Verdensteatret is developing a new work that will be available to tour in Fall 2018 – 2019. In November 2016, the Verdensteatret collective went on a research trip to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, a location they first visited ten years ago where they collected materials conducted research for the piece. FuturePerfect is looking for commissioners and presenters for this new work.
Verdensteatret was founded by Lisbeth Bodd in 1986 and is recognized as one of the leading Norwegian art collectives, known for its surprising uses of new and old technologies in the making of contemporary theater, performance, and art. Verdensteatret’s works are presented internationally in a variety of contexts, including galleries, music festivals, and theaters. Based in Oslo and led by Asle Nilsen, Piotr Pajchel, and Eirik Blekesaune, Verdensteatret has strong ties to the European, especially German, theatrical tradition that includes Brecht, Walter Benjamin, and Heiner Müller. Following experiments in fields such as visual performance, environmental theater, and text-based theater, the group has recently tended toward the ambitiously interdisciplinary.
Today, Verdensteatret consists of video artists, computer programmers, performers, sound artists, musicians, sculptors, painters, and poets. They have developed a unique, complex, and intricate audiovisual style, where sound spaces inhabit sculptural scenography, and tell stories about the fragility of the human soul. They describe what they do as a ”telling orchestra,” one that performs compositions in the “movable room genre.” Established notions of form or style about performance art cannot adequately grasp their peculiarly captivating and unique work.
Verdensteatret is supported by the Arts Council Norway.