Week 2023


Prøvesal 1


Toril Carlsen “Romansen i nye former”


In Western classical music tradition, romance og lied is a term for setting poetry to classical music to create a piece of polyphonic music. The term is used for any kind of song in contemporary German, but among English and French speakers, lied is often used interchangeably with  art «song to encompass works that the tradition has inspired in other languages as well. The poems that have been made into lieder often center on pastoral themes or themes of romantic love.

The earliest lied date from the late fourteenth or early fifteenth centuries, and can even refer to Minnesang from as early as the 12th and 13th centuries. It later came especially to refer to settings of Romantic poetry during the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and into the early twentieth century. Examples include settings by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, Mahler and Strauss. 

Many would argue that the romance today appears as a historically outdated art form without appeal to modern people. In any case, it is a fact that nowadays you rarely hear romances performed in a concert context.

In this project, various artistic techniques are explored that can contribute to revitalizing and actualizing the romance as an art form. In this project we use textual and dramaturgical elements from other art forms to enliven and make more relevant to the modern society an art form that can be said to has stiffened in its own historical form. In addition, we will explore the possibilities for creative use of new technology to try to make the romance more current and through this gain access to streaming services and other digital platforms that appease and communicate with a younger audience. Putting the romance in dialogue with other forms of cultural expression, we believe, can contribute to making it more convertible towards modern society and increase interest in an art form that in recent years has fallen somewhat into the cultural backwater.

The project is a collaboration with the Norwegian Academy of Music, the University of Agder and the Academy of Opera.


Toril Carlsen – en av Operaens ledende solister over flere år. Anerkjent sangpedagog og professor på Operahøgskolen.   

Isa Katharina Gericke – stipendiat på Operahøgskolen, internasjonalt anerkjent scenekunstner og romansesanger. Hun forsker på nettopp romansen. 

Ann Helen Moen – en av Norges mest meritterte sangere de senere år. Førsteamanuensis på NMH. 

Sveinung Bjelland – prisvinnende pianist med stor internasjonal rekkevidde. 

Gisle Kverndokk – en av Norges mest profilerte komponister.  

Maria Rosanna Wennersten – logoped og forsker tilknyttet Teaterhøgskolen som forsker på språkoverganger i scenisk sammenheng.

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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.