The third Digital Leap learning module will kick off in early October. Before the module begins, we want to introduce the amazing selected artists, who will spend five days full of learning and networking in Terrassa and Manresa, Catalunya. Now it’s time to introduce the three participants from Norway!
Inger Cecilie Bertrán de Lis is the artistic leader and choreographer for ICB Productions based in Oslo. She is educated from The National academy of ballet in Norway and Académie des arts Chorégraphiques in Paris and studio Pars de Centre de Marais. She has previously been employed as a dancer for the Finnish National Opera and Ballet, Landestheater Linz, and Malmø Stadsteater, and has also worked as a freelance dancer in various performing arts projects in Paris, Madrid, Stockholm and Norway. Her work has been touring in Norway and abroad, and has been invited to e.g. Teatre Mercat de les flors in Barcelona, Tanzhaus NRW in Düsseldorf, Woking dance festival UK and Nasjonaltheatre in Reykjavik. She has also worked as a choreographer in several award-winning theater productions in Oslo.
Inger Cecilie is hoping to find the tools to show her art to the world: “I’m looking forward to learning more about digital technologies, platforms and distribution, so I can become more visible and promote my work better”.
Mathilde Caeyers is a dancer and choreographer living and working in the North of Norway. Since graduation in 2018 with a Bachelor Honours degree in Dance from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, she has created four choreographic works, two of which are touring in Norway in 2022/23. Her choreographic practice continuously evolves in close collaboration with installation art, where she currently explores the philosophic nature of science-fiction, creating performances that explore consciousness, time, free will and autonomy. Working in a slipstream genre, she balances between fiction and reality to delve into the various questions about existence.
Mathilde is interested in extending her reach with digital tools: “Living in the North of Norway, above the polar circle, it is essential for me to reach out to national and international audiences, partners, venues etc. through digital platforms. With that I expect to learn customized ways for me to promote my artistic practice and make it possible to sustain my career in the Paris of the North.”
Karolina Bieszczad-Stie holds a PhD in Performing Arts from Brunel University in London. Since 2017 she runs a creative platform called Butoh Encounters where Butoh dance serves as an umbrella for various collaborative projects. Her interest lies in contextualizing Butoh within futurology and transhumanism, and her recent projects include “Rebellion of the Cell” in collaboration with the Centre for Cancer Cell Reprogramming (CanCell) at UiO and Yuko Kaseki as well as “Limit(less)” – a human-robot dance duet in collaboration with the Department of Engineering Cybernetics at NTNU, robotics researcher Mathias H. Arbo, KUKA and Azumaru. She is currently working on performative NFT with Eric Bieszczad-Stie and micro-choreography for Homo Evolutis with CanCell.
Karolina is looking forward to learning how to effectively distribute her work online: “Digital world opens up opportunities for reaching audiences without geographical borders and building a more diverse community for the art we create. I hope to gain knowledge and skills on how to do it in an intentional and thought-through way, and consequently prolong the lifespan of the dance performances shown as live events.”