About DanseFestival Barents

DanseFestival Barents aims to yearly present performances of high national and international quality, focusing mainly on art and culture from the Barents Region. Performances and presentation of dance from another geographic area may be taken into account where it falls naturally into the festival programme and theme.
• Present a broad tailored programme with dance as the main focus. Related genres in different art fields can be presented when dance and movement is a bearing or prominent element in the product.
• Be a meeting place for dance artists in the Barents Region through network building.
• Collaborate beyond geographical and cultural borders.
• Present ethnic performances from the Barents Region.
• Contribute to further educate through courses, seminars and workshops for both professionals and amateurs, and organize activities aimed for children and youth.


The festival was initiated by Solveig Leinan-Hermo/Stellaris DansTeater in Hammerfest, and was held for the first time in 2003. The artistic and administrative activity of DanceFestival Barents was connected to Stellaris' daily management as the festival was run as a project under Stellaris DansTeater with Solveig Leinan-Hermo as the first Festival Director. In late 2008 the festival was established as a separate company, owned by Stellaris DansTeater. Kristine Storsve became Festival Director 1st of August 2009 in 100% position, and the festival finally had continuous management throughout the year. Jørgen Knudsen was director 2012-2015. Today the position is held by Marie Hermo Jensen.