Sven is a student of existence, whatever that means. He has found that
understanding Universe, Nature, Bach, Chagall, Shakespeare, wilderness, wild flowers, venison, fireworks, film and artistic dance are peak life experiences.
Born in Sweden he came here via the Arctic. In Sweden's Arctic he developed understanding of domesticated reindeer. Immigrating 1962 to Canada he was given a 5-year contract by Canadian Government to reorganize the Canadian Reindeer Industry. During that work, he made the film “Reindeer”. When working in dance he has made 5 dance films for Bravo FACT TV.
Sven has a multi-faced life. Wilderness living and reindeer is just the beginning. In ocean navigation he has sailed the North West Passage and reconstructed "North Star of Herschel Island" from an Arctic supply ship to a 3-masted full rigged clipper ship. He has “first hand” studied The Sami, The Inuit, The Canadian Indians and the human situation in total. He has never driven a car - but flown his own aircraft and can drive dog-teams. He is also one of the very few men that can state: "The rumours of my death were an exaggeration." In every field of activity he goes to full extent - never only to “half measures”.
Today Sven is Artistic Director/Choreographer of Discovery Dance, Victoria, BC which he formed after successfully creating ES Dance 1986– an internationally unique new style and technique. ES Dance also includes “Dance for Disabled” in new styles and techniques. He is writing - among other books; his biography and a book defining art; its origin, what it is and how it functions on the human mind.
Member of The Order of Canada 1994 and awarded Queen’s Gold Medal 2002 - Queens Diamond Medal 2012.
Areas of Expertise
life and universe