Week 2022



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Wolfgang Plagge, “The concept of opera from the composer’s point of view”, talk, The Department of Opera

The concept of opera from the composer’s point of view

Wolfgang Plagge is a Norwegian composer and pianist. Plagge started playing the piano as four years old, and made a sensational recital debut in the University Hall in Oslo, only twelve years old.[He also started composing at an early age, had his first work published aged twelve, and is particularly renowned for his works for wind instruments. 

Plagge’s list of works ranges from liturgical music to symphonic works while chamber music and piano solo pieces constitute a main portion of his output. In 2007 he was the recipient of the The international cultural order of knights of St. Stefan which is Hungary’s highest civilian honour for his work on promoting Hungarian music and culture in the Nordic countries, as well as his work with the teaching technique of Zoltán Kodály.

In this session he discusses the concept of opera from the composer’s point of view:

How do you compose musical drama?

What role does the librettist play?

How important is the collaboration with the soloists / performers in the earliest phase of the composition process?

He will bring some lesser known opera scores and some of his own works as the theme for a 90 minute session.

The first half will be a lecture and the last half a deep dive into scores and other sheet music material.

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.