Talent shows proliferate the TV schedules all over the world, but few contestants successfully manage to translate this all too transient celebrity into meaningful artistic endeavour. Most shrink into obscurity. There are few Harry Styles or Susan Boyles.
In 2008, Alexandra Hummingson caught the imagination of TV viewers in Sweden with her all female ensemble Dollies, performing upbeat covers of Dolly Parton numbers. This stock repertoire belied a renaissance talent, driven unusually not by the desire for celebrity for celebrity’s sake, but by her love for the craft of creating. In little over a decade since, she has become a prolific composer (Sony/ATV), movie actress (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 2011), Artistic Director (Christinehofs Theater, Sweden), and published poet.
Hummingson’s intriguing journey since youthful celebrity has undoubtedly required resilience. From composing music to order which perfectly encapsulates a corporate brand’s image, to recent work drawing on deeply traumatic events in her own life, Alex will explore how and why she has increasingly found courage to allow her voice to be guided from within and not from without. Why the act of creating has been her salvation.
The host for this intimate discussion will be television director Nick Parry.