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Ding-dong: Traditions in movement

What possibilities for innovation exist within the strong folk music tradition? Presentation, performance, and conversation with Gro Marie Svidal and Silje Onstad Hålien.

Martin Hugne, Tanja Steen

Based on Norwegian folk music and folk dance, the duo Svidal/Hålien examines various frameworks for improvisation and asks how material can be used in improvised ensemble playing. How does the improvisation situation affect the way performers use traditional material?


  • Gro Marie Svidal (Hardanger fiddle)
  • Silje Onstad Hålien (dance)


Gro Marie Svidal is a PhD fellow in Artistic Resarch at the Norwegian Academy of Music with the project "Tryllespel" (Magic Play). She is one of Norway's most renowned, award-winning, and virtuosic folk musicians, with extensive experience in stage productions. Silje Onstad Hålien is a professional dancer and choreographer from Valdres, educated at the Norwegian Ballet School and Dance New Amsterdam in New York. She has worked as an actor and dancer in numerous performances. In 2015, she was named Folk Musician of the Year by the entire folk music and folk dance communitiy at Folkelarm.

Published: Feb 16, 2024 — Last updated: Mar 13, 2024