Different Bodies Lab

Photo by Jassy Earl

Scenekunstbruket will work alongside a Lead Artist to explore content, implementation and follow-up.

Lab lines of enquiry will include:

  • What is a body and how do our bodies connect with our sense of self?
  • What bodies are we seeing on our stages and whose bodies are missing?
  • Where are the old bodies, disabled bodies, ‘unhealthy’ bodies, ethnically diverse bodies?
  • What is the impact of how we treat our bodies, when we self-harm or don’t take care?
  • What messaging are we giving young audiences with this lack of diversity of bodies?
  • Who is ‘allowed’ to dance or be on stage?

In addition to sharing and working with each other, we would like to introduce the participating artists to some of Norway’s most inspiring artists and companies. This will include meeting companies and artists such as:

Panta Rei Dance Theatre who create dance productions for young audiences and always find ways to include the community when touring. They have led multicultural projects in collaboration with asylum centres as well as local projects with youth centres and different public art projects with a focus on reaching new audiences. 

Hege Haagenrud who through the performance Use My Body While It’s Still Young takes an unflinching look at the unfashionable subject of ageing and society’s dismissive or embarrassed attitudes to older people’s appetites and longings. Her performance The Infinite shows how a young girl acts like a predator towards her own body.

Nasser Mhende and Sebastian Tjørstad who made the performance The Balance - a dance duet. Sebastian was born without legs and arms; he is also a comedian and an actor.

Therese Slob, who has created several dance performances with immigrants, disabled dancers and children.

Artists will have the opportunity to work directly with children and young people through KROM (developed by Rom for Dance). KROM stands for body in the room. The focus is on the uniqueness of the individual, taking care of each person’s distinctive character, value, movement and history. KROM wishes to visualise how many different bodies and expressions exist and create acceptance for inequalities.

They will also meet with projects like the INK project (professional artists who made performances and workshops for/with children with special needs). The project was initiated as Norwegian cultural policy has not succeeded in its goals as people living with disability are still underrepresented in the field of culture. The project was intended to let disabled children/youth participate in some specific cultural activities based on their social skills.

Different Bodies Residency

Aaben Dans will connect the PUSH+ artists with local artists, children and adults who could benefit from taking part in the residency. Aaben Dans will be in close contact with the Residency artists on a daily basis:

-            conducting feedback and supervision sessions on both artistic and organisational issues

-            ensuring the artists’ venue and logistical needs are met

-            networking and having a social connection via a daily communal meal

Furthermore, Aaben Dans will bring the Residency artists to local events and opportunities that are relevant to the topic and the artform that they work within.

Different Bodies - International Workshop

In partnership with Bangkok International Children’s Festival (BICT Fest), PUSH+ will include a 5-day workshop in Thaliand exploring elements of the Different Bodies topic. Over the five days, five artists from Europe and five from Thailand will work together

BICT Fest is a relatively new festival for young audiences who are developing a strong reputation through actively seeking to connect with European colleagues and bringing high quality productions and ideas to audiences and artists in Thailand. This activity offers a highly valuable experience for the participating artists while bringing ideas and viewpoints from a non-European context into the topic discussions.