Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival is taking the pulse of live arts – what do we hear and see, here and now? More than ever, Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival explores works that intersect artistic practices and generations, local contexts and international perspectives, in a stimulating dialogue between performance, visual arts, music, film, video and literature. It is a moment and a space for diving wholeheartedly into a range of artistic and aesthetic experiences, but also for taking time to reflect and enjoy being together.
We would like to create a conversation with the city, and to investigate our relationship with our environment, to our daily routines, to our landscape and its changes (urban, societal, political). The notion of transformation encompasses disappearance; an intimate sense of loss, ghosts, the spirit of what has gone before. We investigate how the past, present and future relate to each other, look into the rear-view mirror of history and art history… and dive into the inter-connectedness of individual and collective memory.
Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival is also an invitation to question our modes of perception and representation, and to challenge our points of view (literally, physically and metaphorically). We invite you to experience the idea of mobility, both in the city and in our minds. This could be a change in perspective seen from the top floor of a skyscraper, sitting by a beach and witnessing bodies in motion like sculptures in the landscape, listening to a radio show while sitting in the intimate space of a tent looking out over the city, choosing your position on stage by passing in front of or behind the theatre set, entering a camera obscura, or wondering about the status of what you’re seeing – and questioning if it is reality or fiction. Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival has moments that are provocative, bitter-sweet, soft, melancholic… and cool. So let’s get ready and embark together on the journey.