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January & February 2020

The newsletter contains:

1. The seasonal trial
1. Take the first test
2. Since last
1. New administrator in full swing
2. New office hours
3. Upcoming activities
1. DDF arrangement
2. March is GAGA month
3. Nadine George workshop 2020
4. Current member attempts
1. The Laughing Game
2. Voices from Enghaveplads
5. Special for members
1. Use the network!
2. Date of platform
3. Training

Seasonal trial gets under way

Photo: still from documentary by Lotte Faarup and Helle Lyshøj
Our seasonal experiment “Silence, Pause, Audience Recollections (https://www.forsoegsstationen.dk/forsoeg/stilhed-pause-publikumserindringer/) ” has its first choir rehearsal on Friday, March 6 at 4:30-7pm.

As there is still room for more participants, we invite those interested to come to this first choir rehearsal to see what it’s all about. There will be several returnees from our 2017 success, the SOUND OF THE PUBLIC, and they will also be able to tell you a bit about what to expect from the trip…

On 6 March, composer Peter Bruun and choirmaster Erik Jakobsson will introduce us to the newly composed work. Peter and Erik also formed the musical power-team at Lyden af Publikum, the season experiment in 2016/17, where we played at the Royal Theatre in connection with CPH STAGE (see short documentary here (https://vimeo.com/222439272) ) and were in Italy with in 2018 (link (https://youtu.be/0M-iKMPf0kU) ).

The seasonal experiment is part of a larger project that will run over the next few years with support from the BIKUBENFONDEN, among others. Read details about participation in the recruitment letter and about the trial here (https://www.forsoegsstationen.dk/forsoeg/stilhed-pause-publikumserindringer/) .

Registration and further information via email to Øyvind Kirchhoff at oyvind@forsoegsstationen.dk


** Our new administrator is in full swing!

As some of you already know, we have hired Lise Aagaard Knudsen as administrator as of 1 February. Lise is already in full swing – getting to know the whole house.

Here is a short presentation of Lise:
Lise trained as an actor in London and holds a Master’s degree in Theatre & Performance Studies from the University of Copenhagen. Alongside her work at the Experimental Station, she is exploring the body’s memory in a memory system without a body – artificial intelligence. The exploration will be shown at CLICK Festival 2020 under the title memoryMechanics. She herself is a member of the Experimental Station and loves Gaga.
Lise can be contacted by email at mail@forsoegsstationen.dk or on our main number 38 79 38 28.

** New office opening hours

The office is open for personal and telephone enquiries Monday to Thursday 9-13. You can always leave a message on the phone outside office hours or send an email. On Fridays there is no physical staff but you can still contact the office by phone or email between 9am and 1pm. Lise is in the office on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Rikke is in the office on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. They both work from home offices on Fridays.


** Upcoming activities

Collective processes

Forsøgsstationen is the setting for this event with the Association of Danish Dramatists on Saturday 22 February at 15:30-17:30.
The Association of Danish Playwrights (FDD) will hold its annual general meeting, and in this context there will be a panel discussion with the theme “Collective Processes”.

The panel includes:
* Solveig Gade (professor of performing arts at DDSKS)
* Tine Ilum (Dramaturg at Aarhus Theatre)
* by Proxy (collective performance group)

To register, please visit info@dramaturgerne.dk
Limited number of places. Remember name.

More info on Facebook event here (https://www.facebook.com/events/1023630291341032/) .

In addition to the regular GAGA classes on Tuesdays at 8pm and Thursdays at 8:30am, there are a few extra exciting GAGA days in March. There will be film and dance on Sunday 1 March in connection with the Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival 2020 and a workshop on 14. and March 15.

** Film about Mr. GAGA and sweaty GAGA classes

In cooperation with Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival, a programme of GAGA dance will be presented on Sunday 1 March. Teachers are Siri Wolthoorn (DK) and Kari Vig Petersen (DK, N).

Description from the Festival programme:
Not everyone is into dancing but many, and more and more are. Around the world, Gaga dance has taken hold of underground communities, hipsters and artists, even pensioners and those who know that the body needs to be cared for and that mind and body are one. Ohad Naharin, Bat Sheva Dance Company’s long-time leader and one of the world’s most renowned choreographers, has been portrayed several times by the Heyman Brothers. The result is two terrific and very different documentaries about Gaga’s father and about Gaga dancing.
In Denmark, several professional dancers have travelled to the Gagaud School in Tel Aviv and Copenhagen can provide some of the best teachers in the world. We therefore present a unique programme of film, dance, dance and film on 1 March at the Experimental Station on Sdr Boulevard

Program looks like this:
10.00-11.20 Film Mr Gaga
11.30-12.30 teaching Gaga/people
12.30-13.50 Film Mr Gaga
14.00-15.00 teaching Gaga/people
16.00-17.00 Film Out of Focus

Read more and book your ticket via this link (https://billetto.dk/e/sidste-dag-pa-copenhagen-jewish-film-festival-2020-er-gagapeople-dag-billetter-408198?utm_campaign=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_source=billetto-b2c-eventpage&fbclid=IwAR17o5gRZPA6A82_IjcqLlSiOyfQtPwCXYj1PLvxPuq5ew5Ecos4Abd__Ww) .

