Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt

Ingun Bjørnsgaard has won a unique position in Norwegian and International dance through a series of distinguished stage works over the last twenty years. 
Bjørnsgaard’s works capture the modern individual in the passage between the hesitant, introvert and the unrestrained and spectacular. Her choreographic style records desire, vanity and shame as they appear, with finely tuned ambivalence, in the body, the movement and the gaze. 

 In addition to the twenty full-length works she has choreographed for her own company, which have toured extensively worldwide, her career spans from inauguration of the Norwegian Opera & Ballet 2008, to commissions for a wide range of European theaters, most lately: Ballet de Lorraine, Nancy, France 2013 and Gothenburg Opera Dance Company, Sweden in 2014.

 She is the only artist to have received the Norwegian Critics’ Association Award twice.

Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt receive base-funding from Arts Council Norway

Available works 2015 – 16

GOLDEN FLEECE | Dansens Hus January 28th 2016

With five dancers and a violinist on stage, Bjørnsgaard’s new production is an exploration of the relation between the private and the mythical. Bjørnsgaard and her precise and distinctive dancers have honed a signature expression, comprising an ambiguous dialogue with contemporary music predecessors, and a unique choreographic language characterized by femininity, humour, tenderness and distance.

In Golden Fleece the dancers would appear to move about freely, while at the same time they are partially controlled by an underlying force field which never acquires sufficient clarity. A destiny-driven game systematically and randomly controls and plays with them.

Here one can perhaps find parallels to the ancient Greek myth about Medea and Jason: impulses of love, escape and betrayal are mobilized in the search for a golden fleece; or Pasolini’s cinematic exploration of the same myth with Maria Callas as an unrivalled and fascinating fulcrum.

Or perhaps they find themselves adrift on a luxury vessel, without restrictions, on an odyssey in a post-post-modern stagnant sea?

Composer Henrik Hellstenius has written the greater part of the music especially for the production, but also existing music from Paul Hindemith and Georg Philipp Telemann will be used. Hellstenius has composed for one of Europe’s most important violinists within contemporary music, the Swedish Karin Hellqvist, who will perform the score life on stage.

Choreographer: Ingun Bjørnsgaard Violinist: Karin Hellqvist
Dancers: Ida Wigdel, Erik Rulin, Marianne Haugli, Catharina Vehre Gresslien og Stian Danielsen Composer: Henrik Hellstenius Music by: Paul Hindemith and Georg Philipp Telemann Set & costume designer: Thomas Björk Dramaturge: Kai Johnsen Sound designer: Morten Pettersen Light designer: Hans Skogen Seem: Else Ciljan Jacobsen and Caroline Evju
Produced by: Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt
Co-produced by: Dansens Hus Norway

Rotating Nora | Dansens Hus September 2014
In Rotating Nora Bjørnsgaard’s Nora sees children, sociability and external machinations as miscognized entities, and she apparently struggles with the feeling of never really having arrived. On these grounds new and investigative, playful and oversensitive situations occur. Here the tragicomic human, in another way, imperfect, sublimated, is exposed. In motion, the androgynous Nora is, true to character, ritually trapped in the Ibsen point of view: a tarantella – this beautiful, frivolous, erotic dance where existential desperation and longing meet sheer tourism. A dancing and dangerously un-dangerous woman charged with power, laziness, yearning, beauty, despair, reluctance and passion.

Choreographer: Ingun Bjørnsgaard Composer: Eivind Buene Dancers: Mattias Ekholm, Erik Rulin, Ida Wigdel, Matias Rønningen, Marta-Luiza Jankowska, Catharina Vehre Gresslien Set designer: Thomas Björk Lighting designer: Lutz Deppe Sound designer: Morten Pettersen Costume designer: Ane Aasheim Dramaturg: Kai Johnsen
Produced by: Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt Co-producer: Dansens Hus

Praeambulum | Dansens Hus January 2013
Praeambulum means prelude, introduction, or preparation. In both music and rhetoric, a praeambulum is a virtuosic and artful opening that is meant to heighten our expectations of what is to come.
The present piece is structured around introductions and preludes on various levels. It is punctuated by continual beginnings and departures. Seven dancers try to break barriers, sometimes desperately—even heroically—sometimes more nonchalantly. Underlying their effort is the anticipation of a glorious breakthrough. But how can the physical play be turned into communication, the pose into a person, the conventional gesture into a gentle touch? How, indeed, can the gesticulating body become one with mind and feeling?

Choreographer: Ingun Bjørnsgaard Composer: Henrik Hellstenius Dancers: Mattias Ekholm, Erik Rulin, Ida Wigdel, Matias Rønningen, Marianne Haugli, Marta-Luiza Jankowska, Catharina Vehre Gresslien Set designer: Thomas Björk Lighting designer: Hans Skogen Sound designer: Morten Pettersen Costume designer: Ane Aasheim
Produced by: Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt Co-producer: Dansens Hus

Omega and the Deer
| The Norwegian Opera & Ballet October 2011
In Omega and the Deer the characters are moving along a threshold between city limits and a forest’s darker edge. In such a place various spaces and directions emerge that defines our movements: our body; our social selves; our past; our secrets, our yearnings and our self-contempt. This opens up dimensions, contrasts, and vulnerability – which in turn create moments, and produce movement, friction, despair and melancholy. Omega and the Deer, which with a density of movement paints over Edvard Munch’s series “Alfa & Omega” (1908 – 09), address among other things the complex self-perception of the modern man. In Munch’s archetypical and erotic universe Bjørnsgaard finds resonance for her flirtation with the battle of the sexes, obscenity and alienation.

Choreographer: Ingun Bjørnsgaard Composers: Rolf Wallin and Tansy Davies Dancers: Mattias Ekholm, Erik Rulin, Ida Wigdel, Matias Rønningen, Marta-Luiza Jankowska, Lone Torvik
Set designer: Thomas Björk Lighting designer: Hans Skogen Sound designer: Morten Pettersen Costume designer: Ane Aasheim Dramaturg: Kai Johnsen
Produced by: Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt Co-producer: CODA Oslo International Dance Festival