Marianne Skjeldal (b. 1979) is a freelance dancer, choreographer and performance artist. She holds an MFA degree from DOCH, Stockholm University of the Arts with specialisation in Choreography and Performance Practices, and a two-year degree from School of New Dance, now Høyskolen for Dansekunst – HFDK.no.
Through various formats, Marianne is producing her own work at the intersection of choreography and performance through relational work, examining place, different forms of presence, listening and ways of being intimate, as well as methods for transformation and possible transcendence. She is also part of various collaborative work as a dancer, choreographer, performer, mentor and curator.
Her works are most often linked to a specific site, to nature, objects and materials, combining movement with sound, text and voice where the relational approach to the audience is always addressed. Her research is rooted in a listening practice based on giving time - to be affected, sense, reflect, respond and by doing so allowing relations to unfold. This also includes relations to a more-than-human world.
Being a certified massage therapist and Jivamukti yoga teacher (300 h+), the somatic, spiritual and inter-relational aspects of these practices inspire and feed her artistic practice - and vice versa.
Together with artist colleague Inger-Reidun Olsen, she runs the collaboration LATERNA www.laternalaterna.org. LATERNA received a 3-year funding May 2018 for the project CoSA- Concerning the Spiritual in Art (2018-2021) and are currently associated artists at Black Box teater, Oslo (2019-2021). Besides creating her own work, Marianne makes a point of continuing to develop projects with other artists, both as a collaborator and a performer. She is currently involved in collaborations with amongst others: Ingrid Fiksdal, Ingvild Langgård, Fiksdal/Langgård/Becker, Landing, Robert Steijn, Liv Kristin Holmberg and Nina Ossavy.
She has presented work touring in Scandinavia, Finland, Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Russia, The United States, Chile, Brazil, Ethiopia and the Middle East. In 2011 she was awarded Norwegian Government Grant for Emerging Artists and in 2018 a 3-year Government Grant for Artists.