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The Uma Obscura experience online

Donna rivjärn (press), Jätten. Foto Jaq studios. Courtesy of Jätten.

Although the true festival experience of Uma Obscura is hard to broadcast, we have some artists who have all done the second best thing to playing live, that is streaming/live recording their sets or other contributions.

Jätten was scheduled to play at Uma Obscura before the pandemic broke out. One performance was planned to be togheter with Donna rivjärn. But since the festival was postponed, they decided to instead record the DJ-set they had planned and publish it online during one of the days of the festival.

The mix consists of 30 minutes of westcoast electrofunk (or as people used to call it in Los Angeles, “workout music” beacuse of all the huffing and puffing ). The lyrics by Donna Rivjärn are inspired by their harsh situation as temp workers during the pandemics and also the tension that comes out of not being able to be close to other people.*

Jätten och donna rivjärn: The uma obscura-mix 2020:
https://www.mixcloud.com/DJ_Vaenlig/donna-rivjärn-jätten-dj-set-for-uma-obscura-2020/

Also Two Witches did a live stream and interview on Saturday, April 4, the same day they were supposed to be playing at Uma Obscura:
https://www.facebook.com/167374843332778/videos/1575314359301063/

 

Uma Obscura – postponed

It is with a heavy heart that we hereby announce that the festival Uma Obscura will not be held 3-5 April. We hope to be able reschedule and ask for your patience as we consider our options along with each and everyone involved.

We have all been hard at work to prepare for a spectacular celebration of the subcultural arts this spring and this has been a tough decision for us to make. Nonetheless, it is the only viable option. Although we do not (yet) fall under the regulations currently limiting events, a substantial portion of our performing acts will most likely not be able to attend and if we were to hold the festival under these circumstances, it would not be the festival we planned for.

The spread of the Corona virus is currently affecting people from all over the world, in a myriad of ways and to an extent that we cannot yet properly gauge. One vital purpose of culture is to have different people meet and engage. In a time where people are now discouraged from meeting each other, culture will be heavily impacted – perhaps moreso from the cure than the disease. The actions taken by Swedish government are to protect public health and we will support the collective effort to reduce the damage done by the virus.

However, culture has another vital purpose and it is to inspire hope in humanity. This is the mission we will never abandon. Whether there will be an Uma Obscura later this year or not, rest assured that the heart of the festival will continue to beat to the sound of what is wondrous and dark, the macabre and beautiful, and to every other tone in the diverse orchestra of alternative subcultures. Together with you, our dear audience, we will keep spirits high despite anything and everything.

We do not stand alone as a cultural event impacted by the spread of the Corona virus – several have cancelled or postponed their events before us and we expect even more to follow. The consequences will be dire and it is our hope, together with our fellow arrangers, that we will be supported throughout the crisis. Culture is not a luxury and it is not a triviality – it is a force on its own that breathes life into our bodies. Without it we would be only almost human.

Again – we do hope that we will be able to bring you Uma Obscura 2020 later this year and that it will be as close to our vision and your expectations as possible. For now, we would like to thank everyone for their work so far with the festival. Without the outstanding people rallying to the cause of this unique festival for alternative subcultures we would not even have a postponed festival to mourn.

We also wish to thank each and everyone of the artists who have shown great support and understanding throughout the process of trying to work out a solution to postpone the festival. We also thank all our partners and volonteers for their support and understanding. We stand together in firm resolution to try to make this edition of the festival reemerge.

Rest assured, we will keep you all updated on whether the festival is to be postponed or cancelled entirely. Our goal is to postpone the festival but there are many factors in play here, as you can imagine. We will also get back to everyone who has bought tickets with an option for a refund or – if we can postpone the festival – an option to keep your ticket. This may take a week or two.

Until then we ask you to lend us your patience and to pick up the pieces with us. Listen to the music you were looking forward to. See if the artists have published online any of the works you were dying to see. Find showcases of the dancers who were going to perform. Why not write them something supportive, or buy some of their artwork if possible? Above all, remember to let those fantastic creators know that you are finding comfort in them! They need you now as much as you need them.

Until we all meet again
With love,
Uma Obscura

The program is out!

The program folder and the time schedules for the festival are out now and can be found in the menu under “program 2020”.

Also, for those of you who are concerned about if Uma Obscura will be affected by the Corona virus, we have included an information section that can be found through a link on the program page.

