Siri Jøntvedt and Snelle Hall met at The Norwegian College of Dance (now KhiO), and started working together in 1991. The foundation for their shared creative project is a solid belief in true artistic freedom. Their stage presence is as much influenced by high culture as popular culture – and the completely uncultured. They enjoy highlighting social undercurrents, and have often enough picked hopelessly outdated elements that subsequently have undergone a thorough processing during the course of several performance pieces.
Despite the fact that it often feels uncomfortable and claustrophobic, they still manage to see value in the least acceptable cultural references. In this respect, they consider all society’s social norms to be the strongest limitation to creative expression. On this basis, they have found it efficient to use their own personal and intimate spheres as a starting point in order to bring down cultural divides and eliminate social shame.
Since the very beginning, Siri and Snelle have been uncompromising in choosing improvisation as their preferred method. Through numerous projects, they have fine-tuned this approach, and playfully developed a personal expression without any regard for established genres. The most important building blocks are elements from different dance techniques, text based theatre, talkshows and live music, all mixed with a healthy – and necessary – dose of humor and selfirony.
Another important aspect of their artistic flavor, is the influence of all the musicians, stage artists, students and other creative people they have had the pleasure of working with – because Siri and Snelle realize that the dynamics between people is the source of all the joys and challenges that drives their continued professional and personal progress.