ELLA FISKUM is the Artistic Director of Ella Fiskum Danz. 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. She founded Ella Fiskum Danz in Oslo in 2000, after working extensively as a dancer from 1992 touring in Europe, Canada, and India. Between 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, directing/choreographing two church operas (2006/2008), four major site specific performance-installations (2009) and a duet, Fishing for Love (2010/2011), 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 two performance/exhibitions In Heaven In Hell (2010) at Dillon Gallery in New York City, and From Akerselva to New York (2012) in Oslo. The full-length production Triptych 0811 (2012) had a showcase performance at EPMPAC in New York and Norwegian Premiere at Bærum Kulturhus, and marks the 20th anniversary of Ella Fiskum as a dancer and choreographer.

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