Mini interview: Åsa Lundvik Gustafson
Åsa Lundvik Gustafson joined Cullberg Ballet in 1996, and with more than fifteen years in the company, she’s a senior among the dancers. This spring she dances, and speaks Swedish, English, and some Chinese, in Melanie Mederlind’s Translations.
What is language to you?
Hard but great so we can communicate.
Why did you start dancing?
Because my ballet teacher at the gymnastics told me to try for the Royal Swedish Ballet School. First I didn´t like it at all, no action, until I got to be on stage, then I loved it.
An inspirational moment in your dancing?
The music and rhythms.
A memorable stage production you have performed in?
Oh, hard, many through the years now.
Åsa trained at the Royal Swedish Ballet School, and was then engaged at the Royal Swedish Ballet for five years dancing in both classical and modern ballets. In 1995-96 Åsa danced with Nye Carte Blanche in Norway, where she worked with Jo Strömgren and Ina Christel Johannessen, among others. In 1996 she joined Cullberg Ballet, where she has danced the role of Aurora in Mats Ek's Sleeping Beauty, Jester in Mats Ek’s Swan Lake and roles in works by Johan Inger, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Alexander Ekman, Stijn Celis, Philippe Blanchard, Ohad Naharin, Rui Horta, Jens Östberg, Linus Tunström and others. Åsa has been on leave of absence three times during her years at Cullberg and worked with choreographers as Örjan Andersson, Martin Forsberg, Janette Langert, and Yuri Zhukov to mention a few.