You will never really know what to expect, when going to a performance with Alexandra Hallén. But one thing is for sure, when you leave, something will definitely stick with you.
Swedish born and Danish based Alexandra Hallén is a multi-faceted artist, composer and performer who explores the boundaries of herself and the audience.
By using objects, she brings reality into the art, and thus provoke forth genuine emotions and bodily reactions: e.g. to bathe in ice to feel real cold, and cut into onions to bring out real tears. The performer in Halléns pieces is no longer a mediator of the composer’s emotions: she has to live her own real emotions and bodily sensations in order to perform the work.
As a cellist Alexandra Hallén is as passionate as she is bold and are known for her work of details and passionate energy. Her willingness to always push the boundaries off cello playing, so to explore new extended technics, has resulted in close collaborations with many composers.
Alexandra Hallén is the artistic director and founder of KRUMBUKTER and the ensemble Krumbuktus. www.krumbukter.com
Hallén has studied Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Composition at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and Master Composition and Creative Practice at Hochschule der Künste Bern. She has an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in performance from The National Danish Academy of Music, a Master of Performance from The Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen and has further studies at The Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and Örebro Academy of Music.
Alexandra Hallén has been awarded The Danish Composer Society’s Music Prize 2019.
Photographer: Jens Juul