Kristin Norderval is a composer and singer who specializes in developing new works for voice, cross-disciplinary work, and works using interactive technology. Her works have been performed at festivals in the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, and commissioned and produced by ensembles such as Den Anden Opera, Chants Libres, jill sigman/thinkdance, and the Parthenia viol consort. Her first fulllength opera – The Trials of Patricia Isasa on a libretto by Naomi Wallace – was premiered in 2016 at the Monument National Theater in Montréal, Quebec with Norderval singing the lead role. It won Quebec´s OPUS prize in two categories: best production and best contemporary music. In 2019 she was awarded a Discovery Grant from the Opera Grants for Female Composers program, made possible through the generosity of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, for the development of a new opera with librettist Julian Crouch. Norderval’s credits as a soloist include numerous recordings, and performances with the Philip Glass Ensemble, Netherlands Dance Theater, Oslo Sinfonietta and the San Francisco Symphony. Her compositions are featured on BIS, Deep Listening, Everglade, Koch International, MSR Classics, Nendo Dango and Losen Records. The New Yorker’s music critic Alex Ross included her solo CD – Aural Histories (post-ambient arias for voice and electronics) – on his list of “Ten Notable Classical Music Recordings of 2012”. Norderval is currently a Research Fellow at the Opera school of the Oslo National Academy of Arts.


Work Group

Objective Enactive
This online lecture-demonstration unfolds the term ´Poetic Materiality´ within the context of designing and choreographing with Somatic Costumes. Through critiquing and applying the somatic practice of Skinner Releasing Technique, the poetics of philosopher Gaston Bachelard and the materiality of anthropologist Tim Ingold, this talk begins to map poetic and material agencies between bodies-costumes within the design-performance encounter.

Artist Talk

Objective Enactive

This talk will focus on the first outcome of Glitsch(ening) Ci(rculari)ty, a tripartite site-specific, where I am pursuing a speculative exploration of the ecology of the city, between the urban and the biological, unfolding its layers and materiality of time. The talk will end in a conversation between fellow researchers and artists in the collaborative project Urban Ecologies, where Glitsch(ening) Ci(rculari)ty, is generated from.


Polyvocal Tongue The presentation will focus on relational ethics and polyvocality in performative text. It will also explore the use of plural languages in a play, looking at how a polylingual praxis can open up new aesthetic potential in playwrighting and in artistic research in general.


TRANSPOSITIONS— JAR, Mette Edvardsen and modular diaries At the start, the idea for an artistic research conversation with Mette Edvardsen did not spring out of the topics shortlisted for the conference—hospitality, vulnerability and care—but a book that she had co-edited, and dropped in my shelf.

Panel Discussion

The Ethics of Vulnerability and Artistic Research

Any ethical framework must take account of the vulnerability of the human condition. This is significant in all creative endeavours – especially in artistic practice and the teaching of it – since the very act of creating something and putting it out into the world is an expression of vulnerability.