Performers and creative team in productions by Babyopera:

 

Babyopera is led by Christina Lindgren with at unique team composed for each performance. 

 

Christina Lindgren Artistic Director and CEO: Christina graduated from the Art Academy in Oslo and the Universität der Künste in Berlin. She has designed the costume and set design to more than 50 performances of theater, dance and contemporary musiktheatre/ opera.

Lindgren is interested in sound generating  scenography and has also made several set designs where the performers make music by moving in the scenography. Primarily acoustic, but also electronically through the use of contact microphones.

Her interest for opera, Musiktheater and all kind of hybrid form of staged performances with contemporary music led to  performances with music by Mauricio Kagel, Paul Hindemith, Darius Milhaud, Aribert Reimann and Per Nørgård and to  collaboration with contemporary composers and musicians as Julian Skar, Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje, Erik Dæhlin, Lene Grenager (NO), Stefan Thorsson (SE), Atli Ingolfson (IS) and Toni Blomdahl (SE) NING, Silje Aker Johnsen (NO) and Hubert Wild (DE).

Primarly she has worked with experimental theater such as The Theatre of Cruelty with director Lars Øyno and for art performance with artists Liv Kristin Holmberg/ Julian Blaue and Ludvig Uhlbors/ Hanna Sjøstrand. 

Christina Lindgren collaborates with Liv Kristin Holmberg on the multimedial art project Nattens Lys. www.nattenslys.no

She teaches, part-time, as Professor in Costume Design at Oslo National Academy of the Arts where she undertakes artistic research on the overlapping field of costume and dance and on the theme how costume have an agency in performance and can generate a performance. Lindgren lead the artistic research project Costume Agency (2018 till 2021), supported by The Norwegian Artistic Research Program, Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHIO) and Norwegian Arts Council.  www.costumeagency.khio.no

 

Camilla Svingen Production Manager: Camilla is the leader of  the Performative Productions Management Company Syv Mil AS. She has extensive experience in project management, producing, cultural-political work, theater and dance productions. She has previously worked as manager and program director of Mini Midi Maxi – International Theater Festival, and as the manager of Proscen (Producers Unit for Performing arts) where she developed a number of national projects such as seminars and producer programmes. In addition to her work at SYV MIL AS, she is the Economical Manager at Bergen Center for Electronic Arts. Camilla holds a national and international network within performing arts for children and young people, contemporary dance and theater, figure theater, residences and organizations. Education: Theater science (UIB), Producer Knowledge of Performing Arts and Technology (NTNU), Digital culture (UIB) and Literature (UIB) as well as different relevant courses along the way. https://www.syvmil.no/omoss?lang=en

 

Elisabeth Holmertz. Elisabeth is a performer of Korall Koral – A Baby Opera, Orfeo´s Comfort – A Baby Opera and Amor´s Ease – A Baby Opera. Elisabeth Holmertz chose Song as an eight-year-old, after having been to the opera in her home town Gothenburg. She had seen La Cenerentola, and from now her goal was to become an opera singer and sing sublime music in fancy costumes. She studied music from the age of ten; singing, piano lessons, choir singing in Brunnsboskolan, Hvitfeltska, musicology at the University of Gothenburg and classical singing at the Norwegian Academy of music and Hochschule für Musik, Köln (where she finished it all with a Konzertexamen).
Somewhere along the way, the opera singing dream turned into ”just” singing. This singer found her voice in the playful music of the 17th century and in the complex music of today. There, in the span between these extremes, she balances. Or, she jumps between the genres and expressions. She sings lute songs, experimental opera, baroque opera and new, avant-garde music.

She has performed with Concerto Copenhagen, Cikada, Norwegian and Danish Radio orchestras, and Utomjordiska. But most of all she cherishes her own projects; ensemble Odd Size who ao has created a version of Handel’s Messiah with only four musicians; Vollen United with Kenneth Karlsson, who crosses borders between old and new; her ongoing cooperations with flute- and drum artist Poul Høxbro and lute player Fredrik Bock.
Elisabeth also sings in Oriental winds of the baroque. Where Rolf-Erik Nystrøm and the ensemble searches for the origin of the European baroque.

Elisabeth is currently doing a PhD in artistic research at the Norwegian academy of Music. She’s is figuring out how to sing all the roles in L’Orfeo by Monteverdi! http://www.elisabethholmertz.com/about/

 

Silje Aker Johnsen. Silje is a performer of Korall Koral – A Baby Opera, Orfeo´s Comfort – A Baby Opera and Amor´s Ease – A Baby Opera. Silje is educated at the Grieg Academy of Music in Bergen, Universität der Künste, Berlin, holds a master degree in classical singing from the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo, and a PhD from the Opera Academy at The Oslo National Academy of the Arts with the project “A search for an extended physical interpretation of contemporary vocal music and of opera”.  She has during her studies and career had a strong focus on the contemporary music repertory in addition to the barock and classical vocal repertory.  She works with different scenic expressions and performance settings.

