She has studied film and drama at Lund's University and her
film-teacher and artistic mentor is film-director Ingela Romare. To deepen
her performance studies she has studied for Gabrielle Roth (Actors's Studio
New York, Enrique Pardo (Pan Theatre Paris) and the theatre group Gardzienice.
Lena has a Bachelor of Arts i Comparative Literature at the University of Lund where she also studied Culture & Communication and Applied Humanities. She is a professionally trained journalist at Skurups Folkhögskola and has worked for many years as a freelance journalist for Swedish national and regional media and radio. In addition to these trainings she has completed extensive courses in information technique, media communication and project leadership. She has worked as an independent project manager, artistic leader and producer for more than 20 years.
Lena Måndotter has given courses and seminars at the The Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, Malmö University, Sensus Study-organisation, CG Jung Stiftelsen and for many more institutes and companies. She has her own private practice as a voice teacher and song therapist in Malmö where she also offer her services as a voice and song coach for both professionals and beginners.
Her creative work has received grants and kind support from: The Savings Bank Foundation Skåne, The Department of Cultural Grants/City of Malmö, The Swedish National Council For Cultural Affairs, The Swedish Writers’ Organisation, The Swedish Institute, Centre Culturel Suedois in Paris, The department of Cultural Grants/Region Skåne, The Cultural Council of The Swedish Church, The Waves of Three Seas – The International Writers and Translators Centre Greece, The Cultural Organisation of Agios Stefanos Crete Greece, Sensus Studieförbund, ABF, Folkuniversitetet and Studiefrämjandet.
During 1992 - 2009, Lena Måndotter created and produced a series of musical and poetic performances which she performed together with the group Skin to Skin. Most of these performances had their premier at Malmö Konsthall and toured on to venues like El Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Copenhagen Festival, Pusterviksteatern Gothenburg, Manegen and Grand in Stockholm, Kulturbolaget and Victoria Theatre in Malmö, Mejeriet in Lund and to the big festivals in Hultsfred and in Arvika. Below follows the titles of these performances and some short information. For more information and press-clips about these performances; you are welcome to contact us.
WHERE ALL ANGELS HAVE FALLEN (1992)
A performance about a journey in the transhimalayas in Tibet, a circumambulation around the mountain Kailash.
Text/Music/song: Lena Måndotter, Percussion: Bert Mellblom, Photo: Christer Strömholm
SKELETON WOMAN (1993)
A performance at Malmö Konsthall inspired by the Inuit myth about the skeleton woman, a resurrection of the feminine against the old patriarcal law. Text/Music/song: Lena Måndotter, Celtic Bodhran/song: Ronnie Hall, Percussion: Bert Mellblom, Jerker Hejkenskjöld and Thomas Rodrick. Base: Simon Bloomfield. Scenography/Light: Lena Måndotter and Ronnie Hall. Masks: Ronnie Hall. Sound: Jojo Kempe
CUT THE BONES (1994)
A performance at Kulturbolaget about a Cassandra-prophecy, a vision of a future where all modern technology has crashed and humans are living among the ruins of what once called the earth. Text/Music/Song: Lena Måndotter, Music/Song: Ronnie Hall. Music/Guitar: Synth/Sampler: SImon Bloomfield. Scenography: Ronnie Hall. Light: Calle Hansson. Sound: Ola Glans
THE NIGHT WAILS (1995)
A performance at Malmö Konsthall inspired by the old Nordic mythology and the mythology of the ravens of Odin and his runes. All set in a dark urban sound landscape mixed with ancient shamanic rhythms and songs.
Text/Music/Song: Lena Måndotter, Music/Song: Ronnie Hall, Music: Simon Bloomfield. Masks/Scenography: Ronnie Hall. Lights/Sound: Ola Tufvesson.
a crosscultural performance at Kulturbolaget in Malmö over an extended period where artists from different fields gathered and created a tribal event with dance, music, art installations and poetry. Among the contributing artists were Lena Måndotter (poetry, song), Ronnie Hall (song, scenography), Jörgen Wernefeldt (music, sound), Finn Albertsson (dj), Gunnel Erlander (dance), Ola Tufvesson (light/sound), Lina Sporrong (scenography), Anna Almqvist (photo), Bird (UV-Art) and many more.
SILVER DESERT (1997)
A performance at Malmö Konsthall inspired by a dream about future visions where the water of the earth is poisoned and darkness rules except where the magic of the inner child can be found and returned to life. Trolls played an important role in the search for the pure water of life.
Text/Music/Song: Lena Måndotter, Music/Song/Scenography/Masks: Ronnie Hall. Music/Scenographic technologySound: Jörgen Wernefeldt. UV-art: Bird. Lights: Calle Hansson.
BLACK SUN (2000)
a solo-performance by Lena Måndotter at Malmö Konsthall where she journeyed through voices of dreams and visions, interpreting songs and poems by Laurie Anderson, Patti Smith, Leonard Cohen, Adonis, Alf Hambe and Diamanda Galas. The gospel of Thomas, which is excluded from the Bible, also served as inspiration.
