Triptych 0811

Ella Fiskum Danz

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Triptych 0811 explores the relationship between dreams, reality, and ambition.

Ella Fiskum Danz draws inspiration from the art triptych, in which three images or panels are separate, yet together.

The Norwegian dance company journeys into the inner life of fantastic aspirations flanked by the obstacles of real life. Using classical ballet vocabulary in stark contrast to aspects of contemporary life, Fiskum culls together a theatrical dreamscape: a woman in a burqa, a ballerina turned nightclub dancer, a Hollywood starlet played by a man, and a prima ballerina. With a live performance by Norwegian rock guitar legend Ronni Le Tekrø and innovative stage design by Serge von Arx, the audience is invited to view multiple realities through the lives of the characters on stage.

This work in progress functions as an open environment to test ideas from a two-week production residency as part of an ongoing open-call residency initiative at EMPAC.

Hélène Lesterlin

Ella Christina Fiskum (artistic director, choreographer, dancer) hails from Trondheim, Norway. Born in 1972, she studied ballet at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, privately under Natalia Papina in St. Petersburg, Russia, and at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart, Germany. From 1997 to 2004 she choreographed four full-length productions: Dimitri-Arena for Four Dancers and a String Quartet (1997), solo performances Seduced by Unreality (2000), Untitled Star (2002), and The Net of Pas de Deux (2004), shown in Norway, Russia, India, and Iceland. Her works have integrated a variety of mediums in unconventional settings including directing/choreographing two church operas (2006/2008), four major site-specific performance-installations (2009) and a duet, Fishing for Love (2010), which toured the summer of 2011 to venues such as the Arts Festival of North Norway, Vestfold International Festival, and the Risør Festival of Chamber Music, and was presented on the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) Saturday evening news. Fiskum has worked as a dancer since 1992 for major choreographers and companies in Norway and Canada, and later was a producer for DRE, an international project with performances in India, Spain, and at the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. She founded Ella Fiskum Danz in Oslo in 2000. Triptych 0811 marks the 20th anniversary of Ella Fiskum as a dancer and choreographer.

Triptych 0811
Studio 2
September 18, 2012, 7:30PM

Produced by Ella Fiskum Danz in collaboration with Kay Grigar (New York). Booking and manager for le Tekrø – Stig Nedreberg.

Performers: Svetlana Bednenko, and Magnus Myhr.
Composer: Ali Helnwein.
Light: Elisabeth Kjeldahl Nilsson
Costume: Elisabeth Nøkland Johansen
Choreographic assistant: Pia Elton Hammer
Screen actress: Sarah Skogland

This project was supported by the Arts Council Norway, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere, the Foreign Ministry (UD and DTS), Oslo Teatersenter, Den Norske Ballettskole, Royal Norwegian Consulate General New York, and EMPAC—the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (Troy, NY) artist-in-residence production support.


“Your dream may be my reality.” —Ella Fiskum Danz


EMPAC 2012-2013 presentations, residencies, and commissions are made possible by continuous support from the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts. Additional project support by the National Endowment for the Arts; the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the New York State Council for the Arts; Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts; Arts Council Norway, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, and Fond for Utøvende Kunstner.

National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
National Science Foundation
State of the Arts - NYSCA