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The newsletter contains:
Upcoming seminar ‘The Aesthetics of Death’
The Olske Orchestra – ESCAPE revisited
Reminders – members
New faces in the house
The experimental station invites to knowledge sharing Saturday 8 October from 12-16
The aesthetics of death
between actor and puppet, between life and death
“The ideal is not flesh and blood but rather the body in a trance state. The body must be clothed with a mortal beauty, while radiating its living spirit”. Edward Gordon Craig
The Aesthetics of Death is a 5-day knowledge-sharing seminar at the Experimental Station between 5 actors and 5 puppeteers in working with and examining the scenic expression of the actor and the puppet theatre and the fusion of both into a new scenic expression.
It is a study in which we push the limits of the theatre of the actor and the puppet, to explore the relationship between the biological and the artificial body, between the representation of the dead and the representation of the living. Research includes Tadeusz Kantor’s performances with actors and puppets on stage, where the inanimate puppets are experienced almost more vividly than the actors, who are mute with mechanical movements and empty eyes.
For the puppeteer, it’s about giving life and movement to the dead material – and the study asks the question: What does it mean for the actor’s expression to give “death” to the living body of flesh and blood? Read more about the trial here.
The experiment has received support from the Danish Arts Foundation.
Registration for the knowledge-sharing event on Saturday 8 October is required and can be done by email or by calling 38793828.
Then here’s your chance… Watch or re-watch the full, almost 6 hour long, night performance that played in May/June ’16 at Værløse Air Station:
The Olske Orkester presents the full unedited film of: “Escape – a night walk with a lost soul” Friday d. 9 September ´16 at 23 – 6.39 (sunrise) at Forsøgsstationen, Sønder Boulevard 81, Vesterbro.
Take your sleeping bag under your arm – we’ll throw mattresses and sofas in Boulevarden, offer soup (the famous!) and bread, booze, coffee and breakfast and allow small talk, sleep, dancing etc. during the session. If you want to participate, write to Lotte: lotte(at)slotsherren.dk and sign up.
If you can’t make it on 9 September, here’s a 10 min. trailer from the show, which gives a little insight.(https://vimeo.com/172449651).
Lotte and the Olske Orchestra
It is always possible to read about ongoing or previous trials on the website, where you can also download trial reports and read the trial intention reports – the trial team’s presentation of the trial itself. Members can apply for time and sparring on trials – see how here. It’s not always possible to get views in the newsletter, so keep an eye on our facebook page and the website if you are particularly interested in experiencing the artistic research processes up close…
Cigar Bums Nose
– A musical paper theatre experiment
WunderVerk v/Anette Asp Christensen leads this experimental project, which works with musical paper theatre. The trial will run for 4 weeks between 26 September and 4 November 2016. Read more about the trial here – and keep an eye on the website and facebook for announced views.
The performers are Birgitte Prins – performer, Daniel Norback – performer, Anette Asp Christensen – performer and puppet maker, Line Paulsen – director and Katrine Nilsen – set designer and puppet maker.
Experiment “The Race to Zero”
– an artistic attempt on the financial markets
Kristian Husted has been working with the project “The Race to Zero” since 2014. The third and final trial period at the Experimental Station will run from 1 to 5 October 2016.
The experiment is about the language used by experts – programmers and traders – about the financial transactions and infrastructures (the hft architecture itself). What happens if we try to spatialize these ideas and concepts – physically, bodily, spatially? It is thus an attempt to acquire a stage language about the financial markets. Read more about the trial here.
Experiment “Aesthetics of Death”
– between actor and puppet, between life and death
The main experiment of the season, by Øyvind Kirchhoff, is the second part of the experiment “the actor and the Übermarionette” – and has already been mentioned earlier in the newsletter – in connection with the knowledge sharing on 8 October. Read more about the trial here.
Update on training for members
Training is slowly starting again. We have new offers this autumn. As Feldenkrais and MB training are on a break, there is room for new initiatives. The MHS training on Monday mornings is now open to all interested, and there is mask work every Friday. On Tuesday and Thursday mornings it will be possible to go to Boulevarden and do your own morning training between k. 9 and 11.
by Angelina Watson.The regular weekly voice lessons by Angelina Watson run from Wednesday d. 7 September 2016. Remember to text 20150949 the night before – before 9pm if you’re coming.
