top of page
DSC06752-2_edited.jpg

BIOGRAPHY

FROM 68°N SINCE 2010

 

PHOTO: SEBASTIAN WILCHES

As a choreographer, I find inspiration to create based on experiences from my own life and life in general, and my aim is that the performances gives the audience an artistic experience, and at the same time contribute to conversation and reflection. My performances often touch on topics that we, as a society, choose to turn our backs on.

 

I graduated from the School for New Dance in Oslo (Skolen for samtidsdans). Since graduating in 2010, I have worked as a freelance dancer and choreographer. I mainly work on my own projects, and my performances are mostly created for the solo format.

 

I was born and raised in Øksnes in Northern Norway, and am currently based in Hadsel in Vesterålen. As one of the very few professional dancers based in Vesterålen and Nordland county, I am surrounded by steep mountains and rough sea, midnight sun and northern lights. My heart belongs to the north - at 68° north.

 

I use dance as a language when I go on stage. As a choreographer, I get straight to the point when I talk about eating disorders or suicide, mental health issues or rape. When I talk about grief and experiences of loss, the language more gentle, but just as direct.

 

An artistic process often starts with me imagining images of how a theme or topic can be given a theatrical expression. Thoughts and inner images become physical drawings, which further becomes movements. First as a form of draft, then as defined choreography. The movement language in my work is often detailed and intense, and I often challenge the body to push itself to the limit. At the same time, I am interested in the energy that is created when meeting the audience, and I often place the audience close to the stage - or preferably on the stage. By doing so, I seek to create an experience of participation and recognition in the audience. That this could have been any of us.

In addition to my own artistic practice, I created Performing Arts Lofoten & Vesterålen (Scenekunst LOVE) in 2021 - with the aim of gathering the performing arts professionals in Lofoten and Vesterålen, and to make the performing arts scene in the region more visible. On May 6th 2023, the initiative became its own organization, and consists of more than 20 members - between Andøya in the north, and Moskenesøy in the west. 

CV

EDUCATION / TRAINING / MENTORING

2022 : DIGITAL LEAP - MODUL 2

Seminar, Digital possibilities for performing arts (1 week)

Vilnius, Lithuania

 

2022 : DISCOVERING PRACTICE 

Workshop with Barbara Simonsen (DK) and Davvi - Senter for scenekunst 

Bodø, Norway

2021 - 2022 : MENTORing - CREATIVE LAB

2-year mentoring programme by CODA Oslo International Dance Festival with Fin Walker (UK)

Oslo, Norway

2018 : PERFORMING ARTS REALY 

Seminar/workshop with Dansearena Nord in collaboration with Dance Ateliers Reykjavik (IS), SeaChange Lab (DK), School of Creative and Performing Arts of Calgary (CA) and Night Swimming Theater (DK)

2008 - 2010 : SKOLEN FOR SAMTIDSDANS

2-year education - contemporary dancer

Oslo, Norway

2007 - 2008 : TRØNDERTUN FØLKEHØGSKOLE

1-year training

Melhus, Norway

PORTFOLIO / BY THOMAS OF NORWAY

2023 : CAN YOU HEAR THE WIND? (SOLO)

Co-produced by Nordland Akademi for Kunst og Vitenskap

Created with funding from Kultursamarbeidet i Vesterålen and Museum nord

Premiere: 15. September 2023

2023 : THEN, YOU LEFT (SOLO)

A solo version of Holding Position (2021)

Co-produced by Lofoten kulturhus

Premiere: 27. April 2023

2021 : HOLDING POSITION (DUO)

Co-produced by Lofoten kulturhus

Created with funding from Davvi - Center for performing Arts, Nordland Visual Theater, Hurtigrutens Hus, Art Council Norway, Lofoten kulturhus, 

Nordland County, Vågan Municipality and Øksnes Municipality.

Premiere: September 2021

2021 : FAMILIAR STRANGER

Co-produced and created for Fremmedart 

Premiere: August 2021

2019 : YOU MIGHT LIKE ME BETTER IF WE SLEEP TOGETHER (SOLO)

Co-produced by Lofoten kulturhus

Created with funding from Davvi - Center for performing arts, Art Council Norway, Lofoten kulturhus og Nordland County. 

