Janne Eraker is a Norwegian / German tap dancer, working mostly in Norway, the Netherlands and Germany. Her background is modern and contemporary dance, and she has a bachelor from Codarts, University of the Arts, Rotterdam. As a tap dancer, she has studied with Heather Cornell in New York, Josh Hilberman in Liege, Roxane Butterfly in Barcelona and several other tap dance masters all over the world.


Janne researches the artistic possibilities of tap dance in the context of genres and areas like music, contemporary dance and art. Her main solo-project is Friction / Rhythm is a Dancer, where she approaches tap dance from a contemporary dance perspective.

In her tap dance trio One Small Step, she takes on the role of a moving percussionist, together with folk musician Vegar Vårdal and jazz musician Roger Arntzen on double bass.

Furthermore she has ongoing collaborations with bassist Bruno Ferro Xavier da Silva (Ventriloquism / Janne & Bruno), noise musician Harald Fetveit (Lamborghini)

and a new project with beatboxer Julian Sommerfelt, slam poet Taro Vestøl Cooper and electronic musician Kristoffer Lislegaard. Recently she worked with Ingeleiv Berstad and Kristine Karåla Øren in the cross-over project Sang, Stepp og Samtidsdans. She also dances in the Sebastian Weber Dance Company, where modern dance and tap dance are fused into expressive theater dance pieces.


She is the recipient of a 3 year Norwegian Artist Grant (2015, 2016, 2018).


On the radio:


December 8: BluesAsylet w/ Knut Reiersrud




Performing:


2019


May 24, 25, 26: Rhythm is a Dancer, tba., Oslo


May 9: Cowboys, Sebastian Weber Dance Company, Koblenz, Germany


April 26, 27, 28: Cowboys, Sebastian Weber Dance Company, Lofft theater, Leipzig, Germany


March 1: XXX with Taro Vestøl Cooper, Julian Sommerfelt and Kristoffer Lislegaard, Sørforkomfort, Hausmania, Oslo


February 7: with David Skinner, Café Society, Cafeteateret, Oslo


January 12: with Bruno Ferro Xavier da Silva, tba, Rotterdam

January 10: with Bruno Ferro Xavier da Silva, Café Vaas, Rotterdam



2018


December 9: Jul i Tøyenkirken, w/ Harald Fetveit, Oslo

December 8: Cowboys, Sebastian Weber Dance Company, TanzTausch, Köln, Germany

December 2: Stepperiets Steppesalong + One Small Step, Kafé Hærverk, Oslo


November 26: One Small Step w/ Lynn Schwab, Hausmania, Oslo

November 24: Caboom, Sebastian Weber Dance Company, Karlsruhe, Germany

November 10, 11: with Bruno Ferro Xavier da Silva, Oslo Friteater Festival

November 3: XXX with Taro Vestøl Cooper and Julian Sommerfelt, NextStopDamascus, Kulturhuset, Oslo


October 12, 13, 14: Cowboys, Sebastian Weber Dance Company, Lofft Theater, Leipzig, Germany


August 26: Performances with Sebastien Branche, If Paradise is Half as Nice, Altenburg, Germany


July 22: Mostra d’Arts Esceniques de Sanda Eugenia, Mallorca

June 24: Oslo Jazzdansfestival, Scenehuset, Oslo

June 17: Stepperiets Steppesalong, Kafé Hærverk, Oslo

June 15: Cowboys research presentation, Sebastian Weber Dance Company, Lofft Theater, Leipzig, Germany

June 3: One Small Step, Seamens Church, Berlin

June 2: One Small Step w / Akemi Nagao, Blue Tap, Berlin

June 1: One Small Step, Flugfisch, Leipzig


May 27: One Small Step w / Doortje Peters, De Ruimte, Amsterdam

May 26: One Small Step w / GozGozGoz, Seamens Church, Rotterdam

May 25: One Small Step w / Bruno Ferro Xavier da Silva, Kopi Soesoe, Rotterdam

May 20: One Small Step (Janne Eraker, Roger Arntzen and Vegar Vårdal) w/ Sebastian Weber, Kafé Hærverk, Oslo

May 12: Tap Dance Days Gala, Düsseldorf

May 10: Caboom, Sebastian Weber Dance Company, Tap Dance Days, Düsseldorf, Germany 

May 4: Friction, a research project with Siri Jøntvedt and Ingrid Berger Myhre, Oslo Teatersenter, Oslo


April 11, 12, 13, 14: Sang, Stepp og Samtidsdans, with Kristine Karåla Øren and Ingeleiv Berstad, Multiplié, Trondheim


March 9, 10, 11: Caboom, Sebastian Weber Dance Company, Lofft Theater, Leipzig, Germany


February 3: Tap Oslo, the concert, Oslo


2017


December 1, 2, 3: Caboom, Sebastian Weber Dance Company, Lofft Theater, Leipzig


November 24, 25: Caboom, Sebastian Weber Dance Company, Blue Tap, Berlin

November 17, 18, 19: Sang, Stepp og Samtidsdans, with Kristine Karåla Øren and Ingeleiv Berstad, Scenehuset, Oslo

November 10, 11, 12: Caboom, Sebastian Weber Dance Company, Ludwigstheater Aschaffenburg


