Inger-Reidun Olsen (iRo) (b.1976) is an artist based in Oslo, Norway. She holds a MA of Fine Art in Performance from the Norwegian Theater Academy, Østfold University College (2018-20), a BA in Choreography from Academy of Dance, National Academy of Arts in Oslo (2000-03), and a two year degree from School of New Dance (1996-98), now Høyskolen for Dansekunst – HFDK.no.
iRo have worked as a freelance choreographer, dancer and performance artist since 1998, and been working full-time since 2003 with her own artistic projects and performances. She is part of various collaborative projects, in some with a shared artistic practice and responsibility and in others she is commissioned as a choreographer, dancer, dramaturg, mentor and curator.
iRo´s artistic work lives between choreography and performance art and involves performative work in various formats and places; indoor and outdoor. The materials in her work is human bodies, movement/actions, non-human materials and sound, and her work mostly is linked to a specific place. The research is rooted in a listening practice which works explicitly with taking time – time to reflect, be affected, respond and unfold material relations.
She is a certified self-development teacher, life coach and healer, and are using both cognitive and spiritual methods from these practices as tools and inspiration in her artistic practice, to explore different forms of listening, presence and layers of consciousness, to reach new knowledge, new ideas and ethics within performance making and beyond.
Recent projects is the film 'Jordtone' (Earth tone) (2020), which was made in collaboration with filmmaker and visual artist André Wulf, and the performance 'Jeg graver' (I am digging)(2019), both works were exploring clay as performative material, in relation with her own body and place, and was part of her MA project, at the Norwegian Theater Academy in Fredrikstad, Norway.
Together with artist colleague Marianne Skjeldal, iRo runs the collaboration LATERNA, that received a 3-year funding May 2018 for the project CoSA- Concerning the Spiritual in Art, Part 2 (2018-2021). Since 2017 LATERNA have been tracing history, gathering collectives, made site-specific performances, a choreographic growing of sister gardens in two countries (NO/RU) and met with 4 city trees in Oslo once every season throughout the project period. Within the CoSA project they created new ways of shaping communities that took place in historical places like Monte Verità, Ascona (CH), Steilneset Memorial, Vardø (NO), the Museum of St. Petersburg Avantgarde, St. Petersburg (RU) and at Black Box teater in Oslo, where they currently are associated artists (2019-21). LATERNA is touching borderlands of dance, choreography, ritual and healing, the artworks are relational, make places accessible and open space for dialogue and transformation. www.laternalaterna.org
iRo has been touring and presenting her work in United States, China, Mexico, Spain, Greece, Russia, Sweden and Norway. In 2009 and 2014 she was awarded with a 3-year Norwegian Government Grant for Artists.
Photo: André Wulf