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«Choreographic Poetry» is Janne-Camilla Lyster's artistic PhD project at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, completed in September 2019. The project consists of a book of literary scores written for dance, a series of interpretations made by renowned performers, and an exhibition of process material including scores in alternative sizes and materials.

The book «Choreographic Poetry» consists of eight literary scores for dance: poetic texts, written and structured to be read as dance.


In creating these scores, Lyster - both a poet and a dancer - has combined her artistic practices. The book also contains a number of personal essays on writing of this kind of poetry.


The scores' poetic nature and stringent structure forms a series of curious and contemplative performance pieces.

The artistic research project has roots to New York School. The 1950s/60s avant garde movement in New York, including composers such as John Cage, Earle Browne, Morton Feldman, musicians, visual and performance artists, choreographers and dancers, invented new forms and new collaborations. Methods often involved indeterminacy, chance operations, graphic scores and performer choice.


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Premiere: April 12th 2018, Dansens Hus, Oslo

Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

Choreographic score: Janne-Camilla Lyster

Interpretation, dance: Catharina Vehre Gresslien, Karen Lynne Bjernesli, Cecilie Lindeman Steen

Guest dancers: Ingrid Haakstad, Julie Moviken, Anne Oortwijn, Torunn Robstad

Interpretation, grand piano: Ellen Ugelvik www.ellenugelvik.com

Supported by: The Norwegian Arts Council and

Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo / The national artistic research program

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Two solos based on the score "Beauty I-III"

Poetic score: Janne-Camilla Lyster

Interpretation and dance: Ingrid Haakstad, Irene Theisen

Premiere at Kristiansand Kunsthall on November 16th 2017

Photo: Tale Hendnes

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Premiere: August  26th 2017, at Poetry Moon Festival, Helsinki, Finland

Choreographic score: Janne-Camilla Lyster

Interpretation and performance: Anni Kaila


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Premiere: October 5th, 2017 at Scenehuset, Oslo

Duration solo 1: 20 minutes

Duration solo 2: 40 minutes

Choreographic score: Janne-Camilla Lyster

Interpretation and performance, solo 1: Vebjørn Sundby

Interpretation and performance, solo 2: Cecilie Lindeman Steen

Supported by: Fund for performing artists and

Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo / The national artistic research program


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Choreographic poetry: Creating Literary Scores for Dance


Premiere: September 7th 2017 at Festiviteten, Haugesund

Duration: 25 minutes

Choreography: Janne-Camilla Lyster

Commissioned work by Kompani Haugesund

Touring includes RAS Sandnes. More TBA

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Premiere: June 25th 2017 at Kunsthall Oslo

Duration: 20 minutes

Interpretation/dance: Torunn Robstad

Interpretation/cello: Lene Grenager

Choreographic score: Janne-Camilla Lyster


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THE SHAPING OF CHANGE (solo version)

Premiere: September 16th 2016 at the Vigeland Museum, Oslo

Duration: 3 x 10 minutes

Choreographic score: Janne-Camilla Lyster

Interpretation and dance: Gry Bech-Hanssen


«The Shaping of Change» (solo version) is a dance work in three parts – a series of meditative transformations initiating a sensory relationship to its audience. The Shaping of Change is a solo work, silent and powerful in its three-dimensionality. The work was first performed in dialogue with the exhibition Sculpture by Håkon Anton Fagerås at the Vigeland Museum, September 16-18. 

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Five prominent Nordic dancers have each made an adaptation of a choreographic script. The basis of the adaptations is Janne-Camilla Lyster’s  «Escape and Transformation», a literary score crafted in such a way that connection lines will occur as the dancers come together. This encounter becomes the staged performance. 


The five dancers have worked independently for three months in their resident countries. During these three months they have each created an adaptation of their individual part of the score. Through the dancers’ response to the score, a distinctive poetic universe arises, where the human, vulnerable and playful are unfolded in moments of anticipation and renewal, clarity and amazement. 

Each solo can be shown individually.

