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Choreography Lab postponed and expanded.

Choreography Lab is an opportunity to get acquainted with some of Norway’s younger dancers — dancers who have displayed great artistic potential, and a willingness to take risks. With the current situation, the project will largely be moved to the spring of 2021. In the meantime Dansens Hus will offer possibilities for development to the artists.

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Choreography Lab 2020 were originally intended to start showing works on the studio stage in April. In 2019 a jury chose among several applications, and selected five choreographers, who were all invited to present their works between April 30th and May 5th. However, with the outbreak of Covid-19, Dansens Hus decided to postpone the entire project until next year. Instead the up-and-coming artists will be given the space and time to develop their projects and artistry, through guidance and follow-up throughout the year.

Choreography Lab is an opportunity to get acquainted with some of Norway’s younger dancers — dancers who have displayed great artistic potential, and a willingness to take risks. Dansens Hus wants to turn challenges into advantages, by offering the time and tools to allow the works to mature, and the artists to develop further.

Choreography Lab is more than an opportunity to showcase new works. By offering insight into and knowledge about the production apparatus to selected artists, it is a way to strengthen the Norwegian dance field. The artists will get to explore opportunities for artistic work in close collaboration with the various departments of a theatre such as Dansens Hus. This includes production, communication, lighting and sound. Producing art for the stage should be seen as a holistic project, where collaboration and communication between the different fields of expertise are essential.

The artists:

Carl Aquilizan (b. 1994) is educated in Leeds, but lives and works in Oslo. Alongside six dancers he wants to investigate what physically happens when one boxes up emotions. He is inspired by Butoh and expressionism.

Karen Eide Bøen (b.1986) lives and works in Bergen. She bases her work Sjøveien (Sea way) on her own «100 questions about sustainable work as a stage performer», as well as «Being an artist in a small town in the outskirts of Europe». Through this work she wants to dig deeper into self positioning, and the local gaze.

Chollada Phinitduang (b.1990) is born in Thailand, but grew up in Norway, and now lives in Oslo. Together with dancer Elise Austad, she presents a piece inspired by great artists such as Beyoncé, Billie Holiday’s interaction with the term «Me, Myself and I», and the varying attitudes of different cultures to the I and the we. The dancers enter a universe with many pop cultural, historic and sociological references to «the ego».

Jens Trinidad (b.1987) lives and works in Oslo. Together with dancer Hugo Marmelada he wants to embody the heart and soul of the music of the show Alma. Through versatile background from hip-hop, and long experience in contemporary dance, they are taking a closer look at the influence of music on their own, as well as the audience’s bodies.

Jonas Øren (b.1988) is from Høyanger, but lives and works in Oslo. His background is in classical ballet. In his project he explores what it means to portray himself as a Forsythe dancer, through deconstructing the work In the middle of somewhat elevated, by William Forsythe. Self portraiture in today’s society is among the themes Øren seeks to explore.

Kristin Skiftun (producer at Dansens Hus) and Magnus Myhr (dancer and teaching supervisor for Choreography Lab2020) will be guiding the selected artists, with digital meetings in April and May, with individual guidance, as well as mutual conversations. Myhr will continue to guide and follow the artists up until the performances in 2021.

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