PERFORMANCES and EVENTS this semester

INDEPENDENT PRODUCTIONS by the second year students at NTA

18th and 19th of May

20th of May:

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A mini-festival of short plays/prose works by Samuel Beckett


Directed by Phillip Zarrilli and Andy Crook
Performed and designed by the second year acting and scenography students at NTA/HiØ

THURSDAY March 30 at 19:00 (programme A)
FRIDAY March 31 at 19:00 (programme B)
SATURDAY April 1 at 15:00 (programme A)
SATURDAY April 1 at 19:00 (programme B)

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CHILDISM Et Teater Ting
5th of April, in Fredrikstad


Theater play about child abuse and child molestation.
Based on researched and developed at Norwegian Theatre Academy.
Supported by Kulturrådet and Dramatikkens hus in Oslo.
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Presentation of NTA Research publication INFINITE RECORD
27th of April


At Litteraturhuset in OSLO at 1900
Free entrance

Infinite Record: Archive, Memory, Performance documents an international artistic research project initiated by Norwegian Theatre Academy/Østfold University College and funded in part by the National Program for Artistic Research in Norway.
The point of departure was set by three world-renowned artists—Arnold Dreyblatt, Louise Höjer, and Wen Hui—each of whom approach archival work from different artistic perspectives. Working in Fredrikstad, these artists were able to create a gravitational field extending beyond the boundaries of the art world and Norway.
Various symposia, hosted by Norwegian Theatre Academy and the partner universities—Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel (Germany), and York St John University (UK)—brought together artists and academics with a common interest in these three artists and in the broad subjects of archive, memory, and performance.

Within this book the reader will find essays, photographs, fiction, poetry, music, and other works of art documenting the project, its artistic productions, and the scholarship surrounding it. One will also encounter a complex project architecture, inviting the reader to get lost in the layers of Infinite Record’s reflective archival methods emerging from contrasting perspectives.
Fore more information about the book and to purchase it go to the website of the publisher Brooklyn Arts Press.

OPEN LECTURES at NTA this semester 

NTA hosts its Tuesday lectures series during both semesters, mirroring diverse aspects of the art field in Norway and internationally. Artists, curators and theoreticians present their current work of interest. The aim is to locate various perspectives on artistic practice in a broader context, as well as keeping an ongoing dialogue with the art community at large. Visiting Artists give presentations, film screenings, theoretical lectures, debates and analysis.

Tuesday 24th of January

SC 13 (scenography students at NTA) presents their projects at Håøya The politics of staging plays

Tuesday 31st of January

By Laurent Chetouane, director and choreographer.
After studying engineering in France, Chetouane took up Drama studies at the Sorbonne (Paris) and stage direction at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. Since 2000 Laurent Chétouane has been working as a theatre director at various major theatres, among them venues in Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Weimar, Cologne, Athens, Oslo, Paris.  Since 2006, he has also been working as choreographer.

Tuesday 14th of February

By Karmenlara Ely
The politics of the Orestia by Aeschylus,

Tuesday 14th of March

By Kaite O’Reilly
Atypical Plays, Atypical Productions:
From a site-specific production on a firing range on Welsh Ministry of Defence land, to a collaboration with Phillip Zarrilli in an underground former Nazi work camp, to a character-driven play about surviving brain injury, to a radical 'crip' rewrite of disability experience, Kaite O'Reilly's work is a political staging of place and the body. In this talk she will reflect on process, politics, and alternative dramaturgies.

O'Reilly is a multi-award winning playwright, including the Peggy Ramsay Award for 'YARD' (The Bush, London), Theatre-Wales Award for 'peeling' (Graeae Theatre Company),The Ted Hughes Award for new works in poetry for 'Persians' in Mike Pearson's site-specific production on MOD land for National Theatre Wales. 'In Water I'm Weightless' was directed by John E McGrath for NTW/Wales Millennium Centre/Southbank Centre as part of the Cultural Olympiad festival for the 2012 London Olympics/Paralympics. As fellow at International Research Centre 'Interweaving Performance Cultures' at Freie University, Berlin, she has been reflecting on her work between 'mainstream' culture and Disability culture, between hearing and Deaf culture. Her selected 'Atypical Plays for Atypical Actors' was published to great accolade by Oberon in 2016. A leading figure in the UK's disability culture, she is patron of Disability Arts Cymru and DaDaFest (Disability Arts Deaf Arts, Liverpool).

Tuesday 25th of April

By Maria Tryti Vennerød
On her dramatic writing and the politics of staging plays.

MARIA TRYTI VENNERØD (b. 1978) is one of the most acknowledged playwrights in Norway today. She made her debut in 2002 with the play MORE. Since then, her plays have been frequently staged at major theatres in Norway. In 2011 she received a commision and was staged in a Writers´project by the F.I.N.D. festival at Schabühne in Berlin. Her plays have been translated into ten languages and have been presented at theatres like Théâtre de la Colline in Paris, The National Theatre in Budapest and at Theatre for the New City in New York. She has received several of awards. In 2012 she was nominated for the Hedda Award in the category “extraordinary artistic work”, for her combined blog and theater project “IKKJE DIREKTE RÅKA. 16/4- 6/22 2012”. The latter aimed to respond to what was going through the Norwegian hearts and minds, during the days of trial against the Utøya-terrorist. Vennerød has worked on two large projects at Det Norske Teater, writing in collaboration with other international dramatists. Vennerød is known to write with linguistic musicality and energy, and with a desire to raise ethical questions through humor, poetry and politics. 

Thursday 4th of May (NOTE that this lecture is from 1900 to 2100)

By Joslin McKinney
Stage directions: from representation to scenographic performativity.

This lecture will consider the way stage directions reveal a variety of expectations between stage design and the performance of plays. These different understandings of design reflect broader assumptions about the way theatre produces meaning. Drawing on a range of examples including Chekhov, Arthur Miller, Beckett and Caryl Churchill, I will outline a broad shift from representation to performativity in scenography and consider what that means for the ways in which design, performance and spectatorship are positioned in relation to each other.

Building on 10 years experience as a set and costume designer and practice-led research into scenography, she has been actively contributing to the development of scenography as an area of academic study internationally. Dr. McKinney is the lead author of the Cambridge Introduction to Scenography. In June 2015 she was appointed to chair the international jury for the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. She is a member of the AHRC peer-review college.

Tuesday 9th of May

By Thomas Irmer
Frank Castorf - from the beginnings to his last season of Volksbühne.

Dr. Thomas Irmer is a German theatre critic and academic with a PhD on postmodern American fiction from Leipzig University. Irmer has functioned as editor-in-chief of the monthly journal Theater der Zeit (1998-2003)and as dramaturgical advisor for the international theatre season spielzeiteuropa at Berliner Festspiele. He is currently a freelance writer, director and scholar in the fields of theatre, criticism, theatre documentation and film, also co-directing documentary films on theatre.


Duration: 1800-2000, entrance is free Location: Kobberslagerstredet 3, Kråkerøy/Fredrikstad
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