Aun no kokyuu

We had a beautiful morning in Stockholm this past Saturday, I had arrived a bit early and wandered around in Gamla stan and came upon a really great little spot which I had forgotten about, and the light was just right. So after meeting up with the sisters Maja Dahlbäck and Madeleine Jonsson, we headed right for this location to do the first set of photos there. In the end we spent more than an hour at that spot before we moved on.

Maja Dahlbäck
Madeleine Jonsson


Hello, my name is Madeleine and I’m really grateful for have been a part of “Aun no kokyuu” photo session together with Johannes and my sister Maja. I started dancing when I was 7 years old. Around the age of 11 I begun teaching my little sister to dance, practicing with her on Friday evenings, learning the difference between pointed and flexed feet, playing and being silly together. Here we are 18 years later, doing one of our first collabs together as professional dancers. Sharing our love for movement and creativity in the same space, with an exquisite photographer!
I’m grateful.

Madeleine Jonsson
Madeleine Jonsson
Maja Dahlbäck. The sun reflected in the water, creating living patterns on the concrete ceiling.
Maja Dahlbäck

Hello!
I’m Maja and as Madeleine wrote she started to teach and dance with me when I was around 4-5 years old. But I actually didn’t start to take dance classes until I was around 11. And I have her to thank for that I finally started.

Even though we have a lot in common with our choice of profession we have actually not been able to dance or practice our art so much together. We have been on a bit of separate places, both in life and around the world, that has not really made it possible. Until more or less a year ago.

This photo session with Johannes was our second opportunity to create art together and I feel that it has brought our breaths even closer together than before.

Maja Dahlbäck
Maja Dahlbäck. Maja brought along this fantastic cloth that we played around with.
Maja Dahlbäck
Maja Dahlbäck

We also wandered the streets of Gamla stan and found this little beautiful spot, where the walls had nice textures. The sun was reflected in a nearby window onto the wall, creating the rays of light on Maja.

Maja Dahlbäck

Even with the sun it was a bit cold, so after this location we went back to the underground station and headed for Näsbypark for the second part of the photoshoot.

Maja and Madeleine

For those wondering Anu no kokyuu (阿吽の呼吸) means when the breathing of two people is in perfect synch — to be in harmony.

Madeleine and Maja
Madeleine and Maja. Maja had brought this little mirror along, which we played around with.
Madeleine and Maja. This mirror was a spontaneous purchase at Mio, so it was fun that we could make use of it in a creative way.
Madeleine and Maja
Maja Dahlbäck and my relatively new maniquein.
Madeleine and Maja

Behind the scenes video:

Time really flies when you have fun! Many thanks to Madeleine and Maja for a great photoshoot!

Instagram: Madeleine, Maja, Johannes

— Johannes

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