Medieval and Traditional Ballads and Songs from Scandinavia, Europe, India, The US
We have travelled far and wide to find the most beautiful, enthralling and mysterious songs, melodies and stories, to take you on a journey to far away islands, deep forests and magical gardens.
After relocating to New Mexico from Scandinavia in 2001, Scott and Johanna have performed all over the U.S. at festivals, theatres, arts councils, universities, schools, libraries, and live broadcasts including:
Provincetown Playhouse and Scandinavia House, NYC
Outpost Performance Space with AMP Concerts, Albuquerque, NM
Folk Festivals: Traditional Music Society, Los Angeles, CA; and Albuquerque, NM
Scandinavian Festivals: Atlanta, GA; Los Angeles, CA; Thousand Oaks, CA; and Lindsborg, KS
Storytelling Festivals: Los Angeles, CA; Four Corners, NM; Taos, NM; and Albuquerque, NM
Universities: NYU; UNM, ENMU, San Juan College and College of Santa Fe, NM; UA; Coe College, IA
NPR Affiliates, KUNM, KSFR, WFHB
TV 2KASA Morning Show
New Mexico Humanities Council – Inducted as scholars in 2005
Johanna Hongell-Darsee started to create performances of dance/mime/storytelling in 1986.
She received her education in mime and theater at the Lecoq School in Paris, France and later studied Classical Indian Dance with Gurus Sri Kama Dev and Smt Savithri Jagannatha Rao. She also studied Abhinaya (the mimic part of the dance) with Guru Kalanidhi Narayanan and her students Uma Maheshwari and Nityakalyani Vaydjanathan. Later she added storytelling and singing to her work. Over the years she has developed a style of performing with elements from mime, theater, song and dance.
Before moving to New Mexico in 2001, she led a dance and theater company (Theater Bava) in Malmo, Sweden as well as toured throughout Sweden and in Europe, USA and India. She has performed at festivals such as Avignon in France, La Batie in Switzerland, Tampere in Finland, Differenta Sensationi in Italy, Theater of Creation in Pennsylvania, USA, Kobenhavn Sommerscene in Denmark, and Dance and Theater festivals in Stockholm, Malmo, Uppsala, Vilhelmina, Falun, Varmland and Skane in Sweden.
She has taught Bharata Natyam as a guest artist at University of New Mexico Department of Theater and Dance.
Scott Darsee is a poet, musician, songwriter and painter who spent 16 years in Europe before moving back to the USA in 2001.
Parallel to his artistic work he has also worked as a therapist at Ballet companies such as Dance Theatre of Harlem, London Festival Ballet, The English National Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet and Hamburg Ballet. He also taught at the Danish State School of Modern Dance and worked with Theater Bava as a sound engineer and painter.
In our productions he composes, arranges and performs his own compositions as well as arranges different traditional ballads. [+]