Project leader: Professor Amanda Steggell, in collaboration with Andrew Morrison, Director of the Centre for Design Research, Oslo School of Architecture and Design and Hans-Jørgen Wallin Weihe, Professor of Social Work, Lillehammer University College.

Start: August 2016

AMPHIBIOUS TRILOGIES is a conceived as a journey-based series of choreographic experiments. The main aim is to artistically explore and monitor littoral spaces (between land and water) via an extending choreography of related literal, limbic and liminal conditions, environments and articulations. Three subjects are set in motion; choreography, design and sociology. They are probed within three thematics/works; ‘island’, ‘pond’ and ‘passage’. Physical and remotely-sensed sea journeys, island hopping and pond wallowing are examples of research activities. These activities will ’embody’ and lead to a series of creative works.

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Choreographic poetry

Choreographic poetry: Creating literary scores for dance
Janne-Camilla Lyster

Norwegian Artistic Fellowship Programme
Start: 2013

I am a dancer, choreographer and author. I received my BA in Contemporary dance at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, the Academy of Dance in 2006. Through my artistic research project, I aim to develop literary scores for dance, and search for approaches and examine the outcome of procedures connected to writing, composing and adapting such scores.

Historical and contemporary context
My artistic research project has roots of familiarity in the so-called New York School of music, dance and visual arts 1950-ies and 60-ies. The New York School began experimenting with methods for expansion of notation systems and dissemination of information between composer and performer, and between choreographer and performer through what came to be called open form scores. These scores are characterized by their use of experimental notation, such as text, symbols, numbers and so on. Text based scores can be subdivided into two main categories: allusive scores and instructional scores. My main interest lies within the allusive type of scores, focusing on what can emerge that is not yet imagined or controlled – in creating a gap or a framing a potential for the performer/reader to engage with. In my artistic research project I will investigate how a type of allusive scores I would like to introduce as “literary scores for dance” can be crafted in a very specific way, and without strict instructions or descriptions.
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Janne-Camilla Lyster’s website

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Choreography as affective and collective event

Choreography as affective and collective event
Ingri Midgaard Fiksdal

Norwegian Artistic Fellowship Programme
Start: 2013

Project summary
The focus of this research project is to explore choreography as a collective and affective event through the development of specific choreographic structures and strategies. My artistic aim is to create events that produce potential for new experiences, thoughts and ideas to occur. This aim is founded in a belief in art as a motor for change, through taking the role as “utterly useless” in a society where most other things have a given and known purpose. When confronted with something that doesn’t perform as expected or resists classification we have to look for new approaches, and in these moments of liminality there is potential for the unpredictable and unforeseen to occur.

My research will draw on four contested concepts in art and philosophy; the affective, the event, the collective and the role of the audience. I refer to these as the project’s thematic legacies. I aspire to contribute to the development of the field of choreography by building on, adding to and finding new connections between these concepts through my work.

My research questions are:

• How can particular choreographic structures and strategies make the events produced in this research collective and affective?
• In what ways can these events create potential for new experiences, thoughts and ideas to occur amongst audience and performers?

These questions will be explored through the development of a project-specific choreographic methodology, which combines theory and practise. The methodology includes the production of three large-scale choreographic events informed by research into the project’s thematic legacies and continuous critical reflection.

Ingri Fiksdal’s website

Alone Together

Students on the master course in choreography are launching ALONE TOGETHER – a web based presentation of choreographic research in the littoral zone in the centre of Oslo!

Through a four-week workshop ‘Siting choreography in the landscape’, the students have been working with these questions:

What insights of choreography in everyday life may be garnered through gaze and conversation when moving through littoral landscapes? What kinds of choreographic situations can be made when responding to this question on an everyday basis? How may these choreographic situations emerge, be practiced and conveyed to audiences?

Through their research the students have been working with the premise that their audiences and performers are anyone passing through or happening to occupy public sites. To underline this performer/spectator-relationship, the students have decided to use internet as platform for presenting the work.

Participants: Master students studying choreography at Oslo National Academy of the Arts: Karen Eide Bøen, Roza Moshtaghi, Shi Pratt, Simen Korsmo Robertsen, Kristian Støvind and Bente Alice Westgård.
Course leader: Amanda Steggell
Guest teachers: Per Platou and Hans-Jørgen Wallin Weihe.

Many thanks to Kystlaget Viken and The Maritime Cultural Heritage Centre who have helped out and hosted our course.

CLICK HERE to see Siting choreography in the landscape: ALONE TOGETHER