Photographer: Anne Helene Gjelstad
Founded in 2006 by Artistic Director Martin Lofsnes, 360° Dance Company’s mission is to present classic modern dance masterpieces juxtaposed with original contemporary dance works, in order to simultaneously preserve and develop the modern dance lineage. Comprised primarily of former principal dancers from the Martha Graham Dance Company, as well as other professional artists, 360° combines the grit and passion of the legacy’s founders with the fearless exploration and innovation of today’s modern dance world.
Following a wildly successful premiere season at the Bærum Kulturhus in Oslo, Norway, 360° Dance Company has been featured in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Sitelines Festival and the Reverb, American Dance Guild, Philadelphia Fringe and Colorado Summer Dance Festivals. The company has also performed at The Overture Center (Madison, WI), Sam Houston University (Huntsville, TX), SUNY/Purchase, Hofstra University, Merce Cunningham Studio, Ailey Citigroup Theater and Dartmouth College. 360° has spent summer residencies at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center and Perry Mansfield Performing Arts Camp, and has been regularly featured in the Historic Dance Theater Foundation’s “Dance is a Weapon” lecture demonstration series.
In June 2010, 360° presented its premiere NYC Season at the esteemed Dance Theater Workshop. The company returned to DTW in June 2011 for another full-length performance season, hailed as "Uniformly powerful [featuring] exhilarating glimpses of our modern dance heritage performed…with equal parts passion and reverence" (Gus Solomons in Solomons Says. 2012 marks 360° Dance Company’s Fifth Anniversary Season, which will include a preview event on June 16th, 2012 at the Ailey Studios, and a fully produced performance season at the renowned Ailey Citigroup Theater in October 2012.
MARTIN LØFSNES, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Martin Løfsnes was born in East Germany and grew up in Norway. He founded 360° Dance Company in 2007 as a place for dance artists to grow, experiment and expand their horizons, through presenting classic modern dance works and contemporary commissions. Dance is a living art-form and 360 exists to be a part of connecting with our heritage as we move into the future. Choreographing new works for 360 as well as licensing and commissioning works by other contemporary artists, Martin, hopes to keep developing his own artistic voice, while creating an exciting, nourishing environment for dance artist at any stage of their careers. Before 360, Martin performed as a Principal Dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company from 1993- 2006. He also appeared in Matthew Bourne/AMP’s Broadway production of ‘Swan Lake’ and performed with Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Pearl Lang Dance Theater, Donald Byrd/the Group and Errol Grimes Dance Group. In addition to original choreographic works for 360°, Martin’s choreography has been commissioned and produced by Kanopy Dance Company (Madison, WI) and The Ailey School.
Martin received his early dance training in Ballet, Jazz and Graham in Norway with Kirsti Skullerud and Øyvind Jørgensen. 1990-92 he studied at London Contemporary Dance School/The Place with wonderful teachers like Clover Roope, Ronald Emblen, Jane Dudley and Susan McGuire. He came to NYC on a scholarship to the Ailey School in '92 and studied at the Martha Graham School while performing with the Martha Graham Ensemble. While affiliated with the Graham organization he worked with his most influential teachers and mentors; Carol Fried, Pearl Lang and Yuriko. Martin is on the faculty of the Ailey School. Teaching credits include Martha Graham School, La Guardia High School, State College of Dance (Oslo, Norway), Lehman College, and SUNY Purchase. He is a member of the Arts Advisory Committee of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and is also the Custodian of Jane Dudley’s “Time is Money,” handling the licensing and restaging of the piece on behalf of the Jane Dudley Estate.