Per Roar Bio

Per Roar is an Oslo based choreographer who currently is a doctoral researcher in choreography and artistic research at the University of the Arts Helsinki. His artistic work merges socio-political interest and contextual enquiry with somatic approach to movement, particular influenced by Gindler-Jacoby work and Klein Technique. He studied choreography at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, contemporary dance and performance in New York, and gained his MA in Performance Studies from New York University, but draws in his artistic work also on his background and earlier studies in history and social sciences at the University of Oslo, supplemented by graduate studies at Corvinius University, Budapest and Oxford University. His artistic works include: White Lies/Black Myths (1995) – on the construct of ‘the other’ (see: Anne Britt Gran, 2000); Shot in the Recliner – the art of camping (2000) – a low-tech interactive camping happening that toured caravan sites in Norway; and the trilogy Life & Death (2006) in which he – by looking at grieving – explored a contextual approach to making choreography. Issues he is presently addressing in his doctoral work.
Per Roar is a recipient of US-Fulbright scholarship (1998-1999), the Norwegian Government fellowship for artists (2000-2003) and was research fellow in choreography at Oslo National Academy of the Arts (2003 – 2006). In 2012 he was awarded the Norwegian Government’s Guarantee Income for Artists.