Other People, common ground - Edition 5: The Metropolitan Edition
16 November 2022
Edition 5 of Other People, common ground is taking place in Tokyo, Japan this year! We are happy to announce that we, after these years with restrictions due to COVID-19, finally can realise exchange with local colleagues. Sachi Masuda and Tsuyoshi Kondo were invited to take part in this edition 5: The Metropolitan Edition (Tokyo). Sachi is a freelance dancer based in Osaka, Japan. Tsuyoshi is a freelance actor, as well is he connected to the theatre company Seinendan in Tokyo. Together with Menzo Kircz and me, we will be sharing practices and discussing work in the performing arts the upcoming 10 days. A moment of sharing will take place on the 25th of November 2022 at 19.30h at BUoY café. More info HERE.
Follow updates on Instagram
8 September 2022
The rehearsal process for REtransLATE is continuing. To see how we work and what we are busy with, follow updates HERE on Instagram.
Rehearsals REtransLATE started!
10 May 2022
Finally we started rehearsals for REtransLATE! So much fun to work with talented Erlend Auestad Danielsen and Yoh Morishita. We move and define and laugh and draw what we moved and change perspectives of observing and do it again but different. Thanks so much Bergen Dansesenter for support in so many ways, amongst others this residency, as well as Sølvi Katrine Andersen for making this project all practically possible!
Pictures after WTM#3 performance Copenhagen
6 May 2022
Walking, Talking Minerals #3 took place in Overgaden gallery in Copenhagen last Monday. So nice to see pictures of this intense performance, 3 hours long, moving a ton of sand actually!
Pre-project Resonance with Stephan Meidell
21 March 2022
Very exciting collaboration starting, initiated by Stephan Meidell. What does resonance mean to different people working with media like film, prepared piano, dance, harmonium, and other instruments resonating by speakers. Project to be continued in 2023!
New collaboration with Olga Regitze at Meteor International Theatre Festival
23 October 2021
During Meteor 2021 I am performing in the work of Olga Regitze Dyrløv Høegh Walking, Talking Minerals (read more here). This new collaboration is such a pleasure that we plan upon continue working together. More info soon!
Other People, common ground in Finland
8 October 2021
We remind ourselves that we are only in the very beginning of the process of the project Other People, common ground. As we will work for 20 years, this is only the very start of our work together, Edition #4 in Finland. At the moment we find ourselves at the nice residency space of KultuuriKauppila, and we just came back from a movement session in the woods. Different surroundings influencing our practices and ways of sharing work. More to come soon!
ArtLab #7 Tromsø
25 September 2021
Together with Morten Wintervold, I was invited to take part in ArtLab #7, initiated by Tale Næss, co-organised by Rad Art and Dansearena Nord, and hosted by Small Projects Tromsø. ArtLab is a laboratory for performing arts where the artists in the laboratory can focus on researching a specific question without having the pressure of a production. Every Lab ends in a public presentation. Morten and Mirte were focussing on what it means to translate dance in to poetry and poetry into dance, with the goal to erase the hierarchy of the female speechless woman dancing to the words of the male speaker. Taking point of departure in an archeological report of "Hillesøykvinna", Morten and Mirte worked with keywords like silence, slow time and the skeleton. The research ended in a public showing.
Exhausted though fully loaded
18 August 2021
Being part of ATLAS program during ImPulsTanz 2021 was an incredibly intense 5-week long experience. Workshops with inspiring dancers and choreographers, meetings with colleagues from around the world, discussions, seeing performances, and biking around whole Vienna on a pink ImPulsTanz bike. It was something unforgettable. I also hosted a workshop as part of my research for the next piece REtransLATE, and met some great people and visions there. We showed some of the results during the presentations of the ATLAS program. Now it is time to digest and transform all these impressions in projects to come.
Soon concert Borealis Ung Komponist
10 March 2021
Rehearsing for next week concert Borealis Ung Komponist on the 18th of March at 19h during Borealis festival. Exciting to see the composition I worked on for the past months realised in the space! Book your tickets HERE.
Other People, common ground at Cas-co
12 December 2020
Residency in quarantine, travelling with masks and measurements, but we managed to actually meet and work together in the same space. Other People, Common Ground Edition #2 Cas-co is happening now in Cas-Co Leuven, Belgium. Updates on what we are doing and how you can be part of it SOON!
Interview Borealis Ung Komponist
10 November 2020
Read HERE the interview I did with Borealis about what I am working on for the Ung Komponist program.
PRODA workshop during Dansefestival Barents
5 November 2020
Arrived in this beautiful place! Tomorrow and Saturday giving PRODA workshop for dancers in Northern Norway during Dansefestival Barents in Hammerfest. So much looking forward!!
