About Hanne Dieserud
Hanne 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
About Christina Lindgren
Christina Lindgren 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 40 performances of theater, dance and contemporary musiktheatre/ opera.
Lindgren has initiated and produced several theatre productions, currently Light of the night. www.nattenslys.no.
She 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 musik 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.
She is teaching as a Professor in Costume Design at Oslo National Academy of the Arts.
About Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje
Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje 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
Silje Aker Johnsen
Silje Aker Johnsen is educated as a classical soprano from The Grieg Academy, Universität der Künste, Berlin and the Norwegian Academy of Music. She has world premiered numerous music pieces by Norwegian composers. She is also active as a dancer and has worked in Polski Teatr Tanca, Poland, where she danced in Minus 2 by Ohad Naharin. She has interpreted several opera parts with the Berliner Kammeroper and worked with Nationaltheateret in Norway.
Silje is a fellow researcher at Oslo National Academy of the Art. Her project is: A search for an extended physical interpretation of contemporary vocal music and opera.
About Hanna Gjermundrød
About Camilla Vislie:
Camilla Vislie 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.
About Stine Janvin Motland:
Stine Janvin Motland (b.1985) 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).
About Elisabeth Holmertz
Elisabeth is a classically trained soprano who began singing so-called “early music” in the beginning of the 90’s and contemporary music in the end of the same decade and has, since then, distinguished herself as one of Scandinavia’s boldest interpreters in both fields.
Her goal was never to be the best, but to work with the best. Interplay, making music together is everything, but most important is the Music.
About Elisabeth Carmen Gmeiner: Production management
Elisabeth holds an M.A. degree in music education and English/American studies and has long working experience as a project manager in the Arts and Culture sector. She worked many years for the internationally renowned contemporary art festival “Steirischer Herbst” in Graz, Austria, where she was in charge of the organization and execution of contemporary art projects.
After two years as label manger for KAIROS, a record label for contemporary music based in Vienna, she moved to Norway in 2008 where she started working with multimedia artist collective Verdensteatret.
Elisabeth is currently working as a freelance production manager based in Oslo and has been working with Dieserud/Lindgren since January 2013. Her main responsibilities include the acquisition, planning and organization of international guest performances.
About Marianne Roland: Production management (in Norwegian)
Marianne Roland er utdannet ved Universitetet i Bergen og har hovedfag i teatervitenskap. Hun har jobbet som produsent siden 1989 parallelt med studier og arbeid ved Universitetet i Oslo, hvor hun var ansatt på Avdelig for Teatervitenskap (i ca 15 år heltid/deltid). Hun har også vært ansatt som scenekunstkonsulent i Bærum Kommune. Hun har jobbet for BIT (Bergen Internasjonale Teaterfestival), for flere ulike kompanier, som freelancer og med egne prosjekter. Hun har jobbet med Juni Dahr og Visjoner Teater siden 2002 og er kompaniets faste produsent og har produsert et ti-talls forestillinger og koordinert flere hundre produksjoner. Hun har de siste årene arbeidet mest internasjonalt, med gjestespill, turnéer og festivaler, med kuratoroppgaver, og har vært norsk koordinator for flere EØS-prosjekter. Hun har vært sensor på BI i 4 år og undervist like lenge på NISS/Westerdals Oslo ACT. Det siste året har hun også hatt oppdrag for Norsk Skuespillerforbund og startet som produsent for Dieserud/Lindgren.