Why do you do what you do?
Because I enjoy it and I think it is important. Art in general at least. So I think that makes it worth trying.
How do you work? (What are your source of inspiration and how do you work on them? You have daily practices?)
I have taken a lot of inspiration from various rituals, their structures and how they function in society. Other sources of inspiration can be literature, art, dialogue with colleagues and much more. I usually think better with others than alone.
For you, what role does the artist have in society today?
A vast variety of roles. I think it is important not to instrumentalize the role of the artist to fit particular societal or cultural policies.
Ingri Fiksdal is a Norwegian choreographer and performer. Her work deals with perception and affect, and places equal emphasis on sound, light, choreography, costume and set-design within the performances. An on-going theme within Fiksdal’s work is the ritual and its inherent capacity of transforming and ultimately transcending its partakers. Fiksdal’s research has involved exploring how the capacities of ritual can be deployed in her performances. Her work is concerned with the relation between cognition and affectivity and how they shape perception and meaning. Fiksdal is currently finishing a PhD in artistic research at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts with the project Affective Choreographies. Her most recent productions Diorama (2017), STATE (2016), Shadows of Tomorrow (2016), Cosmic Body (2015), HOODS (2014), BAND (2013), Night Tripper (2012) and The Orchard Ballads (2011) have toured to a number of venues in Norway, Europe, the US and China. In November 2018 she will premiere the new work Deep Field (2018) at Black Box Theater Oslo. The work marks the end of Ingri's PhD. Night Tripper won the Oslo Award for Best Performance in 2012, and HOODS won the Dance Critic Award for best performance in 2014. In Norway Fiksdal collaborates regularly with Black Box Theater, BIT Teatergarasjen and Teaterhuset Avant Garden.
(Photo: Antero Hein)