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“Reflexive Dramaturgy”, Tore Vagn Lid

Final rehearsal: Scenic digital book launch

V Cast: Reflexive dramaturgy (English version)

Tore Vagn Lid

The book Reflexive Dramaturgyis structured as a collection of what I have called Reflexive Études for a field of performing arts in change. It makes up the last part of a perennial artistic research project that I have been leadingat the Theater Department at The Oslo National Academy of the Arts. The launch of the Norwegian version of the book in 2019 was in the form of an audio-visual staging at Litteraturhuset in Oslo. Together with a team of artists and technicians, I worked with the texts and structure of the book pages so that they themselves could become subject to linguistic, acoustic and visual examinations. To me this little experiment gave me important answers to the question what artistic researchcan be.

Inspired by this (directorial) approach, and now also for an English-speaking audience, this new work attempts to follow a three-part dramaturgy, where artistic, scenic reflection – produced in different forms of performances – is brought back to the forms of reflection of the writing and the book, and then again becomes subject to new artistic forms of reflection. The back-and-forth movements of this dramaturgy is an important part of what I have called a reflexive dramaturgy.

The official premiere will take place at, and from, Hordaland KunstsenterSunday, January 31, 2021 in an interplay between the digital and the analogue. The performance will be a kind of appendix or postlude to my artistic research project at the Theater Department at The Oslo National Academy of the Arts. At the same time, it is the first stage of a new collaboration as a guest researcher at the Center of Science Theory at Bergen University.

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.