CONTRIBUTORS // JOIN IN CONFERENCE
Professor of Drama and Theatre
Lise Hovik is professor of drama and theatre at Queen Maud University College of Early Childhood Education, and a drama pedagogue since 1990. She is the artistic director of Teater Fot, developing theatre and art for the very young since 2004, and currently project manager for the artistic research project Lydhør i Kongsgården, with kindergarten children.
“Theatre connects deeply with how we relate to one another as human beings, both as artists and audiences, how we are able to imagine new human and non-human worlds together, and how entanglements and sympoiesis create a community of differences in the theatre space”
Ine Therese Berg
Associate professor in Theatre
Dr. Ine T. Berg wrote her PhD on audience participation in contemporary theatre. She recently joined the department of drama and theatre at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and has collaborated with Telemarksforskning on a research project commissioned by the Norwegian Arts Council on independent performing arts and dissemination. Berg also works as a freelance theatre critic, dramaturg and curator and is the co-author and editor of several publications. She was formerly a curator of theatre history at Oslo Museum, an advisor at Dance Information Norway and doctorate fellow at Oslo Metropolitan University.
“Interactivity is a feature of all theatre, and can be emphasized as a formal gesture”
Theatre director and Artistic Director of Tigerstadsteatret
Hilde Brinchmann is a theatre director, educated in Stockholm, 2010. She is the artistic director of Tigerstadsteatret, Oslo's theatre for young audiences. Brinchmann has done numerous productions for children and youth and has received the Hedda-Award three times. Her latest productions include the interactive and immersive production "The Jungle" (2020) and the immersive play "The Tigerbus has a theatre in its belly" (2021) in the new touring blackbox "Tigerbussen" (The Tigerbus). Brinchmann will be directing the main production of Participate in your life "The Tower of Babel" in Kaunas 2022.
“What you experience in the theatre should only be possible in the theatre”
Playwright, Theatre Director and Teacher
Chris Cooper has worked in TIE (Theatre in Education) in the UK since 1988 and was the Artistic Director of Big Brum TiE (1999-2015). Since 2009 he has been working with Drama Rainbow Education, Beijing, and founded an NGO, Jian Xue, with partners in 2017. He works all over Europe on theatre projects, training, lecturing and holding workshops. He has written extensively about theatre and drama in a variety of books and journals. Chris is now the author of 46 plays.
“Exploring self and society and society in the self”
Artistic director of Káva Kulturális Műhely
Gabor is the president, artistic director and one of the actor-drama teachers of Káva Drama/Theatre in Education Association since its founding in 1996. When he has the opportunity, he teaches workshops or within institutional frames in Hungary or abroad, on topics related to complex drama (DiE), theatre in education and other participatory genres. His emphasis is mainly on theory and practice of complex theatre in educational performances. Gabor lives in Budapest with his wife and two daughters. He has parachuted several times and learned to ride a bike when he was 18.
Ragnhild Tronstad, Kulturtanken
Senior Adviser Performing Arts
Ragnhild Tronstad is a Senior Adviser for Performing Arts in Kulturtanken – Arts for Young Audiences Norway. She holds an MA in theatre studies and a PhD in media aesthetics. Tronstad did her postdoc project (2006-2010) on «Presence and Performativity in Interactive Media Arts», and she is an experienced researcher of interactivity and performance.
“Interactivity can boost the performance experience of a young audience – or ruin it. I find that theories of play provide useful models to understand how interactivity works”
Ragnhild Freng Dale
Social anthropologist and theatre critic
Ragnhild Freng Dale is a social anthropologist, cultural worker and theatre critic. She has collaborated on a number of theatre productions in recent years, most recently on the arts-science collaboration Talking in the Rain with Ferske Scener (NO) and Reality Research Centre (FI). Ragnhild holds a PhD in social anthropology from the University of Cambridge and works as a researcher at the Western Norway Research Institute.
Ragnhild will moderate the discussion
"Democracy in performing arts // What space is there for democracy in interactive theatre?"
Kristian Nødtvedt Knudsen, Assitej
Associate Professor in Theatre
Knudsen is an Associate Professor in Theatre at the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, University of Agder. His main research areas are related to how the performative and digital society can stimulate renewal in relation to ways of teaching and doing research in Arts Education. He is currently part of the Creative Europe Project "ConnectUp" and the development of the "Theatre Mediation Programme". Furthermore he is part of the research group Art and Young People at UiA. In addition, Knudsen is the chief editor of the Journal for Research in Arts and Sports Education & a board member of the organisation ASSITEJ NORWAY.
“Theatre/interactivity is about challenging the meaning of what theatre is and can be”
Dramaturg, pedagogue and theatre critic
Mariken Lauvstad is a dramaturg, theatre pedagogue- and essayist/critic. She has produced and participated in numerous theatre productions over the past decade, both in and outside of pedagogical institutions. Mariken has a masters degree in comparative dramaturgy from the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
Mariken will moderate the discussion
"Interactive and immersive theatre for a young audience"
PARTICIPATE IN YOUR LIFE PARTNERS:
Kompani13 // Norway
Káva Kulturális Műhely // Hungary
Nathional Kaunas Drama Theatre // Lithuania
Bird and Bat Reykjavik // Iceland
Teater Allena Karlskrona // Sweden
Conference coordinators: Syv mil AS
Venue: Cornerteateret, Bergen, Norway
The JOIN IN conference was funded by Nordic Culture Point, Nordic Culture Fond, Arts Council Norway and Bergen Municipality.