ICELANDIC CHOREOGRAPHER & PERFORMANCE ARTIST BASED IN SWITZERLAND
Frank Fannar Pedersen began his dance education at the age of 7, at the National Ballet School of Iceland. Before graduating in 2008, he was a guest student at the Finnish National Ballet School in Helsinki in 2006.
His professional career started with an apprenticeship with Iceland Dance Company, afterwards moving to Barcelona to dance for IT Dansa under the artistic direction of Catherine Allard.
In 2011, he was hired as a soloist for Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden in Germany led by Stephan Thoss.
Since 2014, he is currently employed by Ballet Theater Basel in Switzerland, under the direction of Richard Wherlock.
Pedersen has performed work by choreographers such as Jiři Kylián, Ohad Naharin, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Hofesh Shechter, Johan Inger, Alexander Ekman, Sharon Eyal, Stijn Celis, Ed Wubbe, Richard Wherlock & Stephan Thoss, among others.
His choreographic career commenced in 2012 and consists of commissioned work for companies such as National Theater Mannheim, Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Iceland Dance Company and Ballet Theater Basel.
Pedersen participated in the Hannover Choreographic Competition, Tanzplatform Bern, Ég býð mig fram Festival in Iceland, Nordic Cool in the US and Salisbury International Arts Festival in the UK.
Besides his work in theatre, he has created site-specific performances, installations and work for museums such as Kunstmuseum Basel, as well as video work such as "Mate", "Physical Disdancing" and "Javier".
In 2013, he was nominated for dance production of the year at Gríman, Icelandic National Theatre Awards and in 2015, he was recipient of the "Hoffnungsträger des Jahres" by Jahrbuch Tanz - theater and critic association for German speaking countries.
22/23: TO BE ANNOUNCED.
at Theater Heilbronn, March ´22
FIMM Valencia Dancing Forward Premiere 22.10.21
Tanz den Schött 21.08.21 INFO&TICKETS
Festivaljahr 2021 - Festimfall - Klangwelt Toggenburg.
at Theater Winterthur.
Still alive but dying for more - Telling Bodies INFO
in collaboration with Kunstmuseum Basel & Ballet Theater Basel. Inspired and showcased around Kara Walker's exhibition A black hole is everything a star longs to be. Premiere: 10 June 2021
new collaborative commission, Ballet Theater Basel.
Official premiere: 12 May 2021
Internal premiere: November 2020.
new video work, release: 10.04.21
Tanzparcours, Ballet Theater Basel.
Performed for the theatre season opening 20/21.
Further performances to be announced.
Further upcoming projects to be confirmed.
Still alive but dying for more - Telling Bodies commissioned by Kunstmuseum Basel & Theater Basel.
Interlude 20/21 - Video work in collaboration with Seasonal Suite.
Gloria - commissioned by Theater Basel in collaboration with La Cetra Baroque Orchestra and La Cetra Vocal Ensamble.
GROW - Tanzparcours, commissioned by Theater Basel
REVIVER - video work
MATE - video work
PHYSICAL DISDANCING - video work
verður - commissioned for National Theater Mannheim.
SASHA - video work
& - commissioned for "Ég býð mig fram" - Art Festival.
er - commissioned for Ballet Theater Basel
JAVIER - video work
var - commissioned for National Theater Mannheim Tanz.
okkar - commissioned for Ballet Theater Basel.
vera - adapted version for Tanzplatform Bern.
vera - commissioned for Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden.
til - nominated for “Gríman” Icelandic National
Theater Awards as dance production of the year.
til - adapted version for Iceland Dance Company.
til - adapted version for Hannover International Choreography Competition.
til - commissioned for Hessisches Staatstheater
The Mannheim audience has already benefited from Frank Fannar Pedersen's exuberant creative imagination.
Pedersen's choreographies have been created with strikingly weird, intricate figures between fantasy and reality, of which one would like to see more in the future.
The dance language of the innovative artist, Frank Fannar Pedersen is as engaging as it is intelligent.