– Well, then it’s your turn Snelle – I’m sure you have lots of stuff you want to get off your chest. First I have to say, though, that I think you are incredibly good at lots of different kinds of things.
You start this whole interview with flattery?
– No, it’s not flattery, I really mean it! You’ll have to start at the beginning. You grew up at Jeløy, right?
– Then you started attending the ballet school in Moss, right?
Yes, I started really early, I was very young. Just four years old. I started because my sister was dancing, and that’s how it was for a long time. She got accepted into The Norwegian College of Dance at the same time as me, as well, but turned it down in favor of engineering studies. That’s when one of our great aunts said; “well, some people have it in their head, and some people have it in their legs.” In secondary school I was travelling to Oslo and the Opera to dance every week. I also took up jazz ballet…I was sixteen.
– What made you want to become a dancer?
At the ballet school in Moss, we used to have great student performances. It was such good fun!! I got to dance lots of different parts, from a carrot soldier to a ballerina. They even took us by busloads to Oslo to see shows at the Opera. That was a fantastic inspiration! And for our exams every year, we had an examiner coming all the way from England. All this really inspired me. When I started dancing full time at The Norwegian College of Dance, it was a bit of a shock; I was confronted with the idea of perfectionism. But I also met you there!
– Yeah – that wasn’t too bad!
While I was in school, I saw a performance with Scirocco in Oslo. It made me realize I wanted to do something other than ballet…but I’m slightly schizophrenic. I went to New York later, and continued doing ballet, alongside other things. New York was an earthquake, both for good and bad…fantastic! I did lots of training, had to figure it out – I really went for it.
– But what are you into nowadays?
Our project off course! There are so many things inspiring our work. My experience with improvisation is totally fundamental to me. I always return to it. This experience – or skill – is actually important in areas of my life. And I really enjoy studying – theater science. I’m a nerd really, and so are you, but I guess I’m more scatty than you are. I’m also interested in the how we can continue working despite turning forty, with the marks of age we have acquired. Dance is an amoeba that doesn’t lend itself easily to any specific shape. That’s why there’s room for us in here!
– Anything else you want to say?
Yes! I want to emphasize this partnership of ours! It’s a good thing. The fact that we have something in common, but that we are doing separately as well – it gives us a creative space that I wouldn’t want to be without. The artists Gilbert and George were once asked if they could distinguish between their separate contributions. They thought it was a completely irrelevant question, as they would have had to keep some kind of account. If they did that, it wouldn’t be a partnership. It’s more like a joint flow. It’s a gift finding a professional partner. It allows me to experiment more…because we share this space.
– I full-heartedly agree! What makes you laugh, by the way?
You do! And British humor. I laugh easily, even when I’m depressed. HaHaHa. Nonsensical humor is actually very constructive for the intellect – I’ve read that somewhere; it’s all about spotting connections that aren’t obvious. It lets the brain work on a higher level. The same goes for balance training actually. That’s what we are doing, both dancing and nonsensical humor, all at once. So what we’re doing has to be very constructive??