MEET THE TEAM

Meet the faces behind #STOFF2017 !

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.”


Part of a bunch of pics taken for Transit Kulturinkubator - tid, råd och rum för konstnärliga verksamheter @"5min with..."
Photograph by Binyam Berhane.

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: 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: Sofia Wigand

STOFF ROLE: Project coordinator

“A bit crazy, very organized jack of all trades. Cofounder of Studio Naiv, a genius stage performance group. I love flowers, beer and women”

What would you expect to see at a Fringe festival?

Something that makes me angry, something that makes me hopeful, something that makes me laugh.

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

The ocean. I want to do everything in the ocean.


NAME: Anthony Cooks

STOFF ROLE: Technical Coordinator

ORIGINS: Sweden/USA

“A sound and light technician that also stands on his hands for a living”

What would you expect to see at a Fringe festival?

I want to cry. Hope something makes me cry.

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

In front of my old 12-meters bus on a glacier on Island or Greenland.


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: 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!”


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.”


 

5-10 SEPT 2017