2022 CIRCA-IMET Artist-in-Residence: Ann Sofie Clemmensen

Ann Sofie Clemmenson, Erica Doerrler in “HABs” (dancer submerged in foam)

Ann Sofie Clemmensen worked with researchers Dr. Allen Place, Dr. Vikram Vakharia, and Dr. Helen Dooley to create BodyScopy, bringing their research data into visual form using the moving body and cinematography. The outcome resulted in a series of short cinematic dance-for-camera works that communicate on a sensory, visual, and kinetic level new perspectives on the work being done to protect and preserve healthy marine ecosystems.

Ann Sofie Clemmensen, Rachel Wesley (face out) in “Ekthyuf” (dancers intertwined)

Ann Sofie Clemmensen has a BA in Dance Pedagogy from the Norwegian College of Dance, a first-class honor Postgraduate Diploma (VERVE) from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and an MFA in Dance from Ohio State University. Her choreographic work has been presented at THE REACH – Kennedy Center (DC), the Davison Theater (OH), BalletMet Performance Space (OH), the Louis Armstrong Theatre (MI), American Dance Festival (ICR), Ullens Contemporary Dance Center (Beijing, China), Movement Research at Judson Church (NY), and other venues. Her creative research has received support from the US Embassy in Copenhagen, Columbus Dance Fellowship, and OhioDance. She was awarded the 2019 Local Dance Commission Program by the John F. Kennedy Center and residencies including Dance All Year Long (Odense, Denmark), American Dance Festival (IRC), Grand Valley State University, and Old Dominion University (VA). She has performed original work by Wendy Houstoun, Henri Oguike, Darshan Shing Bhuller, Francesco Scavetta, Sølvi Edvardsen, Kari Hoaas, Tatiana Baganova, and Anne H. Ekenes. Ann Sofie has been an Assistant Professor of Dance at UMBC since 2018.