Method: Research and Teaching

The dance between art and sience

Yggdrasil Dance creates artistic, performative artworks based on scientific research. Therefore the audience can easily trust the information given and merge into our universe.

Birgitte Bauer-Nilsen fascilitates a process which gives a safe space to different cultural voices. After this she creates a performance based on the essence of these cultural contributions. You could say that we as the audience gets a feeling of being in another culture, and see what happens when different worldviews meet.

Mutual Method, mutual language

Birgitte Bauer-Nilsen holds a ph.d. and is an associate professor of dance at the Institute for Music and Dance at the University of Stavanger in Norway. Here she teaches in the field of artistic research, choreography, dance and society. Her main subject is dance anthropology, and she has conducted fieldwork of various dance forms. She uses an ethnochoreological approach which includes fieldwork around the world. She believes that we can learn a lot from indigenous peoples relation to nature.

Birgitte has been a guest lecturer at several universities in Europe, latest at Cambridge University in Great Britain by Prof. Pam Burnards, teaching the intercultural processes. Her research focuses on methods of communication through music and dance in a performative intercultural situation. An early research study forms the basis of Birgitte's latest book (2016), The Gaze of the Choreographer - the performative and choreographic practice and strategy as a method of creating an intercultural performance.

Birgitte's current work is centred around the global climate changes and how they are portrayed in performative products like installation, music, and dance. Together with professor Pam Burnard, she has puplished the article Performing arts activism for addressing climate change: Conceptualizing an intercultural choreographic practice and dance performance called Melting Ice.

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Book publication: The gaze of the choreographer

In 2016, Birgitte Bauer-Nilsen published the book The Gaze of the Choreographer - the performative and choreographic practice and strategy as a method of creating an intercultural performance.

The book gives insight into her method and guides the reader into the visual universe of the choreographer.

Read more about The Gaze of the Choreographer - en performativ koreografisk metode til skabelse af en interkulturel forestilling.

Dansemagasinet: Det Koreografiske Blik

The Gaze of the Choreographer, pdf.

Buy the book

If you wish to book Birgitte Bauer-Nilsen for a workshop or a lecture - please send an e-mail to bbn@yggdrasildance.dk