Nagelhus Schia Productions

Nagelhus Schia Productions was founded in 2017 as one of the three Norwegian dance companies with permanent public funding. Founder and Artistic Director Guro Nagelhus Schia and Assistant Artistic Director Vebjørn Sundby have a long track record as dancers, choreographers and actors. Over the past two decades they have toured nationally and internationally, working with some of Norway and the world’s most acclaimed contemporary dance companies and choreographers.  The company’s mission is to create, produce and promote dance productions of the highest quality on an international scale by inviting national and international choreographers – both renowned masters, as well as emerging innovative artists to create new works. The company will also deliver a vast array of education and outreach projects, intensive training and apprentice schemes. In addition to the funding from Viken fylkeskommune, the company is supported by Talent Norge, Sparebankstiftelsen and Bærum Municipality.

Current productions and projects

Triple Bill
By Melanie Lane (AU), Hege Haagenrud(NO), Guro Nagelhus Schia & Vebjørn Sundby (NO)

Three pieces created especially for the eight dancers in Nagelhus Schia Productions’ AMP talent development programme for young practitioners.

Melanie Lane: Crush
Mythologies that speak of the marriage between romance and sickness are picked apart and presented in light of modern age where nothing stands still. A modern-day fairy tale that takes place where the body remains as the core of intimacy and ecstasy, but also as a weaponised, love-sick army.

Hege Haagenrud: White Noise
White noise is a monotonous and constant sound blocking out other outside sounds. In a broader sense white noise is everything we don’t catch; such as a film that you play but don’t really watch. Further, the choreography takes the statement “everyone has got ADHD” as a point of departure, inviting the audience to see the performance through a simulated state of the diagnosis.

Guro Nagelhus Schia & Vebjørn Sundby: 960 seconds
Talking about time as something that passes extremely fast creates a feeling of being unable to follow, which subconsciously propagates into a collective guilt, an idea of constantly being behind time. 960 seconds alsochallenges the concept of a “duet”.

Premiere: April 2020, Bærum Kulturhus, Sandvika, Norway

By Damien Jalet (FR/BEL) and Erna Omarsdottir (IS)

Through a series of short and visceral pieces performed in the form of a tour performance through the Vigeland Museum’s various rooms, the dance contributes to release the concentrated energy in Gustav Vigeland’s sculptures. By embracing the mythological nature of the sculptures, the dancers use their ephemeral bodies to portray the duality and inner struggles of Vigeland’s immortal sculptures.
The performance can be adapted to other museum environments, or to the stage.

Premiere: February 2020, Vigeland Museum, Oslo, Norway

Orbo Novo
By Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (BEL)

It was a new world that met Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui when hemoved to New York in 2009. Arriving in a new continent he found himself dealing with loneliness, freedom, new possibilities, new barriers – all of which are ingredients for art. Originally created for New York’s Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Norway’s third national dance company, Nagelhus Schia Productions, has taken on Cherkaoui’s challenge, making Orbo Novo (‘The New World’) its first all-night performance.The fourteen dancers frolic with acrobatic choreography and spectacular scenography to the music created by Polish composer Szymon Brzóska. On stage there are physical barriers that can confine, be moved and pushed. Borders never disappear. The performance was created in a more hopeful United States in 2009 buttakes on a different kind of topicality in today’s political climate. Perhaps it has become even more relevant?

Premiere: June 2019, Bærum Kulturhus, Sandvika, Norway

By Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (BEL)

Rein explores the implications of purity. The way that purifying a body makes it disappear. Absolute purity actually means that nothing is left over.

Together with dancers Guro Nagelhus Schia and Vebjørn Sundby,Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui seeks a movement language that can depict this disappearance. The dancer aims not to disturb the air around the pianist’s body whilst keeping her own body straight. Her partner approaches her gently and brushes her body with a soft cloth. Every touch, no matter how gentle, impacts her entire body.

Premiere: July 2010, Festival Dansand, Ostend, Belgia

By Guro Nagelhus Schia and Vebjørn Sundby(NO)

In their first collaborative choreographic work, Schia and Sundbyexplore associations and belonging. Two individuals meet, connect and stay together. They are bound to each other both physically and mentally. Together they experience a world that is simultaneously foreign and familiar. Are they caught up in belonging?

Premiere: September 2017, Bærum Kulturhus, Sandvika, Norway

By Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (BEL)

Pure explores the implications of purity, and the overwhelming preoccupation with the concept. It questions whether purifying a body could make that body disappear and if absolute purity does not actually mean that nothing will be left. The female dancer paints her body black and creates something new, while on the other hand she destroys purity. Her partner approaches her and gently brushes her body with a soft cloth. In this way he makes her pure again, while he simultaneously sweeps away what she created with paint. With every touch, no matter how gentle, he impacts her entire body. 

Pure is one of the four duets that constitute Cherkaoui’s 4D, inextricably linked to dancers Guro Nagelhus Schia and Vebjørn Sundby, and their trajectory inside the work of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. This lyrical, virtuosic duet later evolved into one of the scenes of TeZukA, Cherkaoui’s 2011 homage to Osamu Tezuka, founding father of modern manga. 

Premiere: August 2018, Bærum Kulturhus, Sandvika, Norway