Dansens Hus invites performers and creators within the dance and performing arts field to participate in a three-part seminar on different forms of dramaturgical thinking. Over the course of three weekends, three dramaturgs who operate actively in dance works will present their interests and methodological approaches within dance dramaturgy. In addition, they will visit selected dance artists in the studio, to put their thoughts and own practice in context with the dancers' projects and works.


Around Dramaturgical Estuaries
by Deise Faria Nunes

09. + 10. December

Around Dramaturgical Estuaries is a program created by artist-researcher Deise Faria Nunes, that includes a performance-lecture, conversations, and a workshop.

The event will feature an iteration of the performance lecture Estuaries: The Waters as a Metaphor. In this work, Nunes navigates different Afro-Brazilian Orisha myths and reflects on how narrative streams of thought about knowledge can debouch in concepts for performance dramaturgy. Notions such as oralitures and performances of the spiral time, coined by Brazilian scholar Leda Maria Martins, will be presented alongside the idea of anti-colonial unearthings, one of the concepts created in the context of Nunes’ recent doctoral research.

The presentation will be followed by dialogues with artists Jessica Lauren Elizabeth Taylor and Phyllis Akinyi.

The program will be closed with a workshop in which the participants are invited to reflect on the proposed concepts.

Set up:

DAG 1 – SEMINAR – lecture, discussions and workshop at Dansens Hus, h10.00-16.00
Deise Faria Nunes in conversation with Jessica Lauren Elizabeth Taylor and Phyllis Akinyi.

To register your participation, send an e-mail to billettsalg@dansenshus.com. Mark the email with: Dramaturgy seminar 1, 2 or 3. (or all). The invitation to take part in the seminar extends to all who are interested in exploring dramaturgy as it relates to their own work. The admission is free, but please, sign up for the program.

Deise Faria Nunes (BR/NO) is performance researcher, writer and dramaturge who explores the methodology of Estuaries: Water Mythologies & Art Encounters, connecting prose, Afro-Brazilian mythology, performance and ritual elements

Jessica Lauren Elizabeth Taylor is an artist, filmmaker, writer and community organizer. Her roots are in the Southern United States, born in Mississippi and bred in Florida on former Timucan land. Taylor's work manifests through text, dialogue and video. Her work centers on themes of ritual, social politics and identity mythology of Black and Indigenous folks. She is chiefly concerned with the creation of racial equity in art and theater.

DAY 2 – PRACTICUM is reserved for studio visits with 3 dance artists:

In the second part of each chapter, we offer anyone who is currently in the process of creation, or planning one, and would like to engage in a conversation with the dramaturg, to book a studio visit. The dramaturg will engage with the artist around a concrete piece of work, material or project that the artist is working on. The session will last around one hour, and will take place in the studio or in another space, depending on whether it is a rehearsal or a conversation. You can meet the dramaturge in a studio at Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO) if you do not have the opportunity or desire to be in your own studio. Please specify in the registration e-mail.

1: Sunday October 1, with Bojana Cvejić

2: Sunday November 12 with Jeroen Peeters

3: Sunday December 10 with Deise Nunes

Please, note that this offer is limited to three studio visits in a day. The applications will be selected on the first come, first served basis. If you are interested, please, book early!

To book a visit from a dramaturg, send an e-mail to billettsalg@dansenshus.com. Mark the e-mail with:
Dramaturgy seminar PRACTICUM 1, 2 or 3.

About the seminar:

Over the past two decades, various experimental practices in the field of theater, dance, performance art, and choreographic exhibition in a global context have converged on dramaturgy, an investigation of the interests and questions, capacities and working cultures and politics involved in the creation of a performance. This seminar will offer an encounter with an invited practicing dramaturg at work. Each part – or chapter – is comprised of two days: Day 1 is an open lecture at Dansens Hus, led by the invited speaker who, in dialogue with another dramaturg, will explore their current preoccupations in dramaturgy with regard to creation in dance and performance. Day 2 the invited speaker will visit dance artists currently working in Oslo and engages in a conversation around their work in a studio.

The seminar series is curated by Bojana Cvejić (SRB/BE/NO), freelance dramaturg and Professor of Dance Theory (KHiO), whose work also includes self-organizing collective platforms of self-education and experimental production. In addition to Cvejić, the series will feature as main speakers Deise Faria Nunes (BR/NO), researcher, writer and dramaturg, and Jeroen Peeters (BE), writer, dramaturge and performer active in the field of contemporary dance across Europe.

The invitation to take part in the seminar extends to all who are interested in exploring dramaturgy as it relates to their own work. The admission is free, but please, sign up for the program.

Other dates:

CHAPTER I: 30. September + 01. October
Main speaker: Bojana Cvejic
Co-speaker: Snelle Hall

CHAPTER II: 11. + 12. November
Main speaker: Jeroen Peeters