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Seminar: Performing Arts in the face of hopelessness

September 15, 10.00 – 11.30
Theatre Bar, Kilden Performing Arts Centre

Performing Arts in the face of hopelessness

Performing Arts in the face of hopelessness
The social side of performing arts is a little-explored and acknowledged aspect of the world of art. One reason for this may be that in our part of the world art has historically been strongly dominated by the concept of autonomy.
This seminar aims to shed light on the social function of performing arts, and asks the question: How can art contribute to dealing with and handling traumatic experiences, personal insight and hope – especially in the meeting with young people?
We have invited Katja Brita Lindeberg to talk about her work as a clown in the aid organisation Clowns Without Borders, which has organised 20 tours/expeditions to refugee camps in Greece since 2015.
We have also invited Mariken Lauvstad, who for the last years has worked with inmates from Pollsmoor Prison in South Africa. The exchange programme Help, I’m Free! is run by Vardeteatret in Norway, and the aid organisation NICRO in South Africa, and is financed by the Peace Corps. Lauvstad will talk about the project which aims to rehabilitate inmates by using theatre pedagogics and professional theatre productions. Lauvstad is also the producer of the production Phefumla, which is part of the SAND Festival’s programme.

The talk is moderated by Eivind Haugland, chair of ASSITEJ Norway