Week 2022


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


A composer´s point of view 

Many consider opera an anachronism. The performative opera form needs to be constantly renewed in order to be relevant to today’s society. What is seen both in Norway and other countries is that contemporary operas very often are met with indifference by the audience.

In this session the famous Norwegian composer and pianist Wolfgang Plagge investigates 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 a starting point 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.

Wolfgang Plagge started playing the piano at the age of four and made a sensational debut only twelve years old. He also started composing at an early age and had his first work published when he was twelve.

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.