Ina Christel Johannessen
For me, dancing is in the mind, that is to say, it is felt, moved.
It is the thinking body that I am trying to express, or get the dancers to express.
And how does a body, a person, think?
Ina Christel Johannessen is the artistic leader and choreographer of zero visibility corp., based in Oslo, Norway. She is educated at the National College of Performing Arts in Oslo, where she now teaches choreography classes.
As a sought-after choreographer Ina has been invited to create works for international companies and institutions. Among them are Helsinki City Dance Company, The Royal Swedish Opera, Scottish Dance Theatre, The National Theatres in Oslo and Bergen, Dance and Theatre Academy of Helsinki, Les Ballet de Monte Carlo, CCDC Hong Kong, Cullberg Ballet, The Norwegian Opera & Ballet and Gothenburg Opera Dance Company.
The close relationship with Carte Blanche in Bergen is significant, resulting in 14 full-evening works to date. Ina received the Critics Award in 2008 for "Ambra", created for Carte Blanche and Iceland Dance Company.
Johannessen’s work is characterized by high energy in the physical movements merged with very poetic and often theatrical elements. She is very much involved in and cooperating on the creating of visual elements such as lighting and scenography, which play crucial parts of her work as a whole. The musical elements are always composed of electronic works from international composers, and often new or rewritten works.
Ina Christel Johannessen’s method of working is based on that she creates movement material in close dialogue with the dancer, through the dancers body, intellect and heart. This is a very intimate process where the trust between the dancer and the choreographer is a necessity.
Ina Christel Johannesen knows how to observe and draw the dance from the body, free, honest, and with formidable impact.
- Colombia Moya, La Jornada in Mexico.