Amphibious Trilogies @ Samos Volunteers

High stakes

Throughout April 2017 a team from Amphibious Trilogies will work with Samos Volunteers, an independent group who mainly organise activities for refugee shelters on the Greek Island of Samos, close to Turkey. We have been there once before, in August 2016. We anticipate a changed situation. We are wary. We are glad that our skills may be of some help.

Ingri Fiksdal: Lecture On methods

Time: 8th December 2015, 19.30 hrs
Place: Dramatikenshus, Oslo

Ingri Fiksdal will hold a lecture on methods as part of Dramatikens Hus, Norwegian Centre for New Playwriting (NCNP), Oslo. This lecture is part of NCNP’s seminar programme where stage artists are invited to talk about a topic they’re interested in.

She has invited the following guests to join her: Dancer, choreograph and writer Venke Sortland, research fellow at the Academy of Art Jesper Alvær, and MA choreography students at Oslo National Academy of the Arts: Karen Eide Bøen, Roza Moshtaghi, Shi Pratt, Simen Korsmo Robertsen, Kristian Støvind og Bente Alice Westgård.

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Time: Thursday 10th December, 17.00 hrs
Duration: App. 1.5 hrs
Place: Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Stage 5

choreographersOn Thursday 10th December choreography students will present work developed in connection with a three-week workshop on choreographic methods. On the one hand the workshop sought to articulate what it is a choreographer does when doing what one does, and on the other to develop methods for future works. We have worked on articulating methods both as a tool for clarifying existing ways of working, and at the same as something that can be applied prescriptively to change or develop one’s own work.

By and with: Karen Eide Bøen, Roza Moshtaghi, Shi Pratt, Simen Korsmo Robertsen, Kristian Støvind and Bente Alice Westgård.


The workshop was part of a five week course ‘Atmosphere – let’s put it to the stage!’
Course leader: Amanda Steggell
Guest teachers: Bojana Cvejić and Ingri Fiksdal

Via various approaches the course addressed the shifting contexts of choreography today. Combining practical and theoretic activities while encountering various choreographic processes, practices and thinking, it aimed to critically explore the atmosphere of one’s own choreographic enquiry. Furthermore the course introduced issues of artistic research from a choreographic perspective (from within and beyond the ‘institutional’ sphere) and possible modes of conveying enquiry to a public.


We Bleed the Same Color

Shi Pratt (MA choreography) holds a free performance of We Bleed the Same Color

Date/time: 1-2  December 2015, 17.00 hrs
Duration: 30 min
Place: Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Stage 4
Everyone is welcome.

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We Bleed the Same Color sets the viewer wandering between references to body, relationships, power, and the beauty of having a spiritual or physical companion.

Two women move freely about a masculine space, playing with the ever morphing relationships between them. They continuously search for meaning and belonging, looking for symmetry and attachment in the other. Their search for trust is exposed in a series of images of inherent familiarity and attempted adaption.

By: Karlsen Pratt
Choreography: Shi Pratt
Dance: Zofia Jakubiec and Elisabeth Holth
Light design: Kyrre Heldal Karlsen
Costume: Shi Pratt og Zofia Jakubiec
Music design: Kashi Katt
Music: Kashi Katt, Mum, Mugison, Bjork, Funkstorung, Valley of the Sun.

Karlsen Pratt
Shi Pratt

Nytt seminar i rekken “Koreografer for fremtiden”

Temaet denne gangen er Koreografi og produksjon, og foregår 28.mars.

Tid: fredag 28.mars kl 10-15

Sted: Styrerommet (bak Kantinen), Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo

Seminaret ønsker å belyse hvordan et kunstneriske prosjekt er satt sammen av en praktisk organisering og hvilke konsekvenser denne organiseringa gir for det kunstneriske prosjektet. Seminaret inviterer til en diskusjon om hva som skjer med kunsten når den skapes og vises i andre kontekster og hvordan refleksjonen rundt produksjonsvilkår kan være med å påvirke hvilken kunst som blir skapt.

Inviterte innledere:

Per-Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk er en norsk kunstner og kurator som disputerte i 2012 med prosjektet “Rom for innblanding” ved Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo. Tverrbakk var med å starte opp Kunsthall Oslo og har kuratert galleriutstillinger, biennaler og prosjekter både nasjonalt og internasjonalt.

Hooman Sharifi og Ida Gudbrandsen.
Sharifi er kunstnerisk leder og koreograf for Impure Company. Gudbrandsen var ansatt som produsent frem til ho starta som medskapande utøver i kompaniet i 2011. Impure Company produserer scenekunst som vises nasjonalt og internasjonalt. I 2013 arbeidet de med “Once upon a time country” under Høstutstillingen i Oslo.

Henriette Pedersen og Morten Kippe.
Pedersen er koreograf og arbeider et sted mellom teater, dans og visuell kunst. Kippe er utdannet cand. mag i kunsthistorie og har arbeidet som produsent innenfor det frie scenekusntfeltet i Norge og Tyskland. Sammen med flere samarbeidspartnere åpnet de dørene til et atlier på Kunstnernes Hus fra okt 2013 til feb 2014 for prosjektet “Das Nebelmeer”, andre del av triologien “Riding Romance”.

Påmelding i tiden 12. til  23. mars HER. Begrenset antall plasser.


Seminarium #2

From 29-30 January 2014 the Academy of Dance opens its doors for Seminarium#2, Art and Dance, body and movement, a two-day open seminar organised by Dansedyrkene in co-operation with the Acadmey of Dance and  Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

The aim is to create an artistic space where participants discuss and highlight how dance and movement are brought into play in time and epoch; how they both emerge from-  and enter traditions.