“Based on Nadine George’s voice training, we will work on breath and focus, as well as exploring the masculine and feminine expression of the voice.”
More info here.
Mask work (NEW)
In connection with the main experiments of the Experimental Station “The Actor and the Übermarionette” and “The Aesthetics of Death”, free training in the mask work of Jacques Copeau and Etienne Decroux is offered from 16 September every Friday from 9-10:30 in the Boulevarden.
You are welcome regardless of previous experience with mask work.
“The mask frees us from our daily responsibilities and dissolves our perception of who we are. It is the mask that becomes our body, its movements, our mind and voice. The mask shifts the focus away from the ego that we all cling to and that limits our creativity and imagination. When we wear the mask, we let go of control and live in the moment.”
MHS training (NEW)
MONDAYS at 8:00-11:00 the artistic direction is in charge of a weekly training, called MHS training. As a novelty, we open to all interested. Meeting time is 7:50 – for joint introduction (NB: not possible to come late).The training consists of three parts; 1) Zen inspired meditation for 20-30 min. 2) Masai-hop for 30-40 min. alternating between springing and jumping. Then 3 yoga-inspired stretches. 3) Voice training (Nadine George). It concludes with a short joint reflection. Total time for the voice work about 1 1/2 hours. Read detailed description of the format on the website.
This form has been developed through one of the main experiments at the Experimental Station – and you can read more about the experiment and what the training is about in the experimental report “A Special Condition.”
The experimental station convenes an ordinary general meeting tuesday d. 27 September 2016 at 17.30-18.30.
The General Assembly takes place in Boulevarden.
Election of the chairman and the rapporteur
Annual Report of the Artistic Direction
Approval of the annual accounts
Election of the Board of Directors and the Auditor
Election of the date of the next General Assembly
Proposals to be discussed at the General Assembly must be received by the Board at least 7 days before the General Assembly. For planning purposes, registration is required by email or phone 38793828.
REMEMBER! Membership event – deadline for registration 16 September:
We hope to see many of our members, new and old, at this full day event where Jesper la Cour will share the concept of STORYPLAY with us. It is an approach to storytelling born of 20 years of practice as a storyteller, and designed to accommodate all ages and types, in a desire to become wiser about ourselves and each other. To understand life’s multiplicity of realities and truths. Participation is free and registration can be made by email orphone 38793828.
REMEMBER! Renew your membership before 1 October:
Right now, there is an opening offer on membership for season 16/17: you get membership for the whole season for 900 DKK when signing up/renewing in August or September 2016. A membership costs otherwise 1.320 DKK for the whole season. Group membership costs 2.850 kr for the season.
For detailed information on registration and prices follow this link.
Become a member of Forsøgsstationen or renew your membership for the coming season by filling in this form and sending it to mail(at)forsoegsstationen.dk. If you have not been a member before, please include a short CV. Payment information will be sent to you after approval.
New faces at the Experimental Station
Livingstone’s Cabinet has moved in, and we’re super excited about it. Nina Kareis and Pete Livingstone are not unfamiliar faces as they have often hired themselves out for productions and as members have contributed to several experiments, including most recently QUIET – where they explored a performing introvert form of expression with set designer Julie Forchhammer.
They are now in full swing with The Einstein of Sex which is going on tour, so I couldn’t get a current picture of the busy couple – and therefore had to go hunting… “Found” is from their critically acclaimed show “I Lie Down With a Crocodile”. Photo: Bjarne Stæhr.
We also have a new cleaner in the house; Marzena Klingert has been headhunted to the Experimental Station via the Culture Office, which she also keeps clean and tidy.
We warmly welcome Marzena and are already enjoying the fruits of her thoroughness! Marzena is from Poland and prefers to be addressed in English, as she has some difficulty with Danish. She’s usually in the house on Mondays during normal ‘office hours’ – so we’ve got visible cleaning. Literally.