Amphibious Moves. Choreographies of littoral landscape.

Residential workshop
Maihaugen Open Air Museum

12.04.2018: Opening seminar, Oslo National Academy of the Arts.
16.04-04.05.2018: Maihaugen Open Air Museum; Lillehammer, Norway.
04.05.2018: Final presentation, Sensitive Chaos.

Course leader: Amanda Steggell, in cooperation with Hans-Jørgen Wallin Weihe and Brynjar Åbel Bandlein.
Master students of choreography: Kyuja Bae, Katarina Skår Lisa, Thomas Prestø and Otto Ramstad.

This is a residential workshop located around the ponds of Maihaugen open-air museum, one of the most visited tourist attractions in Lillehammer. The thematic ‘Pond’, coming from the Amphibious Trilogies NARP project, will be explored within this cultural landscape. In origin, ‘pond’ is a variant form of the word ‘pound’, meaning a confining enclosure (margins, membership, borderlines, immigration, under represented societal groups). From biology a pond is a boundary ecosystem, a complex of living organisms where a body of water meets the land (a littoral landscape, and an important source of biological diversity in landscapes). Ponds all over the globe are culturally assigned as a function within societies. Examples include waterholes for animals and humans and as way marks and spiritual sites.

Through field work over a three-week period we will situate our bodies in this landscape and study the kinetic and kinaesthetic life of the pond on a daily basis. Thus we will become visitor-researchers, temporary inhabitants of the ponds, with an angle to both human and non-human participants. What gets attracted to a pond? Can frogs, tourists and even children have critical voices? Through inhabiting of the mundane and miraculous-ness of everyday life of ponds. In the context of the museal, the field work may create choreographic situations, which may be considered as a result of landscape performances. This is open to discussion. Between nature, nurture and tradition the question we will address is what is the hope, happiness and trauma of the pond.

This worklab is supported by the members of Amphibious Trilogies, Amanda Steggell (Professor of Choreography, Oslo National Academy of the Arts), Andrew Morrison (Professor of Interdisciplinary Design at the Institute of Design, AHO), Brynjar Åbel Bandlien (dancer, research fellow, The Academy of Dance, Oslo National Academy of the Arts) Hans Jørgen Wallin Weihe (Professor of Social Welfare, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences) and in cooperation with Maihaugen Museum.

Learning outcomes:
Giving insight and experiences in applying methods for developing structures of artistic form, discussing the relationship between choreographic context, content and form, as well as contributing to an understanding of artistic research as a basis for further independent research.

Teaching and learning methods:
The module is based on a teacher-led seminar or workshop with tuition and different assignments, which may include both practical and creative tasks, reading and independent studies, project work, written assignments, and presentations. Predominately it will concern field work, researched through practice which is also performed in a public setting. Archival material from the museum may be a part of the practice.

The workshop culminates with a situated presentation by the master students, called Sensitive Chaos 


Traces of water, Thomas Presto

Lineage research at Maihaugen, Otto Ramstad

Liquid Color, Kyuja Bae and Katarina Skår Lisa