New Zealand based artist Kristian Larsen is an award winning choreographer,new performance artist, and essayist/blogger. A graduate of three of New Zealand's key dance institutions (UNITEC-PAS, The New Zealand School of Dance, and the University of Auckland), Larsen holds a Masters Degree in Creative and Performing Arts. Larsen is committed to ongoing research, development, and practice in improvisation, performance, interdisciplinary collaboration, and bodily movement techniques from the disciplines of dance, somatics, and combat systems.
Larsen has worked extensively as a performer and collaborator with and for internationally renowned artists including Jerome Bel (
), Ko Nakajima ( France ), Hans Van Den Broeck ( Japan ), Min Tanaka ( Belgium ), Magpie Music Dance Company ( Japan ). Paul Pinson ( Netherlands ),, and istheatere ( Scotland ). Australia
Larsen has worked with several established New Zealand choreographers such as Lemi Ponifasio, Sean Curham, Claire O'Neil (Brussels/NZ), Raewyn Hill (Hong Kong/NZ), Lisa Densem (Germany/NZ), Malia Johnston, Maria Dabrowska, Julia Milsom, and Daniel Belton. Choreography on dance companies have included Footnote Dance Co, and Touch Compass. Larsen has collaborated on interdisciplinary projects with musician Phil Dadson, directors Stephen Bain, and Andrew Foster , actor Miranda Manasiadis, director/ writer Emma Willis, composers Norman Skipp, leyton, Miriama Young, Drew MacMillan, and Gareth Farr, musician Jeff Henderson, from
based collective Vitamin S. Currently Larsen is an artistic director for a new interdisciplinary improvisation ensemble, Shameless Crowd Pleaser. Auckland