The Different bodies Lab will bring together fifteen artists based in five different countries in Europe to explore ideas around different bodies in theatre and dance for young audiences. Facilitated by Lead Artist Tone Pernille Østern artists will work together from Tuesday 8 September to Friday 18 September 2020. Over 8 days, we will be looking at ideas around the topic of ‘different bodies’, incorporating ideas from artist applications as well as the following questions:
- What is a body and how do our bodies connect with our sense of self?
- What is the connection between body, society and performing arts?
- What kind of bodies do we see on stages - and whose bodies are missing?
- What is the impact of how we treat our bodies and how we talk about (or not talk about) bodies?
- How does the lack of diversity of bodies on stages impact on young audiences?
- How can we open up for new perspectives, and perceptions, where ideas and practices about different bodies are being stretched and challenged?
- How can an artistic space be given for different bodies to move and communicate, and at the same time move our perceptions and minds?
- How can a broad variety of bodily expressions help us reflect through a psychical approach?
In addition to sharing and working with each other, we will introduce the participating artists to other local and international artists, working alongside them during the lab.
The lab aims to explore an open and varying interpretation of different bodies, opening up discussion around bodies missing from our sector. The lab will visualize how many different bodies and expressions exist and work to create better representation in performing arts for a young audience.
We are also interested in experimentation with form as well as content so will explore these three ‘formats’ over the duration of PUSH+ - Participatory, Site-specific and Intergenerational. Through these formats we will play with the ways in which we create and present material, who performs it and how we engage with the audience. You can choose to think about one or more of them in your ideas around different bodies or to select other forms of performance that interest you. Information about these formats can be found here.
We will arrange the lab in the small fishing village of Stamsund in the north of Norway, and work with the local institutions, theatre companies, and a visiting british circus company:
Nordland Visual Theatre (Figurteatret i Nordland)
And visiting artists from Extraordinary bodies