Norway Now 2014

Date / Location

Sunday January 12, 2014
Followed by lunch
Invitation Only

Scandinavia House
58 Park Avenue New York, NY 10016

Produced by FuturePerfect Productions and Performing Arts Hub Norway with support from the Royal Norwegian Consulate of New York

Since the early 2000s, a new generation of Norwegian artists has been developing and advancing a vital independent performance scene both in Norway and abroad. Norway offers a unique set of political, economic and social circumstances for exploring how independent performing artists research, innovate, develop, and disseminate their work within a dynamic framework of government agencies and cultural institutions, as well as individual and private efforts. A panel of six compelling artists—working in and between dance, theater, visual art, film and music—talk about their artistic strategies, themes, and contexts. What are the opportunities for international collaboration, co-production, and presenting? Moderated by Tom Sellar, a writer, editor and curator. He is Editor of Yale’s international performance journal Theater and Professor of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at Yale University. And Simon Dove, an independent curator and educator, and currently co-curator of Crossing the Line, the annual trans-disciplinary fall festival in New York City.

The special convening brings together eleven Norwegian artists and companies, and forty international presenters, curators, producers, and festival directors to the Scandinavia House in New York City.

Co-Organized with Performing Arts Hub Norway and the Royal Norwegian Consulate of New York

Featured Artists include:

Tore Vagn Lid is a theatre director, playwright, musician, and artistic director of Transiteatret-Bergen. He has been central to what has been described as a new political turn in the contemporary Norwegian theater. He has also written numerous articles, especially focusing on the relationship between theater and music, music dramaturgy and musical strategies for theater directing.

Fredrik Hannestad is one of the founding members of Verk, an Oslo-based theater company known for their epic and vaudevillesque form of acting with satirical and political undertones changing swiftly between storytelling, acting and
improvisation. Verk has gained extensive international recognition in recent years, and 2011 Verk received The Hedda Award in the category of best production for The Eternal Smile.

Kirjan Waage is a founding member of Wakka Wakka Productions, an innovative, award-winning visual company also led by Gabrielle Brechner and Gwendolyn Warnock. The New York-based company has created and produced eight original works of theater, which have toured extensively through the U.S. and abroad. Warnock and Waage were nominated for a 2011 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play for Baby Universe.

Heine Avdal is a choreographer and videographer who has worked with Meg Stuart’s company Damaged Goods, collaborated with Gary Hill, Ann Hamilton and Stefan Pucher. In recent projects his focus has been on the distribution of space. He questions how spatial conventions affect the way we experience, move through, and understand shifting notions of private and public.

Alan Lucien Øyen, a choreographer, theater director, and filmmaker is currently a resident artist at the Oslo Opera House. In 2006 he established his own company Winter Guests, and by the end of 2010 he has completed 12 pieces including 5 commissions for Carte Blanche, Icelandic Dance Company, The Norwegian National Ballet and Skaanes Dance Theatre.

Ingri Fiksdal is a choreographer and performer based in Oslo. Fiksdal’s work deals with perception and affect, and several of her pieces take shape as part performance and part live concert. The audience is always integral to the work, which aims to produce temporary collectives between performers and spectators.

Norway Now–Performing Arts from the Northern Latitudes is made possible, in part, by support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York.