Song/poetry: Lena Måndotter. Lights/Masks/Sculptures/Scenography: Ronnie Hall. Ceramic: Birgitta Persson. Sound: Jörgen Wernefeldt. This performed
IN THE BEGINNING WAS SOUND (2001)
a non-stop musical journey, at Kulturbolaget, lasting one hour, through an atmospheric landscape of sounds and percussion and visions of the four elements fire, air, water and earth. This creation was inspired by Cymatics - Waveform, the scientific research by dr Hans Jenny about the influence of sound on matter. Poetry/Music/Song/Bodhrandrum: Lena Måndotter. Music/Sound/Bodhran-drum/Scenography: Ronnie Hall. Music/Video: Jörgen Wernefeldt. UV-Art: Bird. Lights: Calle Hansson. Sound: Ulli Ruchlinski
A sound-installation with sculptural objects at Malmö Konsthall. The music was later released as a cd on Waveform Records. Music/Installation: Lena Måndotter, Ronnie Hall and Jörgen Wernefeldt. Temenos is a greek word meaning the innermost sanctuary - a sacred and protected space.
I AM WHO I AM (2001)
A sound-installation with sculptural objects at Loftet/Hedmanska Gården. Music/Installation: Lena Måndotter, Ronnie Hall and Jörgen Wernefeldt.
SINGING THE SOUL BACK HOME (2001)
A solo-performance by Lena Måndotter at Musik i Syd "Stemmer i 1000 år" - festival of Öresund. The theme of the performance was the song's ability to hold and heal where words can only fail. Guitar/harmony Vocals: Ronnie Hall. Guitar/base: Jörgen Wernefeldt.
WALKING ON WATER (2002)
A performance at Malmö Konsthall inspired by brave acts against all odds, and in honor of radical beings like Noam Chomsky, John Pilger, Oscar Wilde and Simone Weil. The performance was dedicated to all innocent children and animals who suffer destructive acts of war. Songs/poems/texts: Lena Måndotter. Song/Guitar/Harmonica: Ronnie Hall. Guitar: Tobias Widerberg. Violon: Filip Runesson. Percussion: Thomas Rodrick. Scenography: Ronnie Hall and Lena Måndotter. Lights/Sound: Ulli Ruchlinski. The songs from this performance is released on a cd with the same title.
ORPHEUS - DO NOT TURN AROUND (2004)
A solo-performance by Lena Måndotter at Malmö Konsthall inspired by the Greek myth of Orpheus, NOT the most known version where he fails in the underworld. Instead an older version where Orpheus actually manages his underworld journey well, rescuing souls, using his divine musical gifts.
Songs/Poetry/Video: Lena Måndotter. Guitar/Scenography: Ronnie Hall. Violin/Mandola/Cello: Filip Runesson. Percussion: Thomas Rodrick. Lights/Sound: Uli Ruchlinski.
A performance at Kompanihuset in Malmö, inspired by the Greek Myth of Mnemosyne, mother of the Muses and goddess of memory.
Songs/Poems/Scenography: Lena Måndotter. Songs/Guitar/Bodhran-drum/Harmonica: Ronnie Hall. Guitar/Bouzouki: Pierre Engström. Cello/Harmony Vocals: Åsa Gjerstad. Recitation/Harmony Vocals: Petra Lindblom-Cerdic.
SONGS FROM THE RIVER (2008)
A solo-performance by Lena Måndotter at Kompanihuset in Malmö, inspired by the element of water and its symbolical meanings, and how songs can arise where rivers meet the sea. Songs/Poems: Lena Måndotter. Guitar/Harmonica/Harmony Vocals: Ronnie Hall. Guitar/Bouzouki: Pierre Engström. Cello/Harmony Vocals: Åsa Gjerstad. Besides Lena Måndotter's compositions, the performance also included poems and texts by Federico Garcia Lorca, Andrej Tarkovskij and Leonard Cohen.
ALL ABOVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCES WAS PRODUCED BY KULTURFÖRENINGEN
KAMELEONT/MALMÖ SWEDEN. KAMELEONT HAS ALSO RELEASED THE CDS Walking
on Water (chameleon records), SKIN TO SKIN "LIVE" and IN THE SHADOW
OF LOVE with Lena Måndotter and the group Skin to Skin. And co-Produced
the film LETTERS TO A YOUNG SINGER with Lena Måndotter
Lena Måndotter trained as a singer at the Royal Society of Arts in
London UK, and she has worked as a performer since 1990. Her cds are released
at Rootsy/Warners and she has toured extensively both in Sweden and abroad.
At RSA London, she also received a diploma in voice- and movement therapy, a two year training under the leadership of voice-teacher and VMT-founder Paul Newham. To deepen her knowledge in analytical psychology she has taken part in extensive courses and trainings at CG Jung Institute, ISAP in Zurich Switzerland and studied for Jungian analysts Ingela Romare, Mario Jacoby and Marion Woodman. Lena has also done extensive studies in shamanism with Jonathan Horwitz and Gabrielle Roth and during her many travels in Asia and Mexico and Guatemala.