Background and activities

I am a phd-candidate at the department of music, dance studies. I have a Nordic Master in Dance Studies from NTNU, University of Copenhagen and University of Stockholm and a BA in dance and pedagogy from The Norwegian Ballet Academy in Oslo.

I studied French baroque dance in France, England and the US and I am a freelance dancer, choreographer, teacher and lecturer in dance history and early dance. I am founder and artistic director of the baroque dance company Compagnie Contours (Oslo, N), founder and director of the ballet school Elizabeth Svarstad Ballett (Blaker, N).

I teach baroque dance at NTNU, Norwegian Academy of Music, University of Stavanger and Oslo National Academy of the Arts.


«Dance in Norway 1750–1830. Dance as social education based on dance books in Norwegian archives»

Research projects

Organisational skills and competences

  • Board member and Nofod treasurer: Nofod – Nordic forum for dance research (2013–present)
  • Elected representative of the Ph.D.-students Program Council for the Ph.D. in humanities and the arts, NTNU (2014–2015)

Scientific, academic and artistic work

Displaying a selection of activities. See all publications in the database

Journal publications


  • Svarstad, Elizabeth. (2016) Elizabeth Svarstad om barokkdans. Direktesendt intervju i pausen på konserten La Grande Chapelle på Stockholm Early Music Festival. Sveriges Radio, P2 [Radio]. 2016-06-04.
  • Svarstad, Elizabeth. (2016) "Now please proceed to the Dancing part"– The Minuet as social education in Norway around 1800. Re-searcing Relevance. Questioning Canons of music, dance and theatre around 1800 . pArts, NTNU; Ringve Museum. 2016-01-07 - 2016-01-09.
  • Svarstad, Elizabeth. (2016) Poco rococco – exploring 18th century dance and music. European Chamber Music Academy . Norges Musikkhøgskole; Oslo. 2016-04-02 - 2016-04-02.
  • Svarstad, Elizabeth; Odland, Anne M.. (2016) Menuett for stive studenter. Musikkultur [Fagblad]. 2016-11-08.
  • Svarstad, Elizabeth. (2015) Dance in Norway 1750–1830. Meaning in dance through reconstruction from historical sources. Doktorgradsstipendiatenes internkonferanse . Institutt for musikk, Marianne Baudoin Lie; Olavshallen, Trondheim. 2015-12-17.
  • Svarstad, Elizabeth. (2015) God takt og tone. Dans i Trondhjem omkring 1800. God takt og tone. Musikk, dans og teater omkring 1800. . Kunnskapsbyen, Det Kongelige Norske Videnskabers Selskab; Theatercaféen, Trøndelag Teater. 2015-12-05.
  • Svarstad, Elizabeth. (2015) Interpreting Dance. Reading 18th Century Dance Sources. Dance Research Forum . Dansevitenskap, Insitiutt for musikk, NTNU; Trondheim. 2015-11-19 - 2016-11-19.
  • Svarstad, Elizabeth. (2015) La danse en Norvège de 1750 à 1830. La reconstruction et la pratique comme modalités de recherche en danse ancienne. Séminaire Doctoral. Interculturalité et transferts dans les espaces germanique, nordique, en France et en Italie (XVIIe-XVIIIe Siècles). . Marie-Thérèse Mourey, Université Paris-Sorbonne; Maison de la recherche, Université Paris-Sorbonne. 2015-06-05 - 2015-06-05.
  • Svarstad, Elizabeth. (2015) Reconstruction et pratique comme modalités de recherche en danse ancienne: Pas et figures de contre-danse dans les livres de danse norvégiens du 19ème siècle. Atelier « La danse comme objet anthropologique » . Michael Houseman, Georgiana Wierre-Gore; Le Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris. 2015-04-09 - 2015-04-09.
  • Svarstad, Elizabeth. (2014) Atlas da la jeune génération de danseurs/chorégraphes baroques. Ballroom Revue [Fagblad]. 2014-12-05.
  • Svarstad, Elizabeth. (2014) Dans i Trondhjem 1800–1814. Funn fra dansebøker i Gunnerusbiblioteket. Forskningsdagene. 1800–1814. Nye arenaer for kunst og politikk. . Kunnskapsbyen, Trondheim; Theatercaféen, Trøndelag Teater. 2014-09-27 - 2014-09-27.
  • Svarstad, Elizabeth. (2014) Gjenskapelsen av en feier. NRK P2 Kulturhuset [Radio]. 2014-05-26.
  • Svarstad, Elizabeth. (2014) Rencontre avec Bruno Benne et Elizabeth Svarstad. DANSE Danser [Tidsskrift]. 2014-05-01.
  • Svarstad, Elizabeth. (2014) Rethinking the re-. Writing Dancing Dancing Writing . SDHS & CORD; Iowa City. 2014-11-13 - 2014-11-16.
  • Bakka, Egil; Svarstad, Elizabeth; Mæland, Siri. (2013) Vertical Patterns in Feuillet Notation. DanceActions – Traditions and Transformations . NOFOD, SDHS, NTNU; NTNU Dragvoll. 2013-06-08 - 2013-06-11.
  • Skagen, Annabella; Svarstad, Elizabeth; Maslan, Susan; McCleave, Sarah. (2013) Acting & Dancing: Facilitators of Bourgeois Self-fashioning (Panel participator). Plays, Places and Participants - Light Opera, Dance and Theatre around 1800 . pArts; Trondheim. 2013-11-04 - 2013-11-06.
  • Svarstad, Elizabeth. (2013) Hierarchies in the Teaching of Dance History. The 42nd World ICTM Conference . ICTM; Shanghai. 2013-07-11 - 2013-07-17.
  • Svarstad, Elizabeth; Mæland, Siri. (2013) Notation, samt Tolkning av Menuetten i Teori og Praktik. Menuetten i Norden – i Praktik og Teori . Nordisk Forening for Folkedansforskning; Göteborg. 2013-09-20 - 2013-09-22.
  • Svarstad, Elizabeth; Mæland, Siri; Bakka, Egil. (2012) Vertical patterns in Feuillet notation. Colloque International La danse francaise et son rayonnement (1600-1800) . Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, Jean-Noël Laurenti; Versailles. 2012-12-17 - 2012-12-19.