Lena Josefsson, choreographer, was born in the former Zaire and trained at the University of Dance in Stockholm, RDIC in Paris andThe National ballet of Zaire. In 1988 she won the Swedish qualifier for the Nordic Choreography Competition with her first major piece Raande-Vo. In 1992, her work Skärvor won the Modern Swedish Choreography competition as well as the Nordic qualifier to Bagnolet. A Paradise in Distress (1994), her foremost work to date, placed Lena at the very forefront of choreographers. The same year, she created On Caresses, where she integrated voice, music and movement. Her next work (1998) was Siluett for Skånes Dansteater, where her experience of both African and European dance culture could be expressed. The following year, she created Utan titel which was awarded the Swedish Thalia Award. Since then, Lena Josefsson has also been awarded the very first Cullberg Prize and the Litteris et Artibus Medal from H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf for outstanding artistic contributions to stage performance (2012). Between 2002 and 2004, she shared artistic directorship for the Orion Theatre with Lars Rudolfsson and since 2004 she has once again been managing her own company Raande-Vo, based in Örebro, where she has created a number of new works, the latest of which is entitled Riskzon III - This is not Disneyland.