September 9: Janne Eraker and Bruno Ferro Xavier da Silva, Kopi Soesoe, Rotterdam


(Maternity leave)


2016


September 30: Within, Performance with Tarek Atoui at Bergen Assembly, Bergen

September 26: Janne & Julian (tap, beatbox), Maylandbooking, Uhørt, Oslo

September 24: Harald Fetveit (noise) and Janne Eraker (tap), Fritt fall, Kulturhuset, Oslo


August 25 - September 15: Lamborghini, Harald Fetveit (noise) and Janne Eraker (tap), 11 shows in Korea and Japan

August 11-14: If Paradise is Half as Nice (IPIHAN.com), performances at art-project in Leipzig


July 17: Janne Eraker and Bruno Ferro Xavier da Silva, Jazz Cafe Dizzy, Rotterdam


June 18: Janne Eraker and Bruno Ferro Xavier da Silva, Archiprix, Timmerhuis, Rotterdam

June 11-12: Vang! and Ventriloquism with Marije Nie (tap) and Bruno Ferro Xavier a Silva (bass), at Rotterdamse Dakendagen


May 21: Lamborghini, Harald Fetveit (noise) and Janne Eraker (tap), at Bristepunktet, Bøler (Oslo)

May 20: Lunch-concert with Heather Cornell (tap, NYC), Vegar Vårdal (fiddle), Thomas Wadelton (tap, Australia) and Roger Arntzen (double bass), Deichmanske, Oslo

May 14: Janne Eraker and Bruno Ferro Xavier da Silva, DOOR, Dordrecht

May 8-13: Performing with Laboratory of sound, movement, word, Body Word festival, St. Petersburg


March 23: Janne Eraker and Bruno Ferro Xavier da Silva, Vrooom, Rotterdam


February 13: Janne Eraker and Droolian (beatbox), Vin&Valsen, Kulturhuset, Oslo


2015


December 18: Poing Pøbeljul, Viktoria Nasjonal Jazzscene, Oslo


November 12: Roger Arntzen (double bass) and Janne Eraker (tap), Ephémère, Studio Loos, The Hague

November 7: Jubilee concert at the Norwegian Seamen’s Church, Berlin

November 1: Ventriloquism, Finissage at WTC Rotterdam Art Gallery


October 29: Concert at Kirkens Bymisjon, Klækken

October 18: Lamborghini, Harald Fetveit (noise) and Janne Eraker (tap), SØRFORKOMFORT 3, Oslo


September 20: Helsinik City Sounds, Wieland Möller (percussion) and Janne Eraker (tap), After Contemporary, Helsinki

September 3: Janne Eraker and Sebastian Weber (tap), Opening If Paradise is half as nice, Leipzig


August 16: Berlin City Sounds w / special guest Thomas Wadelton (tap), Blue Tap, Berlin


June 23: Midsummer Night Concert, Norwegian Church, Rotterdam

June 14: Ventriloquism, Rotterdamse Dakendagen, Rotterdam

June 13: Janne Eraker (tap) & Dick Ronteltap (sax), Rotterdamse Dakendagen, Rotterdam

June 11: Ventriloquism, Seeds, Rotterdam

June 7: The Covers at All there is, Korzo Theater, The Hague

June 5: Tap ontmoet Flamenco: Stamp your ground!, De Nieuwe Regentes, The Hague


May 7-8: presenting and performing at Seminarium nr.4 at Hålogaland Teater, Tromsø, Norway

May 6: Tap Circus performing at the opening of Rotterdam Circusstad, Schouwburgplein (14.00 h!)


April 25: Tap dance act at Jazz Circus, Grand Hotel Central, Rotterdam

April 25: Tapsolo with René ten Cate on the vibraphone, Winkel Theater Festival (WTF), The Hague


January 24: TapDuo at Cult Royale, Schipluiden


2014


November 21: Ventriloquism at De Biecht, Rotterdam


October 15: Ventriloquism, Markthal, Rotterdam

October 4: Ventriloquism, Poortgebouw, Rotterdam


September 7: Duet with flamenco dancer Karin Eij, Spuiplein, Den Haag


August 31: Ventriloquism at Blikopener, Delft


July 13: Ventriloquism at Schouwburgplein, Rotterdam

July 12: Ventriloquism at Bazar Bizar, Rotterdam

July 6: Ventriloquism in the Koopgoot, Rotterdam

July 5: TapDuo with Marije Nie at Boerol, Boerderij Het Kraaiennest, Maasland


June 29: VANG! in the Koopgoot, Rotterdam

June 28: Tap on Stage presentation at Grote Kerk plein, Rotterdam

June 21: Tap on Stage presentation at Buurtbruis, De Nieuwe Regentes, Den Haag

June 14: Ventriloquism in the Koopgoot, Rotterdam

June 6: VANG! at Schouwburgplein, Rotterdam

June 1: Ventriloquism trio at Summerjazz, Leiden


May 31: Ventriloquism in the Koopgoot, Rotterdam

May 24: Ventriloquism, Vrijplaats, Leiden

May 16: Ventriloquism trio at FullMoon Babylon, Grounds, Rotterdam

May 9: Ventriloquism at Expoloze Vrijdag, Singer Sweat Shop, Rotterdam


Photo: Tale Hendnes