ADA EINMO J.

FREELANCE CHOREOGRAPHER / STAGEDIRECTOR / PRODUCER /PERFORMER / LECTURER

Living in the arctic of northern Norway, working as a freelance choreographer, stage director, project manager and lecturer.
My works, research and experimentations are often inspired from ancient Arctic/Nordic and Sami cultural expressions and transformed into the contemporary. I specialize in outdoor site-specific performances and have shown my works in Norway, the US, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Serbia, and India.
I am the co-founder and former artistic director of the South Sami Theater (Sami People – the indigenous population in North Scandinavia and Russia). My works often confront the majority of storytelling and perspectives.


Download my CV here.

LECTURES AVAILABLE

Featured articles

“ELSA LAULA – THE SAMI JEANNE D´ARC”

Languages: Norwegian and English

“OUR SÁMI INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE”

Languages: Norwegian and English

“OLYMPIC GAMES IN SÁPMI??”

Languages: Norwegian and English

THE RØYRVIK PROJECT “THEATER AS COMMUNITY HEALING”

Languages: Norwegian and English

’WHO’S TELLING STORIES?’
Telling my story

Languages: Norwegian and English

THEATRE AND PERFORMING ARTS AS TOOLS IN BUILDING NATION AND IDENTITY

Languages: Norwegian and English

Member Of:

• The Society for Norwegian Dance Artists (NoDa)
• Sami Association of Performing Arts (SL)
• Society of North Norwegian Dance Artists (FNND)
• Society for Norwegian Stage Directors (NScF)

Board Positions:

Present:
Sámi Daiddaguovdas / Sámi Center for Contemporary Arts
Past:
Chairman – Sámi Associations of Performing Arts
Chairman – Sijti Jarnge-South Sámi Culture Center
Board Member – Sámi Cultural Council
Co-Founder & Member of Honor – Forum of North-Norwegian Dance Artist
Giron Sámi Teahter Sweden
Board Member – Beaivvas National Sámi Teahter

Work Positions:

2013 – Present | Full-time freelance artist
2000 – 2013 | Theatre Manager & Artistic Director, Åarjelhsaemien Teatere (The south Sámi Theatre)
1997 – 2005 | Teacher of Dance, Drama and Theatre, Mjølan High School, North Norway
1982 – 1997 | Ballet School, Adas Dansestudio, Mosjøen, Norway

Awards & Scholarships:

2021 | Awarded ‘Honor 2021’ as a dance artist given by Norwegian Dance Information
2019 | Awarded ‘Member of Honor’ of North-Norwegian Dance Artists
2005-2018 | Awarded the ‘Norwegian State Art Council scholarship of annually guarantee income as a dance artist. 
2005 | Nordland County Culture Prize
1989| Vefsn Municipal Culture Prize

Other:
Several research, travel and artist scholarships from the Norwegian Arts Council, The Sámi Parliament (in Norway) The Sámi Council (pan – Sámi: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia)

Works:

Choreography & Direction: Independent stage and dance companies, community outdoor plays and theaters such as the National Sámi Theater, Giron Sámi Teahter, Sweden, Nord-Trøndelag Teater / Turnéteateret, Klemetspelet.
Lectures and Articles: Universities, high schools, organizations, art, and other communities.

International Works:

• Sápmi – (besides Norway) Sweden, Finland and Russia. 
• India – Delhi International Arts Festival, Artist residencies in Mumbai and Chandigarh, & performance and lecture Sunaparanta Goa Centre for the Arts, Goa
• USA – Scandinavian House, New York
• Radost Europe – Belgrade, former Yugoslavia

Recent Works:

“Sinsitnine”
“Gïelejeanoen Balka” (The path of the language river)
“Vapste Gusnie”
“People Tree” – (Workshop & Installation, Mumbai, India)
“Who’s the other?” – Chandigarh, India
“Elsa Laula – Dihte staalehke nyjsene”
“Aernien Bijre”
“Gïeje” (Footprints)
“GON” (And)
“Eatnemen Vuelieh” (Songs from the earth)

Some Choreography & Directing Works For Other:

“The Homeless” for and with Elisabeth Heilman Blind
“Klemetspelet” outdoor community theater for Korgen, Hemnes
“Where the Stars Live” outdoor community theater for Røyrvik Municipality
“Revenge” for Beaivvas Nationala Sámi Theatre
“Jasat” a yoik and dance performance, for Giron Sámi Theater and Ice Globe Hotel
“Chaplin” for Nord-Trøndelag Theater
“The Story of a Horse” (Tsjehkov) for Nord-Trøndelag Theater
“Momo” and “Piaf” for Nordland Theater

RESEARCH

by others:

Ph.D. Klisala Harrison papers: Sustainability and Indigenous Aesthetics:

Master Thesis Theater Science

Musical resilience in Sámi and Indigenous Canadian theater.

Yearbook for Traditional Music 2019, published by Cambridge University Press

By Fride Lindestøl

A comparison of two performances

(…) Jürgensen works to combine the mythical material with expressive physical expressions. As for Dario, she emphasizes the importance to be conscious about and use the Jesuitical roots as a base for physical abstraction (…)

TRANSMITTED TO FILM

«ELSA LAULA»

(a sámi pioneer and icon)

«EI LITA GJENTE GØYMER SEG»

about Astrid Langjord, a North Norwegian poet and pioneer. (1998 – Prize: Gullruten for best localTV production)

FRONT PAGES

YEARBOOK FOR TRADITIONAL MUSIC 2019:

Photo from our performance “Gïejje”/”Footprints”

PERPETI – GREENLAND MAGAZINE
OF PERFORMING ARTS:

Perpeti – Greenland magazine of Performing Arts: Photo from our performance “Homeless” by and with Elisabeth H. Blind, choreography by Ada Einmo Jürgensen.

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