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CV Henriette Blakstad

(she/them)

Title: Director, performer, associate professor in theatre, playwright and costume design.

Citizenship: Norwegian.

Address: Bentsegata 2, 0465 Oslo/Norway.

E-mail: hen.blakstad@gmail.com

Website: henblakstad.com

Phone: +47 47630376.

Married to: Line R. Children: Mina (20) & Jakob B. S (24)

EDUCATION

1986-2018

2016-18                                   

KHIO - The National Academy of the Arts/ Academy of Theatre, Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Theatre), Oslo.

1998- 99                                 

NISS - Nordic Institute of Stage and Studio - The Academy of Acting, Oslo, (Høyskolen Kristiania/Kristiania University College).

1992- 93                                 

Joffrey Ballet School, New York.

1989- 92                                 

KHIO - The Oslo National Academy of the Arts/ Academy of Dance. Bachelor degree in Classical Ballet, modern and jazz dance, Oslo. 

1986- 89                                

The Norwegian National Ballet School, Oslo.  

WORKSHOPS

2003-22

2020                                       

SITI-Company, New York. Master class on zoom with hundred participants from all over the world. The Viewpoints composition method, Suzuki physical actor training, and artist talk with Art. and Managing director Anne Bogart.                                          

                      

       

The Norwegian National Center for Actors:     

2016 and 17                            

SITI- Company, New York, Leon Ingulsrud. Viewpoints training and Suzuki Method for Actors.

2014                                         

Pascal-Emmanuel Luneau, French. Master class, Coaching the Actor.

2012                                         

Ulrike Quade, Dutch. Puppet theatre.

2011                                         

Jon Tombre, Norwegian director. New written text for theatres by young Norwegian dramatists.    

2011                                         

Frantic Assembly, UK. Devised physical theatre.                                                                                

2010                                        

Tom Lycos, Australian director and play writer. Physical theatre. 

2022

Gro Dahle, author. Masterclass of two months in writing, prose, dramaturgy, character, monologue and plot.

2022

The Six-Viewpoints, Standing in space (Mary Overlie), Wedell Beavers New York. International Zoom workshop, Pedagogy and Practice.

2018, 2022                                          

Merete Morken Andersen, Associate Professor in Literature at the University of Southeast Norway. Masterclasses in Life Writing in Abbazia di san Pierto/Italy. Fiction and non-fiction.

2017                                          

Vision Mechanics, Scotland. FiF- Figur i Fossekleiva (puppet theatre festival in Svelvik/Norway). Kim Bergsagel- shadow puppet theatre.

2012                                          

Anne Bogart/SITI – Company, New York. Composition work for theatre/master classes for the director/ dramaturgy/ The Viewpoints and  Suzuki training. Four weeks.                                              

2012                                          

DV8, UK. Dansens Hus/The Norwegian National Stage of Dance. Physical theater.

2011                                          

SITI- Company, New York, Will Bond. Metodi Festival Toscany/Italy. Viewpoints training. 

2002– 12                                  

Nancy Mannes Acting Studio, Norwegian acting coach. Master classes, Sandford Meisner.   Educated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York. 

2002– 12                                  

Grete Bjerketvedt, Norwegian voice coach. Master classes in singing. Educated from The Norwegian National Academy of Music.

2004                                         

KHIO - The Oslo National Academy of the Arts - The Faculty of Performing Arts. Professor in choreography Anne Grete Eriksen- Composition work for the choreographer.                         

2003                                         

The Academy of Writing in Bergen/Norway. Author Rolf Sagen- Short story and prose.

WORK EXPERIENCE

1990 – 2025

HenBlakstad Productions

Art. and Manag. Director: Henriette Blakstad.

2016- 23 director, concepts, playwright, costumedesign and producer: 

Photo, film, producer: Claudia Lucacel.

 

2025 performance, concept, playwright, costume design, actor: Henriette Blakstad

"MAXINE LOVE". Director/dramaturgy: Line Rosvoll. Composer: Johan Sara Jr. Puppets: Milla Wexels Riser. Sound design: Thomas Hildebrand. Actor: Guri Glans.

2024 podcast in co-production with Unge Viken

"UNGE VIKEN goes ROBIN". Concept: HenBlakstad and ROBIN. Dramaturgy: Øystein Ulsberg Brager,Henriette Blakstad. Sound design: Thomas Hildebrand.

2023 podcast

"ALL IS QUILTED/ALT ER VATTERT". Text: Henriette Blakstad. Dramaturge: Line Rosvoll. Sound design: Theomas Hildebrand.

2022 site-specific. A global participatory performance event in Oslo city centre.

"ALL THIS AND MORE" Concept, director: Simon Sharkey (UK). Director, costumedesign: Henriette Blakstad, Claudia Lucacel.

2022 installation performance.

