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Coda Dancefest21: Voices in dance


Meet three talents from the Norwegian National Ballet's choreography initiative: Lisa Colette Bysheim, Samantha Lynch and Cecilie Semec are emerging and unique voices in dance.

The Norwegian National Ballet wants to not only dance the classics, but create new ones! In 2020, we established the workshop company, a development and presentation arena for ten new female choreographic voices. Here, some of Norway's most promising choreographic talents are given the opportunity to pitch new projects and help to develop and implement them.

Power play in motion
As a choreographer, Lisa Colette Bysheim wants to challenge the established social codes. Bysheim's In-Betweenness is a poetic investigation of power. Two dancers move through a liminal space of transitions. The sound design reflects the familiar and the distorted, transformed and manipulated by the dancers themselves. Gravity throws them in and off balance while playing with nuances of power – through movement, text and voice.

Paradoxical dance
In VOYEUR, dancer Silas Henriksen and photographer Cecilie Semec explore the intersection between the human need for belonging and our urge for individualism and excitement. How can we understand this contradictory relationship between desire and safety? The inspiration behind the piece is Kohei Yoshiyuki's photographs from the 1970s depicting the sexual revolution in Asia. VOYEUR takes shape as a duet between Henriksen and Douglas Letheren – and just as Yoshiyuki viewed his subjects through the lens of a camera, Semec is present on stage with her camera. The film is projected directly onto the screen behind the dancers, becoming one with the choreography.

Raw, exposed choreography
Samantha Lynch of the Norwegian National Ballet debuted as a choreographer with A Boléro on the Main Stage during spring 2021. Her new work revolves around the phrase 'just grin and bear it', being vulnerable yet staying the course and moving forward – even when circumstances tell you otherwise. The piece confronts the staged, covered-up and so-called perfect ideal. After all, is it not the raw, honest and unfiltered side of us that is the most beautiful?

  • Last Updated: 09/22/2021
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