Zero Visibility Corp.

Zero Visibility Corp. | Ina Christel Johannessen

zero visibility corp. is one of the most acclaimed Norwegian contemporary dance companies. It is led by choreographer Ina Christel Johannessen. Since the international breakthrough in 2003 Ina Christel Johannesen and her company has thrilled audiences in 18 countries worldwide – from the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Front Centre in Toronto to the Cervantinos Festival in Mexico. Every piece is created in close collaboration with committed partners in Norway and abroad, and the works vary from duets to large scale productions.

Ina’s work is characterized by high energy in the physical movements merged with poetic and often theatrical elements. The sought-after choreographer has in addition to her own company zero visibility corp., created works for international companies such as Ballet de Monte Carlo, CCDC Hong Kong, and Cullberg Ballet, GøteborgsOperaen Dansekompani, Norwegian National Ballet & Opera as well as numerous works for Carte Blanche in Norway.

«It is heading towards closure»
– Ina Christel Johannessen (Dagsavisen 8th of oct. 2020)

Seven of the most prominent Norwegian companies is heading towards an even more unsure future, due to the Norwegian Art Council’s decision of cutting there fundings for the upcoming years.

The companies are now confronted with not getting the support from the art council and Norway as a trending export of dace as art is now risking losing seven world-renowned and critically acclaimed companies both nationally and internationally.

Years of establishing and professionalizing art in Norway on the demand form the Ministry of Culture and the art council itself is now being «awarded» with cutting all their support.

Unfortunately zero visibility corp. is one of those companies together with:
Heine Avdal & Yukiko Shinozaki / fieldworks
Goksøyr & Martens
Jo Strømgren Kompani
Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt
winter guests / Alan Lucien Øyen

Ina Christel Johannessen has been supported by the arts council since 1986-88 with the company Sirocco and then later on with zero visibility corp. Her first international breakthrough came as early as in 1994, together with co-producing theatres, and the company’s work has been groundbreaking in the contemporary dance scene in Norway and internationally ever since. The duet «’s only a rehearsal» received world-renowned success in 2003 and has been performed for over a decade, last time in 2016 in Germany.

The last years the company and Ina has been occupied with thematics of the climate and environmental changes. ZVC has been touring Norway and Europe with the piece «Frozen Songs», as well as creating new productions and touring earlier works made by the company.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, ZVC had to cancel the planned touring for spring 2020. These shows has now been moved to Spring 2020:
«When Monday Came» 20th of March 2021 at Kungsbacka Teater, Sweden 
«When Monday Came» May 2021 at Potsdam, Germany (date tbc)


Premiere 7th September 2017 at The Arctic Theatre, Tromsø (Norway)

Deep inside the Global Seed Vault on the island Svalbard, in the dark and cold, the source of life and possible new beginnings are being kept. Here the world stores its future.

This scenario forms the backdrop of a new creation by choreographer Ina Christel Johannessen. The cast of 7 beautiful dancers give Frozen Songs a unique and powerful physicality, combined with poetic and often theatrical elements. With the combination of the scenographic elements, multi -media, light design and composed music this performance will create an experience out of the ordinary. Born out of the exciting encounter between international and Norwegian artists, this performance offers a unique experience which brings forth the most vital theme of today; the survival of our species.

Premiere 30th January 2020 at House of Dance, Oslo (Norway)

So, what are the possible human consequences of an encompassing fire? Merely destruction? A new possibility? Change? When there is a fire, there are ashes. In some cultures, ashes is a source of cleansing – a connection to another life. It represents nature in a changing situation. The challenge is to bring this fundamental condition of both destruction and new life into an aesthetic frame. And who or what is Monday? Just another day? The name of a child hence the future? But how can the devastating results of a fire be so tragic and beautiful at the same time? Part of the story is that tragedy is not the accident that occurs but the recognition that it is man’s destiny. An act of hubris will be punished tragically. That is also the beauty of it all – we are talking about the art of performance since before the Greek mythologies.

«When Monday came» demonstrates how dance is brilliantly created for the sense of the presence of something deadly important and with a shared significance between the dancers and the audience.

In her last productions, the fundamental questions of the future of human existence and its natural surroundings have been the topic of the choreographic work of Ina Christel Johannessen pushed to the edge of aesthetic experience