Exhibiting Choreography

Speaking&building-bildeExhibiting Choreography – exploring transmission across disciplines and discourses
Eva Cecilie Richardsen

Norwegian Artistic Fellowship Programme
Start: 2011
Completion: 2016

Project summary
The project has evolved from questions on how to translate modes of production and display from one artistic domain into another in order to break with the divisive split between dance and visual art. Through its interdisciplinary approach, by mirroring the execution of time, form and conditions of an exhibition – the project invites us to look at the possibility of new beginnings, not as the right solution, but as a part of the process. The object is to renegotiate the potentiality of the performance as event and art object. Looking at choreography through the lens of visual art has been a strategy with an aim to propose a different way of approaching – another way of knowing – that is not about the work itself, but about the ramification of things.

Ingri Fiksdal: Lecture On methods

Time: 8th December 2015, 19.30 hrs
Place: Dramatikenshus, Oslo

Ingri Fiksdal will hold a lecture on methods as part of Dramatikens Hus, Norwegian Centre for New Playwriting (NCNP), Oslo. This lecture is part of NCNP’s seminar programme where stage artists are invited to talk about a topic they’re interested in.

She has invited the following guests to join her: Dancer, choreograph and writer Venke Sortland, research fellow at the Academy of Art Jesper Alvær, and MA choreography students at Oslo National Academy of the Arts: Karen Eide Bøen, Roza Moshtaghi, Shi Pratt, Simen Korsmo Robertsen, Kristian Støvind og Bente Alice Westgård.

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Time: Thursday 10th December, 17.00 hrs
Duration: App. 1.5 hrs
Place: Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Stage 5

choreographersOn Thursday 10th December choreography students will present work developed in connection with a three-week workshop on choreographic methods. On the one hand the workshop sought to articulate what it is a choreographer does when doing what one does, and on the other to develop methods for future works. We have worked on articulating methods both as a tool for clarifying existing ways of working, and at the same as something that can be applied prescriptively to change or develop one’s own work.

By and with: Karen Eide Bøen, Roza Moshtaghi, Shi Pratt, Simen Korsmo Robertsen, Kristian Støvind and Bente Alice Westgård.


The workshop was part of a five week course ‘Atmosphere – let’s put it to the stage!’
Course leader: Amanda Steggell
Guest teachers: Bojana Cvejić and Ingri Fiksdal

Via various approaches the course addressed the shifting contexts of choreography today. Combining practical and theoretic activities while encountering various choreographic processes, practices and thinking, it aimed to critically explore the atmosphere of one’s own choreographic enquiry. Furthermore the course introduced issues of artistic research from a choreographic perspective (from within and beyond the ‘institutional’ sphere) and possible modes of conveying enquiry to a public.


We Bleed the Same Color

Shi Pratt (MA choreography) holds a free performance of We Bleed the Same Color

Date/time: 1-2  December 2015, 17.00 hrs
Duration: 30 min
Place: Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Stage 4
Everyone is welcome.

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We Bleed the Same Color sets the viewer wandering between references to body, relationships, power, and the beauty of having a spiritual or physical companion.

Two women move freely about a masculine space, playing with the ever morphing relationships between them. They continuously search for meaning and belonging, looking for symmetry and attachment in the other. Their search for trust is exposed in a series of images of inherent familiarity and attempted adaption.

By: Karlsen Pratt
Choreography: Shi Pratt
Dance: Zofia Jakubiec and Elisabeth Holth
Light design: Kyrre Heldal Karlsen
Costume: Shi Pratt og Zofia Jakubiec
Music design: Kashi Katt
Music: Kashi Katt, Mum, Mugison, Bjork, Funkstorung, Valley of the Sun.

