LATERNA is Inger-Reidun Olsen and Marianne Skjeldal, both choreographers, dance - and performance artists, now working in various formats within performance dealing with body and actions in dialogue with history, place, materials and sound.
The performative works of LATERNA are grounded in an artistic ecology, where everything exists in a context and develops over time through regular practice and methodological investigations. Tracing history and gathering collectives, with other artists, practitioners and scholars, we exchange and create new ways of shaping communities - as in our works in the long-running project ‘CoSA’, taking place at historical places like Monte Verità, Steilneset, the Museum of St. Petersburg Avantgarde in Russia and at Black Box Teater in Oslo.
LATERNA is exploring dialogical listening as a method to facilitate spaces where interconnections can emerge, as a ‘listening with’,-researching a participatory performance practice as a choreographed being-with-others, cultivating a perception of ecological sense, (more- than- human and invisibly entangled) in the interest of arriving at new ideas and ethics together with place, with plants, with others.
In 2019-21, LATERNA and Black Box teater collaborate on CoSA Garden, taking place in the foyer of the theater, and on the Garden Wall that will grow on the theatre´s facade in Stockholmgata from Spring 2021. LATERNA is associated artist at Black Box Teater 2020-21.
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