›In Purple‹

© Johanna Billing


For ›In Purple‹ (2019, 12 min), Johanna Billing and a group of dancers from Råslätt, Sweden, develop a choreographed walk through the suburban settlement where Billing grew up. Råslätt was built in the 1970s as part of a large-scale construction program. There, fields for sports that have male connotations dominate the public space. The young dancers belong to a dance school that has been run voluntarily for decades, originally founded by local residents in a basement in response to the lack of recreational opportunities for young women. The choreography, filmed in the outdoor space, shows the women carrying plates of colored tinted glass. The fragility of the plates and the impracticality of handling them become the symbol of a collective action.