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MAY 2017
Workshop for Professional Performing Arts

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The cherry trees are blooming everywhere! Captured here on Sønder Boulevard on a bright morning.
Photo: Rikke Jeppesen Rod

The newsletter contains:

  1. News from the “Sound of the Audience
    1. “New video out now!
    2. CPH stage – tickets
    3. Volunteers
  2. Since last
    1. News from the Main Experiment “Aesthetics of Death”
    2. Nadine George workshop
    3. Reumert nominations 2017
    4. Bang Unplugged – CPH Stage at Forsøgsstationen
  3. Current membership attempts
    1. Sandy Island
    2. TOTAL!IN!
  4. Reminder of new date for PLATFORM
  5. Special for members
    1. Training hours
    2. Membership

News from the main experiment “The sound of the audience”
Now the choir is well underway and becoming increasingly ‘tight’ both in terms of the actual delivery of the work, and the social outside. Tonight is the third time we have soup – and like last time, the choir itself has taken the initiative for the cooking. Last time a delicious potato-porridge soup by chorist Mai Sung and last night, where we were spoiled with a meal of Boeuf Stroganoff, made by chorist Troels Laurell and assisted by Tonny Bluecat. It’s great to see the choir starting to come together.

Now we have both t-shirts and postcards to make the SOUND OF THE PUBLIC visible and we are seeing a lot of interest in the project. Next week, a Go-card campaign will run throughout Copenhagen in 400 cafés.

NOTE: If there is still someone out there who needs a final push out the door, now is the time! It is still possible to join and the training is fun and guaranteed effective mastery. Write if you would like to join us. Rehearsals are on Fridays from 16:30-18:30. Write to Øyvind Kirchhoff for more information or to register.

New video about the choir is out!
The second video teaser is out!

CPH Stage ticket loop is open
Tickets are now available for both the presentations here in the old cinema and at the Royal Theatre in Skuespilhuset. You can order via this link.
We are still looking for volunteers
We would like to gather good forces to get this project to a good end and would still like to have volunteers to help with various practical tasks related to the project. If you know someone or would be interested in being part of the team, please contact Øyvind Kirchhoff to find out more.

The project is also supported by Vesterbro Local Committee and Tuborgfondet.

The Voice of the Audience is part of CaravanNext, a large scale European Social Community Theatre project –
Since last

News from the main experiment “Aesthetics of Death”

The experimental report on the first main experiment of the season “Aesthetics of Death” is just about to be published. The Aesthetics of Death, led by Øyvind Kirchhoff, was held in October 2016, as a 5-day development project and an open knowledge sharing seminar. Read more here about the experimental work, the second part of a three-part study on “The Actor and the Über-Puppet”, which began in 2015. The third and final part of the trial will be carried out in the 17/18 season.

Watch a new video about the “Aesthetics of Death” experiment via the link below:
Video from the seminar “Aesthetics of Death”
Video of Poul Storm
Editing by Poul Storm and Øyvind Kirchhoff

The annual Nadine George workshop has ended in style…

The workshop with Nadine George was packed and we got to try our hand at Ibsen. On the last day we had an open rehearsal where several colleagues, friends and family watched Nadine working with the participants. It was very interesting to work with the dialogues in Ibsen’s universe, and to get acquainted with one of his very last plays “John Gabriel Borkmann” – it is highly recommended to take a closer look at this little masterpiece. Very modern and topical theme. One realisation we shared was how widely different layers and dimensions each ‘pair’ found through the work, and what depth it brings to the work to explore through ‘pure’ text power and voice vibration. Many thanks to Nadine George for staying with this work and generously sharing her insights, through technique, with new and not so ‘new’ generations.
/Rikke J. Rod

This year’s Reumert nominations
We have several colleagues who have been nominated for a Reumert this year – and we congratulate them all! We are of course very proud and happy that more members and close partners are among them: Anette Asp Christensen for the nomination for the special award of the year for ‘Views from my grandmother’s kitchen’; Bo Madvig for the nomination for dancer of the year, for ‘Rammer’, GLiMT, Vendsyssel Teater and Limfjordsteatret; Maria Rich for the nomination for female ensemble role of the year, for ‘Living Dead’, Aarhus Teater and Sort/Hvid; And our board member Catherine Poher for the nomination of the Open Dance performance “Tre Ben” in the category of dance performance of the year.

