Karin Modigh is a professional freelance dancer, choreographer, teacher, and director of Nordic Baroque Dancers, originally from Sweden and currently living in Paris, France. She took her first baroque dance steps in her mid-teens, and quickly developed a passion for early dance that has since taken her throughout most of Europe. She works professionally with baroque and renaissance dance, both within her company Nordic Baroque Dancers, as well as independently. Karin sees baroque dance as her movement ‘mother tongue’ and to her, baroque dance is a means of expression that is just as relevant and fascinating today as it was to those using it 300 years ago.
Karin has a broad training background encompassing classical ballet, contemporary dance, jazz and Swedish folk dance. In early dance, she has primarily studied at the University College of Dance in Stockholm, with Irène Ginger, Béatrice Massin, Marie-Geneviève Massé and Françoise Denieau in Sablé-sur-Sarthe, Paris and at Löftadalen Conservatory. She has also studied commedia with Barry Grantham and Gino Samil, mime with Ika Nord and Ivan Baciocchi, acting with Jean-Luc Galmiche, as well as musicology, dance and theatre science at Stockholm University.
Dancer and Choreographer
Karin has performed in productions in France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Turkey and the US. She has worked with choreographers such as Caroline Copeland and Carlos Fittante (Boston Early Music Festival Dance Ensemble – Niobe 2011 and Almira 2013), Marie-Geneviève Massé (Compagnie l’Eventail – Don Juan and Les Ballets de Noverre 2011 and 2012), Sigrid T’Hooft (Corpo Barocco – Radamisto 2009-2010, Amadigi 2012, Odeo 2012 and Imeneo 2016), Deda Cristina Colonna (Nordic Baroque Dancers - Armide 2015 and 2016), Françoise Denieau (L’Egisto 2011), Lieven Baert (Hieronymus Bosch 2009 and concerts with La Cetra d’Orfeo 2012, 2014 and 2015), Guillaume Jablonka (Compagnie Divertimenty – Les Coulisses du Ballet Vénitien 2015), Steve Player (Dido and Aeneas 2012) and Kaj Sylegård (The Dancing Master’s Visit 2006 and 2008, Beautiful Dance 2007 and Carl von Linné 2007), at venues such as the Opéra Royal de Versailles, the Opéra Comique de Paris, Drottningholm Court Theatre, Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe, as well as at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Göttingen International Handel Festival, the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, The Potsdam Festival and the Stockholm Early Music Festival.
Karin’s work as a choreographer comprises collaborations with Vadstena Academy (Les Grandes Nuits 2015), Northern Movement Dance Company (The City 2014), Operabyrån/Vadstena Academy (Love and the Courtesan 2013-2014), Suzanne Persson/Completely Baroque (Henry and the Magic Passacaglia 2010), Les Paladins at the Stockholm Early Music Festival (Pygmalion and Anacréon 2007) and the Swedish Royal Dramatic Theatre (Valpen 2007). In August 2010, she did her first solo performance, Le Visage Humain, in collaboration with lutenist Magnus Andersson. Both as a dancer and choreographer, she has a penchant for dance theatre, taking her general starting point from baroque or renaissance movement material.
Pedagogue and Lecturer
After completing the post-graduate pedagogy programme at the University of Dance and Circus in 2006, Karin gave regular classes in baroque dance at the Ballet Academy of Stockholm and in early dance at the Stockholm School of the Arts, until she moved to Paris in 2011. Since then she has been a regular guest teacher at the University College of Opera, and has also been invited to teach at the University College of Dance, at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, the international festival of early dance in Moscow, and at the professional dance education programme in Gothenburg.
In addition, Karin has collaborated on productions for Swedish radio and TV, and given lecture demonstrations at the baroque dance seminar in Rothenfels am Main, at the Stockholm City Archives, and at the international symposium La Sallé, held at the 18th-century court theatre Confidencen. In October 2010, she lectured together with Irène Ginger at Colloque Noverre, a research conference held at the Sorbonne in Paris, and in December 2012 she again lectured with Irène Ginger at a dance research symposium at the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles.
Grants and Awards
In 2012, Karin was awarded a grant from the Friends of the Drottningholm Palace Theatre, and was selected to receive The Swedish Early Music Award for 2012. In previous years, she received grants from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Nordic Culture Point, the Carina Ari Foundations, and the friends of the University of Dance in Stockholm.
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