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Solveig Leinan-Hermo - Dance Artist and Artistic Director
Dance artist Solveig Leinan-Hermo is Director and Owner of Stellaris DansTeater
. Stellaris DansTeater
celebrates 35 years and Solveig 40 years as a dance artist in 2015.
Solveig studied dance and pedagogy at The Norwegian Opera Ballet School
where she had her first professional dance job, and later studied theatre and cultural subjects at college and university, as well as choreography, different dance techniques and management. When she founded Stellaris DansTeater
in 1980 she formed the basis for professional dance activity in northern Norway, focusing her activity on the Barents Region / Nothern Areas. Through many years she has contributed to the growth of dance as an art form both locally, nationally and internationally. She has worked to establish both DanseFestival Barents
and Dansearena nord
in Hammerfest, and was one of the founding members of Forum for nordnorske Dansekunstnere (FnnD).
Solveig has produced performances since 1975, as Stellaris DansTeater Leinan-Hermo productions and in collaboration with dansdesign, Hålogaland Teater, Beaivváš Sámi Našunálateáhter, Samovarteateret, Rikskonsertene, Riksteateret
and Scene Finnmark
to name a few, and has created several programs for NRK
(national broadcasting TV channel). Solveig has toured extensively nationally and abroad, and networks actively in the Barents Region, for instance through Barents DanceCouncil.
Solveig was Festival Artist at The Arts Festival of North Norway in 1989 and DanseFestival Barents
in 2010. Solveig has received both awards and scholarships during her career, and holds the Norwegian Government’s guaranteed income
for artists. In 2003 Solveig received the Honorary Award
from Senter for Dansekunst
(today called Dance Information Norway
Photo: Pavel Krioukov
Marie Hermo Jensen - Dance Artist, admin and webmaster
Marie studied at the School of Contemporary Dance
in Oslo and London Contemporary Dance School.
She was born in Hammerfest, Norway and started dancing as a student of Solveig Leinan-Hermo at Danseverkstedet Stellaris
. Marie has danced in several of Stellaris' productions, and was YoungChoreographer 03/04. Marie has taken on the role as webmaster for Stellaris, and also does administrative work and translation to English for the company.
She also works as a dance artist in New Zealand through her own company stellaris dance nz
and as a trustee for Waikato Contemporary Dance Projects Trust.
Photo: Pavel Krioukov