Rebecca Hytting.

Rebecca Hytting. "It suddenly hit me that I should become a dancer"

Rebecca Hytting
Rebecca HyttingMarcus Palmqvist

Usually, anyone wanting to become a professional dancer starts early, often even at the age of five. But not Rebecca Hytting. She first started attending the Ballet Academy as a 20-year-old and now dance has taken her all the way to some of the dance world's most interesting companies.

As a little girl, dance was a hobby of Rebecca's, but she was totally set on studying economics and to follow in her family's footsteps as an entrepreneur. It took some time before dancing matured and she realised that it was actually what she did in the evenings that would become her future profession. So Rebecca moved to Stockholm and trained at the Ballet Academy. After that, her career includes being a dancer at the world famous Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv before coming to GöteborgsOperans Danskompani in summer 2012.

Meetings with big personalities in the dance world
In Israel she worked with choreographer Sharon Eyal, and that means a lot to her. "Collaborating with a choreographer is all about how it feels when you are moving. I can understand within my body what Sharon is thinking in hers. You might say that there is an egotistical side about working together, because she lets me be honest in what I do," relates Rebecca.

During her time in Tel Aviv, Rebecca also became a teacher of GAGA, a form of training invented by the founder of the Batsheva Dance Company, Ohad Naharin. GAGA is all about getting to know your body, researching and developing your own pattern of movement and building up speed and explosivity on the basis of your own ability. And the joy and passion!

"It is a form of training that feels natural for me, in which I have found many keys and tools. And when you work at the Batsheva you also learn to teach one another," says Rebecca.

Nothing is ever totally finished
In their work at GöteborgsOperans Danskompani the dancers usually start the day with a technique class – and it could be GAGA that's on the timetable. After that, it is time for rehearsals and work on the current performances. The dancers try out movements to music, put different elements together or run through longer coherent parts of the performance.

Rebecca says there is always a lot of time pressure. "What is inspiring is that nothing is ever totally finished. It is an endless stream of information and finishing the pieces, getting everything together.

Experiencing instead of understanding
The audience needs to be open to taking in the experience without always understanding - and they may not be used to that.

"It is all about the senses and sensations. You don't have to understand what you are seeing at all, just sense whether if feels interesting, boring, pleasant, ugly....or something entirely different." / Rebecca Hytting

"I don't know what that's all about – always having to understand. Contemporary dance lets you experience something and, as part of the audience, you can just let it happen. Everything you sense and think is OK. And just as quickly as the experience comes to you, it disappears again. That is what makes dance extremely special."

In spring 2013, you can see Rebecca dance in Body remix, The Rite of Spring and 33 Rue Vandenbranden.


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