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Efva Lilja

Choreographer, Professor and the Vice-Chancellor at DOCH, the University of Dance and Circus, Stockholm, Sweden

Efva Lilja is one of Sweden’s most exciting choreographers with a very distinctive repertoire that has been much celebrated. After a number of years as a dancer she turned to choreography and in 1985 her company E.L.D was set up. She was the Artistic Director of that company for twenty years. She has created pioneering work in a range of collaborative endeavours; works that has been represented in more than thirty countries, described as of epoch-making importance for Swedish dance. Over the years she has received a wide range of grants and awards.

In 2003 she was appointed Professor of choreography and since then she has been active as a researcher. She has been an advisor to the Minister of Culture and in advisory boards at the Ministry of Education concerning artistic research. She was one of the initiators of The National Research School in the Arts in Sweden, were she’s engaged as a member of the board. She is also member of the board of PEEK, program for artistic research at the Austrian Research Council FWF a.o. She is a lecturer of great demand, has written a number of books and articles published in many countries. As the Vice-Chancellor of DOCH she contributes to the development of new programs for higher education in dance, circus and choreography as well as of professional interactions and research in and for the arts. Active in ELIA since 2007, member of the Representative board as of 2010.
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