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VARIA International Improvisation Festival

Artists from many countries, diverse generations and disciplines - dance, theatre, music, light, video, sound -art, comes together in VARIA


VARIA17 SHORT CUT Participating Artists


Participants in VARIA17 SHORT CUT are as always carefully selected and invited to underline the art of improvisation.

This time the six national participating artists represent the disciplines dance and movement, music and sound etc.

Half of them visits VARIA for the first time and the other half has earlier been appreciated parts in previous VARIA projects.



VARIA17 SHORT CUT - Participating artists 23/9-1/10 - presented below in alphabetical order.


Katarina Eriksson - dancer, choreographer (S/USA) - Duets 30/9 & 1/10 (with Yasuhito Mori)

Katarina Eriksson has been involved with improvisational dance since 1989. She teaches Contact Improvisation and other improvisational forms internationally, and since 2000 she curates the performance series Moment’s Notice in Berkeley. Katarina has worked at The Gothenburg State Theatre and Opera, as well as with numerous choreographers and dance companies in Sweden. Some more recent performance work in US includes an art residency with Cathie Caraker at CounterPULSE, shows at San Francisco Clown School, and co-creation with veterans of war in the Echo Theatre Suitcase project. She currently works with immigrant youth in Gothenburg with Lava Dansproduktioner.


Nina de Heney - bass (S) - Duets 30/9 & 1/10 (with Anna Westberg)

She started doing solo performances in 1992, often working with dancers and in 2008 she founded the festival Dance ‘n’ Bass alongside dancer and choreographer Anna Westberg. Her three solo albums Archipelago, 2 and Three have all been met with critical acclaim and she has, on several occasions, been nominated for the Swedish Jazz Celebration and received the 2012 Jazz Musician of the Year Award. In addition to this she has been awarded funds from the Swedish Arts Grant on several occasions. Nina has been working in the jazz and improvisation scene in Sweden for many years with a number of groups and is currently working with pianist Lisa Ullén.


Yasuhito Mori - musician, composer (S/JP) - Duets 30/9 & 1/10 (with Katarina Eriksson)

Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1952, he started to play in major jazz clubs in Tokyo while attending Aoyama Gakuin High School and University. After graduating university, he played with Masayuki Jojo Takayanagi and many other artists. In 1981 he moved to Sweden and has worked with Swedish jazz musicians in many different constellations. Artists he has played with include Putte Wickman, Bengt Hallberg as well as guests George Coleman, Lee Konitz, Bob Berg, Bob Mintzer, Maria Schneider, Ken Peplowski, Art Farmer, Karin Krog, Clark Terry, Georgie Fame, Billy Hart, Billy Harper, and many others. Today Mori performs with the Bohuslän Big Band, Tommy Kotter Trio, and Jonny Wartel Quartet, etc. He was part of tenor saxophonist Stan Getz's Quartet with Kenny Barron and Ben Riley during their European tour in the summer of 1989. He worked often with The Toots Thielemans Quartet between 1992 and 2005. -In 1994 Mori started a concert series called Scandinavian Japan Connection, and since 1994 he has made 56 tours both in Japan and Sweden with several Swedish and Japanese musicians, including twice on the Bohuslän Big Band Tour of Japan until 2017. -In June 2000, he performed at the Carnegie Hall, New York as member of the Swedish star clarinet player Putte Wickman quartet. -In June 2003, Mori was invited to ISB Convention in Virginia, USA (International Society of Bassists) as a guest artist.


Lisa Larsdotter Petersson - performance and visual -artist (S) - Workshop 23-24/9 and Duets 30/9 & 1/10 (with Henrik Wartel)

After studying Philosophy, Photography and Sculpture in Sweden, Lisa Larsdotter Petersson went on to, among else, study Instant composition, Contact improvisation and Authentic movement in several countries. Since several years now she is using improvisation as an essential tool in performance and when teaching, parallel with her work with visual art and exhibition periods. Further and for a long time she initiated, produced and participated in several gatherings and projects of international and national artists who also wish to blend their disciplines by way of improvisation in live performances. One example of her projects is VARIA Improvisation Festival that she has been running since -04. Lisa Larsdotter Petersson has collaborated with performers and artists such as Andrew Morrish, Michael Schumacher, Peter Trotman and Ola Åstrand.


Henrik Wartel - drummer (S) - Duets 30/9 & 1/10 (with Lisa Larsdotter Petersson)

Henrik Wartel Born -57. Henrik became a member of the world famous trombonist Eje Thelins quartet when he was only twenty years old. They toured Europe frequently for several years and Henrik became a well-known and popular drummer among all kinds of musicians. He played Rock N Roll with Finish Jucka Tullonen, hardcore jazz with Bernt Rosengren, accompanied famous stars as Monika Zetterlund, Tomaz Stanko, Nisse Landgren, among many others. In Free jazz style he played with Roland Keijser and free impro with Position Alpha. In short: he plays with everyone everywhere.


Anna Westberg - dancer, choreographer (S) - Duets 30/9 & 1/10 (with Nina de Heney)

Anna Westberg is a dance artist based in Stockholm, with her roots and most of her leaves stemming from the Gothenburg dance field. She is linked through artistic work and heartfelt loyalty to venues such as Atalante in Göteborg and Weld in Stockholm. Anna will be a student for the coming two years, starting a master’s programme at DOCH in Stockholm this fall.




(With reservation for change)