Foto: Kadir Talabani
I work with performing artists wishing to invest personally in the connection between body, movement and artistic expression. The body is at the crossroads of our inner and outer world. It serves both as a way in to our deeper layers of consciousness and as an output to the audience. With the body as a field of exploration, you can thus expand in either direction and reach out to qualities that you can’t touch with the mind.
When any physical consciousness correlates to your inner intentions, you will be able to increase awareness on stage and reach out to your audience more succinctly.
I provide individual sessions for performing artists. You can benefit from these should you
want/are about to take on a role
use material from a physical starting point
want to develop a stronger physical foundation as a performing artist
need to understand more of the connection between creativity and body; mind, emotion and spirit
expand your movement vocabulary
want to master stage fright (stress and nervousness)
looking for new methods on how to approach your personal expression
coaching for stage, concert, audition, interviews
Tomos Young, Kilden Teater vår 2019 Foto: Kilden
I am a movement director, choreographer, director’s assistant and text consultant for stage productions. I work in close collaboration with directors to facilitate a deeper physical awareness for actors and singers.
I am often called in at the beginning of a rehearsal period to lay the foundations of any physical work demanded by the director.
This has several benefits: the physical expression is anchored on a deeper level and can be performed with ease. For example; if an actor has challenges developing his/her character, implementing my practice through the physical perspective enables the performer to achieve a new understanding of his/her role.
I encourage performers in achieving organic movement with their bodies corresponding to characters established by the director’s artistic goals for the play. I also work on the physical communication between characters, developing character relationships and thus giving them more concepts to use within the space.
I offer a choreographic view in stage direction and encourage spatial awareness, in addition to dance choreography.
During creative processes, I offer a warm up at the start of the daily rehearsal, not just for the performers, but also for the artistic team, technicians and any members of staff present in the rehearsal space. This leads to enhancing confidence and team work/bonding irrespective of titles and responsibilities.
I have been passionate about movement since childhood, started ballet at 8 years old. I received my education at the Ballet Academy in Oslo 1986-89 and School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam 1989-1991. In addition to this, I am a qualified tai chi kineo-teacher, and have been giving sessions for more than 20 years. I was artistic leader of Open Dance Company 1998-2005 and institute leader of Norsk Tai Chi Kineo Institutt 1996-2006. In 2011, I published Bedre flyt, my book on the principles of physical and emotional flow between body and mind.
My work is based on extended concepts of movement. The methods connect to larger thematics, that is to say creativity artistry, self-insight, leadership and communication skills. It also encourages personal and spiritual growth.
Over many years of experience in tailoring content to specific individual in both personal and professional capacities, I have included leadership development and palliative care.
Personally I have experienced grief, personal loss and emotional pain. I lost my mother at an early age, and my life partner two years ago. Living with such losses engages my sensitivity as to the value of art and how it touches our deepest emotions and its ability to heal trauma and loss.
individual sessions, courses, workshops
text and script consultation
People other than performing artists who need movement awareness or stress relief are most welcome to contact me.
Kari Anne Vadstensvik Bjerkestrand
Dancer, choreographer, movement director, author, trainer
Address: Deichmans gate 23, 0178 Oslo
Phone: +47 924 43 414
Individual session: NOK 1.450,-
Booking of five sessions: NOK 6.250,-
Student individual session: NOK 1.000,-
Student booking of five sessions: NOK 4.400,-
Duration: 90 minutes