Malin B. Erikson Intimacy Coordinator
Malin B. Erikson is a pioneer intimacy coordinator in her home country Sweden. She’s a specialist in choreographing authentic scenes of intimacy while implementing best practices, safety and well-being of actors, creatives and crew.
Malin introduced intimacy coordination to Sweden in August 2019 as Sweden’s first intimacy coordinator after training with pioneer Ita O’Brien in London. For a year, Malin continued as a student with Ita O’Brien
Before Malin trained as an intimacy coordinator, she worked as a performing arts director, actor trainer and acting coach. For over 20 years she has lived and worked in Asia, North Africa and Europe. Movement, embodiment and emotions have always been central parts of her work. She has studied Actor Training and Coaching (master) and directing at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSS), Dramaturgy at RADA and Pedagogy (BA) at Umeå University.
Malin coordinates and choreographs intimate scenes for both large and small productions within TV, film and performing arts. Her repertoire includes Snabba Cash (Netflix), Vinterviken (Netflix), and Knutby (TV4 / C More), the music video Moth To A Flame with The Weeknd & Swedish House Mafia (Pine) and productions at Riksteatern, Kulturhuset/Stadsteater, Göteborgs Stadsteater and Uppsala Stadsteater.
As a pioneer in Sweden, a big part of Malin’s work is about spreading knowledge which she often does through lectures, workshops and panel discussions of various kinds.
Malin is a qualified intimacy coordinator according to international standards and Sag-Aftra’s requirements in accordance with Intimacy Coordinator Standards and Protocols .
Intimacy Coordination and its way to Sweden
Intimacy coordination is becoming more common and today many production companies in Sweden and around the world choose to collaborate with intimacy coordinators on their productions. The process of developing a structure to work with intimate scenes has been ongoing in both the US and England for several years, but it was only with #metoo, in the autumn of 2017, that the film- and theater industry began to demand a common framework for intimate scenes.
In Sweden, the method and profession was introduced in August 2019 when Malin B. Erikson began working as Sweden’s first intimacy coordinator.
Intimacy coordination - training and qualifications
An intimacy coordinator has:
- previous education and years of professional experience in directing, acting, movement or similar
- education in intimacy coordination / intimacy choreography
- specialized education in consent, bullying, sexual harassment, LGBTQI +, bystander intervention, diversity and gender equality and conflict resolution
Intimacy coordinators are certified Mental Health First Aiders and CPR trained.
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