Coffee morning with Siri Wigdel
As part of our Arts Practice programme and continuing commitment to bringing an international outlook to our work, we are hosting a coffee morning with Siri Wigdel - Artistic Director for DanseFestival Barents in Hammerfest. This will be an informal opportunity, over coffee and cake, to learn more about the dance and performance sector in Hammerfest and tell Siri a little about your own practice.
SIRIWIGDEL – SHORT BIOGRAPHY
Artistic director - maker – mentor - facilitator
Siri, originally from the west coast of Norway, started her dance career in Germany, before further training in the UK. She moved to Wales in 1990, establishing her own practise as a performer, teacher and choreographer. Siri became instrumental in the early developments of community dance, setting up and running the community dance organisation Dawns i Bawb / Dance For All in Wales in 1996. She became passionately involved in policy making and arts funding at a national level, leading to her appointment as Head of Dance at the Arts Council of Wales from 2002-2012. Siri recently returned home to Norway to work and is as of 2018 the new Artistic Director for DanseFestival Barents in Hammerfest. Siri relishes this opportunity to bring people together on 70 degrees North, to envisage new ways of thinking, making and seeing.
About DanseFestival Barents:
DanseFestival Barents is the worlds northernmost dance festival, presenting performances of high national and international quality at 70 degrees north. We have a focus on representing the region by presenting art and culture from the wider Barents Region, which includes northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia and the Sami people who migrate across these lands. The festival aims to present work that is culturally relevant, and which represents the regions diverse indigenous and linguistic populations.
The main aims of the festival are to:
· Be a vibrant meeting place through network building, for dance artists working in the Barents Region
· Collaborate beyond geographical, linguistic and cultural borders
· Present culturally specific performances from the Barents Region
· Contribute to knowledge sharing through courses, seminars and workshop
· Present and produce innovative projects aimed at children and young people
· Be a fully inclusive festival
A bit about the history and background of DFB:
DanseFestival Barents was initiated by Solveig Leinan-Hermo/Stellaris DansTeater in Hammerfest, as a response to a need to create a vibrant meeting place for dance artists living and working in the Barents region. It was held for the first time in 2003. The artistic and administrative activity of DanceFestival Barents was originally run as a project under Stellaris DansTeater with Solveig Leinan-Hermo as the first Festival Director. In 2008 the festival was established as a separate company, owned by Stellaris DansTeater, and the festival finally worked with a year round operation.
Previous Artistic Directors:
Solveig Leinan-Hermo 2003 - 2009
Kristine Storsve 2009 - 2012
Jørgen Knudsen 2012 - 2015
Marie Hermo Jensen 2016 – 2018
Current Artistic Director: Siri Wigdel 2018 onwards
For more information please visit our website: www.dansefestivalbarents.no and sign up for our newsletter to receive updates and information on DFB 2019. The new programme will soon be released.