Sunday, November 9, 2014

Rebecca Halls

Photographed By Ellinor Forje

WHERE ARE YOU NOW, WHERE ARE YOU FROM, AND WHERE ARE YOU GOING?
I’m in Berlin sitting on the floor of my studio: The Dreamhaus, Berlin - a center for yoga, contemporary dance, gyrotonic and hula hoop. I’m here for the next few months, teaching and documenting a few of my choreographic works and then I’m off to L.A. for the winter to perform. I’m originally from Vancouver Island, Canada.

HOW DID YOU ARRIVE AT THE DESTINATION OF BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR, HOOP DANCE PERFORMER, GYROTONIC TRAINER AND YOGA INSTRUCTOR?
I’m classically trained at the Royal Academy, and in the Cecchetti Method of Ballet since the age of five. I discovered Hoop Dance 10 years ago, fell in love and had to find a way to make it my career. The hoop provided me with an outlet for expression outside the rigid confines of pink ballet tights.

I decided to go to university for choreography and contemporary dance to become an expert in movement and the body. I financed my studies teaching hoop dance, which led to opening the first and only hula hoop school in Montreal. I was performing, and dancing a lot, and I ended up with a terrible dance injury. Then I discovered Gyrotonic and it healed my injury almost simultaneously. Yoga has always been an intrinsic part of my practice as an artist. Now I’m training hard again in all these things for my performances and also sharing what I believe to be the magic combo training with my dear students here in Berlin.

HOOPURBIA?
Hoopurbia is the hula hooper’s heaven on earth. It’s a week long festival where beginner and advanced hoop dancers, professional artists, dancers and musicians meet up for an artistic residency to learn from one another, perform and create. It’s a lab for experimentation and creative evolution. There are yoga and contemporary dance workshops every morning, hoop dance workshops in the afternoon, and performances at night. It started in Berlin, and it will be popping up in other cities in the coming years. I founded Hoopurbia in 2012. It was just a vision a friend and I came up with on a bikeride around Berlin one rainy November day, we had no idea if anyone would show up, but we’ve now done the festival three years in a row and it’s grown bigger than I could have ever imagined.

YOUR STAGE NAME, BEKA HOOP, IS IT AN ALTER EGO?
Beka Hoop lives on stage. Rebecca Halls is the one behind the scenes running the business and paying the bills.

HOW MUCH OF YOUR PERFORMANCE IS PRE-CHOREOGRAPHED AND HOW MUCH IS IMPROVISATION?
My performance is a structured improvisation. I’m a compulsive choreographer, always making up new sequences for each show, unique to the venue and the atmosphere. My dance is at its best when it’s completely free. I build a skeleton, and then I dance around it.

HOW IS IT POSSIBLE FOR LASER BEAMS TO SHOOT OUT OF YOUR HULA HOOPS WHEN THERE ARE NO WIRES ATTACHED?
This is high tech hula technology. State of the art. I designed my laser hoop in collaboration with my genius friend. This sleek piece of technology is currently the only one of its kind on the market, it’s an idea we have been working on since 2007. We finally managed to fit all the wires in the hoop this year.

HOW DID THE #REGENERATE14 COLLABORATION WITH "THE LAB MAGAZINE" AND GENERATOR HOSTELS COME ABOUT?
It all happened really fast. I was dancing wildly in a Berlin club where my friend was deejaying. The guys from the Lab were also there and happened to snap some photos of me. I was just coming out the other end of Hoopurbia and had lots of new work to show, they asked if I could do a video shoot, and I said yes. The next thing I knew I was in Copenhagen.

HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN YOUR HEALTH AND BEAUTY REGIMEN GIVEN THE RIGOROUS NATURE OF YOUR PROFESSION?
I don’t smoke. I drink lots of water. I try to stay away from sugar. I do yoga everyday. I go to bed early whenever there’s time. And I try to keep a positive attitude and live with integrity.

WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL STYLE - OTHER THAN THOSE SASSY LEOTARDS AND SPANDEX YOU WEAR?
I have a bodysuit collection in different colours, textures and cuts. I try to collect a new bodysuit from a local designer in every city I perform. I love to wear stretch fabrics, i like bold colours and patterns. I guess you could call it "performable street wear".

WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU OFFER ANYONE SEEKING TO BECOME A FITNESS GURU OR PERFORMANCE ARTIST?
Train hard. Take care of your body. Go see lots of shows. Travel. Get inspired. Don’t copy. Stay true. Create from your heart. Find a teacher and never quit being a student. And never give up even if it seems impossible. Determination is priceless.

