CODA Oslo International Dance Festival

About CODA

CODA creates unforgettable experiences, stimulates the development of dance as an artform and is a meeting place for seeing, doing and talking about dance.

CODA Oslo International Dance Festival was initiated by the choreographers Lise Nordal og Odd Johan Fritzøe in 2002 and has developed into the largest contemporary Dance Festival in the Nordics.

Every third week in October the festival gathers the best of national and international contemporary dance. In collaboration with our five partner venues – Dansens Hus, The Norwegian Opera and Ballet, Bærum Kulturhus, Black Box teater, Riksscenen and Vega Scene – we show a diverse range of performances and films. But dance does not only belong on the stage, and the festival has shown dance at bars, in the streets and other places where you would not expect it. We are a festival for everyone. From those who already love dance, to those who are new to it –everyone is invited.

Staff

Stine Nilsen

Artistic Director and CEO

Stine Nilsen

Artistic Director and CEO

stine@codadancefest.no

Frances Gerono Huby

Executive Producer

Frances Gerono Huby

Executive Producer

frances@codadancefest.no

Sofie Amiri

Head of Marketing

Sofie Amiri

Head of Marketing

sofie@codadancefest.no

Marit Falla Eriksen

Producer

Marit Falla Eriksen

Producer

marit@codadancefest.no

Stefan Dombek

Technical Director

Stefan Dombek

Technical Director

stefan@showlab.no

Board

Torger Ødegaard

Chair of the board

Lars Jacob holm

Deputy chair

Pernille Bønkan

Member

Anita Rathore

Member

Pernille Volle Bavridge

Member

Guri Glans

Deputy member

Eivind Bryne

Deputy member

Huy Le Vo

Deputy member

Equality and non-discrimination policy

CODA champions a world where all humans are treated equal and given the same opportunities. CODA has zero tolerance for discrimination. Discrimination is defined as the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people, especially on the grounds of ethnicity, race, age, religious belief, ability, sex, gender or orientation. CODA also has a zero tolerance for any discrimination or unjust treatment of persons who notify occurrences of discrimination. The parties, and all personnel contracted to them for the activities in this agreement, will accept and abide by the zero-tolerance policy for the duration of the activities named in this agreement.

If a negative discriminatory act has occurred, the parties agree to notify each other immediately and act to protect the discriminated part as well as ensuring the continued development towards equality for all people involved in the activity named in this agreement.

History and by-laws

CODA contemporary dance festival Oslo Norway was founded by choreographers Lise Nordal and
Odd Johan Fritzøe. The board of the Foundation CODA contemporary dance festival Oslo Norway was constituted on 11 May 2001. The first festival took place 24 September – 4 October 2002. The opening production, “Event”, with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (New York), was staged at the Oslo Concert Hall.  CODA produced festivals in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Starting in 2005 the festival took the form of a biennale.

The name, CODA contemporary dance festival Oslo Norway, was changed at the board meeting of
30.08.2006 to: CODA Oslo International Dance Festival. Lise Nordal became CEO and Artistic Director in 2012. Stine Nilsen took over as CEO and Artistic Director in 2017.

The foundation’s objective is to promote the art of dance in Norway by presenting an array of national and international contemporary dance during a festival of a high artistic calibre. The aim of the foundation is to help Norwegian contemporary dance evolve and develop through this festival – by way of performances, course activities, workshops and seminars. The festival shall promote Oslo
and Norway as an arena for contemporary dance.

Artistic Directors and Board members

An interim Board was established in 1999 in the venue of Den Norske Balletthøyskole – the only higher education college for dance in Norway at the time. The board consisted of the following members: Magne Antonsen, Trine Hamre Bendixen, Ragnvald Dahl, Odd Johan Fritzøe, Thor Greni, Johannes Jaastad, Lise Nordal, Randi Punsvik og Susanne Svenseid.

The Board of the charity CODA contemporary dance festival Oslo Norway was constituted 11 May
2001, comprising the following members: Reidar Webster, chair of the Board; Trine H. Bendixen, Ragnvald Dahl, Odd Johan Fritzøe, Elizabeth Føllesdahl, Thor Greni, Kristian Seltu (members) Un-Magritt Nordseth, Johannes Jaastad, Anne- Berit Haavind, Randi Punsvik, (deputy members) Lise Nordal (deputy member & program committee member) Magne Antonsen, deputy member & program committee member, Susanne Svenseid, Festival Director