Presenters include; MA choreography students Anne Kathrine Fallmyr and Heidi Jessen, Kari Anne Bjerkestrand, Mia Habib, Lisa Nøttseter, Marie Bergby Handeland, Anne-Linn Akselsen, Venke 
Sortland, Ina 
 Kjølmoen and 
Hanna Gjermundrød, Cecilie Sleppen Ålskog and Astrid Groseth, and Elizabeth Svarstad.

Plenum conversations led by Anette Therese Pettersen og Hild Borchgrevink follow the artists’ presentations. The language for the seminar is Norwegian.


Landing sites presentation

Welcome to the presentation of the workshop ‘Landing sites – a further field pursuit of new tools for choreography’.

Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th December 2013
18.30 – 20.00 hrs
Stage 5, Oslo National Academy of the Arts
Fossveien 24
N-0051 Oslo
– Free entrance

Landing Sites photo During this event Masters’ students of choreography will use their creative skills to lead you through a presentation of the processes and results of the project ‘Landing sites’; a six week workshop for shaking up the senses to re-orientate the body and its capacity to apprehend and shape the world!

‘Landing sites’ stretches from a physical probing of an avant-garde building in the suburbs Tokyo to experiencing Substitutional Reality at a brain science institute,  finally landing with video experiments in a black box theatre at KhiO. By looking towards other fields and initiating various collaborations with people and places, it aims to find possible tangible tools for choreography for shaping fluid spaces and the creation of events there-in.

Leading the presentation are Solveig Styve Holte, Anne Katherine Fallmyr and Heidi Jessen.

Workshop leader, Amanda Steggell, professor in choreography, Academy of Dance, KhiO.



Landing sites is a three-stage workshop that draws on the ideas of the artist/architect duo Shusaku Arakawa (jp) and Madeleine Gins (usa). It explores how attention operates, while simultaneously mapping the way different scales of attentions situate a body within any given environment. By probing these issues physically in a specially designed architectural surround, one can also become aware of a body’s capacity to co-shape the spaces it inhabits.

Stage one, Tokyo 20th – 28th October 2013
A week’s field trip/residency to the Reversible Destiny Lofts situated in Mitaka, a suburb of Tokyo; a multi-shaped and coloured avant-garde apartment building and a physical iteration of Arakawa and Gins’ ideas.

Applying a perceptual approach to ‘attention’, ‘decision’ and ‘action’ (as proposed by Arakawa and Gins) we explored shifting perceptions of space within a specially designed architectural surround that literally shakes up the senses. Discussions with artists and scientists, film screenings and various excursions to Tokyo augmented the loft investigations. Tormod Carlsen, MA student in theater direction, Academy of Theatre, KhiO joined us for the week.

Other collaborators/participants in Tokyo include;

  • Momoyo Homma, curator and host, Reversible Destiny Lofts, Mitaka
  • Artist and director Miyuki Kawamura and linguist Ryoko Uno present their collaborative work ‘Dancing Self Theory’
  • Prof. Fujii Naotaka, brain scientist and host, Substitutional Reality Laboratory, Riken Brain Science Institute

Stage two, Oslo. 30th October – 8th November 2013
Applying insights and experiences gained from Tokyo we start in an ‘empty’ black box at KhiO, experimenting with constructing environments by mapping video/light onto large surfaces and small objects. To aid experiments artist Hans Christian Gilje held a five day hands-on workshop with Video Projection Tool – a computer programme he created to composite and map video onto three dimensional objects. Gilje explores how ‘audiovisual technology can be used to transform, create, expand, amplify and interpret physical spaces’.

The video workshop was organised in collaboration with Synne Bull, Associate professor, Academy of Fine Art, KhiO. Four BA students in fine art, Ask Vatne Brean, Amelia Beavis-Harrison, Ronny Dahl and Agnieszka Gołaszewska, joined the workshop. To bring together contemporary takes on ‘expanded cinema’ with ‘expanded choreography’ we took part in the ‘Re:placing the Cinematic’ conference at ANX, Oslo, thus adding an extra contextual layer to the workshop.

Stage three. The challenge. 11th November – 6th December
At the time of writing there is a little over two weeks left of this six week workshop, yet there are still many questions to be addressed. For example;

  • Was the search for new tools for choreography successful?
  • If so, what kinds of tools can we speak of?
  • How can the processes and results of a six week experimental artistic investigation  –  a roller coaster ride through diverse fields and practices – be communicated to both a targeted audience and a general public?

To address these questions is the final challenge of the workshop. The MA students are currently working through them, conjuring up all their creative abilities as they prepare for the presentation in Stage 5 on the 4th and 5th December 2013.


HC Gilje presents …

Presentation by HC Gilje

Date/time: 5 November 2013, 18.30-19.30 hrs
Oslo National Academy of the Arts
Fossveien 24
N-0051 Oslo

Please join us for HC Gilje’s talk about his work and practice. Gilje is a visiting artist this week for the Landing Sites workshop, the first collaborative workshop between Academy of Fine Art (Synne Bull) and the  Academy of Dance (Amanda Steggell). The talk will be in English and is free and open to the public.
– img: ‘Revolver’, courtesy of HC Gilje

About HC Gilje
HC Gilje works with installations, live performance, set design and single-channel video. Gilje has presented his work through different channels throughout the world: in concert-venues, theatres and cinemas, galleries, festivals, outdoors and through several international dvd releases, including 242.pilots live in Bruxelles on New York label Carpark and Cityscapes on Paris-label Lowave. He was a member of the video-impro trio 242.pilots, and was also the visual motor of dance company Kreutzerkompani.

Since 2006 Gilje has focused on animated light/shadows, projected light objects and projected light spaces. Born 1969 in Kongsberg. Educated at Kunstakademiet in Trondheim 95-99. More about HC Gilje here: