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About

Louise Ahl is a Glasgow-based artist originally from Sweden, making experimental and choreographic performance work. She creates both solo and collaborative multi-art-form pieces under the guise of Ultimate Dancer.

Louise makes art around the metaphysical and mystical, using movement, voice, light, sonics and language. Her work has shown across the UK (including, but not limited to Southbank Centre and BALTIC Centre of Contemporary Art), Ireland, Germany, France, USA and Australia and has been supported through Creative Scotland, Arts Council England and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

Her pieces have been commissioned by Dance4 (‘Intercourse’), Edinburgh Art Festival (‘Edelweiss, Edelweiss...') and Tramway (‘Holy Smoke’). Louise was a New Associated Artist at Yorkshire Dance in 2012, a Tramway Associated Artist in 2015/16 and a 2017/18 recipient of the Starter Artist award through the National Theatre of Scotland.

Education

MA Choreospiritual Practice, The NICE Institute, Glasgow (2013 –)  

First Class BA Choreography, Dartington College of Arts, Dartington (2007 – 2010)        

Hochschule für Schauspielkünst “Ernst Busch”, Berlin (2009 – 2010)

Theatre and Dance History, University of Stockholm (2006)

Foundation year in Theatre and stage acting, Teaterverkstan Folkuniversitetet, Stockholm (2004 – 2005)

Performance archive

2018 For now we see through a mirror, darkly as part of Take Me Somewhere Festival at CCA Glasgow 22 – 23rd May

2018 I never perform as me Group show / performance with Fritz Welch as part of Glasgow International at The Pearce Institute 23rd April

2018 YAYAYA AYAYAY as part of Experimentica Festival at Chapter Arts Centre 14th April, Cardiff and at Southbank Centre 20 – 23rd March, London 

2018 Cloud Mushrooms as part of Profound Sound at Performance Space 3rd February, Folkestone 

2017 For now we see through a mirror, darkly work in-progress showing as part of residency at Reykjavik Dance Festival, 1st September

2017 YAYAYA AYAYAY at Dance International Glasgow (DIG) at Tramway 6 – 7th May and at Live Collision International Festival at Project Arts Centre 21st April, Dublin

2017 Cloud Mushrooms as part of Take Me Somewhere Festival at Platform 3rd March, Glasgow and at Citymoves Launch event at The Anatomy Rooms 29th April, Aberdeen

2016 Holy Smoke touring to Norwich Arts Centre, Trinity Centre Bristol, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Southbank Centre London. 16th September – 5th November, England

2016 YAYAYA AYAYAY work in-progress showings at: Dance Base 10th June, Edinburgh; Movement Research at Judson Church 3rd October, New York; Live Collision at Project Art Centre 2nd December, Dublin; BUZZCUT Double Thrills at CCA 14th December, Glasgow

2015 Holy Smoke as part of Dance International Glasgow (DIG) at Tramway 15 – 16th May

2014 Intercourse as part of SPILL National Platform 31st October – 1st November, Ipswich and at Ausform Micro-fest at The Trinity Centre 28th November, Bristol

2014 Cloud Mushrooms as part of Arches Live at The Arches 2 – 3rd October, Glasgow

2014 NICE Healing one-on-one performance as part of BUZZCUT Festival, at The Pearce Institute 23 - 24th April, Glasgow

2013 NICE Growl performance as part of BELLYFLOP Symposium, at Artsadmin 22nd November, London

2013 NICE Opening Ceremony installation and durational performance as part of Arches Live, at The Arches 28th September, Glasgow

2013 Edelweiss, Edelweiss – a performance with Franz West’s sculptures performance commission for Detour at Edinburgh Art Festival, at Inverleith House 24th August, Edinburgh

2013 Intercourse as part of BUZZCUT Festival, 30th March, Glasgow. Also performed at Steakhouse Live, at Rich Mix 27th July, London; Buzzcut at the Fringe - at Hunt & Darton Café 16th and 18th August, Edinburgh; SEAM13 Symposium at Critical Path 16th November, Sydney