She has interpreted roles as Io in The Io Passion by Harrison Birthwistle with Berliner Kammeroper in Konzerthaus Berlin and the female main part in A Gentle Spirit by John Tavener with the same company.  Silje performed as a singer and performer at The National Theatre of Norway and has also worked as a dancer in the Polish Dance Theatre.  She has been performing in the dance music pieces like Thousand Rooms, with choreography by Gunhild Bjørnsgaard and music by Georges Aperghis at the Coda International Dance Festival, Oslo and in festivals in France.  

Silje has world premiered numerous vocal pieces and has guested festivals like Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Die Donaueschinger Musiktage, Ultima Contemporary Music Festival and Bergen International Festival.  Silje was granted the Norwegian Government Grants for Young Artists in 2011/2012.  http://www.siljeakerjohnsen.no

 

Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje. Maja is the composer of Korall Koral – A Baby Opera, Up in the Mountains. She finished composition studies at the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo in 2000. Her music is performed worldwide by performers such as Klangforum Wien, Oslo Sinfonietta, The Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Fretwork, TM+, Cikada and Vertavo string quartets, Quatuor Renoir, POING and many more.

Portrait concerts with her music has been heard in Toronto and Vienna, she has been composer in residence at festivals like Other Minds, San Francisco, Nordland Music Festival, and the Avanti! Summer Festival (2011.)

Ratkje has received awards such as the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris for composers below 30 years of age, the Norwegian Edvard prize (work of the year) twice, second prize at the Russolo Foundation, Distinction Award at Prix Ars Electronica, and in 2001 she was the first composer ever to receive the Norwegian Arne Nordheim prize.

She is a singer/voice user and electronics player, studio engineer, soloist and with groups such as SPUNK or Agrare. Other collaborations are with Jaap Blonk, Joëlle Léandre, Ikue Mori, Zeena Parkins, Stephen O’Malley, Lasse Marhaug, POING and others.

Ratkje has performed her own music for films, dance, theatre, installations, and numerous other projects. She played a part in her own opera, based on the texts from the Nag Hammadi Library. In 2005 she performed the voice solo part of her first big work for orchestra, commissioned by Radio France. She has also been soloist with Klangforum Wien and Oslo Sinfonietta.

Her scores are found at the Norwegian Music Information Centre and her records are released on Tzadik, Rune Grammofon, ECM, Kontrans, Asphodel, Important Records and others. Her homepage may be visited at   www.ratkje.no

 

Tormod Lindgren has designed scenography for Dragon Zoo and is currently working on the scenography for Orfeo´s Comfort – A Baby Opera and Amor´s Ease – A Baby Opera. He is a award winning scenographer and director based in Norway. His work includes stage design, costumes,video, puppet design and directing. He has designed more than 80 productions all over the world, within theatre, dance, puppet, opera. He has a BA from Khio-Oslo and a master from Central Saint Martins-London/DAMU-Prague. He is the artistic director of the company Theater CORPUS. https://www.theatercorpus.com

 

Elizabeth Svarstad is a choreographer and dancer and specialist in baroque dance. She will be involved in Orfeo´s Comfort – A Baby Opera and Amor´s Ease – A Baby Opera.  http://elizabethsvarstad.no/english/biography.html. 

 

Heesun Kim: Heesun Kim is partner in the production of MAGO. She based in Seoul, Korea, is a founder & CEO of Babyart. She works as independent producer in performing arts, and also an arts business expert specializing in arts management. Heesun graduated Master’s degree in Culture, Policy and Management from City, University of London. She has years of diverted experiences in multiple cultures include the UK, China and Korea. She is interested in embrace and cultivate baby as an arts audience, and also interested in cultural regeneration. As a founder and CEO of Babyart company, she aims to deliver borderless arts experience to every babies & children in the world.

 

Hyun Kim: Hyun Kim is the choreographer of MAGO. He is a choreographer, dancer, performer from South Korea, based in New York City. He is an artistic director and choreographer of Art Group Obang. He specializes in contemporary movement, contact improvisation and theatre act. His movement is based on Korean traditional dance, which is strongly connected with breath control and flow of the energy. He is a choreographer and performer of various dance, film and musical productions in Asia and Europe.

