MEET THE TEAM

For 2016, the Stoff team is bigger than ever. Meet the faces behind the fest.

Photograph by Binyam Berhane.

NAME: Helena Bunker
ORIGINS: Sweden/Greece
STOFF ROLE: Co-Founder/Co-Director

From arts student, to university arts student, to master art student, to fringe artist, to producer of arts and baker of life. My journey have taken me to many incredible places and people around the world, through different weird and wonderful forms. Half greek, half swede with a heart’s majority anchored in England/Australia. Of all the amazing (and catastrophic) projects I have been involved in I would say that experiencing the Fringe (and ok the arts exchange where I lived alone in a castle in Transylvania) has taught me the most. If I could, I would do it all again.”

What would you expect to see at a Fringe festival?

“Several stomach punches that’ll remind you why we do what we do, and why the hell we stick to it. It sounds so pretentious but i truly feel that the fringe give life to so many new thoughts, meetings, acts and experiences; it is so beautiful to see how this arts collective thrives on their unique artistic flame and how this global arts celebration create such a strong union.”

The world is your stage. Where would you want to perform?

A) In the head of John Malkovich. B) In a place, and for those, where art is not accessible.”


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NAME: Adam J. K. Potrykus
ORIGINS: Produced in PL. Developed in SWE. Refined in AUS & UK.
STOFF ROLE: Co-Founder/Co-Director & Press Officer

“My FRINGE journey started 1983 when our neighbours in Gdansk(PL) give me a custom built puppet theatre. It stayed with me when we migrated to Sweden. 10 years later I got accepted to THELISI – School for Young Stage Art (Stockholm) where I meet Stoff Co-founders Helena Bunker & Lina Karlmark. Many pretentious stage shows later via TV Production internships in Gdansk/Warsaw/Dublin I ended up in Melbourne where I studied FILM while engaging in music touring. Moved to London 2010 and joined troops with H&L launching Stoff!”

What would you expect to see at a Fringe festival?

“Something less ordinary that challenges my perception of life and society. Usually a pinch of twisted + a slither of humor mixed with a fat dose of punk attitude delivers amazing.”

The world is your stage. Where would you want to perform?

“Every day life is a performance. If I gotta be specific… , a part from being a Culture Nerd I’m also a proper airliner geek. There is a Boeing 747 parked by Stockholm Arlanda Airport. It’s been converted into a hostel. I LOVE to have a theatre plane. A mini festival in the air. A truly global stage. Although that may not be a very ecological festival. We like our things Green in Sweden.”


NAME: Lee Simmons
ORIGINS: UK
STOFF ROLE: Art direction/Graphic design

“Visual identity design, development & application. Working directly with my client, listening & building something together. It’s incredibly rewarding.”

What would you expect to see in a Fringe festival?

“Something a little risky.”

The world is your stage. Where would you want to perform?

“In a light-filled forest by a lake – or the sea (does that exist?) Perfect!”


NAME: Heidi Edström
ORIGINS: Sweden
STOFF ROLE: Performance Programme Curator

“I’m an art loving performance artist that enjoys the everyday life together with Koira the borzoi, were we’re exploring both the wonders of nature and urban street art. As an artist I’m interested in the small things in life that we’re constantly trying to flatten, straighten out, scrape off and push aside, out of our consciousness in a constant craving for perfection.”

What would you expect to see at a Fringe festival?

“I hope to encounter some really sweet bold weirdness that twists my mind around.”

The world is your stage. Where would you want to perform?

“It depends on the piece but I would be fun to develop one specially to be performed on the E4 highway.”


NAME: Joel Nenander
ORIGINS: Sweden
STOFF ROLE: Producer/Artist Liaison

“28 y/o Stockholmer, soon to have a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Studies, who love plants and veg. food, my two sisters and red red wine.”

What would you expect to see at a Fringe festival?

“Love and solidarity. Artists and performers from all over the world (of stage art and other) connecting, sharing ideas and experiences. Subversive and intermedial performances. And an enthusiastic audience!”

The world is your stage. Where would you want to perform?

“By any of the limestone quarries on Gotland (where I’m spending my summer). I generally love industrial and barren environments!”


NAME: Jonas Robin
ORIGINS: Sweden
STOFF ROLE: Producer

“Educated project manager who loves to get things done together with creative and ambitious people. It doesn’t matter if the event is big or small, as long as it is interesting, fun and contains a lot of difficulties. I’ve been involved in about 15 festivals in different fields, from a bicycles to films. Besides Stoff, I’m working as an international producer in the dance industry for children and youth.”

What would you expect to see at a Fringe festival?

“The unexpected.”

The world is your stage. Where would you want to perform?

“At an Island in the Stockholm archipelago.”


