What does it take to belong?

hzt logoSODA Lectures 2019/20 – What does it take to belong?

On the 13th of November, I have the pleasure to converse with Sandra Noeth at HZT Berlin. More information here

What does it take to cross a border? Sandra Noeth examines the entangled experiences of borders and of collectivity through the perspective of bodies. By dramaturgical analyses of contemporary artistic work from Lebanon and Palestine, she shows how borders and collectivity are constructed and negotiated through performative, corporeal, movement-based, and sensory strategies and processes. The SODA lecture seminar gathers each semester artists and theorists from various disciplines and fields of practice. Bodies, and the aesthetic, socio-political and ethical questions that they open up, are at the core of the public discourse and workshop program that is dedicated to the idea of ‘belonging’ in the 2019/20 winter term: a complex and open idea that addresses material, geopolitical and affective aspects; reminds of familiar routines, gestures and habits, shared norms, values and rights; and formulates questions concerning experiences of safety and trust and the right to societal and political participation.

In English; for detailed information about the program and guests see www.hzt-berlin.de (from Oct. 30, 2019 onwards) Besetzung Moderation: Sandra Noeth | Redner: Rickard Borgström


POST- DANCE- ING 23-25.10 at MDTsthlm

Screenshot 2019-10-31 at 19.06.45POST – DANCE – ING Conference

Recently I participated in the conference  POST – DANCE – ING at MDTsthlm, in a panel- discussion with Agnes Quackels responding on Halla Ólafsdóttir´s & Alice Chauchat´s call/response performance- lectures.

It was a moving gathering, that took many turns…out of necessity, sensing, and un/learning….I pay my respect to the women who with the labor of courage and care, hosted complex pressing issues, gave them space, here and now… I am grateful!

The documentation will be online for 30 days. Handle it with care.

MDT, Cullberg, Danscentrum and DOCH would like to welcome you to be a part of our new conference POST-DANCE-ING. We long for a conference with an unconventional format that emphasizes conversation, as well as supports the potentially different languages available to this conversing. A conference with five in-depth conversations that spiral deliberately, intuitively and decidedly into other spaces and configurations, possibly into other forms. So we invited five thinkers to each propose a starting point. And five invited “Conversation Partners” then formulate and prepare a response to these “Starters”. This in-depth conversation is then taken further by a discussion group that is requested to react and discuss on the spot. This conversation then continues for those attendees who wants to, in a circle in another room. Followed by a final step in a room with no protocol, no choreography, simply an open space where the conversation takes its necessary form. If you want to, you follow the same conversation through all these steps. Or you can choose to stay in the first room where the same procedure with Starter, Conversation Partner and discussion group starts over with a new topic and new participants. This plunging into the Alice hole repeats five times and overlaps. Just like in the real world. Post-dance with a twist.

Participants: Rebecca Vinthagen, Reggie Wilson, Jeanine Durning, Eva Mohn, Josefine Wikström, Erdem Gündüz, Konstantina Georgelou, Karina Sarkissova, Eva Meyer-Keller, Mette Edvardsen, Malik Nashad Sharpe, Tamara Alegre, Ilse Ghekiere, Julia Giertz, Halla Ólafsdóttir, Alice Chauchat, Agnes Quackels, Rickard Borgström, André Lepecki & Eleanor Bauer.

The Helsinki Performing Arts Scene 2019


Something is missing in Helsinki. One perspective on the Helsinki Performing Arts Scene, in conjunction with guest performances by Gisèle Vienne and Klockriketeatern at Almi Hall- Finnish National Opera September 2019. My first article for Ny Tid, a distinguished historical important magazine founded in 1944, that I am happy to write for this fall. The material is in Swedish and will be able at NY TID and you find as PDF- file here ny tid artikel 1 oktober 2019

Thank you, Janne Wass, for the confidence in my proposals. Thank you, Lisa Gemmel and Rebecca Chentinell.




Report Hangö Teaterträff 2019

Susie Wang_Mumiebrun Foto_Alette Schei Rørvik

The article “Förnyelse eller retrospektion?” is in distribution, please support the magazine by ordering it from  shakspearetidsskrift. Meanwhile, you can read it here  Article I PDF

Hangö Teaterträff 2019: Förnyelse eller retrospektion? (Hangö) När teaterträffen är i omvälvning, som samhället i stort, tyr man sig till det välbekanta för att finna stadga. Ligger teaterträffens förnyelse i en tillbakablickande hållning?


A report on Hangö Teaterträff 2019

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Low Income Glow, Niko Hallikainen. Photo: Niklas Ekman

The forthcoming Norsk Shakspeare Tidskrift covers the early summer theatre festivals, with reports and reviews. My report looks closer on the renewal of Hangö Teaterträff in Finland. I cover the festival at large and works by Niko Hallakinen, Ásrún Magnúsdóttir, OBLIVIA, Juha Valkeapää, Rasmus Slätis, Blaue Frau, ÖFA- Kollektivet, Susie Wang among others.

Thanks: FINNO- Finsk- Norsk Culture- Institut for travel- support.