Produced by FuturePerfect Productions and Performing Arts Hub Norway with support from The Royal Norwegian Consulate in New York
Now in its fifth edition, Norway Now serves as an opportunity for North American presenters, curators and festival directors to discover a wide range of independent Norwegian artists creating exciting new works in film, dance, physical theater, opera, live music, puppet theater and video art. Held annually in New York City at the renowned Scandinavia House, this year’s convening has been reworked as a forum for eighteen Norwegian artists and their producers to pitch new works to a specially invited audience. Each artist will give a 5-minute pitch highlighting one work that is either in development or ready to tour.
The extraordinary breadth of work presented this year is a result of Norway’s ongoing commitment to providing social and financial resources that enable performing artists to research, innovate, develop and disseminate their work within a dynamic framework of government agencies and cultural institutions, as well as individual and private efforts.
Over the past four years Norway Now’s efforts have been highly successful — helping to bring North American presenters to Norway to see work and meet artists, as well as touring Norwegian companies throughout North America. The number of artists coming to the US has increased exponentially. Some of these have included Jo Strømgren, Verdensteatret, Findlay/Sandsmark, NIE Company, Ingri Fiksdal, Heine Avdal, Wakka Wakka, Alan Øyen / winter guests, Ingun Bjørnsgaard, Verk Produksjoner, Grusomhetens Teater and many others. Participating venues have included BAM, EMPAC, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, Watermill Center, New York Theater Workshop, Abrons Art Center, New York Live Arts, Philadelphia FringeArts, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center, La Mama, the Kennedy Center, Seattle’s On the Boards and others.