Premiere: September 2019

2017 : UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN (DUO)

Co-produced by Lofoten kulturhus

Created with funding from Lofoten kulturhus og Nordland County

Premiere: September 2017

2016 : IN SILENCE WE TRUST (SOLO)

Premiere: October 2016

2016 : TOMORROW FEELS LIKE YESTERDAY (SOLO)

With support from Kaviar Factory

Premiere: Februar 2016

2015/2026 : WHEN BOYS CRY (SOLO)

Created with private fundings 

Premiere: April 2016

2015 : NO VISIBILITY (SOLO)

Produced with support from Rennebu Municipality 

Premiere: Februar 2015

2014 : PICTURE PERFECT (DUO)

Produced with support from Hitra Municipality 

Premiere: October 2014

2014 : SIBIR  (DUO)

Produced with support from Hitra Municipality 

Premiere: February 2014

2012 : PILLOWS (DUO)

Produced with support from Sortland Municipality 

Premiere: June 2012

2011 : SOCIETY´S LOCKER ROOM (VERSION 1: SOLO / VERSION 2: TRIO)

Produced with support from Vesterålen Regionråd 

Premiere: 2011

GUEST PLAYS / TOURINGS / FESTIVALS

 

2024

TOUR - THE HOME EDITION / WHEN BOYS CRY

Tour in Nordland, Troms and Finnmark Counties, April - November 2024

With support from Art Council Norway

NORDLAND TEATER / VINTERLYS 

Guest play with 4 performances of You Might Like Me Better If We Sleep Together 13. og 14. February 2024

Mo i Rana, Norway

2023

 

NORDLAND TEATER / VINTERLYS 

Guest play with 2 performances of When Boys Cry 16. og 17. February 2023

Mo i Rana, Norway

GALLERI REDAN

Performances of What Is Real In Intuitional Adaption, When There Are Sediments To Reality by Rina Eide Løvaasen (SE)

21. February 2023

Malmö, Sweden

VÅRSCENEFEST - TROMSØ SCENEKUNSTFESTIVAL

Premiere: Then, You Left, 27. April 2023 

Tromsø, Norway

RENNEBU KIRKE

Guest play with Then, You Left 11. June 2023 - In cooperation with Rennebu Menighetsråd 

Rennebu, Norway

THE HOME EDITION - MALMÖ

When Boys Cry, guest play in private home, 4. September

Malmö, Sweden

MALMÖ OPEN STUDIOS

Performance What Is Real In Intuitional Adaption, When There Are Sediments To Reality by Rina Eide Løvaasen (SE)

01.-02. September 2023

Malmö, Sweden

ELVELANGS 

Premiere: Can You Hear The Wind? 15. September 2023 

Co-produced by Nordland Akademi for kunst og vitenskap, in cooperation with Kultursamarbeidet i Vesterålen and Museum nord.

Melbu, Norway

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY

When Boys Cry 9. oktober 2023 in cooperation with Kulturfabrikken Sortland

Sortland, Norway

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY

When Boys Cry 10. oktober 2023 in cooperation with Lofoten kulturhus

Svolvær, Norway

 

DANSEFESTIVAL BARENTS 

Workshop in social media for dancers

In cooperation with DanseFestival Barents and Forum for Nordnorske Dansekunstnere 

Hammerfest, Norway

 

2022

 

OSLO FRI

Performance: When Boys Cry 11. November 2022, Salt Art & Music

With support from Art Council Norway, Fond for utøvende kunstnere, Salt Art & Music and Oslo Teatersenter 

Oslo, Norway

GALLERI BELENIUS 

Performance: What Is Real In Intuitional Adaption, When There Are Sediments To Reality by Rina Eide Løvaasen (SE)

12. November 2022

Stockholm, Sweden

PRIDE ART

Performance: When Boys Cry 14. October, Kulturkirken Jakob

Oslo, Norway

TOUR - THE HOME EDITION / WHEN BOYS CRY

Tour in Nordland, Troms and Finnmark Counties, May - September 2022

With support from Nordland County, Forum for Nordnorske Dansekunstnere and Scenekunst LOVE

KUNSTHALL GRENLAND 

Performance: What Is Real In Intuitional Adaption, When There Are Sediments To Reality by Rina Eide Løvaasen (SE)

10.-19. June 2022

Porsgrunn, Norway

THE HOME EDITION - KRAGERØ

When Boys Cry, performance in private home, 17. June

Kragerø, Norway

2021

 

