Seminar About the Performer, 5-6 March 2016

Black Box Theatre, Oslo International Theatre Festival

The role of the performer, within theatre and dance, has evolved and changed for a long period of time, and continues to develop in different directions. An actor does not necessarily only embody a character in a narrative, nor does a dancer merely dance a given choreography. The performer might have a function as a co-writer, co-dramaturge, perform as him/herself, perform simple single actions, or only figure as an arranger of the performance. The relation and border between performer-audience is evolving, and at times entirely repealed. The traditional roles of dancer/choreographer, actor/director are also subject to alterations. Some artists work with a flat structure in collective processes, others alternate being the outside eye, whilst others again keep the traditional structure and given assignments.

In this seminar about the performer, we would like to investigate how these changes and displacements influence and affect the arts. We would like to discuss and exchange experiences and ideas concerning the practical work and the different rehearsal processes. In the intersection between the craft and the conceptual, new areas are explored and discovered. Is the craft and specialisation left behind, and overtaken by other types of expressions and aesthetics? How does the one influence the other, and where does today’s focus lie?

Scholars, choreographers, directors, actors and dancers are invited to discuss, debate and lecture about the development of the performer. We would like to explore the role of the performer in contemporary performance, theatre, dance and choreography; where we are, where we have been and where we are heading. And ask the question; what can a performer be?


– Prof. Dr. André Eiermann (D) – theatre scholar and dramaturge. Developed the term “postspectacular theatre” in 2009. Studied and obtained his PhD at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies at the University of Giessen, Germany. Replaced Prof. Hans-Thies Lehmann in 2010 until 2011 as interim professor at the Institute for Theatre, Film and Media Studies at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. Working as a dramaturge for Heine Avdal and Yukiko Shinozaki, and currently as guest professor at the Universität der Künste in Berlin.

– Trine Falch (NO) – artist with background in theatre studies (UiB), Verdensteatret and the artist collective Baktruppen. Work includes theatre (writing, directing, acting, stage design), performance art, visual art, and more.

– Anders Paulin (SE) has been directing 30+ productions at theatres as Nationaltheatret in Oslo, Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, The Royal Theatre in Copenhagen and Backateatern in Gothenburg. Since a number of years a recurring thematic figure has been non-mimetic performative tools, with a focus on story and performer as interfaces and an idea of the stage as platform for exchange and production of experiences rather than representations. Currently Anders Paulin is working with the accumulative archive /performance Three White Soldiers together with Johan Forsman and the research project Non-Mimetic Peformativity at the The Danish School of Performing Arts in Copenhagen.(,

– Prof. Chrysa Parkinson (U.S.)- American dancer and teacher, based between Brussels and Stockholm. Parkinson is the head of New Performative Practices at Dans och Cirkushögskolan in Stockholm. She also teaches regularly at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, and has worked with artists such as Rosas/Anna Teresa de Keersmaker, Mette Ingvartsen and Jonathan Burrows.

Lisa Charlotte Baudouin Lie (NO) – director, actor, playwright and writer. Lie trained as an actor at Norwegian Theatre Acadamy in Fredrikstad and as a director at Stockholm Acadamy of Dramatic Arts. She has influenced Norwegian performing arts/live arts through a mix of pop-culture, trash and misanthropical honesty. Lie‘s performance Skogsunderholdning will be shown during OIT on the 5-6 March.



Camilla Eeg-Tverbakk (NO) is a dramaturg and associate professor at the Norwegian Theatre Academy (NTA)/ Østfold University College. She holds an MA in Performance Studies from NYU and an MA in Theatre science from the University of Oslo. She is currently finishing her PhD at Roehampton University/ London on documentary theatre and dramaturgy. She freelances as a dramaturg for theatre and dance companies, has extensive teaching – and lecturing experience. She is the editor of “Dans i Samtiden” (Spartacus 2006) on Norwegian contemporary dance, and has co-edited “Performance Art by Baktruppen, First Part” (Kolon 2009) and “Responsive Listening” (Brooklyn Arts Press 2015) on the teaching philosophy of NTA.

Artistic supervisor:

Ingri Fiksdal (NO) – Choreographer. Artistic researcher at Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Fiksdal has developed internationally acclaimed performances such as Hoods, Band and Night Tripper.

Initiator and coordinator:

Valborg Frøysnes (NO)- actress and theatre scholar. Trained at Rose Bruford College, London. Has a master in performing arts from the University of Frankfurt am Main.

The seminar will be in English and take place in the foyer at Black Box Theatre (free entrance):


Saturday 5 March 2016
19.00 Cosmic Body by Ingri Fiksdal
20.00-20.45 Post performance talk with Fiksdal and the dancers of Cosmic Body, led by André Eiermann
21.00 Skogsunderholdning by Lisa Lie
22.00-22.30 Post performance talk with Lisa Lie, led by André Eiermann.


Sunday 6 March 2016
10.30-11.15 Lecture – Trine Falch
11.15-12.00 Lecture – André Eiermann
12.00-12.45 Discussion
12.45-13.30 LUNCH
13.30-14.15 Lecture – Chrysa Parkinson
14.15-15.00 Lecture – Anders Paulin
15.00-15.20 Short lecture/comments – Lisa Lie
15.20-16.10 Discussion/summary/review



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