study of european avant-garde theatre between 1890 and 1930

What shoulders do we stand on when we think we are inventing the wheel in our rehearsal room?
Is the modern performing arts in a state of rapid evolution or nothing more than a motley collection of variations and cross-cuts of what was new and modern more than 100 years ago?
The Forsøgsstationen organizes three Wednesday evenings with instructor and cand.mag. in Theatre Studies Marc van der Velden – a small study course that offers you an introductory meeting with and insight into 40 heady and decisive years in the development of the European theatre avant-garde.
In addition to Stanislavski, Meyerhold and Brecht, we also meet Edward Gordon Craig, Isadora Duncan and Antonin Artaud, and get to know many other names from the period between 1890 and 1930. Every Wednesday evening we also read some of their theoretical texts and look at a large visual material that places the theatre development of the period in a larger political, social and artistic context.
A week before each session, a few texts will be sent out, which we expect you to have read before the following gathering

Read more about Marc van der Velden here:
Marc van der Velden, born 1956 in Tilburg, the Netherlands, actor, director, dramaturg and playwright.
Cand. MA in Film and Theatre Studies at Utrecht University.
Since his arrival in Denmark in 1988, he has won acclaim as a director and playwright for his
productions for children and young people, several of which have received awards and nominations.
co-director of Theater La Balance, from 2005 – 2009 of the State Ensemble for Children’s Theater Corona La Balance and from
2010 – 2020 by ZeBU, small large byte theatre in Copenhagen. From 2021 he works freelance


Where & when 2025 at 19 – 22


Price 600 DKK / 450 DKK (students and unemployed)

You can register at the Forsøgsstationen
There is a maximum of 20 participants and the first-come-first-served principle applies.
Deadline for registration is no later than May 5, 2025
You are only guaranteed a place once we have received your payment.
Payment should be made to The Lab station’s account no: 8075 1193410