U:NEW FESTIVAL

Performance: When Boys Cry 11. December 2021, Teatr Baza - In cooperation with Dance Highways

Funded by Davvi - Center for performing arts, Bodø2024 and Erasmus+

Warsaw, Poland

DANSEFESTIVAL BARENTS

Performance: Holding Position 13. November, Arktisk kultursenter 

With support form Davvi - Center for performing arts

Hammerfest, Norway

FREMMEDART

Created for Fremmedart : Familiar Stranger, August 2021

Ramberg, Norway

ARCTIC ARTS FESTIVAL / FESTSPILLENE I NORD-NORGE

Performance: You Might Like Me Better If We Sleep Together 26. June

Harstad, Norway

2020

DANSEFESTIVAL BARENTS

Performance: When Boys Cry 4.-8. November, Arktisk kultursenter

With support from Dansearena nord, Forum for Nordnorske Dansekunstnere and SpareBank1 Nord-Norge 

Hammerfest, Norway

THE HOME EDITION / WHEN BOYS CRY

Guest plays ini private homes 20. - 24. February: Oslo, Stjørdal og Rennebu

Norway

2019

 

RADVENT 2019

Performance: You Might Like Me Better If We Sleep Together, 11. December 2019, RådStua Teaterhus

Tromsø, Norway

DANSSTATIONEN - PLATFORM 

Performance: You Might Like Me Better If We Sleep Together, 06. December 2019, Palladium Malmö

Malmö, Sweden

THE HOME EDITION / WHEN BOYS CRY

Guest plays in private home, 2. November 2019

Malmö, Sweden

PLATTFORM NORD

Performance: When Boys Cry 09.-13. October 2019

Kristiansand, Norway

FORUM FOR NORDNORSKE DANSEKUNSTNERE - 30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY 

Performance: When Boys Cry 10. august 2019, RådStua Teaterhus

Tromsø, Norway

2018

 

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY

Performance: When Boys Cry 20. October 

Ballangen, Norway

2017

 

THE INTERNATIONAL DANCE DAY - LOFOTEN KULTURHUS

Performance: When Boys Cry 27. April - In cooperation with Lofoten kulturhus

Svolvær, Norway

SVOLVÆR KIRKE

Performance: When Boys Cry 25. January 2018

Svolvær, Norway

2016

 

LYDRØRT - A PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL 

Performance: When Boys Cry 30. April 2016, Trevarefabrikken

Henningsvær, Norway

IN THE NAME OF COD - A QUEER ART FESTIVAL

Performance: When Boys Cry 30. November 

Røst Island, Norway

TOUR - DEN KULTURELLE SKOLESEKKEN 

Touring in Vågan Municipality with When Boys Cry 21.-25. November 2016

Lofoten, Norway

2015

 

PRAGUE QUADRENNIAL OF PERFORMANCE DESIGN & SPACE 

Performance: No Monopoly In Smooth Spaces by Rina Eide Løvaasen (SE)

Prague, Czechia 

REITIR

Work showing of 24 Hour Shaddow - 29. June 2015 

Siglufjörður, Iceland

REITIR

Performance: No Visibility 24. June 2015 

Siglufjörður, Iceland

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

 

 

2022 DAVVI - CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS

Thomas of Norway and Ida Løken Valkeapaä - September 2022 

Hammerfest, Norway

 

2022: DAVVI - CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS

Home Residency, Thomas of Norway and Ida Løken Valkeapaä - Mars 2022 

Stokmarknes / Tromsø, Norway

2021 : NORDLAND VISUAL THEATER

Holding Position - May/June 2021 

Stamsund, Norway

2020 : DANSEARENA NORD

Thomas of Norway - Guest Artist 2020, Dansearena nord

Hammerfest, Norway

2019 : DANSEARENA NORD

You Might Like Me Better If We Sleep Together - February 2019

Hammerfest, Norway

2015 : KULTURFABRIKKEN SORTLAND

Thomas of Norway, July 2015

Sortland, Norway

2015: REITIR

May/June 2015 -  Siglufjörður

Supported by Vesterålen Regionråd and Tilbakestrøm 

Siglufjörður, Iceland

CO-CREATING

 

 

2023 : BIRRI - CARRIERS

Choreographer and dancer, Music video by BIRRI 

www.birrimusic.com

Svolvær, Norway

2022 : RINA EIDE LØVAASEN (SE)

Choreographer and performer in What Is Real Intuitional Adaption, When There Are Sediments To Reality?