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Nose Ring


Photographed By Ellinor Forje

"I have the ring because I think it looks good. I must have seen it somewhere and thought it would be stylish."
 - Malin 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The African Goddess Tattoo

Photographed By Ellinor Forje

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Jenny Hutton


Photographed By Lashes by Lashia

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - TELL US ALL ABOUT IT 
It's such a cliché but I'm so in love with this place. I actually have "date days and nights" where I spend time alone in the city wandering the streets, window shopping and grabbing something to eat at the amazing restaurants. Every time I look up and see the Empire State-, or the Flatiron Building, I smile.

YOU RECENTLY WRAPPED THE MOVIE "DAYS OF POWER" WITH ERIC ROBERTS. WHAT WAS THAT EXPERIENCE LIKE? 
It was great shooting “Days of Power” - real fun with a talented cast and crew. And I got to spend a lot of time with dogs which is my favourite animal.
The film has a strong message about how you shouldn't buy dogs from puppy mills, but rather adopt. It's based on actual events and I play the lead, a Swiss singer called, Milow the Girl. It was fun being a rock star.

WHY ACTING? 
Filmmaking is art and I love being a part of creating beautiful art. I think it's wonderful to be able to tell a story that leaves the viewer with something that makes them think.

WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED IN YOUR CHOSEN CAREER? 
Dealing with jealousy and people talking about you behind your back. Now I'm alone in another country and the struggle is even harder. Eventually I think it will pay off. There are many productions here; if you're talented, reliable and pour your soul into your work, it will get you somewhere.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE AND WHY? 
There are so many. I love “Dogville” and other films by Lars Von Trier. “Pulp Fiction” among others by Quentin Tarantino. “Eyes Wide Shut”, “The Shining”, “A Clockwork Orange” by Stanley Kubrick. I love Italian classics by Pasolini and Fellini. And “The Godfather”, “Taxi Driver”, “The Departed”... the list goes on and on.

A good film called "Force Majeure" by Swedish director Ruben Östlund premiered at Cannes this year. I’d love to be part of a masterpiece like that and all the other movies I mentioned.  
 
NAME THREE PEOPLE YOU ADMIRE 
My brother, Marilyn Monroe, and anyone who stands up for animals.

IN ADDITION TO BEING AN ACTRESS YOU RUN A SUCESSFUL EVENT COMPANY. HOW DO YOU FIND THE TIME TO DO BOTH IN TWO DIFFERENT GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATIONS? 
It's a bit stressful at times, often too much to do. At the same time I want to be successful and there are no short cuts, you have to work hard.

SOMEONE ONCE SAID "PUT SOME WINGS ON THAT KID" IN RELATION TO YOUR TRAVELS. IF YOU HAD WINGS WHAT ANIMAL WOULD YOU BE? 
Hmm, I see myself as different kinds of animals, neither of them can fly. I think owls are magnificent, I'd pick one of them.

YOU'RE ALSO A VEGAN, WHERE'S THE BEST PLACE TO GET GOOD VEGAN FOOD IN NYC? 
This city is vegan heaven with many great places. My favorite places are: Peacefood Café, Candle 79, Candle Café, Pure Food & Wine, One Lucky Duck, Quintessence, Rockin' Raw, Blossom, V-note, Sacred Chow, Bliss Café, Angelica's Kitchen and Beyond Sushi.
I use an app called "Happy Cow", it shows you nearby vegetarian/vegan restaurants, cafés and shops. Wherever I am in the world I  can locate veg food.

HOW DO YOU STAY FIT WITH SUCH CLEAR SKIN WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN REWARDED BY A RESTAURANT FOR BEING ONE OF THE FEW PEOPLE WHO'S TASTED ALL THE DESSERTS ON THEIR MENU? 
*Laughs* that was so funny, that restaurant actually gave me a gift for having tasted all of their 20 desserts. I always taste everything on the menu, but they usually don't notice it.

I take very good care of my skin because I have acne prone skin. I use the best products and do four steps twice a day plus scrubs and masks during the week. A vegan diet is best for your body too, so that helps. I should drink more water though, I'm terrible at that.

I used to go horseback riding every day. With moving around in different countries, I haven't had time to find a "new stable". I do miss it a lot. In Sweden I would go to the gym four to five times a week for spinning, boxing, Afro dance and other classes. I've been so busy in the States that unfortunately I haven't been working out at all. I walk a lot though.

TOTALLY RANDOM BUT, A WORD OR SENTENCE IN ITALIAN TO SAY TO A PERSON WHO'S GETTING ON YOUR LAST NERVE 
Ma quanto sei fastidioso, lasciami in pace!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

L'ARt

Photographed By Ellinor Forje

Lately I've been enjoying looking at art through the window. 

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