Performing Solowork - forever working title tonight
28 October 2020
Looking forward to be sharing what I have been doing as a practice for the last months. Solowork - forever working title is a dance material in progress. The material is based on the idea that the movements produced are like a spoken language: clear in its quality and rhythmically correlating to speaking and breathing. Simple in its form, I share this dance material in 5 variations.
Spreafico Eckly - Danced Work in Progress
25 October 2020
Tonight and tomorrow performing in Danced Work in Progress of Spreafico Eckly at KODE 2 in Bergen, as part of Oktoberdans 2020. So much fun!
Letter Project A choreography has premiered!
11 September 2020
Here I was sitting today - performing in some way - at BIT Teatergarasjen, premiering Letter Project: A choreography. It was a different way of performing, connecting with the audiences on a long time scale, where distances between audience members and me are defined by geographical positions around the world. Letters are now performing their choreography between different places in Norway, France, Belgium, UK, USA and Sweden, and will soon be connecting several of you by the same performance. It has just started, curious how it will continue!
Thanks to Vincent Stephen and Raquel Maia Marques for a great collaboration, thanks to BIT Teatergarasjen for co-producing this piece, and thanks to Kulturrådet (Art Council Norway) to support the project!
Letter Project: A choreography
26 August 2020
It is great to be presenting to you the project Letter Project: A choreography, an artistic collaboration with Vincent Stephen and Raquel Maia Marques, co-produced by BIT Teatergarasjen and supported by Kulturrådet (Arts Council Norway). Now tickets are available at BIT Teatergarasjen, as well do you find a video interview here . Looking forward to be "performing" this performing arts project in the alternative theatre space!
Borealis Ung Komponist 2020/21
27 June 2020
With great excitement I can announce that I was selected to take part in the Ung Komponist (Young Composer) program of Borealis - a festival for experimental music in Bergen, Norway. I am very much looking forward to this exciting journey of finding ways to compose for musicians from a choreographic point of view.
New project coming up!
5 June 2020
It has been a silent time in the sense of moving my body around, travelling from one place to another. My activities in outside spaces have been radically reduced the last three months, as they have been for most of us around the globe. Rather than moving outside, movements took place inside of my body. It has been a time of reflecting and opening up new spaces.
I am happy to announce that this resulted in a new project coming up soon: Letter Project: A choreography. Read more about it here.
#1 - The Monday edition
2 March 2020
After Edition 0 - Prologue at CAMPO in May 2019, Other People, common ground, a new project by Menzo Kircz and me, now just finished Edition 1 - The Monday edition. Dealing with questions on sharing practice in performing arts, efficiency, usefulness, productivity and time, we are very happy to have realised edition 1 out of 40. With 20 more years and 39 more editions ahead, we can conclude a very great first edition, which, yes, you can read about by clicking HERE. Voila! Thanks Bergen Dansesenter and Kulturrådet to support this work. Thanks also to Michikazu Matsune, who made a first meeting possible.
TPAM in Yokohama
19 February 2020
Being busy with walking around, meeting people and seeing performances and exhibitions, I realise that I almost didn't take pictures during my stay in Japan. I attended TPAM in Yokohama last week, and stayed some days before in Tokyo, to meet people and see performances, building on long term relations related to performing arts in Japan. Great to be transported to a non-European performing arts scene and get in touch with amazing people! Thanks to Bergen Kommune and Performing Arts Hub Norway for supporting this travel!
Performing in Bruges
7 November 2019
Observing the royal atmosphere in Cultuurcentrum Brugge, where we are performing We are not going back, by Mithkal Alzghair tonight.
8 October 2019
Currently I am attending Performing Arts Market in Seoul. Overwhelming and exciting to find myself in a sea of organisations and companies from all around the world, orienting myself in a wider landscape and connecting. See you around!
And there is a chair
10 September 2019
We performed And there is a chair two times last week at BIT Teatergarasjen. Thanks to our co-producing partners BIT Teatergarasjen and Carte Blanche - The Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance. Thank you to all other people and organisations making this possible. And thank you to all audiences for coming. Stay tuned for further performance dates. First upcoming at RAS on the 18th of November.
Another week in Vooruit
23 June 2019
This week hard working guys and a lot of things in studio in Vooruit with me. Stephan Meidell and Eirik Lie Hegre joined the residency so sounddesign and lightdesign are being created, while Mathijs Poppe is working on editing the teaser. And there is a chair starts to become a piece!!!
In residency at Vooruit
12 June 2019
Jumping of excitement to dance, organise and think in this amazing space at Vooruit, where we are working for the upcoming two weeks on the piece And there is a chair. Exciting times, as sound and light will be soon interwoven, when Stephan Meidell and Eirik Lie Hegre are joining the creation here in Gent. Premiere at BIT teatergarasjen in September 2019.