By Rina Eide Løvaasen (SEO)

www.rinaeidelovaasen.com 

Malmö, Sweden

2018 : GRENSELØS 

Work created for Vesterålen Regionråd - 30 year anniversary 

Choreographer, "PUST" ("BREATH") 

Sortland, Norway

2018: CAMILLA FIGENSCHOU

Choreographer, performer and actor in the movie Tauba by Camilla Figenschou (NO)

www.camillafigenschou.com

Lofoten, Norway

2017 : TINE SUREL LANGE

Choreographer and performer in the short video "Kroppspress" by Tine Surel Lange (NO)

www.tinesurellange.com 

Henningsvær, Norway

2017: HANNE KOLSTØ DUO

Choreographer  "FAKE LIGHTS" for Aorta Dance Company in cooperation with Hanne Kolstø

Svolvær, Norway

2015 : RINA EIDE LØVAASEN (SE)

Choreographer and performer in "No Monopoly In Smooth Spaces" by Rina Eide Løvaasen (SE)

Malmö April - May 2025

www.rinaeidelovaasen.com 

Malmö, Sweden

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

2018 : NORDLAND KUNST- OG FILMFAGSKOLE

Guest teacher, November 2018 

Kabelvåg, Norway

2016 - 2022 : AORTA DANSEKOMPANI

Artistic Director and choreographer 

Svolvær, Norway

2017 : LIAF - LOFOTEN INTERNATIONAL ART FESTIVAL

Workshop leader - Performance workshop 

Henningsvær, Norway

2016 : LYDRØRT - EN PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL

Workshop in composition and body works, April 2016

Henningsvær, Norway

2012 - 2014 : HITRA KULTURSKOLE 

Dance Teacher 100% position, shared with Frøya Municipality 

Hitra, Norway

2010 - 2011 : SORTLAND KULTURSKOLE

Dance Teacher 80% temporary position

Sortland, Norway

GRANTS / OTHER SUPPORT

2022 : GOVERNMENT GRANT FOR ARTISTS 

Diversestipend - www.kulturradet.no 

2022 : MEMBER GRANT

Forum for Nordnorske Dansekunstnere - www.fnnd.no

2021 : DANSEARENA NORD - GUEST ARTIST

Grant and development programme 

www.davvi.org 

2020 : PRODUCER SUPPORT

Dansearena nord, 2020-2021

www.davvi.org 

2020: MEMBER GRANT

Forum for Nordnorske Dansekunstnere - www.fnnd.no

2019 : GOVERNMENT GRANT FOR ARTISTS 

Diversestipend - www.kulturradet.no

2015 : VESTERÅLEN REGIONRÅD

Travel Grant 

www.vestreg.no

TRUSTED POSITIONS

2021 - 2024 : SCENEKUNST LOFOTEN & VESTERÅLEN

Founder and manager 

www.scenekunstlove.no

2024 - 2025 : NORSK KULTURRÅD

Member of jury (Dance) 

www.kulturradet.no 

2024 - 2025 : DAVVI - SENTER FOR SCENEKUNST

Board member

www.davvi.org

 

2022 - 2024 : PRODA PROFESJONELL DANSETRENING 

Deputy Board Member

www.proda.no

2022 - 2023 : NORSK KULTURRÅD

Member of jury (Performing Arts)

www.kulturradet.no

2023 - 2024 : DAVVI - SENTER FOR SCENEKUNST

Board member

www.davvi.org

2021 - 2022 : FORUM FOR NORDNORSKE DANSEKUNSTNERE

Board member

www.fnnd.no

2020 - 2021 : OSLO TEATERSENTER

Member of jury 

www.osloteatersenter.no

MEMBER OF

 

 

CREO 

www.creokultur.no

FORUM FOR NORDNORSKE DANSEKUNSTNERE

www.fnnd.no

PAHN - PERFORMING ARTS HUB NORWAY / DANSE- OG TEATERSENTRUM

www.pahn.no

OSLO TEATERSENTER

www.osloteatersenter.no 

SCENEKUNST LOFOTEN & VESTERÅLEN 

www.scenekunstlove.no

bottom of page