NAME: Sonia Braska
ORIGINS: Poland/Sweden
STOFF ROLE: Producer

“I’m an arts & culture producer based in Stockholm. My day to day work is quite mainstream as I work for a council-owned Arts & Culture Centre. Since I love to juggle several different tasks at once, in addition to working for the Centre and Stoff I also work with one of the main folk music festivals in Sweden. I spend what remains of my free time growing veggies and trying to make people out of my two bengal cats, both to a largely varying effect.”

What would you expect to see at a Fringe festival?

“Anything and everything. For me, Fringe is the place for all things most unexpected.”

The world is your stage. Where would you want to perform?

“I’ve never wanted to perform, kinda why I chose to be a producer 😉 But, if I got to pitch a dream project to someone – I’d love to stage something up outside the old Motala Verkstan by Göta Kanal. Art + weird urban locations is definitely my thing!”


NAME: Ewa Strozniak
ORIGINS: Poland
STOFF ROLE: Producer

“I am a fine art photographer, ecologist, activist, mystic and philosopher. I have graduated from A. Mickiewicz Poznan University in Poland with a Master’s degree in social communication and philosophy. I have been focused on educational, social and cultural projects as well as social media campaigns concerning wildlife protection and nature conservation, working with different NGOs in Poland for the last 8 years. I am fascinated with people and nature, using art to express a deeper connection between those two subjects and their place in the present world. I am full of passion for visual arts and alternative sounds that go beyond human limits. I am fresh blood on the board, starting my journey with STOFF as well as with Sweden.”

What would you expect to see at a Fringe festival?

“An art that crosses the boundaries and unites people all around the world, showing the humanity without even a single mask.”

The world is your stage. Where would you want to perform?

“On the top of one of the glaciers on Spitsbergen during the Northern Lights.”


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NAME: Josh Hopton-Stewart
ORIGINS: New Zealand
STOFF ROLE: Online Communications Manager

“My creative adventure began at age five when I started learning piano. Throughout my school years I dedicated myself to music and drama and in 2009 moved to Wellington to study at the NZ School of Music. After graduating, I rebelled against my 21st century music teachings and started writing musicals and producing independent theatre. The same year, I was offered an internship with the New Zealand Fringe Festival. A few months later, I was offered a job and need up working there as their Online Comms Manager for five years. I moved to Stockholm at the start of June this year and Stoff has been awesome enough to bring me onboard and bring a ‘Down Under’ flavour to the party. I’m still figuring out which area of the arts I want to dedicate my life to but I’m excited to discover it in this beautiful country.”

What would you expect to see at a Fringe festival?

“Creative works that you wouldn’t see on a ‘commercial’ stage or gallery, works that push the boundaries and surprise us with their out-of-the-box approach, works that inspire other artists to think broader when developing their creative language.”

The world is your stage. Where would you want to perform?

“A few years ago, I directed Shakespeare’s ‘Titus Andronicus’ in a hair salon. It was the most beautiful, modern, clean and white studio space and we performed in it one of the bloodiest most gruesome plays in history. It was so cool to bring audience into a local space that they probably walk past every day but have never bothered to see or experience.”


Remi McQuen (UK)
Photographer

NAME: Remi McQuen
ORIGINS: UK
STOFF ROLE: Photographer

“Portraiture has always been an interest in mine. Moving to London introduced me to so many new people and new cultures, it was hard not to be inspired by that. I would like to think that my photography shows that diversity, not just in London but in every community. The LGBT community especially has so much to offer in terms of talent and I would love to help showcase that. That’s my plan.”

What would you expect to see at a Fringe festival?

“I would like to be inspired and moved. I think that’s what anyone would want, and that’s what a lot of people get from Fringe. It’s all about the unexpected and taking other cultures and experiences on board. It’s a great place to learn about people.”

The world is your stage. Where would you want to perform?

“Edge of a volcano would be amazing.. maybe in one of those underwater hotel rooms? That would be incredible.”


NAME: Johanna Broman
ORIGINS: Sweden
STOFF ROLE: Copywriting/Press

“Hard working, life- food- drink- travel- culture loving 38 year old woman with Sloan Sabbith from The Newsroom as biggest idol. Running communication and project agency, Pipi Cucu, since 2012, with small and large customers, primarily in the cultural sphere. Has one home in Stockholm, and one in Buenos Aires. Reads Joan Didion, Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway and Warsan Shire. The dance performance “Anna Vnuk sätter upp cats” from 2004 is still on the Top 3 Best performing arts list.”

What would you expect to see at a Fringe festival?

“At least one mind-blowing act that stays for a long time and shakes me up mentally (and physically?)”

The world is your stage. Where would you want to perform?

“Probably an over dramatic scene from The picture of Dorian Gray.”

SEPT 2017