"THE BIRD LADIES". Concept: Guri Guri Henriksen, Animalske, HenBlakstad. Paper cuts: Guri Guri Henrisken. Masks, costume design: Henriette Blakstad.

Sound deign: Anne Mali Sæther, Thomas Hildebrand.

2017 performance                 

“MAXINE LOVE”, performance, at Grusomhetens Teater/Oslo. Concept, performer: Henriette Blakstad.

2017 site-specific                    

“BEHIND THE CROWN”, the valley of Maridalen/Oslo. Playwright, concept, director, costume design: Henriette Blakstad.

2016-17 director, text co- production Holte/Tussilago Produksjoner                     

“THE TIME THAT HELD MY HANDS” at Harstad Kulturhus. Devised theatre, playwright produced by Holte, Tussilago, HenBlakstad. Director: Henriette Blakstad.

2016 performance                 

“THE SNIPER”, Text: Svetlana Aleksijevitsj, at Norwegian Storytelling Festival/Oslo. Concept, performance: Henriette Blakstad.

 

HenBlakstad producing in China and Singapore        

In co– production with IBSEN INTERNATIONAL, Norway, (www.ibseninternational.com) and ABBE DANCE COMPANY, China/Cameroon,

2014                                          

Penghao Theatre – Beijing Independent Theatre/China, “The phenomenon; Hedda Gabler”. Concept, playwright, costume design: Henriette Blakstad.

2013                                          

”Beijing Dance Festival/China, “CARCASS”. Devised theatre produced by HenBlakstad, Jiang Ke-Yu and Simon Abbe. Costume design: Henriette Blakstad.

2012                                          

Guangdong Dance Festival, Guangzhou/China, “RETURN”. Devised dancetheatre produced by Jiang Ke-Yu and HenBlakstad. Costume design: Henriette Blakstad.

2012                                          

Contact 2012, Singapore, “RETURN”. Devised dancetheatre produced by Jiang Ke-Yu and HenBlakstad. Costume design: Henriette Blakstad.

2012                                          

Skidmore College, New York, “Whatever happened to Beauty?”. Concept, director: Henriette Blakstad.

2012                                          

The Norwegian National Ballet School, “Dust”.  Concept and choreographer: Henriette Blakstad. Costume design: Henriette Blakstad.                         

2012                                          

The Farm of Culture, Oslo/Norway, “The Invisible”. Concept, playwright, director: Henriette Blakstad.

2011                                          

KHIO - The Oslo National Academy of the Arts. “The mobile lady”. Concept, playwright, performer: Henriette Blakstad.

                                                             

HenBlakstad in co-production with NISS - Nordic Institute of Stage and Studio - The Academy of Acting (Høyskolen Kristiania/Kristiania University College in Oslo).

2009-11 director, choreography, educator in dance and theatre.                   

2011                                          

“@lice im Ünterland”. Director: Mats Henning Jørgensen, Henriette Blakstad

2011                                          

“Ensemble”. Director: Torgunn Wold, Henriette Blakstad.

2009                                          

“Moments of Great Discovery”. Director: Anne Marthe Lund, Henriette Blakstad.

TIRIL PHARO

Actor: Henriette Blakstad

2023 production, co-producer: Østfold Internasjonale Teater

"THE TEST RUN/TESTLØPET". Playwright, concept, director: Tiril Pharo

ANIMALSKE PRODUCTIONS

Art. and Manag. Director Anne Mali Sæther

Visual artist: Guri Guri Henriksen

Actor, puppeteer: Henriette Blakstad

2016-22

2022

CLIMATE THANATOLOGY -Mourning the World as We Know It

The 68 Art Institute, Copenhagen/Denmark

Curator: Heidi Hart, Utah (an arts researcher and curator based in the U.S. and Scandinavia, with a focus on sound in political and environmental media)

Artist, academics from US, UK, Norway, Denmark

2021

"UNDER  THE NURSERY/UNDER BARNEHAGEN". Playwright: Eirik Fauske

2016-21                                    

“IN THE MIST OF SHADOWS/DET SKYGGEFULLE” (tour in Norway)

2019                                          

“ SHADOWS/SKYGGER”          

2018-19 costume- design     

“THE SONG OF THE SAW TEETH/DA SAGTENNENE SANG”

 2015 actor, puppets        

HILDEBRAND PRODUCTIONS, Art. and Manag. Director: Thomas Hildebrand

“THE WAR IS AMONGST US”, director: Marius Kolbenstvedt. 

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GRUSOMHETENS TEATER, influenced by Antonin Artaud.

Art. and Manag. Director: Lars Øyno.

Actor, singer, paper cut/shadow theatre: Henriette Blakstad

2016-21.                      

