Freya B. Olafson
As performer and creator, Freya trained in the Professional Program of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg’s School of Contemporary Dancers, and Springboard Danse Montréal. She combines her finesse in movement her studies in visual art at the University of Manitoba School of Art and her subsequent completion of a Master of Fine Arts Degree in New Media from the Transart Institute / Donau Universität in Krems, Austria. Freya maintains ongoing professional development; in 2013 she had the opportunity to work alongside / learn from senior performance and video artists such as Charles Atlas, Coco Fusco, Guillermo Gómez-Peña & Saul Gracia Lopez of La Pocha Nostra, Julie Andrée T., and Richard Martel.
In addition to creating her own work and performing in the work of others Freya has been a member of the curatorial committee for núna (now), facilitating contemporary art programming between Iceland and Canada since 2006. Freya is active on the board of Video Pool Media Arts Center (Winnipeg) and is a member of ISPA – International Society for Performing Arts through the Canada Council Legacy / Fellowship Program as well as new member of publishing Projetbk / 8DAYS. In 2014 she researched the work of Lazlo Moholy-Nagy in order to create a new work for ‘Sensing the Future: Moholy-Nagy, Media & The Arts’ curated by Dr. Oliver I.A. Botar. The resulting video premiered March 2014 at the Plug In ICA in Winnipeg and is exhibited at the Bauhaus Archiv in Berlin in from October 2014 – February 2015.