Karlsen Pratt
Shi Pratt

Landing Sites Specific

Landing Sites Specific – a residency in contemporary choreography at Art-Villa Garikula, The Georgia
24th April – 5th May 2014

Art-Villa Garikula

In collaboration with Art-Villa Garikula the workshop Landing Sites Specific is led by Amanda Steggell, professor in choreography at the Department of Dance, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, with Master students in choreography Anne Kathrine Fallmyr, Solveig Styve Holte and Heidi Jessen, and students from the Art Academy, Tbilisi.

Research should no longer be done off to one side, in a school, a library or laboratory. Where one lives needs to become a laboratory for researching, for mapping directly, the living body itself, oneself as a world-forming inhabitant.
– Arakawa + Gins

How can we approach the situation of being artists-in-residence working with issues of site specificity in the field of contemporary choreography today? This is the question we seek to answer at Art-Villa Garikula, and one we have sought to answer in a suburb of Tokyo earlier this year. As you may imagine these sites are worlds apart from each other and our own home town, Oslo, Norway.

The ‘site’ we co-habited in Tokyo is namely the Reversible Destiny Lofts, MITAKA. The lofts are both an artwork and an apartment building; a creation of the artist /architect duo Arakawa + Gins and an iteration of their esoteric theory of Architectural Body from which the term Landing Sites comes from. They are dedicated to the memory of Helen Keller, the American activist and author who learnt how to communicate after losing her sight and hearing as a child – hence seemingly reversing her destiny by confronting and articulating her embodied experiences of her situation or ‘surround’. The lofts are designed to challenge one’s physical abilities and perceptions in every day life; to stimulate the body and its immune system, challenge notions of communal living and to encourage the body to ‘decide not to die’!  (See http://choreography.khio.no/?p=48 for more).

Now we have landed at Art villa Garikula, deep in the Georgian countryside in the little village of Akhalkalaki, in the Kaspi region far way from the city and its suburbs. It is a stark contrast to our Tokyo experience with its meticulously designed architecture, and our own home town, Oslo. We encounter a community; a building and a garden that is in a constant state of reconstruction in accordance with its surround; a village, an agricultural landscape of vast reaching hillsides and a fast flowing river. We encounter a socially-orientated art project that has decided to live. Perhaps we can call it an organic or ecological process that poses a utopian alternative to the political situation with which it co-exists.

What can a body find out about such a place in the short period of our residency?
What is worth doing, from the perspective of contemporary choreography within this time frame?
Can we contribute to this unique community (even if just modestly) by our presence?
How are we changed by the experience?

Via quick and dirty exercises in choreography we address these questions with a sense of curiosity. On the one hand via an attention/awareness to the situation. On the other, an incentive to engage with the community that sustains and is supported by the Garikula project.

Landing Sites video documentation

This video documents a part of the Landing Sites project, inspired by the works and lives of the artist/architect duo Arakawa and Gins. The video is by Kathrine Fallmyr and Heidi Jessen. It is from a presentation of the project at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Dec 2013, where the public experienced two different renditions of explorations of Arakawa and Gins work.
– see Landing sites log book category for all posts on the project.


Seminarium #2

From 29-30 January 2014 the Academy of Dance opens its doors for Seminarium#2, Art and Dance, body and movement, a two-day open seminar organised by Dansedyrkene in co-operation with the Acadmey of Dance and  Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

The aim is to create an artistic space where participants discuss and highlight how dance and movement are brought into play in time and epoch; how they both emerge from-  and enter traditions.

Presenters include; MA choreography students Anne Kathrine Fallmyr and Heidi Jessen, Kari Anne Bjerkestrand, Mia Habib, Lisa Nøttseter, Marie Bergby Handeland, Anne-Linn Akselsen, Venke 
Sortland, Ina 
 Kjølmoen and 
Hanna Gjermundrød, Cecilie Sleppen Ålskog and Astrid Groseth, and Elizabeth Svarstad.

Plenum conversations led by Anette Therese Pettersen og Hild Borchgrevink follow the artists’ presentations. The language for the seminar is Norwegian.