The Nordic Beasts is a dance theater group that aims to produce, facilitate and support high quality Nordic dance theater. The company operates under the artistic direction of choreographer Noora Hannula (FI) and has currently eight collaborative artist members: Ida Duelund (DK), Helena Wilhelmsson (SE), Julie Rasmussen (NO), Elín Sígny (IS) Sophia Mage (DK/US), John P.G. Jonsson (IS/GE), Belinda Larsen (DK) and Loraine Dambermont (BE).
Together we aim for The Nordic Beasts to be a dance company that keeps on exploring new ways for making dance theater and creating visually multilayered productions, while tackling modern day topics in an innovative way.
A Nordic Beasts production can be characterized by an eye-catching visual style, physically merciless choreography and themes reflecting on the digital age, often served with a hint of absurdity.
In 2018 The Nordic Beasts dance theater expanded to international artist collaborators and film. Welcoming Belgian choreographer and dancer Loraine Dambermont and the Finnish production company Character House into the team. Character House is a Finland based production company that makes high quality Nordic films, where the story and the artistic demands come first. Their Helsinki base is run by Krista Hannula (FI) and Mia Palmgren (FI/SE).
Noora Hannula / FI 1988
Is a Finnish choreographer and dancer who works in and around Denmark as the artistic director of The Nordic Beasts. She has choreographed her own work since 2011 and started her carrier by winning prizes for best choreography in 2012 with her solo work: White noise in Belgium and in 2013 with the duet Buy My City in Amsterdam. Nooras' piece Utmaningar (2015) got selected to the program of the International tanzmesse 2016, in Dusseldorf and in Autumn 2018 her latest piece titled Noora Hannula vs Soma the Augmented-Reality Girl - THE ULTIMATE BATTLE (2018) was presented at Ars Electronica, international science, arts and technology Festival, in Austria.
When not busy with her own projects Noora dances among others for Mute Comp. Physical Theater and Uppercut dance theater, gives workshops in various dance establishments nationally and internationally, and is a regular guest teacher at danish theater and physical theater educations.
She has her BA in modern dance theater from Amsterdam School of The Arts.
Julie Rasmussen / NO 1989
is a Norwegian dance maker and performer based in Copenhagen. She has been touring with her own pieces and collaboration projects since 2010 and worked with choreographers such as Hofesh Shechter (UK), Ingvild Isaksen (NO), Fieldwork / Heine Avdal & Yukiko Shinozaki (BE), A MasIng Production (IT/NO), Stian Danielsen (NO), MYKA/ My Grönholdt (SE), Mute Comp Physical Theater / Kasper Ravnhøj (DK), Ellinor Ljungkvist (SE), FLAK/ROOSNA (NO/EE) and Loop by Laura / Laura C. B. Vallenes (NO).
Julie is one of the founders of Ravnedans - a contemporary dance festival in Kristiansand/Norway and are going of for the 10th year summer 2018. She is also one of the founders and artistic directors of NORDLYS - a festival of new Nordic dance, which has been presented twice in Copenhagen (DK) and once in Manila (PH) with a new version coming up in Manila in 2019.
She has studied contemporary dance and choreography at the Danish National School of Performing Arts (2009-13) and Amsterdam School of the Art (exchange 2012). She is a board member of De Frie Koreografer and a former recipient of Kristiansand Municipality Artist Prize 2012, Norwegian Art Council Miscellaneous Grant for artists 2013 and 2017.
Helena Wilhelmsson / SE 1989
is a contemporary dancer from Sweden, graduated from Iwanson International - School of Contemporary Dance in Munich, Germany in 2012. She has been working with f.ex. Granhøj Dans, Carinne Guizzo/Jiri Kylian, Proyecto Larrua, Cia. Johannes Härtl, Andreas Elia Constantinou, Rasmus Sørinus Jensen/Camp Norr. She has also created two pieces in collaboration with Aritz Lopez and a dance-film project with videoartist Anders Morre Pedersen. During, and after her education, she was rewarded with several scholarships for classes, workshops and internships at different companies such as; Cullberg Ballet, Staatstheater Kassel, Regionteater Väst and Mute Comp. Physical Theatre.
Belinda Larsen / DK 1989
is a Danish animator. She graduated from
The Animation Workshop in Viborg 2015 with a
Bachelor in Character Animation. Since then she has worked as a freelance animation artist.
Elín Signý Ragnarsdóttir / IS 1991
is a contemporary dancer and a choreographer based in Reykjavík. She studied contemporary dance at Iceland Academy of the Arts, graduating 2013. That same year she received Gríman, The Icelandic Performing Arts Award, as the choreographer and the dancer of the year for her solo creation Ironsuet, performed at Reykjavík Dance Festival 2013. Elín Signý has worked as a freelance dancer and choreographer both in Iceland and abroad since her graduation with numerous artists; Damien Jalet and Erna Ómarsdóttir in the pieces Transaquania - Into Thin Air performed in Hamburg 2013 and Blæði created for the Icelandic Dance Company 2015. During spring 2014 and 2016 Elin Signy worked with Kasper Ravnhøj and his company; Mute Comp. as a dancer in the pieces; Strike of no thought and Plumwine, Highway and Lemon, performed in Copenhagen. Elin Signy is currently working on her short film; Merkvaki, dancing with the Icelandic Dance Company and writing a poetry book.
Sophia Mage / DK / US 1984
Sophia is a freelance dance artist and teacher whose dance practice is profoundly informed by internal martial arts. Sophia currently teaches at Den Danske Scenekunstskole as well as other private and public institutions and organizations in Europe and abroad. She has worked with choreographers such as Martin Kilvaldy, Lisbeth Gruwez and David Zambrano and is currently choreographing for Gerlev Performance Team. Sophia is a graduate from Den Dansk Scenekunstskole and holds a BA in Political Science.
Ida Duelund Hansen / DK 1987
is a composer, sound designer and bassist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is co-founder of the Danish band, Silvester, and works as a freelance sound designer and composer in various other contexts and projects.
Ida has primarily worked with dance and theatre and her main focus has been on creating unified and immersive soundscapes in an electro-acoustic setting. She has a strong passion for interacting with different types of spaces, and her work has been performed in art galleries, viaducts, living rooms, concert halls, theatres, and old industial buildinngs.
John P.G. Jónsson / IS / GE / 1980
is a light designer and producer. He is a member of
Hackstage, which is a multidisciplinary network of VJ’s, multimedia artists, technicians and designers.
John and Hackstage work with video projections, light, stenography, interactive installations and anything in between. Their overall mission is to create challenging and transforming experiences through stage design, music videos and interactive art.
They aim to dissolve the boundaries between audience and artists by applying technology in unconventional ways that challenge the senses.
THE INTERNATIONAL BEAST 2018 -
Since 2018 The Nordic Beasts has had a Belgian addition to the group: Loraine Dambermont.
Loraine Dambermont / BE 1988
Is a Brussels based Belgian dancer and choreographer who works in Belgium and abroad.
After she graduated from The Theater school in Amsterdam 2013, she has been working with many international choreographers and dance companies as well as collaborating with inspiring artists such as: Itamar Serussi (IL), Beppie Blankert (NL), Mute Comp. Physical theater (DK), Cie 1 des Si / Etienne Rochefort (FR), The Royal Opera of Walonia, Fabrice Murgia, Jan Martens and Michèle Anne De Mey (BE). She won her first choreographic prize in 2013 with a duet work Buy My City in Amsterdam.