LATERNA, is Inger-Reidun Olsen and Marianne Skjeldal, both choreographers and performers, coming from a dance background, now working in various formats within performance dealing with materials, objects, sound and actions in relation to our artistic research, performative and spiritual practices. LATERNA was established in 2011, as a nomadic porous unit, based in Oslo, Norway.
Marianne Skjeldal (b. 1979) holds an MA degree from DOCH/Stockholm University of the Arts with specialisation in Choreography and Performance and a two year degree from School of New Dance, now Høyskolen for Dansekunst – HFDK.no.
Through various formats, Marianne is producing her own work at the intersection of choreography and performance, examining different forms of presence, listening and ways of being intimate, as well as methods for transformation and possible transcendence. She is also part of various collaborative work as a dancer, choreographer, performer, mentor and curator. Her works, combining movement with text and voice, are most often linked to a specific site, to space, objects and materials, and the relational approach to the audience is always addressed. She has presented work touring in Scandinavia, Finland, Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Russia, The United States, Chile, Brazil and Ethiopia. In 2011 -and in 2018 she was awarded with a 3-year Government Grant for Artists www.marianneskjeldal.com
Inger-Reidun Olsen (iRo) (b.1976) holds a BA in choreography from Academy of Dance, National Academy of Arts in Oslo and a two year degree from School of New Dance, now Høyskolen for Dansekunst – HFDK.no. Since 2003, iRo has been doing her own artistic projects and performances as well as participated in other collaborative projects as a choreographer, dancer, visual/performance artist, curator and mentor. Her artistic work moves at the intersection of performance art and choreography, and involves performance work in various sits and spaces; indoor and outdoor. Her work is combining body movements/actions/dance, materials and objects, sound and sometimes text and voice. She is a certified self development teacher, life coach and healer, and are using both cognitive and spiritual methods from these practices as an inspiration in her artistic practice, as tools for authentic expression and artistic creation, and to explore different forms of presence and layers of consciousness. iRo has been touring and presenting her work in United States, China, Mexico, Spain, Greece, Russia, Sweden and Norway. In 2009 and 2014 she was awarded with a 3-year Norwegian Government Grant for Artists. www.iroart.com