Dance Information Norway (Danseinformasjonen) was established in 1994, under the name ‘Senter for Dansekunst’. Dance Information Norway is a national information and resource centre for dance, founded by ‘Norsk Ballettforbund’ (now ‘NoDa’- the association for choreographers, dancers and pedagogues), and funded by the Ministry of Culture.
Dance Information Norway is a non-profit foundation, employing four people aiming to promote the art of dance in a multitude of ways. Working with information and documentation is of particular importance, providing an online calendar and weekly e-mail newsletters to the dance community and interested audience. We are proud to present the only comprehensive overview of dance performances and dance-related activities across Norway. The centre is utilised by professional dancers, amateurs, the general public, students, the media and authorities.
In addition to activities such as providing guidance and advice, Dance Information Norway runs a specialised library focusing on dance history and theory, as well as a video library comprising approximately 1000 videos/dvds. Dance Information Norway also administrates the production space called ’Scenehuset’, letting it to choreographers and dancers. The centre also coordinates several international events such as UNESCO’s ‘Dansens Dag’ (International Dance day). In addition, Dance Information Norway is one of the eight participating countries in ke∂ja, a Nordic-Baltic EU project, and manages Writing Movement a project that seeks to strengthen dance discourse in the field itself as well as in the general population, by arranging workshops and seminars, and stimulating the production and publication of dance texts.
An important project that will culminate in establishing a Norwegian dance archive has been collecting oral and written documentation on Norwegian dance history, focusing on the independent dance scene during 1960-1994.
Dance Information Norway's activities and projects, places us as an important component of the Norwegian dance scene.