Ideas sparkling for new project
28 May 2019
Together with Menzo Kircz, we worked one week at CAMPO Gent, playing our way through the possibilities of a new collaboration. Every day we made rules, created places and situations in the studio, danced on our favourite music - or non-favorite music, went for a walk during which we reviewed the work we did - or bought strawberries. All this to prepare for a 20-year long collaborative project. Exciting times, more information following later.
In the meanwhile in Kyoto
8 May 2019
Through the exchange program of Kyoto International Dance Workshop Festival and Vitlycke - Center for Performing Arts, I was so lucky to take part in Kyoto International Dance Workshop Festival this year. Great memories and meetings while dancing in Japan. Thanks for this opportunity and to everybody who made these two weeks into an amazing experience!
Photoshoot with Linn Heidi Stokkedal
22 March 2019
On one of the very few days with sunshine in Bergen, but in still very cold winter weather, I had a great photoshoot for the flyer of And there is a chair with photographer Linn Heidi Stokkedal. Really happy to be brought back to being photographed in only a few shots with analogue cameras. Great fun and happy moment. Some results are on my website already, others will come later. Look and find!
Modeling for Karina Banks
27 February 2019
Last week at KIOSK Bergen, I was modelling for Karina Banks jewellery. Fun to dance with the purpose of exposing these small art works. To see more details check out the website of Karina Banks.
The dancer and the poet
29 January 2019
In only a few weeks from now, Erlend Nødtvedt and me, in collaboration with artistic producer Tora Rørholt, are putting up a situation where a dialogue will take place between Erlend Nødtvedt his read text and my dance. Erlend Nødtvedt his amazing rhythmical and poetic text is meeting my movements in the context of Bergen International Literary Festival. See you in Litteraturhuset in Bergen 16th of February at 14.15h and 21.15h! Check out the link here for more info.
New project children 0 -3
28 January 2019
With a feeling of great excitement, I am working on a dance performance for children 0-3 years old. The performance is based on the exhibition Drømmedryss at KODE - Art museums and composers homes in Bergen. The children books from which the illustrations for the exhibition Drømmedryss are chosen, are now widespread in my living room. It is great to read those amazing books and start creating dance for these small audiences. Soon more info in Projects. Stay tuned!
Starting 2019: 20x20x20
9 January 2019
20x20x20 was an amazing evening improvising into 2019 with dance, performance, video and great music last weekend at Bergen Kjøtt (NO)! Thanks for those who came, a pity for those who were not there, but here at least an impression on photo. Thanks for this nice evening full of new 2019-energy!!! WITH Alwynne Pritchard / Mirte Bogaert / Amalie Holt Kleive / Kurt Johannessen / Stein Urheim / Thomas Bruvik / Eva Pfitzenmaier / Stephan Meidell / Øyvind Hegg-Lunde / John Hegre
BRUZZ TV report by Anja Strelec
6 December 2018
Thanks to the amazing Anja Strelec, who made this videoportret of me for BRUZZ TV during a rehearsal at P.A.R.T.S. in September. It gives an insight in how I have been working in the process towards my presentation of my research at P.A.R.T.S. "And there is a chair". Check out the videoportret HERE!
Winternight is falling
2 December 2018
...and in the meanwhile I reflect back on an autumn that has been full of activities. An amazing workshop with Lisa Nelson in Oslo. Furthermore almost as a treatment for the body, I was taking part in A Surprised Body workshop with Francesco Scavetta in Vitlycke - Centre for Performing Arts (SE). And in addition, I am regularly travelling back and forth to France these days, as I am working in the new creation of Mithkal Alzghair "We are not going back". All very exciting, and there is more to come for the spring. Soon more news!
Graduation at P.A.R.T.S.
5 October 2018
An amazing, challenging, rewarding, hard working and beautiful year at P.A.R.T.S. has finished. Happy to be graduated and continue working! Thanks for this intensive experience to everybody who contributed or was part of it. I look forward to realise everything what I learned and reflected about into my work and sharing it with you! Stay tuned!
PARTS research studios final works
13 September 2018
And one year has passed, since I started studying at PARTS. On September 30th at 15.00h, at Rosas Performance Space, I am performing the final version of my pre-project "And there is a chair". Very excited to share this work with you in Brussels. Check out the rest of the program as well: PARTS research studios final works
And there is a chair - showing in Bergen
15 August 2018
And there is a chair is a short performance, resulting from my work during Research Studios at P.A.R.T.S. 2017-2018. It will be performed in Bergen (NO) during DANS - en fest, on the 31th of August at Studio Bergen, 19.30h. I am looking forward sharing this solo work with more people! If Norway is too far, come and see this work during the graduation performances at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels in the end of September.