Solo I: HUNTER AND SNOW, NEEDLE AND KNIFE danced by Cecilie Lindeman Steen (NO)

Solo II:  BIRD AND BEAD danced by Vera Nevanlinna (FI)

Solo III: A MAGNIFICENT CROWN danced by Marie-Louise Stentebjerg (DK)

Solo IV: DOUBLE MAN danced by Ulrika Berg (SE)

Solo V:  FOX-HEART danced by Bára Sigfúsdóttir (IS)

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Choreographic script and artistic leader: Janne-Camilla Lyster

Adaptation and dance: Cecilie Lindeman Steen (NO), Ulrika Berg (SE), Bára Sigfúsdóttir (IS), Vera Nevanlinna (FI) og Marie-Louise Stentebjerg (DK)

Music: Markus Hernes

Costume and visual design: Olav Ryland Myrtvedt

Light design: Kyrre Heldal Karlsen

Producer: Annika Ostwald

The project is supported by: Arts Council Norway and Fund for Sound and Image, Fund for Performing Artists, Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek (BE) and Summer Studios (Rosas/PARTS, BE), The Norwegian National Program for Artistic Research and Oslo National Academy of Arts, The Academy of Dance.

Photo: Marie Sjøvold

Co-production: Dansens Hus, Norway

Premiere: November 19th at Dansens Hus, Oslo

Tour: October 15th 2016: Ke∂ja Dance Encounter, Vilnius. December 10th 2016: Bordelines Festival at Tanzfaktur Köln.

The choreographic score is a part of Janne-Camilla Lyster's artistic reserach fellowship "Choreographic poetry: Creating Literary Scores for Dance"


First shown at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, September 3rd

Duration: 15 minutes

Adaptation and performance:Janne-Camilla Lyster

Choreographic script: Hanne Ørstavik

Touring includes the After Contemporary Festival #3 in Helsinki, Finland

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The choreographic script was commissioned by Janne-Camilla Lyster as a part of her artistic reserach fellowship "Choreographic poetry: Creating Literary Scores for Dance" and supported by the Norwegian Arts Council.



Premiere: May 23rd 2014 at the Norwegian Opera & Ballet

Duration: 25 minutes

Adaptation, performance and staging:

Janne-Camilla Lyster

Choreography, text and direction:

Deborah Hay (US) www.deborahhay.com

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Premiere: October 5th, 2013 at Dramatikkens Hus, Oslo

Duration: 40 minutes

Choreographic script and staging: Janne-Camilla Lyster

Interpretation and performance: Irene Theisen, Marie Male Kalstø and Ingrid Haakstad

The choreographic score was interpreted and shown in four unique versions. In addition to the one above, there were adaptations by Ingri Fiksdal, Jonas Corell Petersen and Steffi Lund.

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Supported by: The Norwegian Arts Council, Fund for performing artists, Fund for sound and image. Co-produced by Dramatikkens Hus.


Premiere: April 26th at the Norwegian Opera & Ballet, site specific outdoor performance. Commisioned work.

Duration: 45 minutes

Choreography: Janne-Camilla Lyster. Dancers: Gry Bech-Hanssen, Marianne Kjærsund, Shi Pratt and Christine Kjellberg. Composer: Markus Hernes. Light design: Kyrre Heldal Karlsen. Production: UR Produksjoner.

Photo: Knut Bry.


Premiere: June 1st, at the Norwegian Opera & Ballet, Stage 2

Duration: 10 minutes

Choreography: Janne-Camilla Lyster. Dance: Clair Constant, Caroline Roca, Frank van Tongeren, Craig Cathcart. Music: Julian Skar. Baroque harp: Giovanna Pessi. The piece was made and showed as a part of the Ballet Laboratory.


A choreographic transcription of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor

Premiere: November 11th 2010 at La Poderosa, Barcelona, Spain.

Commisioned work.

Duration: 9 minutes

Choreography and dance: Janne-Camilla Lyster. 

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