With a veteran of 20 years in Stockholm's opera , this amazing woman can make everything, from periodical clothes (like the dress in the next picture, which is 30 years old) to tutu skirts, all handmade and seemingly effortless, in addition to creative solutions in small times of crisis.
a red hill shoe that turns into a Cinderella shoe, one of the accessories need for the job. Nice fireplace indoors, beautiful snow outdoors, and glitters that stick to me and refuse to let go (no complaining).
well, it's not a city for intense hangouts and shopping, surely not during the winter. I found one café, Waynes coffee, part of a chain restaurant that popular here, and another two or three cute, small ones that I didn’t get to document. There are probably a few more hiding out here. A good coffee at Waynes, alongside with a tiny, cheering muffin, with coconut cream and lime. Right next to the café, there's a Red Cross shop. A short visit ended with two meaningful purchases, miniature ceramic glasses decorated with eggplants and a Barbie clothes set, hand-knitted. It turns out there's a group of women who knit, among other things, clothes for Barbie dolls. The prices are very cheap (10-25 NIS). With lack of any affection for Barbie dolls, straight to framing.
Every once and then I walked into the hall where the rehearsals took place. It's quite fascinating to watch a work process in its midst, from the first, technical step of learning the moves up until the point where the moves are fed with content, a system of relations and emotions and eventually ends up in that moment where every thing come together like magic.
*You'll get to meet the dancers and clothes in about two or three months. To be continued.