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International Youth Dance Festival 2016

July 2016

In the summer of 2016, me and 19 other performers traveled to Macao to attend an international dance festival organized by the city. The festival lasted a week in which dance artists from around the world showed contributions from their countries and promoted the art of dance on different arenas around the city.


Susanne Stark and I were artistic directors in this project. The assignment was to show something from Norway as research showed that the organizers appreciated contributions that showed nationalisme in their festival. The result then became a fusion between Norwegian folk dance, namely hallingdans, and modern contemporary dance with the essence of huldra from Norwegian folklore.


The week consisted of cultural exchange and artistic inspiration. Thank you Macao Education and Youth Affairs Bureau for the experience.


Click on the image to the right to read more from an interview with me in the local newspaper Vigga in Dovre.

A piece about the festival from TDM Canal Macao

In the project: 

Choreographers: Silje Olava Bakken og Susanne Stark

Assisting choreographer: Anita Vika Langødegård 
Musician: Sigrid Stubsveen 
Electronic music composition by:Svenn Tore Sætrom 

Dancers: Jon Bugge Mariussen, Nicolaj Bo Fischer Nielsen, Vebjørn Jøtun Fauske, Eivind Vestenfor, Lisa Marie Lunden, Stine L. Jensen, Shanie Helen Francis, Caroline Blomquist, Linn Hamnvik, Malin Persson, Hanna Våge Skjeggestad, Mina Weider, Alexandra Pineros Florez, Frida Reklev, Mette Christine Pedersen, Anita Vika Langødegård, Susanne Stark og Silje Olava Bakken. 

Administrativ leader: Silje Knudsen

Idea: Jessica Hei Cheng Leung.

Video assistans for the application: Sanna Kristine Borgerud

Slideshow from the different


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