Ina Christel Johannessen


Photo: Nora Angeltveit

Photo: Nora Angeltveit


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 a pioneer. With her company Zero Visibility Corp she thrills audiences worldwide. She is a choreographer who through her art and experience is as capable of charming audiences as she is of making them alert. Ina’s choreographies explore opposites that are constantly changing, and her work is full of both energy and poetry. Since they began touring internationally in 2003, the company has been invited to Sydney Opera House, Sadler’s Wells in London, Place Des Arts in Montreal, Mercat de Flores in Barcelona, Movimentos in Wolfsburg and Belgrade Dance festival. The sought-after Johannessen additionally works for companies such as Ballet de Monte Carlo, CCDC Hong Kong, Cullberg Ballet, Gothenburg Opera Dance Company, Iceland Dance Company, Helsinki Dance Company, Oldenburg Tanz Theatre, Scottish Dance Theatre and Royal Swedish Ballet. The close relationship with Carte Blanche in Bergen has also been 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.

In February 2019 Johannessen had a premier with Rites Of Spring, a creation for The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet and in September 2019 another premiere with Australian Dance Theatre.


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 element is often composed of electronic works from international composers, either 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 Johannessen knows how to observe and draw the dance from the body, free, honest, and with formidable impact.
- Colombia Moya, La Jornada in Mexico.