• photography Katarina Di Leva
    all clothing Whyred by Jessy Heuvelink

    Creation Of Opportunities, an interview with David Lagerqvist

    Written by Decirée Josefsson by Thea Undemo

    Of all the dance stars, few shine brighter than David Lagerqvist. Let the music play while seconds of art history will be formed. A sense of relief from tension is felt when Lagerqvist guides us through bodily storytelling with his elemental technique and sense of authenticity. The journey started at the early age of four when watching Svansjön on Swedish television. This experience motivated him to start his education at the Royal Swedish ballet making it clearer that he’s a man who fell to earth from Planet Ballet.

    For a couple of years, he’s been working as an independent dancer. On the verge of Corona, he is now working at Ballet Theater Basel in Switzerland following up with exhibitions and productions few can resist.

    Mr. Lagerqvist, how come you are interested in such a variety of multimedia?

    The mentality of translating something into aesthetics and producing something creative has always fascinated me.
    However, it is not only soothing to get close to the thought of a brief career. When I chose to be a professional dancer, I unwillingly prepared for early retirement. One often quits at the age of forty because of bodily pressure. To avoid creativity signifying survival, sometimes it can be good to remind me why I initially started. I've prepared myself for the future by always staying open-minded to various professions, not excluding anything.

    You started to dance early in life and have enjoyed a long journey to where you are today. Could you please describe it?
    I watched the remarkable opus Svansjön on Swedish television at the age of four. I felt represented and inspired by the performance and how the creators had manifested the story. That made me start to take weekly ballet classes at the Royal Swedish Ballet School. Sharply following I stopped, because I represented the only guy in the group. While I was off, I tried different types of activities which were never the same. The four-year-old David observing Svansjön moment was still present. A couple of years went by until I turned fifteen and properly started my education at the Swedish Royal Ballet School. Since that age, I’ve been managing both as a freelance dancer and for institutions. Right now I’m working in Schweiz.

    Name remarkable productions which affected you deeply other than Svansjön?
    I worked in a production at Dramaten named Safe in 2018. A performance which held at Ingmar Bergmans 100th anniversary. It was impressive. It vibrated with my ways of expressing creativity because of the subtexts and cultural expressions. The story was dramatic and authentic and I combined dancing with acting.

    Can you describe how training so intensively at an early age has affected you?
    It can be both challenging for the mind as well and the body. The pandemic has been severe.
    You try imagining the finished product with all the work you put your heart into without knowing when or if being able to perform again. As for everyone, life ain’t a bed of roses. Ultimately, you have to continue bending over backward still if it's tough. I'm proud I never gave up hope. By getting maturer I've learned to acknowledge my limits to properly set boundaries to protect my body.

    How do you handle audition setbacks? Does it affect you?
    There is something crucial about developing the ability to handle different situations while being exposed to a large amount of stress if one decides to be a dancer. To circumvent getting caught up in adversity for a choreographer, production, or role it’s good to have more than one project ongoing. That prevents sadness if something may not go as planned. As a dancer, you are steadily affected by others' preferences. However, I did not enter into this profession to satisfy anyone. I want to develop my possibilities and try not to care too much about others'. I will keep on striving to achieve that.

    Is there something that you desire to change in the industry?
    There’s a difference between institutions and freelance life. Institutions are highly pressured by the administration to push the cast to be more than capable of achieving. To avoid making the dancers burned out it would be logical to conduct more frequent conversations of what’s credible expectations based on the individual.

    What do you glimpse for in a production?
    I appreciate the theatrical side. The expressions and the authenticity.

  • Djurberg & Berg, “How to Slay a Demon”, 2019. 

    Installation photo by Carl Henrik Tillberg

    Can't Keep it in, Can't Lock it Away

    Written by Lina Aastrup

    Can't Keep it in, Can’t Lock it Away”
    Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
    Ends 02.12.21

    Can't Keep it in, Can’t Lock it Away” is a solo exhibition by Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg exhibited in the home of gallerist and art advisor Eva Livijn at Karlaplan, Stockholm. Curated by Silvana Lagos.

    The contrast between the absurd, darkly humorous and hyper-sexualised bodies of humans, animals and everything in between, and the stunning interior of the home of Eva Livijn is nothing short of brilliant. Having seen and loved Djurberg & Berg’s major solo exhibition at Moderna Museet in 2018, this was something completely different. The surrealist stop-motion video works are installed so as to start one after the other in different rooms, creating a set sequence in both time and space, like a contemporary theatre play. One that makes me think of the dark secrets kept behind closed doors or the suffocating feeling of putting up an elegant façade when chaos reigns inside – a feeling well represented in the exhibition title.

    Since the renaissance, the marriage between the exploration of the body and architecture has led us to a new intimacy, a form of romance even, the exhibition at Eva Livijn's home offers a portrait, into the psychology, biography, sexuality, an intersection between the body of works of Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg and the intimacy of the home.”

    The works presented span from 2008 until today, some of which have never been shown before in Sweden. If you are in Stockholm, do pay the exhibition a visit. It is an experience not like anything you are likely to see in the near future.