2013 Intercourse work in-progress shows as part of Friday Firsts, at Yorkshire Dance 1st March, Leeds and as part of Nottdance Festival, at Dance4 16th March, Nottingham

2013 MA Choreospiritual Practice durational and ongoing performance project as part of The NICE Institute, Glasgow


2012 Intercourse work in-progress shows as part of Supper Club, at The Basement 3rd November, Brighton and as part of Festival Critiques, at Centre national de danse contemporaine Angers 7th December, Angers

2012 Dance Maximus a collaboration with Rebekka Saeter as part of BUZZCUT Festival, at The Old Hairdressers 15th March, Glasgow

2012 Trance as part of Going Solo, at Yorkshire Dance 3rd February, Leeds and as part of Tanztage Berlin, at Sophiensaele 6-7th January, Berlin and at BUZZCUT Festival, at The Glue Factory 18th March, Glasgow

2011 Trance work in-progress show as part of Compass Live Arts Festival, at Leeds Gallery 25th November

2011 This is not a Dance as part of SOLO, an evening of solo work at Seven Artspace 27th August, Leeds and at Dance Base during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 5- 21st August

2010 This is not a Dance as part of Live Bites at Yorkshire Dance 26th November, Leeds

  

Performer/choreographer for other artists:

2018 We are fucked, Performer and collaborator on Jo Bannon’s commission for Unlimited Festival. Performed at Arnolfini 31st August – 1st September, Bristol and at Southbank Centre 7 – 8th September, London

2018 King of Rags and Stitches, Choreographer and assistant director on Peter McMaster’s performance for Take Me Somewhere Festival 29 – 30th May, Glasgow

2017 Oink Trap, Performer in Fritz Welch’s exhibition performance at the Art History Department at the University of Glasgow 23rd August

2015 Uber Teuchter performance maker for a Glasgow – Berlin artists exchange programme as part of Month of Performance Art Berlin 22 – 29th May, Berlin

Awards and funding:

2017-2018 Starter Artist Award through National Theatre of Scotland

2017 Open project funding from Creative Scotland for For now we see through a mirror, darkly

2016 Open project funding from Creative Scotland for YAYAYA AYAYAY. Funding from Arts Council England for Holy Smoke – England tour 2016

2015-2016 Associated Artist at Tramway, Glasgow

2015 Open project funding from Creative Scotland for Holy Smoke

2014 Professional Development funding from Creative Scotland

2013 Professional Development funding from Creative Scotland

2012 Project funding from Arts Council England for Intercourse. New Associated Artist at Yorkshire Dance, Leeds

2011 Funding from The Swedish Arts Grants Committee for Trance and This is not a Dance. Selected by Southbank Centre for a grant through Jardin d’Europe Wild Cards.

Press

2018 Review of For now we see through a mirror, darkly in The Herald

2018 Review of YAYAYA AYAYAY in The Sick of the Fringe

2018 Review of YAYAYA AYAYAY in The Play’s The Thing

2018 Interview with Ultimate Dancer about YAYAYA AYAYAY in Exeunt Magazine

2017 Review of YAYAYA AYAYAY in The Herald

2017 Review of YAYAYA AYAYAY on Figures Series

2017 Interview with Ultimate Dancer about YAYAYA AYAYAY in No More Workhorse

2016 Review of Holy Smoke in Exeunt Magazine

2016 Interview with Ultimate Dancer about Holy Smoke in This Week London

2015 Review of Holy Smoke in The Herald

2015 Review of Holy Smoke in Across the Arts

2014 Review of Cloud Mushrooms in Qmunicate Magazine

2014 Gareth Vile blog on Louise Ahl

2012 Review Dance Maximus in The Skinny

2011 Review of This is not a dance in The Skinny