New recruitments at the Experimental Station
Laura Ramberg has been employed as a development consultant at the Experimental Station as of 1 October 2015. Laura’s task is to help the artistic management to find new ways for the Experimental Station that can lead to a more stable financial situation.
Her background is as a production manager from the School of Performing Arts and a BA in Theatre Studies. She was employed as a producer at S/H from 2011-14 and until recently was vice-chair of the board of CPH Stage, and in 2011 she helped establish the festival itself.
Her current position is as Head of Secretariat in the Danish ITI.
Brian Larsen is also one of those who have become permanently attached to the experimental station as a building technician and all-rounder. Brian is originally a composer from Silkeborg Music Conservatory and Malmö Music Conservatory. He works as a ticket manager at Teater Får 302 and works freelance with sound design, staging, etc.
The experimental station welcomes them both!
Upcoming trials of Livingstone’s Cabinet
Livingstone’s Cabinet has started in October to prepare the upcoming trial in November at the Experimental Station. It is entitled “R.P.G. – Random Performance Game”, a game for the stage where they work with random principles.
They ask the following question: can a “hands on” play be developed that can be used as a structuring and inspirational tool in a performing arts creation process?
It is not a computer-based tool, but a physical game or a game package, which contains, for example, cards, one or more game boards and pieces, and possibly an instruction book, etc.
The result of the experiment is documented in an open display with practical examples on the floor and an artist talk.
The experiment is part of the development of the upcoming performance L.A.P.S. at CPH Stage 2016.
The experiment “The actor and the über-marionette”
Øyvind Kirchhoff has just started the experiment “The actor and the über-marionette”.
It is a study of the theatrical expression of the actor and the puppet theatre and the fusion of both forms into a new theatrical expression.
The experiment is inspired by Gordon Craig’s (1872-1966) thoughts and ideas on the “über-marionette”, Etienne Decroux’s mime technique “le mime corporel dramatique”, Jacques Copeau’s mask work and Polish director Tadeusz Kantor’s work with puppets and actors together on stage.
As part of the experiment, Øyvind leads a weekly training in “le mime corporel dramatique” and Jacques Copeau’s mask work, where participants have the opportunity to explore bodily behaviour and how to move and position ourselves in space, how we stand, jump, sit and lie – as a prerequisite for being able to convey the physical expression of emotions.
The classes in “le mime corporel dramatique” are every Thursday from 19.00-20.30 in Boulevarden.
Admission is free for members of the Experimental Station.
Øyvind Kirchhoff is an actor and artistic director of Forsøgsstationen. He trained at the Ecole Internationale de Mimodrame de Paris Marcel Marceau 1985-1988 and continued his training at the Ecole de Mime Corporel Dramatique de Paris 1990-1992.
He has taught martial arts, mime and mask work for 20 years at the Danish School of Performing Arts to promote the actor’s creativity and awareness of the physical and psychological presence on stage.
Recent test work at the Experimental Station:
Petra Berg Holbek and Marie-Lydie Nokouda have worked at Forsøgsstationen in September with the travelling performance “On the Road”.
The script is written by Sofie Lebech.
The show is about 16-year-old Danish-Ghanaian character Hope Amuzue, who “has had enough” and is now “crossing her tracks and going new ways”. It is a site-specific monologue set on Queen Louise’s bridge in Copenhagen’s Nørrebro district, where “the audience is brought into her thoughts, feels her trembling breath and witnesses momentous encounters in the night”.
The actress is Marie-Lydie Nokouda. The performance is directed by Petra Berg Holbek.
Petra Berg Holbek has also worked with the actor Jacque Lauritsen on the one-person performance “The Fall” by Camus. It is playing as a guest performance at Får 302 until 17 October 2015.