    Open until Dec 2 by appointment only. Contact [email protected]

    Djurberg & Berg, “One Need Not be a House,

    The Brain Has Corridors”, 2018.

    Installation photo by Carl Henrik Tillberg

    Djurberg & Berg, “The Prostitute”, 2008.

    Installation photo by Carl Henrik Tillberg

  • The Best Beauty Advent Calendars 2021

    Written by Fashion Tales

    The anctipation for the 24 days until Christmas can be spent in many ways. It can be a calm time of anticipation, or a busy time for those who wishes to celebrate. Which makes it more important to slow down and appreciate the small moments.  Christmas should fit everyone; it doesn’t matter who you are or in this case what your budget is. It should be possible, if you wish, to treat yourself with a charming calendar and recive a suprise gift each day to give to yourself. To make it easier, we gathered some beauty calenders for 2021.

    Here are Odalisque Magazine’s favorite beauty calendars for 2021:

    Chanel No5 Beauty Advent Calendar 2021
    To mark the occasion of Chanel N°5’s 100 years, the beauty advent calendar is inspired by the signature silhouette of the N°5 perfume bottle. The Adent Calender includes 27 boxes containing full-sized and miniature fragrances, makeup products and a surprise marked with Gabrielle Chanel’s lucky number.  Chanel No5 Beauty Advent Calendar 2021, available at Chanel.com.

    Rituals Advent Calendar 2021
    Seen on the picture to the left, this Advent Calendar is not only filled with favorites that suits the entire family - but is a beautiful treat for the eyes. The Ritual of Advent transforms into a beautiful decoration - your very own Rituals Christmas village. The village has houses and trees that even lights up, to give that extra Christmas spirit. Is definitely something to be proud of displaying on your table. It includes 24 surprises of best-sellers and new favorites, to give a chance to try their classic range and new product series. Not to mention, it comes as a beautiful present wrapping to give away or keep for yourself – in a gorgeous luxury box with a huge glossy red ribbon. The Rituals Advent Calender is available at Rituals.com

    Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar 2021
    The fastest-selling product in the department stores 145-year history, the Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar is a must try. Featuring the best sellers from the famous department store, in full and travel size. The calendar include everything from skincare, make-up and haircare products. Not to forghet, hidden inside one advent calendar is a single golden ticket giving the lucky winner £5000 to spend at Liberty. I wonder what Willy Wonka would say?  Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar 2021 available at Libertylondon.com.

    Dior Beauty Advent Calendar 2021 Dior’s beauty advent calendar, have a surprise behind each of the 24 windows. From the iconic Rouge Dior to the best-selling Lip Glow. Not to forget, classic scents such as Miss Dior and J’adore which you can always use for every occasion. Lastly, it includes Dior's body and skincare in full and sample size. The Advent Calender, is perfect for you who loves the brand, but also wants to try new beauty and make up products. Dior Beauty Advent Calendar 2021, available at Dior.com.

    Glowid Skincare advent calendar For the Korean beauty enthusiast, there is no other advent calendar than this. This year, nordic retailer Glowid, have created their very first calendar and it’s packed with their best-seller products from the year from Cosrx, Klairs and Dr. Ceuracle. The calendar includes full size and travel size products - great if you want to try and learn about new brands that can become your favorites in the bathroom cabinet. The calender is available at Glowid.com

    Sensai Advent Calendar The japanese skincare brand is famous for their highly concentrated serums and face masks for anti-aging and dry skin. This year, they have created a 12 days of christmas, which is a luxrioius treat. A surprise calender with some of the best-sellers such as the eye masks and cleansers. The Sensai Advent Calender is availalbe at Sensaicosmetics.com


    The Body Shop Share Love & Joy Ultimate Advent Calendar For many beauty enthusiast, Christmas equals The Body Shop in one way or another. If it comes to Christmas gifts for your mother-in-law, sister, father, or friend. There is something for everyone. This year’s beauty calendars, The Body Shop is once again creating three different calendars. One of them is the ‘’Share Love & Joy Ultimate Advent Calendar’’. Which mixes full size and travel since products from the classic scents to the new once from recent years. Lastly, the box is great to save and use for next year to create your own Christmas calendar to maybe give to someone. The Body Shop Advent Calendars 2021 is available at Thebodyshop.com

    Armani Exclusive Beauty Christmas Advent Calendar
    This Christmas, Armani beauty invites you to explore our beauty and fragrance icons in the new exclusive advent calendar. Dive into the inspiring and immersive world of Giorgio Armani, discovering 24 of his most iconic products, including Si Eau de Parfum, Lip Maestro #400 and the new fragrance Icon My Way Eau de Parfum. Not to mention, when you close it - it looks like a beautiful coffe table book. Find the Armani Exklusive Beauty Christmas Advent Calendar at Armani.com

    YSL Advent Calendar An immersive advent calendar with the best of Yves Saint Laurent including mini and full size products from fragrance, beauty and skincare - especially there is a lot of make up in this one. The Advent Calendar is filled with 24 suprises for the entire month of December until Christmas. The Advent Calendar is plastic-free, made of 100% cardboard sourced from sustainably managed forests. The YSL Advent Calendar 2021 is available at YSL.com