Ella Fiskum Danz is flourishing on the Norwegian dance scene. Artistic Director Ella Fiskum uses her technical foundation in classical ballet and heightens it, drawing inspiration from visual art, cinematic nuance, tanztheater, cirque, and even synchronized swimming.  Since founding the company in 2000, she has broadened her creative work into the production of large-scale multidisciplinary spectacle, garnering critical acclaim for challenging site specific spaces, and film work. Her major stage work TCM 0811, a trilogy consisting of; Triptych 0811, that was honed during a two week residency which culminated in a showcase performance at the renowned Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in New York, and later transcribed and performed together live with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. Casablanca 0811, resulting in both a short road movie shoot in Morocco and a performance shown in Mexico, New Delhi and Norway. And the recent Mercury 0811 that is currently in pre production. The trilogy is also in development as a feature film entitled RED SWAN. Fiskum brings together the creative expertise of artists from disparate backgrounds and creates work often referred to as theatrical dreamscapes. 

Ella Fiskum

Ella Fiskum hails from Trondheim, Norway. She studied classical ballet at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, privately under Natalia Papina in St. Petersburg, Russia, and at The John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart, Germany. After working extensively as a contemporary dancer, touring in Europe and Canada, she founded Ella Fiskum Danz in 2000 working both as a choreographer, dancer, director, and producer. In 2002 she started working with video and film for the stage, and lately she has started writing and directing her own film projects. She has created over 17 major stage pieces, 25 smaller productions and 11 films in the genre short film (drama and dance films) and documentaries. The stage works include full length dance productions, opera and theatre productions, and site specific performance-installations. Her work has been shown in US, Mexico, Russia, India, Iceland and extensively in Norway. She has been a soloist at Theatre de Chatelet in Paris in 2014. Two of her short films, has been invited to an International Dance Film Festival in Mexico City in 2014 and 2015. In 2012 Fiskum relocated with her family to a farm outside of Oslo for the purpose of starting R.E.D. as, an international artist residency and production house for dance and film of which she is running. In 2015 she initiated RIFF, R.E.D. International Film Festival, and in 2016 R.E.D. Residency Company which had its premiere with the full-length dance performance and film “Engler over Toten” (Angels above Toten). Fiskum received the Vestre Toten Cultural Prize in 2019, OA Culture Prize in 2020, and a 5 Year Government Grant for 2021-2025.

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