Khamlane Halsackda

I was born in Laos, Vientiane, and grew up in London, Uk. I came to the UK as a child refugee with my family, and this has always had a profound impact on me.

My dance theatre and social comment based performances are focussed on creating discussion and debate around identity and what this could mean in relation to an ever changing world. I have a huge interest in exploring ‘presence’ as a practice for performance, and philosophy in everyday life.

In 2017 I was selected for Dance net Sweden’s co-production, for a work called Ursäkta oss, and this was a personal landmark for me in establishing myself in the cultural area of Sweden. Saying that I think I struggle as much as any independent creative, both loving and hating this way of life, and feel openness, generosity and community are the keys for surviving the art life and this collective struggle for any minority voices to be heard. My latest project is ‘Into Flesh’ made in collaboration with performer and practitioner Skye Reynolds.

Additionally I have made performative concepts for galleries including installations ‘Permission to grieve’ and ‘An exercise in learning Swedish’. And have been a member of Nya Rörelsen since 2009.