** GAGA & Improvisation Workshop

Saturday the 14th and Sunday On March 15, a GAGA&improvisation workshop will be held – both days from 11-14. The teachers are Smadar Goshen and Kari Vig Petersen, who are both certified GAGA teachers. There are 5 free places for members of the Experimental Station.

Registration to Kari at mail kari.v.pet@gmail.com. Read more under Facebook event link (https://www.facebook.com/events/3364950523546804/) .

** The Dance Halls’ spring programme of experimental…

Photo: Rikke Rod – from platform in June 2018
The experiment “With the Body in Discovery” from 2018 has been in schools for the past few years and is now part of the Dance Halls programme with 4 weeks of performances in Pakhus 11 from 24 February to 21 March. We look forward to seeing how it has evolved since the pilot phase. The programme (https://mailchi.mp/dansehallerne/dansehallerne-sparker-kraftfuldt-forret-i-gang) is absolutely fantastic, and you can see one of my absolute favourites, the American choreographer and performer Deborah Hay. Her works The Match and The Man (https://www.dansehallerne.dk/forestilling/the-man-the-match/) have been revived with the dancers of the Cullberg Ballet. Don’t miss!


** Nadine George workshop 2020

This year’s workshop with internationally renowned voice teacher Nadine George will take place Monday 11 May to Saturday 16 May 2020.

This year it costs DKK 3,800 to participate. There is a great demand for places and the advertising to members means that it is already almost fully booked. Registration by email to pr@forsoegsstationen.dk

…about Nadine George’s work and its significance, we recommend reading the 2013 publication “Growing Voices” (http://www.voicestudiointernational.com/files/6114/2601/9234/Growing_Voices_online_version.pdf), edited by Professor Ros Steen, Director of the Centre for Voice in Performance, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. And if you are a member, you can get to know her technique at the weekly voice training (http://www.forsoegsstationen.dk/stemmetraening/) where Angelina Watson teaches the technique.

More information about the workshop will be available as we get closer – where you will also be able to register as an audience member for the open audition on 16 May.

Current membership attempts

It is always possible to read about ongoing or previous trials on the website (http://forsoegsstationen.us8.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=7e4ab507ee0681aacca9cd6c7&id=77f3986bcb&e=7b9b825c44) , where you can also download trial reports and read the trial intention reports – that is, the trial team’s presentation of the trial itself. Members can apply for time and sparring on trials – see how here (http://forsoegsstationen.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7e4ab507ee0681aacca9cd6c7&id=ee294188b7&e=7b9b825c44) . Views may not always make it into the newsletter, so keep an eye on our facebook page (http://forsoegsstationen.us8.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=7e4ab507ee0681aacca9cd6c7&id=3ce7a29bec&e=7b9b825c44) and the website if you are particularly interested in experiencing the artistic research processes up close…

** Membership trials in the calendar…


** The Laughing Game
In January we had the pleasure of the experiment “The Laughing Game” led by Antoinette Helbing. Here she used material already generated from research on this in an exploration of how the many forms of value of laughter can be conveyed through a dancer in a solo.

During the trial, Antoinette invited people to a daily morning training session – a warm-up for working with laughter. It gave her an opportunity to experience others working with exercises she used to explore laughter as a phenomenon, and it gave those of us who attended a glimpse into her working process and a good base for the rest of the day’s work.

The Laughing Game will be screened as part of The Submarine on 26-28 February. Read about the programme on the Bådteatret website (http://www.baadteatret.dk/a-threefold-performance-evening/) .

Read more about the trial here (http://www.forsoegsstationen.dk/forsoeg/fair-phone/) .

Photo: Jan Vesala.


** Voices from Enghave Plads
Photo: Anna Kruse
After 8 years of metro construction and the closure of a square that is the setting for much local life in Vesterbro, Enghave Plads is alive again. Singer and composer Anna Kruse will explore how to transform interviews into poetic material for interpretation through song in her experiment “Voices from Enghave Plads”. Is it possible to develop a proper methodology?

The ambition of the project is to give voice to citizens who are connected to the square in some way; how does the drunkard, the skater, the baker or the dog walker experience the change that has happened and how has it affected their lives? And what has happened in their lives in the last 8 years – how have they been transformed?

Read more about the trial here (https://www.forsoegsstationen.dk/forsoeg/stemmer-fra-enghave-plads/) .

Special for members


** Use the network!

We would like to encourage members to use this unique network (which many already do – not least via the facebook group “Forsøgsstationen intern” (https://www.facebook.com/groups/944010352410912/) ) – both in the form of invitations to screenings of trials or rehearsals, but of course also when it is time to play a performance.

** Platform
The next platform is Friday 12 June, 5-9pm – members who have done experiments in the past six months will present their work and discoveries in some form, and can invite collaborators or other interested parties to watch. The platform is open to all members and non-members, as long as you are interested in engaging in dialogue about creative work.

** Training offers and workshops

** In short, the training offer for the 19/20 season looks like this:
Monday 18 & 19:30 – Modern Dance (http://www.forsoegsstationen.dk/moderne-dans/) (Stands&Dans)**
Tuesday 20-21: GAGA
Wednesday 9-11: Voice training (http://www.forsoegsstationen.dk/stemmetraening/) * (REMEMBER TO REGISTER)
Thursday 8:30-9:30: GAGA


*) Registration required by 9pm the night before – check website for current programme.

**) Read also more about the teams on their website here (http://standsogdans.dk/dansehold/forsoegsstationen/) . Members can attend for free.