Odd Johan Fritzøe

Born10 Jan. 1962
FunctionsChoreographer, Dancer, Producer, Pedagog
NationalityNorwegian
GenderMale
Emailodd.johan.fritzoe(at)gmail.com
WebsiteOdd Johan Fritzøe

About Odd Johan Fritzøe

Odd Johan Fritzøe (born January 10 1962 in Drøbak) is a Norwegian dancer and choreographer, educated at The National Academy of Ballet in 1987. He also studied African dance with Rose-Marie Guiraud in The Ivory Coast in 1988.

Fritzøe was connected to Collage Dance Company 1989–95, and has danced with Scirocco Dance Company and Imago Dance Company. He made his debut as a choreographer with Hundedagsnatt* (Dog Day Night) in 1992, and has later choreographed for The Norwegian Touring Theatre, the Finnish national ballet, Stellaris Dance Theatre and Henie Onstad Art Centre.

With choreographer Lise Nordal he initiated CODA International Dance Festival in Oslo in 2001. From 2002-2012 he has been teaching at Bodø University College (now University of Nordland).

*Not yet translated into English. The title within parentheses is the Norwegian title's literal meaning.

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Among the choreographers Odd Johan Fritzøe has collaborated with are Lise Nordal (Norge), Sølvi Edvardsen (Norway), Kristin Gjems (Norway), Giorgio Rossi (Italy), Karine Sapporta (France), Un-Magritt Nordseth (Norway), Ina Christel Johannessen (Norway).

Odd Johan Fritzøe was given the performing arts award of Performing Arts Hub Norway in 1999 for Star* and Norwegian Critics' Award for dance 2008/2009 for Snow.

Excerpt from speech by Inger-Margrethe Lunde, held during the awards ceremony for Norwegian Critics' Award 2008/2009, September 3 2009 at The House of Literature in Oslo:

"With Snow, Fritzøe entered the kingdom of snow, fairytale and narration, factual as well as factual stories. He took inspiration from Scott, Amundsen, Nansen, Vesaas' The Ice Castle, Ibsen's Rosmersholm, H.C. Andersen's The Snow Queen and the White Jade Dragon Maiden from China's mysterious mountain valleys.

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Snow convincingly balanced the different elements: The monumental, modernist stage design by Karl Hansen, Espen Tversland's graphic animation, creating more or less abstract expressions for ice, mountains and snow across the stage's landscape, Bjarne Kvinnsland's rich musical arrangement, not least Kathrine Tolo's playful, most often white costumes, at times totally crazy, characterised by merry abundance. All of this created good conditions for the stay in Winter Wonder Land.

But the balance could have become uneven. Each element demanded room and got a lot of attention. Still Fritzøe managed to connect it all, to create a composition that was both free-flowing and strict, the shifts were sliding, but each part had its distinct characteristics, more or less formal or theatrical. Visually, and in dance."

Read the speech in full (Norwegian only) here.

Sources:

Odd Johan Fritzøe, oddjohanfritzoe.no, 09.01.2012, http://www.oddjohanfritzoe.no/site/for_naa.html

Wikipedia, no.wikipedia.otg, 09.01.2012, http://no.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odd_Johan_Fritz%C3%B8e

Norwegian Critics' Association, kritikerlaget.no, 29.09.2011, http://www.kritikerlaget.no/pages/nor/412-kritikerprisen_til_koreograf_og_danser_odd_johan_fritzoee

*Not yet translated into English. The title within parentheses is the Norwegian title's literal meaning.

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