H2DANCE is choreographer/ performer duo Hanna Gillgren (SE) and Heidi Rustgaard (NO). Their work sits in between performance and dance and can be characterised as interdisciplinary, often taking a humorous approach to serious subject matters. Recurring themes in their choreography are group behaviour, conformity, power balance and manipulation. The notion of the group versus the individual, the public and the private is investigated through mediums such as movement, voice and video performed in and outside the black box. Hanna and Heidi have co created eight dance pieces, eleven touring shows, two dance films and several successful high quality participatory dance projects in the UK over the last 20 years. In 2017, they created a new immersive work ‘Strangers & Others’ across the UK, Sweden and Norway. More recently, they have started an artist-led Nordic-UK performance project called Fest en Fest that platforms artists from the expanded choreography field.
H2DANCE regularly perform in the UK, Norway and Sweden and have been in residency at Dance4, METAL, Pavilion Dance, Dance East, DanceDigital, The Place in the UK, DansiT, SEANSE, Union Scene and Scenerommet in Norway, Nordic House Iceland, Back Box Oslo, Rosendal teater Trondheim, Devir CAPa (Centro de Artes Performativas do Algarve) Portugal, Taipei Artist Village Taiwan and Gaara Dance Foundation in Kenya.
–The Place Prize for Dance, Audience prize 2013 with DUET
-IMZ Dance on Screen Award 2005 with GOLD (director: Rachel Davies)
-Shrinking Cities competition (German Federal Cultural Foundation and Archplus) 2004, with the project “Cow – the udder way”. (In collaboration with architects What if –projects, choreographer Susanne Thomas (choreographer) architect Eike Sindlinger and film maker Paul Cotter.
-Are we overprotecting our audiences? Exeunt Magazine. Project: Staging Ages
-The Wapping Project: On Paper. Project: Six White Chairs
-Cause and Effect – Visualizing Sustainability: Gestalten. Project: ON/OFF
-Shrinking Cites Volume 2: Interventions. Project: Cow the udder way