Øyvind Jørgensen

Øyvind Jørgensen is trained at the National College of Ballet and Dance from 1980 to 1983 (BA) and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York from 1983 to 1985 (MA). In addition, studies in Lester Horton and Jennifer Muller Technique. He also practiced Ashtanga Yoga daily over a 7 year period.

From 1985 untill today, he has worked as an active dancer, choreographer, producer and educator. From 1987 to 1993 he managed Zakraz Dance Company in collaboration with Ingunn Bjørnsgaard and Karen Foss. Øyvind is artistic director of the production unit Ø.J.Prod. founded in 1994.

His choreographic production comprises 60 separate works/projects and commissioned works. His work has been performed in Norway and abroad, toured with Riksteatret x 3, The Norwegian Opera and Ballet, Academy of Dance and The Cultural Rucksack, in Berlin, the Baltic States, Portugal, Belgrade and Bosnia.

Øyvind has participated as a dancer in New York and Norway, among others The Martha Graham Ensemble in New York and Nye Carte Blanche in Bergen. In the 90s, he was introduced to Butoh dance, which affected Øyvinds work greatly. He was the critic Marit Strømmen voted to the most outstanding dancer of the year in the magazine Ballet International, Critics' survey in 2000.

Jorgensen has extensive teaching experience amongst others the Academy of Dance (and the National College of Ballet and Dance), Norwegian Theatre Academy in Fredrikstad and Nordic Black Theatre's Theatre School.

With his versatile experience as a dancer and choreographer Jorgensen teaches with a grounding in modern dance. Through physical experience, anatomical understanding and reflection, he seeks to raise awareness of how the knowledge can be used artistically in today's contemporary dance.