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.

Duration: 1800-2000

Entrance is free

Location: Kobberslagerstredet 3, Kråkerøy/Fredrikstad

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Fall lecture series 2017 “Alternative art-futures”

Curated by Camilla Eeg-Tverbakk and Karmenlara Ely

The lecture series this term invites artists who have or are developing practices and methods which challenge the status quo. These are artists who offer, through their practices and research, alternative directions for the art market in its values, questions and the role of audiences. They are not necessarily describing themselves in these terms, but through their dedicated and rigorous practice and attention to alternative ethics their work necessarily proposes changes and new directions to the power structures guiding our often outdated institutions and invisible traditions.  The various speakers will bring examples of their practice and talk about their methodologies and current concerns, in dialogue with the class. The aim is to inspire and educate the student groups to continue to seek out role models and artistic approaches which challenge the values of the dominant artistic climate and its tendencies.

Tuesday 3. October, Juli Apponen

Autobiographies and the self as subject material – methods, forms and ethics.

Juli Apponen will present her work, artistic practice and concerns, mainly through talking about three of her recent performances. As the author and performer of a lecture performance, Life is hard and then you die – part 3, as performer and co-choreographer of a solo choreography in collaboration with Jon R. Skulberg, Everything Remains and most recently directing the autobiography of the dancer Sindri Runudde: Blind Boi Diaries.
Three distinctively different performances, all based in the autobiographical. In these case studies body, identity, transformation, functionality and trauma have been questioned and dissected in different ways. As the form, medium and dramaturgy also derives directly from the subject, the method is a process of adaptation to and around the persons experiences and existence in relation to others. What are the implications of using yourself and your life as material? What does it mean to direct someone else autobiography? How is it to expose yourself and your story in front of an audience and what can we learn through it about ethics in performance?

Juli Apponen is an artist originally from Finland, but mostly based in Sweden since 15 years. She works and tours internationally in different forms and collaborations as director, choreographer and performer. Her own work has been mainly evolving around a research in autobiographical solos in different ways. Julis work has been presented in venues as MDT Stockholm, Atalante Gothenburg, Dansstationen Malmö, Dansehallerne Copenhagen among others. She studied at the Norwegian Theater Academy.

Tuesday 10. October, Nadia Beugré and Boris Hennion

Practice and Work

Nadia Beugré studied dance at the Dante Théâtre, where she explored traditional Ivorian dances. She then worked with Seydo Boro and Dorothée Munyaneza, and created her own shows. In 1997, she accompanied Béatrice Kombé in the creation of the Tché-Tché company, where she met Nina Kipré, a dancer and choreographer, and the director of the DanceRaum festival, who as a child learnt traditional dances and began her career with the Djolem Artistic Ensemble and the Lakimado company.
Boris Hennion is a French dancer, choreographer, and dramaturg.

Tuesday 31. October, Una Chaudhuri

Una Chaudhuri will discuss her collaborative projects Dear Climate and Climate Lens which seek expansive, non-defensive, and “dis-anthropocentric” theatrical perspectives on the Anthropocene, the present time of geo-physical and political chaos.  Both projects generate artistic events and discourses in support of an “affirmative biopolitics,” in which biographical and sociological accounts of human life are re-framed within biological and geological understandings of “creaturely life.”

Una Chaudhuri is Collegiate Professor and Professor of English, Drama, and Environmental Studies at New York University. Chaudhuri is a pioneer in the field of “eco-theatre”— plays and performances that engage with the subjects of ecology and environment—and helped to launch that field when she guest-edited a special issue of Yale’s Theater journal in 1994. Her introduction to that issue, entitled “’There must be a lot of fish in that lake’ Theorizing a Theatre Ecology,” is widely credited as a seminal contribution to the field. Chaudhuri was also among the first scholars of drama and theatre to engage with another rapidly expanding new inter-disciplinary field, Animal Studies, and guested-edited a special issue of TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies, on “Animals and Performance.” In 2014, she published books in both these fields: an Animal Studies book entitled Animal Acts: Performing Species Today (co-edited with Holly Hughes) and an ecocriticism book entitled The Ecocide Project: Research Theatre and Climate Change (co-authored with Shonni Enelow). Her monograph, The Stage Lives of Animals: Zooësis and Performance , was published in 2017 by Routledge Press. Professor Chaudhuri participates in collaborative creative projects, including the multi-platform intervention entitled Dear Climate, which has been presented in New York, Santa Barbara, Troy, Dublin, Abu Dhabi, and the Netherlands. She is a founding member of CLIMATE LENS. She chairs the panel of judges for the Callaway Prize for the Best Book on Drama or Theatre, and she has been a judge of the Obie and the Alpert Awards and a voting member of the American Theatre Wing, which awards Broadway’s Tony Awards.

7. November: Hooman Sharifi

Politics of Collaboration

In Carte Blanche’s latest performance While they are floating, choreographer and artistic director tar Hooman Sharifi deals with the refugee crisis in an artistic form. He will speak about the artistic process and the work of embodying the stories of refugees.

How do you approach, artistically, a thematic that constantly figurate in the media? How to make a performance from such a deep and broad issue as the refugee crisis? What is its physical expression, and how do you approach another person’s reality in order then to translate it to an audience?
Hooman Sharifi is a choreographer and the artistic director of Carte Blanche contemporary dance company. Sharifi is Norwegian, with roots from Iran. He is especially interested in artistic expressions in the intersection of dance, theater and visual arts. In 2000 he established his own company, Impure Company, which specifically works with making visible social commitment, engagement and politics in art. Sharifi`s artistic language and movements are often physically challenging, intense and powerfully explores the deeper feelings behind power, political systems and violence through precise movements and other scenic effects.

Tuesday 28. November: Cathy Naden

Practice and Work

Cathy Naden is a performer, deviser and writer, based in Sheffield, UK. She co-founded Forced Entertainment in 1984 and has collaborated with the company on forty productions spanning theatre, live art, installation art and digital media. She has toured work to theatres, festivals and galleries in Europe, the US, Canada, Australia and South America. She regularly teaches and presents talks on her artistic practice. Cathy recently performed in Jean Racine’s Berenice with TG STAN. She has an MA in Creative Writing and writes fiction and screenplays. She is currently developing a horror feature film.