Kristina Gjems

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Kristina Gjems photo: Jorunn Kjersem Hildre

My work as a choreographer and dancer is influenced by several aspects of my life. I have practiced T’ai chi Ch’uan for more than 25 years and much of my practice takes place in nature. I draw inspiration from the connections between body in movement, the seasons and our surroundings.

I have worked with Craniosacral therapy for several years, a form of treatment that, through touch and attention, communicates with the central nervous system and makes available memories and understandings stored in the many layers of the body.

I am the mother of a boy with autism. He does not speak and is an astute observer of body language, a clear reader of intention and mood, full of physical expression and surprising dances.

As a choreographer I seek the origin of movement, connecting to our power and energy without wearing out the body. I trust that a body letting itself be moved will find a path both expressive and sustainable. When we go deeply into our physical landscape, we touch on a common history carried by our bodies.

Certain themes run through my choreographic work:

The relationship between the personal and the universal.
Transformation.
Cycles.
Each person’s life seen as a journey, a river, where change is the only constant.
The availability of stories, dreams and memories within our bodies that can be communicated through movement.
The exploration of how the outside landscape resonates within our inner universe.

I seek an organic and poetic language, one that expands the moment and makes the invisible tangible.

 

CV

Kristina Gjems
Theresesgate 4b, 0452 Oslo, Norway
dreamscreenproductions@gmail.com

Education

1980-84: London Contemporary Dance School, studying choreography with Nina Fonaroff, and T’ai Chi with Gerda Geddes

Productions

2015 This is a world og dew premiered at Dansens Hus, Oslo
2011 Metal and Bone premiered at Dansens Hus, Oslo
2007 Trade Winds a collaboration with British visual artist Jos Hadfield premiered at Bracknell Gallery, England
2005 Until you remember premiered at Dansens Hus, Oslo
2001 Der ute løper mine drømmer (Between worlds) premiered at Black Box Theatre, Oslo
1998 And their shadows – who also passed this way premiered at Black Box Theatre, Oslo
1996 Seeking poetry in the autumn scenery premiered at Black Box Theatre
1993 Veien tilbake (Return) premiered at Det Åpne Teater, Oslo, and shown on national television

Dance films

2016 Drift, a water creature comes to land, filmed in Sarasota, Florida
2014 Down to Earth, a  30 min. nature meditation film expanded fromTree Dwelling
2014 Trade Winds, based on a collaboration project with installation artist Jos Hadfield, performed at Bracknell Gallery in 2006.
2013 This is where you live, 5 short films, following one tree and one dancer through five seasons. Made from Tree Dwelling.
2012 Rocks and Roots, an 8 min. dance film from the green-house at the Natural History Museum in Oslo
2009 Tree Dwelling, a 20 min. dance film, following one tree and one dancer
through one year, premiered Oslo Town Museum
2006 Cloud Gathering, a 15 min. dance film, from the desert in Colorado and New Mexico, premiered at Dance for the Camera, Oslo

Other work experience

2015 Performed The purpose determines the structure with Eric Williams as part of the festival; Sånafest.

2014 Participated in Vides deja, a Dance in Nature festival in Latvia, showing dance films and creating Bound to this rolling earth, a site-specific piece in collaboration with Eric Williams.

2014 Created and performed: The purpose determines the structure, a movement and paint collaboration with Eric Williams. Performed as part of the stunt initiated and organized by Loan PT Hoang at Olaf Ryes Plass, Oslo.

2013 Performed in the collaborative stunt performance ; How do you want to be remembered when you are gone? Initiated and organized by Loan PT Hoang at Scenehuset, and Hausmania, Oslo.

2013 Performed in Freedom, equality, fraternity or death by Helle Siljeholm and Sara Christophersen in Barents Spektakkel, Kirkenes..

2008 Danced in Grefsen Church, a collaboration project with live music, lighting designers and singer; Ruth W. Meyer.

2007  Danced in Vannvev a piece choreographed by Hege Gabrielsen as part of the Oslo outdoor  festival; Elvelangs.

1993 Co-created and danced  in the collaboration project  Fem favner with 4 other choreographers  and dancers, performed at Månefisken, Oslo.

1992  Performed in Vestfold festspillene in as part of a live concert.

1991 Performed in Søyler-et syndrom by Bibbi Winberg performed at Black Box Theatre.

1987 Choreographed Nothing Lasts for Philip Johnston’s solo programe, toured in Norway.

1985 Performed in Fleur D’afrique  by Elsa Quale, a collaboration with the “Centre for African culture” in Oslo.

1984-92 Worked as dancer and choreographer in Collage Dance Company, Norway. Danced in 22 works by choreographers; Lise Nordal, Sølvi Edvardsen, Inger Buresund, Jorma Uotinen, Georgio Rossi, Mark Vanreunxt. Toured in Scandinavia, Finland, Holland, Belgium and Italy. Choreographed 8 works for the company.

Has been teaching T’ai Chi for 20 years, including classes for actors and dancers. Has since 1999 received “Guaranteed income for artists” from the Norwegian government.

Earliest work