Tidligere kursus 2015

FIELDWORKS - Workshop ll (Philippe Quesne)

- An encounter with three workshops between local and International artists who seek to explore the impact of nature on theatre and performance.

© Philippe Quesne/Vivarium Studio

FIELDWORKS invites 27 professional performing artists, who seek to develop, cultivate and enrich the Nordic performance scene with inspiration from the remarkable Icelandic landscape.

The prominent International performing artists Annabel Arden (Theatre de Complicité, London), Philippe Quesne (Vivarium Studio, Paris) and Richard Maxwell (NYC Players, New York), who have all developed a strong and distinctive voice, will guide three different workshops.

Together with the participants they will explore, develop and create, and present the workshop site-specifically at the 'Lókal' festival in Reykjavik.

The three workshop leaders will each decide towards what aspect of Icelandic nature their workshops will be guided. As mentors they will share their expertise and ideas and guide the participants in their creative process and art making. They will transmit their personal artistic methods to the participants and a new common language will grow. An important aspect of the project is thus the interaction and sharing of knowledge between the International artists and the local Nordic artists.

You can choose between the following workshops:

Richard Maxwell (Workshop l)
Description and registration, click here

Philippe Quesne (Workshop ll)
Description and registration, see below

Annabel Arden (Workshop lll)
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Philippe Quesne's FIELDWORK Workshop

French artist Philippe Quesne established Vivarium Studio in Paris in 2003. Established with the purpose of innovation, the organization includes painters, actors, dancers, musicians and animals which have created and performed their own works in theaters and festivals in various parts of the world. 

Philippe Quesne, as part of the French avant-garde tradition, does the writing and directing of these plays. Sets, movements and dialogue tend to be simple and sparse, with subtle political and social messages, and a focus on the little things of life. 

His astonishing and wizardry productions uniquely blend theatre, visual art, and live art/ performance and has been presented in Belgium, USA, Brazil, Korea, Portugal, Netherlands, Argentina, Germany and Switzerland. Quesne was born in Paris in 1970 and studied visual arts and graphic design at L’École Estienne and set design at L’École des Arts Décoratifs de Paris. He has created designs for opera, concerts, theater performances and contemporary art exhibitions among other projects.

Philippe Quesne has developed projects for art galleries, urban spaces, parks, gardens and forests. He is known for his irony and exploration of man’s relation to nature. He works with various types of techniques such as interviews, articles, poems, songs and word lists, along with actors, sound, lights, videos and movements. The works often contain references to literature, the sciences, the visual arts, music, cinema and comics. 

Vivarium Studio & Philippe Quesne is part of the French avant-garde tradition which often focuses on mocking the ideas of the French bourgeoisie. Much of their work centers on characters who are in unusual and ridiculous situations, but then turn the tables. Many of the works are focused on the little things in life. Although not obvious, Quesne also places political and social messages in his works, especially related to the environment. His views on the environment mostly show up in the stage design, as well as a series of picture books he created called Conséquences. Speech is kept to an absolute minimum, spectacle is decried and presence is considered to be most important. He will also consciously work with the use of silence.

Practical info

Participants will be staying in twin rooms in Reykjavik. The workshops will take place outside in the nature. Subsequently, the performances will be taken to Reykjavik and presented site-specifically to an audience. This will be hosted by the Lókal Theatre Festival of Reykjavik.

LÓKAL – International Theatre Festival Reykjavík is an annual event that introduces cutting edge theatre to audiences in Iceland and connects local theatre practitioners with fellow artists and presenters from abroad. LÓKAL is an independent festival. It enjoys annual funding from the Icelandic Ministry of Education and Culture and the City of Reykjavík and collaborates with institutional theatres and independent groups alike.

Nordic participants can apply for travel support at Nordic Culture Point, Mobility Programme via this link. Deadline for application is 13th April.

Norwegian and Icelandic participants are supported by Norsk-islandsk kultursamarbeid in the Arts Council Norway. The fee for Icelandic participants are DKK 1000,-.  The Norwegian participants has to make their own way to Reykjavik. Deadline for Norwegian applications is April 9th, response to the application April 10th.




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