Marianna Wikström refers to herself as an “art practician”. Dancing came first, already while growing up in Boden. For the sake of dancing she moved to Stockholm, to the Ballet academy and a career as a dancer with many roles on different stages. Among others she participated in the Swedish original production of West Side Story at the Oscarsteatern in Stockholm. A couple of years earlier she had seen the musical at the cinema in Boden and been struck by the possibilities of modern dance.
Her will to reach deeper led her to the choreographic institute, a predecessor of the School of Dance and Circus (Danshögskolan) and legendary teachers such as Birgit Åkesson. Here a solid base for the artistic mindset that dance is a mobile artwork was founded. Ever since, it has been her guiding star during her professional career as a dancer and choreographer, with many of her own dance productions.
Visual art has always been important to her and in later years, she has granted her creation of visual art more and more space and developed it through art school studies and through work in her own graphic studio. Nowadays Marianne Wikström works both as an artist and as a choreographer.
Here at Havremagasinet she shows both of her creative sides. Her monotypes, a graphical technique where every image is unique, an original, hang on the walls. On the floor, her dance act Nordpilen is performed live during a couple of performances that are filmed and later shown on screen during the exhibition period. In her pictures Marianne Wikström has, among others, been inspired by stories about the disguised God which seduces the humans, about the three Fates in Norse mythology and about Ariadne’s red thread in Greek mythology.
In her dance act, she returns to her own story and talks about three generations of women who, in different times, have taken a different approach to one and the same place. The first generation found the place, the second stayed there and the third left it. In this lyric dance act, Nordpilen becomes a symbol of a break up.
“My dance language and art language are similar. I strive for purity and freedom both in my dancing and in my art. I do not want to overburden the viewer and thus leave a lot unsaid. Freedom to both create and interpret is important”, says Marianne Wikström.