Upcoming day seminar “Drama without drama”
– Day seminar on current forms of drama
12 February 2016, 13.00-17.00 at the Experimental Station.
The performing arts field is evolving. At the same time as the familiar forms of drama are being challenged and the visual, physical expression on stage is being given greater value in relation to the text, a host of new text forms for the stage have emerged. As the dramatic text seems to disappear, new text forms emerge that are not similar to the expected one and that have a different expression than the dramatic one. When performing arts texts are not “dramatic” – what are they? What is it about these texts that makes them performing arts?
Presentation at TWO-WOMEN-MACHINE-SHOW.
Hear about the group’s approach to text, text production and reflections on the function and role of text on stage.
Presentation by Gábor Fábián from the group LIFEBOAT UNIT (Budapest, Hungary), who will present the script of the board game “Sociopoly” – a performing arts game about poverty in Hungary.
Lecture by Professor Knut Ove Arntzen, Institute for Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies, University of Bergen, Norway.
Working title: “The History of Drama”.
Lecture by PhD and Associate Professor Laura Luise Schultz, Department of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen Amager.
Working title: “The roles of the text, including current playwright positions”.
Moderator: Mette Garfield, editor of Theatre 1.
The day seminar is organised by playwright and cand. mag. Gritt Uldall-Jessen from the Experimental Station.
Registration for the seminar: mail(at)forsoegsstationen.dk
Admission is free.
The seminar is supported by the Danish Dramatists’ Association.
Professor Knut Ove Arntzen has a residency at Forsøgsstationen, supported by the Danish Arts Council’s Project Support Committee for Performing Arts.
Upcoming day seminar:
“The Playwright’s Workshop”
– A look into the playwright’s workroom.
Monday 14 March 2016 12.00-17.00
What methods does the playwright use?
“The Playwright’s Workshop” is a one-day seminar in which playwrights Astrid Saalbach, Joan Rang, Tomas Lagermand Lundme and Thomas Markmann explain their working methods, illustrated by examples from their own works.
Here they will share their experiences of working on specific works, including plot, story, character work, rehearsal or other.
A group of actors will be present at the seminar, showing a number of examples from the playwrights’ works.
The day seminar will take place at the Experimental Station. It is a collaboration between Forsøgsstationen and Dramafronten. It is supported by the Danish Dramatists’ Association and the Danish Arts Fund’s Project Support Committee for Performing Arts.
The seminar will be moderated by playwright Gritt Uldall-Jessen (Forsøgsstationen) and playwright Rhea Leman (Dramafronten).
More information about the event will follow soon.
Admission is free!
Registration to: mail(at)forsoegsstationen.dk
Overview of training and upcoming workshops in 15/16:
Training on a weekly or monthly basis:
Voice lessons by Angelina Watson. Every Wednesday 09.15-10.45 in Boulevarden. The teaching has started.
The Feldenkrais Method by Birgitte Hinz and Katharina Kamber. Every Tuesday at 09.00-10.30 in Boulevarden.
MB training by Mireia Serra. Every Wednesday from 17.00-19.30 in Boulevarden.
“Le mime corporel dramatique” and mask work by Øyvind Kirchhoff. Every Thursday from 19.00-20.30 in Boulevarden.
“Get better with Shakespeare!” by Rikke Liljenberg. The first Sunday of the month from 10.30-13.00.
“Intro to Fitzmaurice voicework-workshop” by Rikke Liljenberg
Sunday 11 October 2015, 11.00-15.00.
Sunday 8 November 2015, 11.00-15.00.
Sunday 10 January 2016, 11.00-15.00.
For info and registration, contact Rikke Liljenberg: rikkeliljenberg(at)gmail.com
Telephone: 31 46 40 10
“The artisan of actions” by Pierangelo Pompa – Altamira Studio Theatre the 14th, 15th and 16 November 2015 09.00-14.00 in Boulevarden.
For info and registration: altamirastudioteater(at)gmail.com
Telephone: 20 86 02 87
“Pre-Expression and Stage Presence” by Vahid from The Counter Institute (TCI) on 11-17 January 2016 from 09.00-18.00 in Boulevarden.
For info and registration see www.counterinstitute.com or send an email to workshops(at)counterinstitute.com