Anne-Linn Akselsen has an extensive career as a choreographer, performer and teacher. She has her education from the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm and from P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, where she completed both “training” and “research cycle”. She has worked as a dancer in Rosas with choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, as well as freelance for choreographers such as Salva Sanchis, Jean Luc Ducourt and Heine Avdal. After graduating, in addition to dancing for others, she has continuously choreographed her own works and started the company “Human Works” in 2009, in collaboration with Adrián Minkowicz. Human Works has created several full-evening performances and toured extensively in Europe.Anne-Linn has choreographed several commissioned works, including for the Norwegian National Ballet and Aura Dance Company and received several awards for her choreographic work, as 1st prize at the Baltic Movement Contest for best solo choreography “Sing me, for your life, in a Portuguese Folia, the reason for your happiness ”, and she is the recipient of «Statens Kunstnerstipend» Norwegian National Scholarship for Artists. She has taught both ballet and contemporary dance at festivals and for dance companies internationally, as well as for institutions such as P.A.R.T.S., SEAD and the Royal Swedish Ballet School. From 2013 to 2016, she was a faculty member and program coordinator at P.A.R.T.S. and from 2015 to 2018 she was employed as a university lecturer at the University of Stavanger. She joined Oslo National Academy of the Arts in 2018 and is associate professor and head of the Bachelor Program in Contemporary Dance. In the period 2019-2021, she was also prorector for education at Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

Work Group

Objective Enactive
This online lecture-demonstration unfolds the term ´Poetic Materiality´ within the context of designing and choreographing with Somatic Costumes. Through critiquing and applying the somatic practice of Skinner Releasing Technique, the poetics of philosopher Gaston Bachelard and the materiality of anthropologist Tim Ingold, this talk begins to map poetic and material agencies between bodies-costumes within the design-performance encounter.

Artist Talk

Objective Enactive

This talk will focus on the first outcome of Glitsch(ening) Ci(rculari)ty, a tripartite site-specific, where I am pursuing a speculative exploration of the ecology of the city, between the urban and the biological, unfolding its layers and materiality of time. The talk will end in a conversation between fellow researchers and artists in the collaborative project Urban Ecologies, where Glitsch(ening) Ci(rculari)ty, is generated from.


Polyvocal Tongue The presentation will focus on relational ethics and polyvocality in performative text. It will also explore the use of plural languages in a play, looking at how a polylingual praxis can open up new aesthetic potential in playwrighting and in artistic research in general.


TRANSPOSITIONS— JAR, Mette Edvardsen and modular diaries At the start, the idea for an artistic research conversation with Mette Edvardsen did not spring out of the topics shortlisted for the conference—hospitality, vulnerability and care—but a book that she had co-edited, and dropped in my shelf.

Panel Discussion

The Ethics of Vulnerability and Artistic Research

Any ethical framework must take account of the vulnerability of the human condition. This is significant in all creative endeavours – especially in artistic practice and the teaching of it – since the very act of creating something and putting it out into the world is an expression of vulnerability.