By-laws


§ 1. Enterprise name

The name of the foundation is CODA Oslo International Dance Festival. The enterprise is a private foundation. The foundation headquarters are in Oslo.
 

§ 2. Objective and founding capital

The foundation’s objective is to promote the art of dance in Norway by presenting a diversity of national and international contemporary dance through a festival of a high artistic calibre. The aim of the foundation is to produce developmental opportunities for Norwegian dance through the festival by way of performances, course activities, workshops and seminars. The festival shall spotlight Oslo and Norway as an arena for contemporary dance. The founding capital of the foundation is to be NOK 5,000.
 

§ 3. Organisational structure

The foundation shall have a board, a festival director for fixed terms of office and an artistic committee of experts. The board is CODA Oslo International Dance Festival’s principal body. The festival director is responsible for the daily operations of the foundation.
 

§ 4. The board – composition and election

  • The board shall have 5 members: a chair, deputy chair, and three board members. There shall also be three deputy board members, in numerical order.
  • The members are elected for three-year terms and a maximum of two members can be up for election simultaneously.
  • The chair of the board and deputy chair are elected by the board members.


In the event a board member resigns before termination of their period of office, the first deputy board member on the numerical list fills their seat. The board selects its own nomination committee of up to three members. The board can propose candidates for the board and for the office of board chair.
 

§ 5. The board’s responsibility and quorum

The board shall ensure adherence to the objective of the foundation and that the accounts and asset management are in compliance with a satisfactory system of quality control. The board constitutes a quorum when at least 3 / 5 of the members are present. Board resolutions are passed by a relative majority. The chair or deputy chair must be present. In the event of a tie, the chair or deputy chair has the deciding vote. The board shall give The Foundation Authority such notice as stipulated in the Norwegian Foundations Act. The board shall procure each year to produce annual accounts and an annual report for the foundation. The board writes its own rules of procedure.
 

§ 6. Power of attorney

The board is empowered as the legal representative of the foundation. The board can grant power of attorney.
 

§ 7. General Management

CODA Oslo International Dance Festival shall have a festival director who will have responsibility and authority pursuant to the rules of the Norwegian Foundations Act and the guidelines and requirements stipulated by the board. The festival director shall take part in the meetings of the board.
 

§ 8. Festival Director / Artistic Director’s responsibility and authority

The festival director is responsible for the general management of the foundation’s activities and shall adhere to the guidelines and requirements issued by the board. The general management does not include matters that with respect to the objective of the foundation are of an unusual nature or significance. The festival director shall ensure that the foundation accounts are in compliance with laws and regulations, and that the management of assets is carried out in a satisfactory manner.
 

§ 9. Audit

The foundation shall have a registered or state-authorised public accountant who is chosen by the board.
 

§ 10. Amendment of the by-laws

These by-laws can only be amended by board resolution with a majority of four of the board’s five members. Proposals for by-law amendments shall constitute a separate item on the agenda and notice of such shall be sent out 3 weeks before the board meeting. Under no circumstances can the objective of the foundation be changed.
 

§ 11. Conversion /winding-up

Application for conversion, winding-up, merger, and splitting-up can take place after having been addressed by two board meetings and approved with a 4/5 majority. Conversion can only take place in accordance with the specific rules for conversion as established in the Norwegian Foundations Act. In the event of winding-up or other conversion resulting in the necessity to deviate from the original objective, the new objective shall ideally be sought in the realm of organisations/institutions that have an objective of promoting innovation and creative advances in the dance community.

§ 11 can only be amended by official review and approval as stipulated by the regulations of the Norwegian Foundations Act.
 

§ 12. Other regulations

Minutes shall be taken of the board meetings, which are submitted to the board for approval. The minutes are signed by the chair of the board and festival director.


Historical information


CODA contemporary dance festival Oslo Norway was started by the choreographers Lise Nordal and Odd Johan Fritzøe.

An interim board was established in 1999 at the premises of the Norwegian College of Dance, Borggt. 7 in Tøyen, and was made up of the following members: Magne Antonsen, Trine Hamre Bendixen, Ragnvald Dahl, Odd Johan Fritzøe, Thor Greni, Johannes Jaastad, Lise Nordal, Randi Punsvik and Susanne Svenseid.

The board of the Foundation CODA contemporary dance festival Oslo Norway was constituted on 11 May 2001. The board was then made up of the following members:
 

Reidar Webster, chair of the board
Trine H. Bendixen, member
Ragnvald Dahl, member
Odd Johan Fritzøe, member
Elizabeth Føllesdahl, member
Thor Greni, member
Kristian Seltun, member

Un-Magritt Nordseth, 1st deputy member
Johannes Jaasta, 2nd deputy member
Anne- Berit Haavind, 3rd deputy member
Randi Punsvik, 4th deputy member
Lise Nordal, 5th deputy member & programme committee
Magne Antonsen, 6th deputy member & programme committee
Susanne Svenseid, Festival Director


The first festival took place in the period 24 September – 4 October 2002. The opening production “Event” with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, New York, was staged at the Oslo Concert Hall. 
 

CODA produced festivals in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Starting in 2005 the festival was made a biennale festival.
 

The name, CODA contemporary dance festival Oslo Norway, was changed at the board meeting of 30.08.2006 to: CODA Oslo International Dance Festival.