Joanna Nordahl is a Swedish film director dividing her time between Stockholm and London, while frequently traveling to wherever in the world her projects take her. Her music videos, short films, documentaries and commercials as well as contemporary performance pieces have garnered her international recognition both as a director and visual artist. Memories, dreams, youth, fragility and nostalgia are some reoccurring themes in her work, often tightly woven into musical elements.
In 2013-2015 Joanna initiated and directed One Wish, an 8 episodes documentary series for National Swedish Television (SVT) depicting youth and the complexities of becoming an adult. The show, set in Sweden and Los Angeles, intimately follows and portrays young hip hop dancers from around Europe willing to bet everything on their goals and aspirations towards an uncertain, fragile dance career.
For several years, Joanna has been in tight collaboration with Norwegian contemporary choreographer Ludvig Daae, creating cinematic and interactive visuals for live performances. Their debut show MM (2011) recently reached the 100 gigs mark and has toured in eleven countries. In the duo's newest piece, HYPERFRUIT (2015), both Joanna and Ludvig are on stage as performers. This highly visual show deals with the Internet as an emotional tool and necessary evil in intimate communication and long distance relationships. HYPERFRUIT is currently touring.
In February, Joanna received a double Swedish Grammy nomination for Music Video of the Year / 2016, and took home the grand prize for writing/directing the short film "Nothing But a Heartbeat", a collaboration with dreamy pop act Say Lou Lou.
portrait by Märta Thisner
WORK FEAUTURED AT
San Fransisco International Dance Film Festival, Göteborg Interational Film Festival, Swedish Museum of Contemporary Art (Moderna Museet), Swedish National Television (SVT), Tempo Documentary Festival, Amnesty International Short Film Festival, Music DOC New York, Gessnerallé Zurich, Mousonturm Frankfurt, Novemberfestivalen, Lunds Konsthall, Riksteatern Norge, Dansens Hus Oslo, Black Box Oslo, MDT Stockholm, The Place London, Dance Film Festival Milano, GuiDance, Buzzfeed, Noisey, Perez Hilton, Nöjesguiden, Rodeo, PSL, thefourohfive, Stereogum, Spin Magazine, Idolator, DIY, The Fader, VICE, Resumé