CONCEPTION OF DOTRA ART CENTRE
Dotra Art Centre is a new, artistic hub based in Umeå/Ubmeje.
With inspiration from Umeå’s cultural history, we encourage the local and indigenous communities to have access to a space for creative freedom,
as well as the opportunity to join a context where exchange with international artists are encouraged and supported.
We also aim to revive the spirit of the local grass-root culture, by creating a sense of community that can contribute to a thriving, artistic culture without power-structural interference. The space takes form through inviting dancers, choreographers, painters, musicians and performers to be a part of an intimate and inclusive setting.
The idea of creating an art centre in Ubmeje came from Marit Shirin Carolasdotter, choreographer and dancer that decided in 2019 to work in Sápmi, close to both mountains and sea. She noticed many buildings in the city that were empty, theatres where nobody was performing anymore. Due to a lack of spaces where performers could meet and experiment, she and her partner decided to build their own place, in what came to be an interdisciplinary art studio.
Dotra Art Centre provides residential spaces, workshops and seminars as well as a performance evenings in a rå (raw, earthy) setting where performers are welcome to spontaneously share their work and have the opportunity to collaborate with other (unexpected) mediums.
We perform, rehearse
we come to do the work
Our garage-esque studio has a 5x7m spring dance floor covered with a black dance mat.
At the back of the studio we have a table left from the old car-shop that turns into a DIY bar during RÅ-Performance evening and other events. The space is perfect for dance workshops, concerts, lectures, conferences and as a gallery for visual art/performance.
We have a small pentry with fridge and microwave. The facilities also has 1 toilet that we call 'tantra toilet', decorated with lovable quotes and images provided by visiting artists
Dotra Art Centre is currently under development and does not receive regular funding from the state. We have been sponsored with materials from Weld studios in Stockholm and Norrlandsoperan in Umeå, and from individuals in the area. Our wish is that the studio invests in reused materials and work toward a sustainable work place. We apply donation based events and costs, if you are interested in making a donation/contribution, click here