RONJA

“Ver is a strong, at times mesmerizing performer”
-Rita Felciano, San Francisco Bay Guardian

Ronja Ver is a dancer and dance maker, a teacher, a mother, an activist, and a lifetime student of performance as meaning-making. Their choreographic work addresses current issues through movement, sound, and awkward audience participation; technical but unpolished, often working with extreme physical states to invite a visceral, nonverbal place of relating. A native of Finland, Ver has worked and performed extensively throughout Europe and in the United States, most recently with Nancy Stark Smith and Mike Vargas in Seattle and New York City, Sara Shelton Mann, Avy K Productions, Risa Jaroslow & Dancers, and Scott Wells and Dancers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Previous posts include the National Theater of Finland, Beyond Improvisation Collective, and in Riitta Vainio Dance Company, and Ver was proud to be featured spinning underwater in Steve Paxton’s DVD Material For The Spine. Their choreography has been presented in the U.S. at Movement Research at the Judson Church (NYC), Danspace Project (NYC), and the American Dance Festival (NC), among others. Currently based in Oakland, Ver began their 3-year artist residency at SAFEhouse for the Arts, San Francisco, in 2016, and with RAW’s generous support created the new works DOOR (2016), and DIS/grage (2017).

Ronja Ver is continually inspired by the art and practice of Contact Improvisation, which provides a place for play and magic in their life. Ver is a co-organizer of the West Coast Contact Improvisation Jam, and co-founder of the organization InterKinected and the Finnish CI festival Skiing On Skin. Ver holds an MFA in Dance from Hollins University.