an international festival of expanded choreography initiated and curated by H2DANCE

From Form to Fumbling

Lecture demonstration + conversation

Solveig Styve Holte

Wed 5 JUN, 6—8pm
APT Gallery
Back room
6 Creekside
London SE8 4SA

Solveig Styve Holte invites the audience through movements, images, film and storytelling to recall the event Fra Form til Famling / From Form to Fumbling* that premiered 2nd of November 2023, at Henie Onstad Art Center outside Oslo, Norway. Frå Form til Famling is a new choreographic work based on the material traces from the archive of Høvik Ballett, the first independent, professional dance company in Norway existing from 1969 to 1989, at Henie Onstad Art Center. The work questions which bodies and events were present and absent in the storytelling of Høvik Ballett, creating a potential space for a new polyphonic storytelling. How we can remember dance history through the act of performing and choreographing and as an active way of unforgetting archives that are left out? Can performance hold a space for expanding our memories and understanding of history?

Frå Form til Famling is a new choreographic work that premiered 2nd of November 2023 at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter. The work is based on the material traces from the archive of Høvik Ballett, the first independent, professional dance company in Norway. The company existed from 1969 to 1989, located at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter at Høvikodden. Compared to music, theater, visual art and literature from the same time period, the early dance art is hardly documented, yet some documentation exists. The project works with photo and film material from the first period, from 1969 to 1975, the title is a reversal of the NRK (Norwegian national broadcasting) program “Fra famling til form” from 1969, the first film documentation of the company. “Frå Form til Famling” takes place as an interdisciplinary performance happening over several hours, both inside and outside. The concept and choreography is by Solveig Styve Holte, developed in close collaboration with all artists involved through years of exploration; dance artists Ilse Ghekiere, Terje Tjøme Mossige, Magdalene Solli and Per Roar, music composed and performed by Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen, Jan Martin Smørdal and Kristine Tjøgersen, costume and visuals by Solveig Fagermo, light design by Elisabeth Kjeldahl Nilsson, sound design was made by Nikolai Høgset, Loan Ha was a choreographic assistant and Kristin Skiftun was in charge of the production. The work is a part of Solveig Styve Holtes PhD research project “Singularities and the shared Commons, explorations of authorship in dance and choreography” at Oslo Academy of The Arts, Department of Dance. 


Solveig Styve Holte

Solveig Styve Holte is a dancer, choreographer, and research fellow at Department of Dance at Oslo National Academy of the Arts from 2019-2025. In her research she delves into usages of already existing materials and historical archives in a contemporary choreographic practice, emphasizing questions of agency and shared authorship. The research aims to broaden and challenge the understanding of authorship, history writing and intertextuality in dance and choreography. She works extensively in collaborations and creates performances for museum, gallery, theater, outdoor spaces, as well as writings.

In November 2023 she premiered Frå Form til Famling at Henie Onstad Art Center, a new choreographic work departing from the material traces from the company Høvik Ballett and through a choreographic exploration question how this history has been and could possibly be imagined and remembered differently. The work took place as an interdisciplinary performance happening over several hours throughout the art center, and outside to the park and the fjords. Another central work in her research is HORDE created together with choreographer Ingri Fiksdal and 10 teenagers. HORDE address and questions who participates in artistic work today and premiered at the CODA dance festival at the opening of the new Munch Museum in Bjørvika in October 2021 and were further developed with Kilden teater and Ravnedans in Kristiansand in 2022 and for Moving in November and KIASMA in Helsinki in 2023.

Other recent works is KVILANDE LEVANDE (2023), Høstscena, Ålesund, Sixteen Dances (2023), Rosendal Teater, Trondheim, Undying- a handwork (2022) at Nationalmuseum Oslo, ViSir (2020) Parken Kulturhus, Ålesund, Flakkande Røynd (2019) Gallery Golsa/ Black box teater, Oslo, Lightness: Fleire (2017) at Dansens Hus,Oslo.  Together with Venke Sortland and Ann-Christin Kongsness she initiated and is the in editorial team for the anthology KOREOGRAFI/CHOREOGRAPHY with three editions (2016, 2018 and 2021

Holte shares her time between Oslo and Folkestad, where she is working towards developing YKS, a choreographic center at her farm.