New work in development: And there is a chair
4 August 2018
And a chair has moved. Brussels. Paris. Bergen. Currently I am working in Bergen Dansesenter (regionalt kompetensesenter for dans) on the new creation And there is a chair. The sunlight creating amazing frames during my rehearsals. Soon more info is coming!
Teaching at Summer Intensive Bergen Dansesenter
4 August 2018
Check out the Summer Intensive this week at Bergen Dansesenter! I am very happy to be teaching improvisation and composition. Welcome to join when you are around!
Travelling chair: Brussels-Paris
21 June 2018
And here the travel of the chair starts, at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels. The chair and me, each with our own trainticket, off to Paris! If you want to know why I take this chair on a travel, come and see my performance at CND Paris at 19.30h on Saturday 23th of June.
PARTS Open House
8 June 2018
This Sunday, 10th of June, I will be presenting my Research work at PARTS in a mid-in-development-state. At 15.45h PARTS Studio 5. Van Volxemlaan 164, Brussels. Feel very welcome to join!
Working with Randiane Sandboe at P.A.R.T.S.
9 April 2018
Great time working with Randiane Sandboe this week at P.A.R.T.S. We are experimenting with the relativity of hierarchic relations between lights, movement and text in the theatre space.
Put Out The Light at Frontlosjefestivalen (NO)
23 February 2018
The new performance Put Out The Light of The Fourth Stage will premiere tomorrow at Frontlosjefestivalen in Bergen. http://frontlosjen.com/frontlosjefestivalen/program-2018/
The Fourth Stage at WRAP
2 July 2017
Rainy summerdays in Bergen are perfect to be working at Kunsthuset WRAP with The Fourth Stage on our new piece Put Out The Light which will premiere at Frontlosjefestivalen the 24th of February 2018.
23 March 2017
The Fourth Stage premieres its first piece All The Wave Was In A Flame tonight at Østre, Bergen!
19 March 2017
On the initiative of Tyrone Landau, I had the great opportunity to work with the talented actress Ane Skumsvoll, pianist Oda Voltersvik and singers Turid Moberg and Ingunn Høgetveit from the Edvard Grieg Choir. We performed a concert-performance at Troldsalen with music from Edvard Grieg and Niels Gade and text of Johan and Elisabeth Welhaven, arranged by Tyrone Landau.
Performing at Østre
8 March 2017
Soon The Fourth Stage will premiere its first piece All The Wave Was In A Flame at Østre, Bergen. We are proud of our wonderfull poster, designed and handmade by Raquel Maia Marques.
Article in På Spissen
7 March 2017
In the current edition of the magazine På Spissen, there is a little article about The Fourth Stage performance All The Wave Was In A Flame . We perform at Østre (Bergen) on the 23th of March.
Body Songs at Galleri Isotop
6 March 2017
Mondayevenings in Bergen are often spent at PrøveRommet, an event of BIT teatergarasjen, which is a series of one night only interdisciplinary arts events, a laboratory and platform for sharing. I performed another version of Body Songs at Galleri Isotop.
Body Songs at KODE 4
20 February 2017
In the scenography of the museum KODE 4, I worked together with architect students Frida Nytun and Alvilde Fjell Sundal who transformed the museumcorridor into a magical space. I performed another version of Body Songs. It was part of PrøveRommet, an event of BIT teatergarasjen, which is a series of one night only interdisciplinary arts events, a laboratory and platform for sharing.
Photoshoot for Menuettdanserinnen
13 December 2016
For the concertperformance Menuettdanserinnen, taking place on the 19th of March at Troldsalen (Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen), Dag Fosse/KODE took some pictures.
Residency at Destelheide
11 September 2016
This time The Fourth Stage was invited by Destelheide (Belgium) to continue working on our piece All The Wave Was In A Flame . We got the help of Malcus Enriquez Almanza (Framing Minds) to make a trailer during this residency.
Residency at Arts Printing House
17 July 2016
The Fourth Stage was invited to a residency at Arts Printing House in Vilnius. Great to be working on our piece All The Wave Was In A Flame in this fantastic theatre with even more fantastic people!
5 June 2016
This and next month I am working with Juliette Louste Company on the piece Dracula's Pack. We have 4 performances at Tjarnarbíó, as well as several pop-up events in Reykjavík.
Performing in Ghent
26 September 2015
Tonight I will perform my solo Resonance at Mute - Kunstenfestival in stilte in the St. Bavo’s Abbey in Ghent.
Performing Roots Unrooted
22 May 2015
At Tjarnarbíó I will perform Roots Unrooted tonight with Juliette Louste, film by Aðalgeir Gestur Vignisson and Halldóra Mark.
Residency at The Freezer
14 November 2014
As a result of my residency at The Freezer the past six weeks, I will perform Doubts of Silence tonight at The Freezer teatre, Rif (Iceland).