– OK, Siri. We’ll start with a quick bio – should we just get it over with?
Fine; I was born and raised in Porsgrunn), and started dancing when I was 12. That’s when I decided to become a dancer – and that I did!
– What was it about the dancing that made you want to do it for the rest of your life?
It immediately struck a chord with me – movement and music. I fell in love. When I was 16, we moved to Gothenburg, but I returned to Oslo to go to the Norwegian Opera Ballet School, and later, The Norwegian College of Dance.
– But what happened between you and the ballet? When did you realize you where heading in a different direction?
I didn’t like the authoritative and hierarchical system I found in ballet. I didn’t want to focus on becoming something other than I already was. I’d rather develop what I already had. It was a mental thing. I didn’t like the way they taught technique either. I really felt the need to find my own way, and had to distance myself properly before I could start ballet training again. When I went to New York, I quit the ballet, and took up improvisation, composition and got the taste for making my own stuff. I probably would have quit dancing altogether if I hadn’t gone to New York. The people I met there made all the difference to me.
– In what way?
I experienced another understanding of movement, and found that I was using my head and my body in entirely different ways. It was actually in New York that I finally understood what I was doing, while I was learning those new techniques. It was like coming home, or finding myself; I went really deep with this learning process, and realized that people believed in me and encouraged me. This is the platform I stand on, even until this day. Since then, Oslo has been my base, and I’ve worked with more than fifteen choreographers. But working with you is the best, Snelle. We’ve lasted nearly 20 years, you and I!
– Ok, let’s talk about something else. What kind of things are you into?
Well, improvisation – freedom. And I really enjoy teaching. I like the feeling of sharing, of contributing to the students finding their own expression.
– Tell me what you like and dislike.
I hate it when things become fake! And I love it when I see people being totally present! I don’t think the most important thing is what people do, but how they do it.