Guro Nagelhus Schia


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Guro Nagelhus Schia graduated from Norway’s leading national conservatoire for dance KHiO in 2000. In 2001 she joined Norway’s national contemporary dance company Carte Blanche, where she performed with the company for eight years. During her time at Carte Blanche, Guro worked with choreographers including: Ina Christel Johannessen, Amanda Miller, Ingun Bjørnsgaard, Sharon Eyal, Eva Cecilie Richardsen and Ohad Naharin. 

As a freelancer Guro has danced for a large repertoire of companies including: Zero Visibility Corp., Kreutzer Kompani, Hooman Sharifi, Oslo Danse Ensemble and Anoushka Shankar. 

Guro Nagelhus Schia met Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in the summer of 2009 and by December the same year was invited to join Larbi’s company- Eastman. With Eastman, Guro has performed: Rein, Das Rheingold at Teatro alla Scala, and at Staatsoper in Berlin, Tezuka, 4D, Shellshock and Rigor Mortis. Several of these productions have toured worldwide. During her time with the company, Guro also worked as Cherkaoui's choreographic assistant. 

In 2012 Guro was the choreographic rehearsal director for Keira Knightley and all the dancers in the film Anna Karenina, directed by Joe Wright. Guro also starred as the chambermaid Annushka in the feature film.

In 2015 Guro choreographed Linked, which is her first choreographic work, together with Vebjørn Sundby. Guro received the Rolf Gammleng award for dance in 2016 for outstanding stage performance. The same year she was invited as a guest principle dancer with the Norwegian National Ballet exclusively for Ingun Bjørnsgaard choreography Sleepless Beauty – Mahlermembran performed on the main stage at the Norwegian Opera House. 

In 2017 Guro was granted kr. 17,5 million kroner from Akershus County Municipality to founder a new national dance company- this is the first time any Norwegian municipality has awarded this level of funding into one single artist. These days, Guro spends most her time directing and dancing for her company Nagelhus Schia Productions, and continues to dance for high profile selected choreographers as a freelance dancer.