Based in Oslo, Norway, Marianne Skjeldal (b.1979) is a freelance dancer, choreographer and performer. She holds an MA degree from DOCH, Stockholm University of the Arts, with specialisation in Choreography and Performance, 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, examining 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, combining movement with text and voice, are most often linked to a specific site, to space, objects and materials, and the relational approach to the audience is always addressed. She has developed installations for art festivals and worked out-doors, in public spaces and gallery-rooms, as in more traditional stage venues since years.
Being a certified massage therapist and Jivamukti yoga teacher (300 h+), the somatic, spiritual and inter-relational aspects of these practices inspires and feeds her artistic practice - and vice versa.
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 involved in collaborations with amongst others: Inger-Reidun Olsen (LATERNA), Robert Steijn, Ingri Fiksdal, Fiksdal/Langgård/Becker, Landing, Ingvild Langgård, Karstein Solli Prod., Helle Siljeholm, Nina Ossavy, Julia Adzuki, Kirsty Whiten and Petrine Vinje.
In 2011 she was awarded a 2 year work grant, and in 2018 a 3 year work grant from Norwegian Government Grants for Artists. Marianne has been touring and worked in Scandinavia, Finland, Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Russia, The United States, The Middle East, Chile, Brazil and Ethiopia.