DJ Subsanity

Foto: Valdemar Andell Hansén

After having lodged behind the DJ table of Club Greyscale several times, Subsanity occupies the DJ-booth at Uma Obscura to create a dance floor filled with smoke and strobe lights! A classic electro- and goth dance floor with both old classics and new tunes.

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Efter att ha huserat bakom Club Greyscales DJ-bord åtskilliga gånger, intar Subsanity DJ-båset på Uma Obscura för att skapa ett dansgolv fullt av rök och strob! Ett klassiskt synth- och goth-dansgolv med både gamla klassiker och nya låtar.

Ras Bolding

Ras Bolding returns to Uma Obscura! He is an artist from Odense, Denmark, and he roams in a musical no man’s land somewhere in between synth, wave, goth, punk, electronica and 8-bit, now and then even incorporating elements from classical minimalism.

Bolding’s concerts are visual as well as musical affairs, utilising neon lights and lasers, and he has performed in all kinds of places, from clubs to festivals, from hardcore SM parties to the holy halls of Danish culture: Hans Christian Andersen’s House. For the Uma Obscura concert Bolding brings Marie Makaber on synth and extra vocals and Andreas Wandegren on synth and guitar.

Ras Bolding is also the founder of alternative club Klub Golem in Odense, he has done music journalism for Gaffa (and feels somewhat dubious about it), he has had more hair colours than your average manga and he will not be held responsible for the Stockholm Bloodbath.
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Ras Bolding återvänder till Uma Obscura! Den danska musikern rör sig i ett musikaliskt ingenmansland någonstans mellan synth, wave, goth, punk, electronica och 8-bits-musik med inslag av klassisk minimalism.

Boldings konserter brukar vara såväl en musikalisk som visuell upplevelse, full av neonljus och lasrar. Han har framträtt på allehanda platser, allt från SM-fester till Danmarks mest prestigefyllda kultursal: H.C. Andersens House. Denna gång har han med sig Marie Makaber på synth och sång, samt Andreas Wandegren på synth och gitarr.

Ras Bolding är även grundare av Odenses alternativklubb Klub Golem och han har varit skribent för musiktidningen Gaffa, har haft fler hårfärger än vad du sett bland mangakaraktärer och han menar att han inte är skyldig till Stockholms blodbad (!).

www.rasbolding.com
www.facebook.com/rasboldingmusic
www.soundcloud.com/ras-bolding

Seraphine

Seraphine is known as a very charismatic dancer. Her empathy, radiance and graceful style is magical to behold. She is fascinated by the body’s movement ability and has full control in different styles. Dancing has been closest to her heart and the Indian dances are her specialty. Tribal Fusion, with its strong flow and varying combinations of movement, gives her an outlet for her expressions. During this performance she will explore her relationship to dance and shibari. A new bound story is brought to life in between the ropes.
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Seraphine är känd som en mycket karismatisk dansare. Hennes empati, utstrålning och graciösa stil är magiskt att se på scenen. Hon är fascinerad av kroppens rörelseförmåga och har full kontroll i olika stilar. Dans har varit närmast hennes hjärta och de indiska danserna är hennes specialitet. Tribal Fusion med sitt starka flöde och varierande kombinationer ger henne ett utlopp för sin kreativitet och sina varierande uttryck. Den här gången kommer hon att visa sin relation till dans och shibari. En ny bunden berättelse skapas mellan repen.

DJ Adora Batbrat

Adora BatBrat is one of the most famous Swedish goths, her pages being followed by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. She has been a guest at Uma Obscura before, with her band Asperger Synthdrome, with her fashion clothing line and as a DJ.

Adora returns yet again to the DJ booth at Uma Obscura. She will most certainly play a lot of classic electronic music, from synth-pop to EBM, along with goth tunes.
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Adora BatBrat är en av Sveriges goth-ikoner och hennes sidor på sociala media följs av hundratusentals. Hon har tidigare gästat Uma Obscura med sitt band Asperger Synthdrome, med sin modekollektion och som DJ.

I år återvänder hon än en gång till DJ-båset och som vanligt blir det synthklassiker, en smula goth och säkert en och annan överraskning i mixen.

Francesca Musnicki

Francesca Musnicki is a violin player, singer, actress, performer, composer and model based in north of Italy. She was on the runway of the last Milan Fashion Week dressed by Laura Biagiotti and performing with her electric violin. She also played for the event of “The Cal” Pirelli, made a tour in the biggest Italian stadium and played with international artists such as Eminem, Michael Bublé and Bocelli.