2020-21                                         

“THE RAVEN”

2020

"A Streetcar Named Desire"

2016-20                                   

“I IS ANOTHER- Rimbaud in Africa”. Tour UK, India,  Japan, Iran

2017                                          

“VENUS & MARS” by Judith Malina (co-production The Living Theatre, NY/USA)

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2015-17 choreography         

MARIDALSSPILLET, a medieval play, performed outdoors.

“Maria Fili”, “I Marias Skygge/In the Shades of Maria”, “1349, Maria Mortem”. Director: Mads Henning Jørgensen. Choreography: Henriette Blakstad.

2016 actor                               

LITTERATURHUSET, Performance, “Angry Response Tree”, by Natali Cohen Vaxberg. Director: Marius Kollbenstvedt

2015 actor                               

CAFÉTEATERET, “Breaking the Silence”, testimony from Israeli soldiers. Director: Marius Kolbenstvedt.  

2013-15 actor, puppets        

THEATRE NOVA, “Performance with a Guineafowl”. Director: Anne Sophie Erichsen. 

2012 actor                               

THEATRE GRIMSBORKEN/BRAGETEATRET, “The Wind that Whispered”. Director: Peder Opstad. 

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TORGUNN PRODUCTIONS

Art. and Manag. Director: Torgunn Wold

DANSENS HUS, AKERSHUS THEATRE, TOUR IN NORWAY.

Actor, dancer: Henriette Blakstad

2009-13        

2011                                          

“In your own company”.

2009- 13                                   

“The visit”.

2010                                          

“The cat with the boots”.

IBSEN INTERNATIONAL/IBSEN IN CHINA.

Art. and Manag. Director: Inger Buresund.2006-10 actor, dancer           

Co-production, Jin Xing Dance & Theater Company (Beijing/China)

2006 and 2010                       

“A Doll´s House”, Beijing/China. Director/choreography: Un- Magritt Nordseth.

DET NORSKE TEATRET

ctor, dancer singer, assistant director: Henriette Blakstad                    

1999-2001, 2008-09                                                                                                                                          

2009 assistant director          

“Then there is silence”, new written play by Arne Lygre. Director: Torkil Sandsund.  

2008 musical artist                 

“Which Witch”. Director: Hilde Andersen. Choreography: Un- Magritt Nordseth.

2008 musical artist                 

“The Three-penny Opera”, musical. Director: Georg Malvius. Choreographer: Igor Barberic.  

2001 actor                                 

“Romeo and Juliet”. Director: Ronny Danielsson. Choreography: Hege Tvedt.

1999 musical artist                  

“The Emperor of Portugalia”. Director: Carl Jørgen Kiønig. Choreography:Un-Magritt Nordseth. 

1999 dancer                              

“Jeppe of the Hill”. Director: Olof Lindquist. Choreography: Hege Tvedt.

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2009 dancer                            

THE NORWEGIAN OPERA AND BALLET. “Carmen”. Director: Francesca Zambello, Choreography.: Arthur Pita.  

 

                                                                                                                             

TEATER IBSEN

Actor, dancer, mask theatre, rehearsal director: Henriette Blakstad 

2005-07                                                                                            

“HAMLET”. Director: Lars Vik. Choreography: Un- Magritt Nordseth.

"PEER GYNT" Director: Lars Vik. Choreography: Un- Magritt Nordseth.

THE PROCESS OF FORMATION/DANNELSESREISEN, a six hours performance with selected plays of Henrik Ibsen.

“A DOLL´S HOUSE/ET DUKKEHJEM". Director/choreography: Un-Magritt Nordseth. Composer: Jørgen Munkeby.  

“THE WILD DUCK/VILDANDEN", Director/choreography: Un-Magritt Nordseth. Composer: Jørgen Munkeby.

“HEDDA GABLER". Director: Anne Mali Sæther. Composer: Guttorm Guttormsen.        

“CATILINA". Director: Anne Mali Sæther. Composer: Guttorm Guttormsen. 

 “LITTLE EYOLF/LILLE EYOLF". Director: Jon Tombre. 

2002 dancer                            

BLACK BOX, “Black Bride”. Choreography: Sølvi Edvardesen.

2002 dancer                            

MOVING NORTH – 10 short dance films, “The radio ballet”. Choreography: Indra Lorentzen. Photo: Philip Ødegård.

1998 actor                               

TORSHOV THEATRE – “The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other”. Director: Svein Sturla Hungnes. Choreography: Hege Tvedt.

1997/98 musical artist

NORDLAND TEATER,/LOGEN i Begen, "Cabaret". Director: Frode Rasmussen. Choreography: Jo Strømgren, Hege Tvedt.

1997 musical artist                 

DEN NASJONALE SCENE, "My Fair Lady". Director/choreography: Runar Borge.

1997 dancer                            

CARTE BLANCHE  CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY/ DEN NASJONALE SCENE,. “The Bacchai”. Director: Bentein Baardson. Choreogr.: Torill Bernatek. Composer: Håkon Berge.

