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Torbjørn Davidsen De Utvalgte (Norway)

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De Utvalgte is an autonomous theater company that has made its mark during the last fifteen years by displaying a desire to seek new expression, but also new content in the stage arts.

De Utvalgte is a theater company founded in Oslo in 1994 after the group’s original lineup graduated at the Nordic School of Theatre in Denmark.

The company consists of Kari Holtan, Boya Bøckman, Torbjørn Davidsen, Anne Holtan, Morten Kippe, and link up with other artists as needed.

De Utvalgte deals with contemporary theater and their performances are moving in the borderland between theater, visual art and performance. They create a distinctive and multifaceted expression through the assembly of self-made instruments such as video, text, sound and music.

De Utvalgte has as the first in the world developed new technology that uses 3D film scenography and narratives.

The performances often have a cast consisting of people with and without acting experience.

This adds a dimension to the play with roles and identities, authenticity and theatricality.

The company mixes the comic and the tragic in bold ridicule of their own and others’ inadequacies.

Spotted by Scenekunst Østfold.

Østfold Internasjonale Teater,

Norway (NO)

Member of IN SITU since 2014

Østfold Internasjonale Teater (ØIT) is a regional theatre based in Fredrikstad led by Artistic Director Thomas Østgaard. ØIT produces, co-produces, and presents a broad spectrum of artists within a wide variety of contexts. Since 2020 ØIT is the only regional theatre in Norway that focuses primarily on site-specific theatre and art in public space. Artistic residencies are central to the theatre's work, whether co-producing new works or tailoring the works of visiting artists to local contexts. These frequently emphasizes research practices that involve cross-sector collaboration, as well as the active engagement of inhabitants in both creative development and implementation.

In addition to the implementation of artistic works, ØIT endeavours to contextualise its work with complimentary activities comprising workshops, seminars, lectures, and philosophical conversations. Some of these ancillary activities are directed toward a general public, while others are tailored to cultural schools, high schools, universities, businesses, and professional artists in the region.

In 2014 ØIT (previously Scenekunst Østfold) became the first and only Norwegian member of IN SITU European Platform for Artistic Creation in Public Space. Since joining IN SITU the theatre has had an increasing emphasis on innovative, trans-disciplinary art in the public realm, exploring creative strategies in former industrial sites, urban areas undergoing transformation, and the natural landscape. Much of this work questions development and renewal in a provincial region that has undergone a process of deindustrialisation during the past thirty years, inviting inhabitants––directly or obliquely––to engage themselves in these processes through creative methods. These activities have enabled Østfold International Theatre to encounter new audiences, establish itself as a relevant actor beyond the common parameters of arts and culture, and to cooperate with a diverse new range of local partners

 

Artistic Director: Thomas H. Østgaard
Project Leader/ IN SITU curator: James Moore