And Jesper Hyldegaard is nominated in the category of male lead of the year, for the role of a fisherman in “Lampedusa”, and we have a special share in that. The show is produced by Husets Teater, Kulturkontoret/Akut360 and Forsøgsstationen, and has ‘our own’ Andreas Dawe as director and idea man. Congratulations from here!

For those who haven’t seen it yet, it will be performed again during the CPH stage – and you can buy tickets here.

Or read about the creation in Andreas’ blog post “When you can’t help yourself” from December 2016.
Photo: Henrik Ohsten Rasmussen, press photo / Husets Teater

Speaking of CPH Stage…
We are pleased to announce that we have signed an agreement with our member Mette Frank for the project “Bang unplugged”. We have given the team the opportunity to show the performance here at Forsøgsstationen during CPH Stage. This is one of the projects we have chosen to support (free of charge through trial and viewing) because of its special nature.
Photo: Pernille Koldbech Fich

About the show:
Herman Bang’s famous short story “The Four Devils”, about the disciplined and ascetic lives of four trapeze artists, is a beautiful but bleak account of human existential loneliness. It is the story of forbidden love, and how love that is not grasped can feel so despairing.

In an arena shaped like a circus ring, two actors transform the passionate love story into captivating drama with a few stage moves. Using only body and voice, with simple, precise movements and clear timing, they, along with the four fearless devils, will plunge into the sensual, feverish tale of life’s fragility – and the vulnerability of daring to love.

Karen-Lise Mynster (Director)
Mette Frank (Actress)
Petrine Agger (Actress)
Herman Bang (playwright)
Play period:
9 June 2017 – 11 June 2017 – all days at 16.00
Artist talk after the performance on 10 June.

Read more under CPH Stage programme – tickets are free but must be booked through

New date for Platform in June
The next platform – where participants in the member trials share process and insights with each other and other interested parties – will be on Thursday 15 June at 17-20 instead of the first announced Friday June 16. Those interested can sign up through Lotte Faarup.

Current membership attempts
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 into 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…

Membership attempts in the calendar…


The member project Sandy Island – An Inter-Artistic Immersive Performing Arts Experiment explores how to engage the audience in an immersive theatre form and create a meaningful exchange between audience, stage and performer that contributes to the audience’s active co-creation of the work based on the Sandy Island phenomenon.

Stage director Niels Erling has conceived and re-enacted the project together with architect and scenographer Rasmus Strange Thue, and literary and cultural mediator Anders Thrue Djurslev, under the auspices of Haut.
The trial will take place between 9 and 18 May 2017. Read more about the trial here.

The TOTAL!DANS! stems from a recurring work with TOTAL!DANS! an interactive choreographic format for children in 1st-3rd grade. Ellen Kilsgaard started this work at the Experimental Station in 2013 and has worked 2-3 weeks each year on the project since then. The project is inspired by the main experiment TOTAL!TEATER! from the 2012/13 season – come by and read Karen Vedel’s report on the project in our cosy library…

The experiment has two phases. The first phase is in week 20 and the second phase in week 36, 2017.
Idea and dance: Ellen Kilsgaard
Dance: Rosa Meyer and Anu Rajala-Erkut
Live music: Henriette Groth
Read more about the trial here.
Special for members:

Training at the Experimental Station
Please note that training this season ends on Friday 23 June. Keep an eye on the website and our facebook group for any cancellations.
The weekly trainings are free for members and the schedule looks like this for the rest of the season:

Monday 8-11: MHS training
Wednesday 9-11: Voice training*
Friday 9-10:30: Mask work

*) Registration required by 21:00 the evening before by SMS to 20150949.

In addition, Rikke Liljenberg offers ShakespeareSundayLab on selected Sundays 10:30-13:00. Next time is the June 11, 2017. Register at least the day before by email / 31 46 40 10. Read more here. This training is also free for members, but is also open to non-members for a participation fee of DKK 100 per session.

Renewal of membership

It is still possible to become a member for the rest of the 16/17 season. And if you would like to renew your membership for the coming 2017/18 season now, that’s also possible.

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) If you have not been a member before, please include a short CV. Payment information will be sent to you after approval.