Francesca composes music for circus shows and her project Pantarei for violin and loop machine is still requested by dancers and acrobats for their performances. Her personal style of improvisation on both classical and electric violin were heard throughout Europe, Africa and Middle East.

Leading with her experience in events entertainment, Francesca gives special attention choosing her repertoire, costumes and to the violins she plays (which are aesthetically rare) and her self-confident way to play, joyous and technical perfection make the audience forget the peculiar complexity of the instrument.
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Francesca Musnicki är violinist, sångerska, skådespelare, kompositör och modell och kommer från norra Italien. Hon har setts på Milan Fashion Week, bärandes Laura Biagottis design, där hon framträdde med elektrisk fiol. Hon har också medverkat i “The Cal” Pirelli, framträtt i Italiens största stadium och spelat med artister som Eminem, Michael Bublé och Bocelli!

Hon komponerar även verk för cirkus och hennes projekt Pantarei (för fiol och loopar) är efterfrågat av både dansare och akrobater. Hennes personliga uttryck av improvisation med både klassisk och elektrisk fiol har hörts runtom i Europa, Afrika och Mellanöstern.

Med en bred erfarenhet av event har hon förmåga att anpassa sin repertoar, kostym och val av instrument och leverera starka och lustfyllda framträdanden som i kombination med teknisk perfektion får publiken att glömma bort hur avancerat instrumentet faktiskt är att hantera.

Jätten

Jätten has made electronic music since the middle of the nineties and has been DJ-ing since the beginning of the millennium. He has played all around Scandinavia at clubs and festivals in the electronic dance music scene. He is one of the founders of the much appreciated local DJ collective Liquid Sky, which organizes techno-parties on a monthly basis in Umeå.

Jätten has a quite wide repertoire as a DJ and plays an eclectic mix of music from different eras and parts of the world. What he plays depends on the type of event and since this is Uma Obscura there will certainly be a lot of electro music, but quite likely also bass music, urban folk, mashups and classic techno and house in the mix.

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Jätten har skapat elektronisk musik sedan mitten av 90talet och DJ’at sedan millennieskiftet. Han har spelat runtom i Skandinavien på klubbar och festivaler för elektronisk dansmusik och är en av grundarna till den mycket uppskattade kulturföreningen Liquid Sky, som anordnar dansfester varje månad i Umeå.

Jätten har en väldigt bred repertoar och blandar gärna musik från olika scener, världsdelar och epoker i sina DJ-set.

Vad som spelas beror mycket på sammanhanget, men brittisk dansmusik med mycket bas, elektronisk urban folkmusik, mashups, techno och house från 80/90-tal är vanliga kryddor i hans musikaliska mix. Då detta är Uma Obscura så kommer det garanterat också bli en hel del synth och electro!

http://sampla.se/

https://www.mixcloud.com/DJ_Vaenlig/

Ea

Photo: Egle Zioma

Although not everyone can do everything, it’s not like Ea hasn’t tried. She is an bundle of energy on and off stage and constantly challenges herself with new projects and new artistic expressions.
She draws a lot of inspiration from her background as a LARP practitioner, but also from film, literature and visual arts. Ea strives to take dancing to the next level, whether it be the techniques, the choreographies or the costumes. In recent years, her focus has been on various dance group projects, but now she is back with another exciting solo project.
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Alla kan inte göra allt – men Ea är den som försökt. Hon är ett energiknippe både på och av scenen och utmanar hela tiden sig själv med nya projekt och nya uttryck. Hon tar mycket inspiration från sin bakgrund som lajvare, men också från film, litteratur och bildkonst. Ea strävar alltid efter att ta dansen till nästa nivå, oavsett om det gäller teknik, koreografi eller dräkt.
De senaste åren har hennes fokus legat på olika grupprojekt, men nu är hon åter tillbaka med ett nytt spännande soloprojekt.

Cat Rapes Dog

Cat Rapes Dog from Sweden is one of the pioneers of electropunk, starting out as a duo way back in 1986. After adding new members, changing lead singer in 1995 and releasing six albums in the nineties they ran out of fuel back in 1999. Still, they performed live throughout the 2000s, but after their show at WGT 2009 the band fell silent until 2013, when the seventh album was released. However, no live performances accompanied this release.

After years in hibernation, it then all came together in the late summer of 2018. The members of Cat Rapes Dog reunited for a historic weekend in Gothenburg and it was decided to revive band activities. Their show at WGT 2019 was the first in ten years’ time and from then on there are no doubts: Cat Rapes Dog are back. Now they will come to Umeå and Uma Obscura for their first show in years in the northern regions.

So, fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be fast and furious and quite alright!

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De svenska pionjärerna inom electropunken, Cat Rapes Dog, kommer till Umeå och Uma Obscura! De bildades redan 1986 och släppte sex album under 90-talet innan bränslet behövde fyllas på. De fortsatte ändå spela live under 2000-talets början men efter framträdandet på Wave Gotik Treffen 2009 föll de i dvala fram till 2013, då bandets sjunde album släpptes, dock utan att följas av livegig.

Så efter flera år i dvala landade allt sensommaren 2018 då de återförenades för en helg i Göteborg och beslutade sig för att starta upp motorn igen. Framträdandet på WGT 2019 var det första på tio år och gnistan blev en explosion. Nu råder inga tvivel om att Cat Rapes Dog är tillbaks, så spänn fast säkerhetsbältena för detta blir snabbt, tungt och – helt ok!

Brutal Ballet


Brutal Ballet is classical ballet danced to heavy metal, founded by dancer and choreographer Bridie Mayfield from Northern Ireland.

The combination of the grace of ballet and the power of metal entices and introduces ballet to new audiences, and the versatility of their pieces, from horror, to cosplay, to simply dancing from the soul, means you’ll never know what to expect from a Brutal Ballet performance.
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Brutal Ballet är klassisk balett som dansas till heavy metal, grundad av dansaren och koreografen Bridie Mayfield.

Kombinationen av balettens graciösa rörelser och kraften i metalmusiken introducerar balett till nya publikgrupper. De olika dansakternas mångsidighet, som kan röra sig mellan skräck och cosplay eller helt enkelt dans från hjärtat, betyder att du aldrig vet vad du ska förvänta dig från en Brutal Ballet-föreställning.

Four dance workshops to challenge your body and mind


We have released four dance workshops for this year’s Uma Obscura! They are tought by experienced dancers from the scene, namely Dud Muurmand and Ida & Maxx.  There is something for everyone we believe and also both for beginners and more experienced dancers.

How about Gespenstertheater – or “how to dance like a ghost” or a Dark Viking workshop where you learn to dance with a big cape or skirt in a mix of modern day’s Tribal Fusion together with ancient Ghawazee dance and Balkan Fusion – with a huge medieval Viking kick!

Find more in the workshops section!

Gespenstertheater

Who you gonna call, if you wanna dance like a ghost? Ida and Maxx will summon your inner spirits and stage them as gespenster, poltergeister or any other spukgestalten you can dream of.

Theoretically, we will introduce you to various ghostly figures of German folklore. Practically, we will discover movement techniques in order to create the impression of a weightless, ethereal apparition. We will open the (stage) door to the other side, paranormal activities and seemingly supernatural powers. Prepare for a concluding experiment with special props. With a little luck, you might leave with the glow of ectoplasma…

Date: Sunday April 5, 2020
Time: 14.15-16.15
Venue: Miklagård, Umeå Folkets Hus
Length: approx. 2 hours
Teachers: Ida & Maxx
Level:  Intermediate
Additional info: If possible, please bring a long skirt.
Price: 300 SEK
Tickets here.

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Vem ska du ringa om du vill dansa som ett spöke? Ida och Maxx kommer att frammana dina inre andar och iscensätta dem som spöken, poltergeists eller andra spökgestalter du kan föreställa dig.

Teoretiskt kommer vi att introducera dig till olika spöklika figurer från tysk folklore. I praktiken kommer vi att upptäcka rörelsetekniker för att skapa intrycket av en viktlös, eterisk uppenbarelse. Vi kommer att öppna (scen-) dörren till andra sidan, paranormala aktiviteter och till synes övernaturliga krafter. Förbered dig på ett avslutande experiment med specialrekvisita. Med lite tur kanske du lämnar scenen med ett skimmer av ektoplasma…

Datum: Söndag 5 april, 2020
Tid: 14.15-16.15
Plats: Miklagård, Umeå Folkets Hus
Längd: ung. 2 timmar
Instruktörer: Ida & Maxx
Svårighetsgrad: Medel
Övrig info: Vänligen medtag en lång kjol, om möjligt.
Pris: 300kr
Biljetter finns här.

Metalocalypse

Untamed rhythms, infinite power, voices from the underworld and subtle nuances – metal belly dance does not end with vibrating shimmies! We will fuse surprising elements to create killer combinations. Feel the massive music, explore inspiring ways to control your body and express yourself!

