April experiment on empathy
The “V Figurines” project, consisting of six dancers and a choreographer, has been running an experiment at the Experimental Station in April. It addressed the question of what women share and “in what ways can women find strength in and understand themselves and each other? What exercises in empathy are there through breathing, contact, sound and movement?”.
The experimental team consisted of:
Choreographer: Julie Schmidt Andreasen
Dancers Marie Andersson, Hilde Ingeborg Sandvold, Birgitte Lundtoft, Meleat Fredriksson, Sandra Liaklev and Sophia Mage.
Film documentary: Julie Damkjær
Photo: Tor-Erik Ulriksborg
A presentation of the experimental work was made on Dance Day , 29 April 2016, at Dansehallerne. In addition, there are plans to make a documentation of the experimental work on film and there will be a trial report.
The material from the experiment forms the basis for creating a choreography that can be displayed in a gallery or museum.
The project “V Figurines” is supported by the Nordic Culture Fund.
Voting workshop with Angelina Watson
On the occasion of CPH Stage 2016, Forsøgsstationen offers an intensive workshop in voice training. The workshop focuses on Shakespeare’s monologues, as this year is the 400th anniversary of his death.
The workshop will be taught by actress Angelina Watson, who has been teaching a vocal method by Nadine George since 2003. Angelina is a regular teacher of the weekly voice training that the Experimental Station offers its members for free. She is an accredited trainer for Voice Studio International, under whose auspices she will assist Nadine George at an international workshop in London this summer.
Assistant: Rikke Jeppesen Rod
The voice training workshop will take place on 6-10 June 2016 from 10.00-15.00 for a maximum of 8 participants.
The last day of the workshop will consist of a presentation on voice training by Rikke Jeppesen Rod and a masterclass where up to 20 people will have the opportunity to “watch” the work.
The price for participation in the workshop is 2000 DKK.
New blog post “Drama with roles for ethnic minorities sought!”
Today we publish a new post on our blog “Dramatists with roles for ethnic minorities wanted! – It should be a matter of course to use ethnic minority actors!” by actor Marie-Lydie Nokouda.
Here is a short excerpt of it:
“Actors of ethnic diversity are, in my analysis, simply too absent and underrepresented in the performing arts. Take a look for yourself at the theatre catalogue for the 16/17 season, which has just been published. Or look in a newspaper and see what’s playing on the big and small stages. How is ethnic diversity doing? Using ethnic minority actors (who are not typecast for a role according to their skin colour or cultural background) should be a matter of course. Experiencing diversity and variety on and off stage should be the ‘new normal’!”
You can read the blog post here, and feel free to join the debate!
Blog post “Welcome home”
In mid-April, we published a post on our blog entitled “Welcome home”, written by artist and director Joachim Hamou.
Here is an excerpt from the post:
“It is time to break the structural hegemony of the theatre world, which unimaginatively copies the power-oriented political institutions. It is with solidarity that we can stop the disturbing neoliberal experiments that several theatres have embarked on, making their resources available by acting as ‘facility-houses’ for alternative groups forced to rent at high cost.”
You can read the blog post here. Feel free to join the debate!