We had the good fortune of connecting with Jenny Larsson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jenny, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Hmm, risk taking doesn’t necessary means that you have to risk your life or live dangerously, I like the idea of being curious and brave as another side of the risk taking concept. I like to think that going beyond ones safety zone makes you grow and constantly develop, professionally as well as personally. Working as an artist involves taking risks all the time, because playing it safe won’t do it in the long run. I don’t want to end up in a specific box or genre, but instead looking at my art making as quick silver- with its qualities of constantly changing shape and escaping most containment. I like to think about myself as a shape-shifter in that sense. If I get inspiration to create something, I work hard to make that happen no matter method, style or how far away from home. Going from dancer, to teacher, to dancer, to choreographer, to administrator, to film director, to dancer, to film maker, to editor, to visual artist, to teacher, it goes around in circles, but every circle around the sun looks different. I enjoy that type of ride. Also, taking a risk and then failing, offers a great lesson in the long run, although it hurts when fresh. So as a conclusion, being a risk taker is crucial for growth in my eyes. I’m trying to live bravely and endlessly stay hungry for knowledge and new experiences.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Right now I’m super excited to work with two documentaries during 2020-2021, one about my mom and one about a community of old ladies about to learn a synchronized swimming choreography. I am filming most of the material myself and are also learning Premier Pro so I can edit the material eventually.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Awesome! I would take that friend to a live concert at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale and dancing at a local salsa place. As a day time event we would go for a slough slog in the Everglades National Park and a swim in the ocean. Night time we would visit FATVillage Projects in Fort Lauderdale for a great exhibition or a dance/theater event at Miami Light Project in Miami.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Organizations such as Girls’ Club and FATVillage Projects deserves all the credit they can get for being interested and supportive in new ideas, work and artists. Individual artists such as long time collaborator (visual/multimedia artist) Edison Peñafiel and brave dancers such as Rachel Carroll and Lize-Lotte Pitlo are just a few that deserves a big shout out! I love my artist family!

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Image Credits
Image 1-2: Jepovig (as well as profil photo) Image 3: Malin Arnesson Image 4-5: Henning Haupt Image 6: Voltagge Factory Image 7: Tabatha Mudra

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