Date: Sunday April 5, 2020
Time: 10.50-11.50
Venue: Miklagård, Umeå Folkets Hus
Length: approx. 1 hour
Teacher : Ida Mahin
Level:  Intermediate
Price: 200 SEK
Tickets here.

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Otämjda rytmer, oändlig kraft, röster från underjorden och raffinerade skiftningar – metal-bellydance slutar inte med vibrerande shimmies! Vi kommer att foga samman överraskande dansrörelser för att skapa ”killer combinations”. Känn in den kraftfulla musiken och utforska inspirerande sätt att kontrollera din kropp och uttrycka dig själv!

Datum: Söndag 5 april, 2020
Tid: 10.50-11.50
Plats: Miklagård, Umeå Folkets Hus
Längd: ung. 1 timme
Instruktör : Ida Mahin
Svårighetsgrad: Medel
Pris: 200kr
Biljetter finns här.

Dark Groove

Dark-groove-mood drill training, working with a mix of dance moves from both contemporary urban styles as well as old school fusion, folkloric/afro style techniques. The main focus is the groove, grounding and finding your own core, bounce and expression via deep connection with the music and your body. From there, lead into your own creativity. The playlist will be featuring lots of heavy drums and viking inspired dark new age.

Date: Sunday April 5, 2020
Time: 09.45-10.45
Venue: Miklagård, Umeå Folkets Hus
Length: approx. 1 hour
Teacher: Dud Muurmand
Level:  Open
Price: 200 SEK
Tickets here.
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Dark Groove är en workshop där vi arbetar med en blandning av dansrörelser från både samtida urbana stilar såväl som old school fusion och folklore/afrostilar. Huvudfokus är  ”groovet”. Genom grundning och att finna sitt eget uttryck via en djupare koppling till musiken och kroppen leder det vidare in i den egna kreativiteten. Spellistan kommer innehålla massor av tunga trummor och vikingainspirerad dark new age.

Datum: Söndag 5 april, 2020
Tid: 09.45-10.45
Plats: Miklagård, Umeå Folkets Hus
Längd: ung. 1 timme
Instruktör: Dud Muurmand
Svårighetsgrad: Öppen nivå
Pris: 200kr
Biljetter finns här.

Dark viking – power, drama, skirt!

This is Dud’s special power dance for skirt (or cape), a mix of modern day’s Tribal Fusion together with ancient Ghawazee dance and Balkan Fusion – with a huge medieval Viking kick!
Techniques include hip, belly and footwork from Ghawazee, Turkish Roman Havasi and Afro Fusion, Balkan style skirt work and Tribal Fusion moves with a heavy Nordic “Viking” interpretation. It has tempo, drama, energy, freedom and it is fun. If you want to work with a large cape instead of a skirt, this is also possible.

Date: Thursday April 2, 2020
Time: 19.45-21.15
Venue: Spegelsalen, Dragonskolan
Length: approx. 1,5 hours
Teacher: Dud Muurmand
Level: Intermediate general belly/Tribal dance experience, knowledge of basic skirt Fusion is good.
Additional info: Bring your biggest skirt – or a cape.
Price: 300 SEK
Tickets here.

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Det här är Duds speciella ”powerdans”, där långkjol (eller cape) används som del i dansen. Med en kraftfull medeltida ”viking-kick” blandas den unga danstilen Tribal Fusion med den äldre Ghawazee-dansen och Balkan Fusion. Tekniken inkluderar höft-, mage- och fotarbete från Ghawazee, turkisk-romsk Havasi och AfroFusion. Kjolrörelserna härrör från dansstilar från Balkan. Tribal Fusion-rörelserna görs med en tung nordisk “Viking”-tolkning.
”Dark Viking” har tempo, drama, energi, frihet och det är röjigt. Om du vill dansa med en stor cape istället för en kjol är detta också möjligt. Oavsett vilket, ta med den största kjolen eller capen som du har.

Datum: Torsdag 2 april, 2020
Tid: 19.45-21.15
Plats: Spegelsalen, Dragonskolan
Längd: ung. 1,5 timme
Instruktör: Dud Muurmand
Svårighetsgrad: Allmän danserfarenhet på medelnivå inom belly /Tribal. Kunskap om grundläggande kjol-Fusion är bra.
Övrig info: Ta med din största kjol – eller cape.
Pris: 300kr
Biljetter köps här.