Teatervitenskap på Universitetet i Bergen inviterer til Zoom-konferanse 26. og 27. November, under overskriften: How has the non-institutional theatres /independent dance, theatre and performance field emerged and developed in Scandinavia and the Nordic/Baltic region? Se fullt program under

26–27 November, Bergen/Zoom

How has the non-institutional theatres /independent dance, theatre and performance field emerged and developed in Scandinavia and the Nordic/Baltic region?

The research milieu in Theatre Studies at University of Bergen has instigated a research project for the study of Scandinavian independent theatre from the 1960s to the 2010s, defined as SCAN-AESTHETICS which has been developed with Scandinavian colleagues. Together we have identified a research gap regarding the study of independent theatre and performance groups not only in the countries traditionally defined as “Scandinavian”, but within the Nordic-Baltic region in general. SCAN-AESTHETICS is henceforth to be understood as a catchword to cover the Scandinavian and Nordic/Baltic dimension seen as region. The understanding of the field of performing arts in this project also includes popular art, musical theatre, cabaret and circus.


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Thursday 26 November

09.00–10.00  Welcome 
                         Keynote 1: Peter M. Boenisch, Aarhus University, DK 

10.30–12.00 Parallel Sessions 

Panel 1: Independent theatre: Historiography and the transnational  

Chair: Knut Ove Arntzen 

  • Martynas Petrikas: The Independent Theatre of Lithuania: Emergency of the Field. 

  • Annelis Kuhlmann: Women in the powerful position of a stage director in Denmark. A theatre profession withour theater historiography. 

  • Stephen Wilmer: Maciunas: Nutty Artist or Seminal Influence? The Fluxus Movement. 

Panel 2: Cultural Policy and structural analysis 

Chair: Magnús Thor Thorbergsson 

  • Ine Therese Berg (Oslo): Cultural Policy as Institutional Dramaturgy. 

  • Anneli Saro: Structural Analysis of Theatre Field of a City.  

  •  Melanie Fieldseth: Examining Teaterhuset Avant Garden (TAG) in Trondheim.  

13.00-14.30 Parallel Sessions  

Panel 3: Spectatorship and Publicness  

Chair: Anneli Saro 

  • Hild Borchgrevink: Performing publicness - interdisciplinary differences.  

  • Karoline Skuseth: The concept of plurality in the development of BIT Teatergarasjen. 

  • Rikard Hoogland: Stage Summer festival as a transnational event.  

Panel 4: Independent Theatre and Dance Groups 

Chair: Kim Skjoldager-Nielsen 

  • Mikko-Olavi Seppälä: The Independent Field in Scandinavia Regarding Finnish group theatre movement and its ties to Sweden in the 1970s. 

  • Magnús Thor Thorbergsson: Taking Up Space. The emergence of an independent theatre field in Iceland 1975–1990. 

14.45–16.15 Parallel Sessions  

Panel 5: Immersive Theatre  

Chair: Mikko-Olavi Seppälä 

  • Kim Skjoldager-Nielsen: Aesthetics of Interactive and Immersive Theatre Since
    the Turn of the Millenia: SIGNA – Poste Restante - Sisters´ Academy. 

  • Julia Stina Skoglund: Heterotopia and
    Power: On Immersive Performance-Installations by SIGNA and T. B. Nilsson. 

  • Thomas Rosendal Nielsen: Scan-aesthetics: Emersive dramaturgy. 



Panel 6: Aesthetic Turn in the Baltic  

Chair: Martynas Petrikas 

  • Ieva Rodina: Actors as co-creators in contemporary Latvian theatre. 

  • Luule Epner: The institutional and aesthetic turn in Estonian theatre in 1987–1992. 

  • Riina Oruaas: Brand new dance: Development of independent dance field in Estonia. 

Friday - 27 November

  • 9.00–10.00    Keynote 2: Clare Finburgh, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK 

    10.30–12.15   Panel Session

    Panel 7: Theatre Ecology in Gothenburg 

    Chair: Rikard Hoogland 

    • Astrid von Rosen: Independent Dance in Gothenburg: Emergencies and Exclusions. 

    • Mikael Strömberg: Entertainment as infrastructure. 

    • Sandra Grehn: Theatre for young audiences played by independent theatre group
      in Gothenburg 1980–1985. 

    • Fia Adler Sandblad: Physical theatre in Gothenburg. A performance lecture. 

    • Helena Holgersson: Where the expansion was made possible: On the importance of municipal cultural
      and community centers. 

    13.15–14.45 Parallel Sessions  

    Panel 8: History and Drama in Avant-Garde Russia and the Baltic 

    Chair: Stephen Wilmer 

    • Janne Risum: Meyerhold´s Casting of Actresses for Male Parts. 

    • Hedi-Liis Tome: The rise and fall of theatre NO99 in Estonia – a case of political and discursive change. 

    • Olga Nikolaeva: TEATR.doc: Verbatim Practice in the Context of Sociocultural Climate in Contemporary Russia.   

    Panel 9: Playwrighting in the Nordic  

    Chair: Annelis Kuhlmann 

    • Babatunde Allen Bakare: Examination of Contemporary Pedagogy in the Works of Modern Norwegian Playwrights: Textual Analysis
      of Arne Lygre’s play, ‘Man Without Purpose’ and Fredrik Brattsberg’s ‘The Returning’, as Examples. 

    • Knut Ove Arntzen: Indigenous theatre and the spiral dramaturgy. 

    • Anna Blekastad Watson: Documentary drama in Norway. 


    Local arrangement committee: Professor Knut Ove Arntzen, Associate professor Keld Hyldig, Associate professor Ulla Kallenbach, Doctoral research fellow Ragnhild Gjefsen, Master student Márita Charlotte Pedersen Fossum.