Kari Hoaas is a Norwegian choreographer, dancer and teacher from Oslo. During the period 1993-2006 she lived and worked in New York City. She has created eight evening length group productions in addition to numerous shorter works, solos, commissions, site-spesific works and collaborations with other artists.
Her productions have been co-produced, presented and toured in Azerbaijan, Croatia, Dominican Republic, France, Greenland, Georgia, Jordan, Palestine, Russia, Spain, Sweden, USA and all over Norway, at venues such as Performance Space 122, New York and Dansens Hus, Oslo.
Kari is a 2014-16 Norwegian State Artist Grant recipient. Her production “On the desperate edge of now” was awarded the Best Performance of Program Prize 2015 by Georgian Theater Critics Association at Tbilisi International Festival of Theater. She has been fortunate to receive regular support for her work from Arts Council Norway, The Norwegian Fund for Sound and Image and the Norwegian Fund for Performing Artist, in addition to funders such as Sleipnir Nordic Grants, The Norwegian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, The American Scandinavian Foundation and The Jerome Foundation. She was a 2003-04 92nd Street Y Harkness Annual Space Grant recipient in New York, and has been selected for numerous artist residencies in Norway, as well as in Spain and Sweden.
As a choreographer she has been commissioned to create several site-spesific works for The Norwegian National Museum for Art Architecture and Design, including a site spesific work in the National Gallery for the opening of the exhibition Munch150 in 2013, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Norwegian painter Edvard Munch. In 2008 she created a site-spesific work for the official opening of the new Pavillion of the Architect Museum created by architect Sverre Fehn, especially commissioned to the score “Solitaire” by Fehn´s friend and Norwegian contemporary composer Arne Norheim. In addition she has been commissioned to create numerous works for students at The Norwegian College of Dance, including 10 fully produced new works for BA Graduation Class Exam performances, as well as choreographing for the theater, film, tv and for other companies and instiutions.
Kari served as curator of the performance series “New Stuff”, a showcase commissioning new works by emerging choreographers, at Performance Space 122 in New York from 1998-2003.
Kari is currently Associate Professor at The Norwegian College of Dance, where she has taught since 2005 and developed the current BA in Dance Performance program. In addition she guest teaches and lectures at various studios, colleges and universities in Norway and abroad. She is a sought after advisor and sensor for, among others, KHiB Norwegian Program for Artistic Research, KHiO and UiS.
Kari started her career as a freelance dancer in New York, working with various independent choreographers including Sarah Skaggs/Higher Ground Projects, Maureen Fleming, Susan Rethorst, Michel Laub/Remote Control Productions (Europe), Sean Curran Company and the Merce Cunningham Understudy Repertory Group under the direction of Chris Komar, among many others. She was educated as a dancer from an early age at the Norweigan National Opera Ballet School and furthered her studies in modern dance at Alvin Aliey American Dance Center. She continued her training in contemporary dance on scholarship at Merce Cunningham Studio, as well as in post-modern dance forms and somatic practises at NY Dance Intensive and various workshops at Movement Research in New York. She has since paricipated in numerous workshops and courses to further her fields of interest.
She currently lives in Oslo with her husband and son.