 

YunKyung Bae: YunKyung is the scenographer of MAGO. She is  currently is the managing director of Buzz Media, the content production company, and also the director of the Huasis Research Centre. She is interested in a participation, interaction and relationship between performer, audience and media, especially the behavior of young audience. The theme of Yunkyung’s doctoral dissertation is also the influence of the interactivity of the media-based interactive performance on the audience engagement, and it is targeted at the children’s performances.

 

Geon Kim: Geon Kim is a dancer born in MAGO. He is based in Seoul, South Korea. Specializing in contemporary dance and Korean traditional dance, Gun has performed in <The secret story of Nongae> from National Dance Company of Korea and <Notre Dame De Paris> both in Korean version and original version in Seoul. He graduated Contemporary dance major in Chung-ang University, and currently trained in Graduate school of Chung-ang University.

 

Torgeir Vassvik is an artist, musician and composer born in Gamvik, Finnmark, Sápmi. Known for his endlessly inventive blend of ancient Sami folk music, sounds from nature, diverse instruments, Vassvik employs the traditional Sami practice of the joik, a form of long, slow, chant-style song formed deep in the throat, intended to act as an aural representation of an individual person, landscape or animal – a sort of portrait in sound. Torgeir Vassvik has brought the sounds of northern Norway to audiences across the world. http://vassvik.com

 

Board members of Babyopera are Marianne Roland and Maja Berthelsen Lindgren

 

Performers and creative team in productions by Dieserud/Lindgren

that are being presented by Babyopera:

Hanne Dieserud. Hanne is the performer of Korall Korall – A Baby Opera and Up in the Mountains in addition to be credited for idea/ concept/ direction. She finished her postgraduate course at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts ( LAMDA) in 1990. She started her career as a traditional actress but has since 1995 been a member of the physically,  Artaudian inspired theatre company Grusomhetens teater.  This company uses tecniques from the work of Grotowski where  improvisations and research on the floor is given a strong focus.  The company has toured in Poland, Germany. England, France, India, Japan, Russia, USA, Turkey and Ireland.

In addition to this she has during the last years been working in different theatres and fringe companies, done readings and concerts with music composed to the texts of the Swedish poet Karin Boye. Her showreel is on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1yLwqvVaDk

 

Hanna Gjermundrød. Hanna Gjermundrød is a performer of Korall Koral – A Baby Opera. She is an improvising singer and  performer working with voice and live sampling. Gjermundrød graduated at NTNU´s Jazz Performance studies in Trondheim (2003-07) and School of New Dance (2007-08) in Oslo. Her interest in instant composition appears both in concerts and in various forms of physical performances. Her music can be drawn to both pop, improv and contemporary music. Gjermundrød has toured in USA, Canada, The Netherlands, Germany, Western Russia, Denmark, Sweden and Norway, mostly in duo with Petter Vågan (lap steel, electronics).

Nowadays, Hanna is participating in the performances such as ‘For What it’s worth’, ‘Fjeldfuglen’and ‘Leikande lett med Shhht…!’. Hanna is also a part of the electronic improv duo PETTER O HANNA which has released two albums and the team in the babyopera KORALL KORAL. myspace.com/whensheutters   and   myspace.com/petterohanna

 

Camilla Vislie. Camilla is a performer of Korall Koral – A Baby Opera. She is a performing artist trained within the physical theatre tradition. She has appeared in several plays by Grusomhetens Teater, as well as conceptdeveloping, directing and performing in her own productions such as  the performance theatre companies brigitte & paula band (with Maria Ramvi and Stine Janvin Motland) and Camilla & Jimmie (with Jimmie Jonasson). She also holds a master´s degree in Gender studies.

 

Stine Janvin Motland. Stine  is a performer of Korall Koral – A Baby Opera. She is a performer and composer based in Stavanger, Oslo and Berlin. With an instrumental and physical approach, she explores the limits of the natural acoustics of the voice, and what a singer can, and cannot be. Her work involves elements of conceptual and spontaneous composition, structured improvisation, performance, and sound poetry. Ongoing projects are the solo piece In Labour for voice and environments, Native Instrument with Felicity Mangan, and brigitte & paula band with Maria Ramvi and Camilla Vislie. Alongside her own work, Stine is a performer of contemporary music, and works with composition, movement and voice in a number of interdisciplinary projects, such as the solo performance Prelude (Janvin Motland/Sickle/Leguay). Stine is currently performing in the baby opera Korall Koral (Dieserud/Lindgren & Maja Ratkje) and in the live band of Meshes of Voice (Susanna and Jenny Hval). In 2014 Stine released two solo albums; Ok, wow (+3db) and In Labour (Pica Disk). http://stinejanvinmotland.com