When the founders of CODA, Lise Nordal and Odd Johan Fritzøe, began to dream about creating a festival all about dance in the heart of Norway, it was with a vision of strengthening Norwegian dance. The goal was to put the spotlight on Oslo and Norway as an international arena for contemporary dance. The CODA festival was soon born, and they held their first festival in 2002. They arranged annual festivals until 2005, when CODA became a biennial event. Nordal was appointed as artistic and administrative director in 2006 and, since 2010, she has been the CEO and artistic director. From here, she has kept the dream and vision of creating a diverse festival for contemporary dance alive.

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