Norwegian choreographer with first London performance

Choreographer Maria Korsnes showcased 'When Light is Lost, Life is Lost', a dance performance created in collaboration with Dutch artist Arianne de Vos Burchart, at The Albany Theatre, London, on 28 September.

29/09/2005 :: The two choreographers joined forces to produce two dynamic new dance landscapes, incorporating Kolsnes's 'Shadow Your Senses' and Burchart's 'Silence'. Both artists work with contemporary dance and are in their final phase of finishing a Master degree in choreography at Laban, London. This show invited the audience be close to the performance space and the performers. The Albany, with its  round theatre space, was chosen specifically to allow the audience to see the performance from several angles.

The choreography “Shadow Your Senses” by Maria Korsnes is built on issues of depth, mass, colour and light. The American artist James Turrell, who works with landscape art and light installations, was an inspiration for the work. “As an artist I find contemporary dance to be a build-up of colours, depth and contrasts. I feel my work is about how you see and feel movement in space and time, where the atmosphere is just as important as the visual,” said Korsnes.

Korsnes met Burchart while studying for her Master in Choreography at Laban in London. Korsnes, from Namsos, discovered her interest in choreography when she worked as a dance teacher. She now hopes to establish herself as choreographer and artist in both Norway and internationally.


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Maria Korsnes says her choreography is built on issues of depth, mass, colour and lightPhoto: © Maria Korsnes

Preparations for the showPhoto: © Maria Korsnes