1996 dancer                            

NRK- The Norwegian National Broadcasting. “The Cormorant”. Choreogr.: Sølvi Edvardsen. 

1996 musical artist                 

CHAT AU NEUF, “A Chorus Line”. Director/choreogr.: Runar Borge and  Marianne Skovli Aamot. 

 

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THE NORWEGIAN NATIONAL BALLET

1993-1994 dancer                   

“Bargiduvon Bálgat”. (co-prod., Beaivváš Teatret). Choreography: Indra Lorentzen.

“Grieg á Jour”. Choreography: Sølvi Edvardsen.

“Tundra”. Choreography: Øyvind Jørgensen.

“The Swanlake”

“The Nutcracker”. Choreography: Dinna Bjørn.

“Don Quixote”. Choreography: Rudolf Nurejev.

“Romeo and Juliet”. Choreography: Michael Corder

“La Traviata”

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1992 dancer                            

NEW YORK DANCE ENSEMBLE, “Hansel & Gretel”. Choreography: Bette Anne Terell.

1990 dancer                           

OSLO CONCERT HOUSE, “The soloist gala to raise funds for the new Opera house”. Choreography: Indra Lorenzen.

TEACHER, COACH, TUTOR

2006-20

2020                                         

Oslo council. the activity school/AKS. ANIMALSKE PRODUKSJONER, Physical theatreworkshops for children age 8-9 years old.                                

2018-19                                    

HADELAND HIGHSCHOOL/PRE-COLLEGE- department of drama. Adjunct professor in theatre and drama.

2018                                          

LILLESTRØM HIGH SCHOOL/PRE-COLLEGE – department of drama. Devised theatre and composition work influenced by The Viewpoints, Gaga movement training and Frantic Assembly. Physical voice work influenced by Grotowski/Molik.

2017                                          

La MaMa, NY/USA. Workshop with THE THEATRE OF CRUELTY (Norway) and THE LIVING THEATRE (NY/USA), influenced by Antonin Artaud and Grotowsi/Molik, work-in-progress/research for “VENUS & MARS” (Oslo/Norway 2017).

2017                                          

THE NORWEGIAN THEATRE/DET NORSKE TEATRET. Workshop in The Viewpoints for all art departments.

2012-15                                     

THE NORWEGIAN NATIONAL CENTER FOR ACTORS. Viewpoints training and Suzuki Method for Actors, for professional actors.

2014                                          

THE NORWEGIAN NATIONAL CENTER FOR ACTORS - development of new written text and drama. Coach for “The jewel case” by Annie Dahr Nygaard, Morten Andre Berge.

2014                                           

PENGHAO THEATRE BEIJING  – Theatre without borders, Workshop in The Viewpoints, movement/text, composition.

2013                                           

LILLESTRØM HIGH SCHOOL/PRE-COLLEGE– department of drama. The Viewpoins, composition work.

2012                                           

CONTACT 2012, national dance festival in Singapore. Workshop in composition and repertoire from PHOENIX CONCEPTUAL THEATRE.

2012                                           

THE NORWEGIAN NATIONAL BALLET SCHOOL, contemporary dance teacher.  

2009                                          

THE NORWEGIAN NATIONAL CENTRE FOR ACTORS - development of new written text and drama. Coach for dramatist Trond Arntzen play, “Jenny, Jenny, Jenny”.

2008                                           

THE NORWEGIAN IBSEN THEATRE, “Peer Gynt”. Movement rehearsal director. Choreography: Un-Magritt Nordseth. Director: Lars Vik,

2008                                           

TELEMARK UNIVERSITY COLLEGE – The author program. Coach and actor for the class of creative writing for the stage.

2006-11                                      

NISS- Nordic Institute of Stage and Studio – The Academy of Acting (Høyskolen Kristiania). Choreography/director and movement teacher  specialized in theater work.  

 

NATIONAL GRANTS,

travel and continuing education grants.

2012 actor                               

Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere/ The Grant for Performing Artists.

2002 dancer                           

Norske Dansekunstnere/ The Norwegian National Union for Dance, a grant for dancers, choreographers, filmmakers and teachers. 

1995 dancer                            

Norsk Kulturråd/ The Art Council of Norway.  

1993 dancer                            

Thorleif Dahls grant for young ballet dancers and choreographers.

1992 dancer                            

Thorleif Dahls grant for young ballet dancers and choreographers. 

MEMBER OF NORWEGIAN NATIONAL ART UNIONS

2017-2023                              

NScF- Regiforbundet/The Norwegian National Union for Directors.

2013-2023                              

Norsk Skuespillerforbund /The Norwegian National Union for Actors.

1992-2013                               

Norske Dansekunstnere/The Norwegian National Union for Dance.

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