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Verdensteatret is an art group based in Oslo.

The group was founded in 1986.
The group consist of artists from many different artistic professions making installations, performance art, concerts and other art related works.

The experimental use of audiovisual technology in a close dialogue with more traditional and historic tools of artistic expression results in complex orchestral works or space-related musical compositions.

The intermedial characteristic of the works makes it natural to show them in various contexts such as art-museums/galleries, theatre/stage rooms, contemporary music-festivals, etc. The works are presented widely international.

Verdensteatret  is supported by Arts Council Norway and other official art-foundations in Norway.

ARTISTIC WORKS


And All the
Questionmarks Started
to Sing

2009 - 2011 

Live performance / electromechanical installation


The project is a co-production between Verdensteatret and:
Black Box Theatre (Oslo)   BIT -Teatergarasjen  (Bergen)   Theater der Welt, (Essen/Germany)
and Festival Avant Art, (Wrocław/Poland).

The Project is supported by:
Art Council Norway // Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs // DTS - Performing Arts Hub Norway
MIC (Music Information Centre Norway) // Fund for Performing Artists // Fund for Sound and Image 
The Royal Norwegian General Consulate in Guangzhou // The Royal Norwegian General Consulate in Shanghai // 
The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Beijing // The Royal Norwegian General Consulate in New York // 
The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Tel Aviv // The Royal Norwegian Embassy in India // The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Paris

The artists: 
Asle Nilsen, Lisbeth J. Bodd, Håkon Lindbäck, Piotr Pajchel, Christian Blom, Kristine Roald Sandøy, Hai Nguyen Dinh, Alireza Djabbary, Øyvind B. Lyse, Gjertrud Jynge, Espen Sommer  Eide, Thorolf Thuestad,
Eirik Blekesaune, Hans Skogen.

Other artists involved: Janne Kruse, Jannicke Lie.

Venues 2012:

Festival EXIT / Creteil, Paris. Maison des Arts Créteil

FESTIVAL  VIA / Maubeuge, France.


Venues 2011: 

CURRENCY BUILDING
 Kolkata, India. (Dec 2011)


Festival Boreales / Comédie de Caen -Centre Dramatique National de Normandie 

Herzliya Biennial for Contemporary Art  Herzliya, Israel.

Avant Garden / Trondheim (Verkstedhallen)

FABBRICA EUROPA Florence, Italy. 

Future Perfect - Co-presented with DTW and PS 122. / New York City, USA

EMPAC / Troy. USA.

Festival Mois Multi / Quebec, Canada


Venues 2010:


Shanghai Biennale 2010 / Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China


Black Box Theatre // Ultima festival of Contemporary Music / Oslo, Norway

Avant Art Festival 2010  / Impart Arts Center,  Wroclaw, Poland.

BIT Teatergarasjen / Bergen, Norway  

Theater der Welt 2010 //  PACT Zollverein / Essen, Germany

Guangdong Museum of Art / Guangchou, China. 

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Research period in Western China and Khazakstan. (August 2008)


LOUDER

2007


Performance /concert/installation.


Co-production with:
 
Black Box Teater and BIT-Teatergarasjen
Presented under the program of Ultima Festival and Samtidsfestivalen, Oslo 2007.

Artists:
Asle Nilsen, Lisbeth J. Bodd, Håkon Lindbäck, Piotr Pajchel, Ali Djabbary, Marius Kjos, Mara Oldenburg, Petter Steen, Christian Blom, Bergmund Waal Skaslien, Elisabeth Gmeiner, Christina Peios, Rune Madsen, Hai Nguyen Dinh.

Others artists involved:
Elisabeth Leinslie, Trond Lossius. Andrea Austdahl.


Venues 2009:


FESTIVAL INTERCITY / Teatro Studio di Scandicci Firenze, Italy.


Venues 2008:


Bergen Festspillene // BIT-Teatergarasjen / Bergen, Norway

Philadelphia Arts Festival / Philadelphia, USA


PS 122 / New York City, USA 


EMPAC / Troy, NY, USA  

Avant Garden / DORA,. Trondheim, Norway.


Venues 2007:

Black Box Theatre /Oslo, Norway. (Opening night 05 October -07)

KUNSTNERNES HUS / Oslo, Norway. (Exhibition of LOUDER installation )

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Research period on Mekong river and in Vietnam (spring 2007)


FORTELLERORKESTERET

2004 – 2006

Electro-mechanical installation.


Artists:
 
Asle Nilsen, Håkon Lindbäck, Piotr Pajchel, Lisbeth J. Bodd, Rune Madsen, Christian Blom. 

Other artists involved: 
H.C. Gilje, Trond Lossius, Bergmund Waal Skaslien.


Venues 2011:

PQ11. Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space / Prague Czech Republic

Palais des beaux Arts (BOZAR) /  Brussels, Belgium. 


Venues 2010:

Guangdong Museum of Art / Guangchou, China.


Venues 2008:

SYNTHETIC TIMES - MEDIA ART CHINA 2008 // National Art Museum of China / Beijing.

Avant Garden DORA, / Trondheim, Norway 


Venues 2007:

KUNSTNERNES HUS / Oslo, Norway. 


Venues 2006:

Kunsthaus Graz Graz // Austria Steirischer herbst festival / Graz, Austria.


Venues 2005:

THOU Scene / Stavanger, Norway 


Venues 2004:

Stamsund International Theatre Festival / Lofoten, Norway


KONSERT FOR GRØNLAND 

2003-2004


performance/concert/installation


Co-production with:

Black Box Theatre / Oslo, Norway

Artists: 
Asle Nilsen, Lisbeth J. Bodd, Håkon Lindbäck, Piotr Pajchel, Petter Steen, Ali Djabbary, Per Flink Basse, Corinne Campos, Øyvind B. Lyse, Lars Øyno, Morten Pettersen, Trond Lossius, Bergmund  W. Skaslien,
Erik Balke.

Other artists involved:
Kenneth Korstad Langaås, Reinert Mithassel, Kjeld Kemp, Christian Blom, Jannicke Lie. 


Venues 2005:

Steirischer herbst festival / Graz, Austria.

De Singel / Antwerpen,  Belgium.

TRAFO House of Contemporary Art / Budapest, Hungary.

International Theatrefestival Divadelna / Nitra, Slovakia. 

PS 122 / New York City, USA 


Venues 2004: 


Black Box Theatre / Ultima International Festival of Contemporary Music  Oslo, Norway 

DETOX / BIT - Teatergarasjen / Bergen, Norway

Avant Garden / Trondheim, Norway 

Kulturhuset Stockholm / Stockholm, Sweden 

The Norwegian Opera / KHiO Performing at seminar on space-related art / Oslo, Norway 

Stamsund International Theatrefestival / Lofoten, Norway.                

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Research period on Greenland 2003


2005: Verdensteatret was awarded “The Bessie Award 2005”
in the category “New media, Performance & Installation” 


MANDALA 

2003

Performance/installation. 
Tibetan monks working with norwegian artists.

Venue: 
BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen, Norway. 

A cooperation with: 
BIT Teatergarasjen / Bergen National Academy of the Arts / Gyoto Monastery (India) and
Department of the History of Religions, University of Bergen.


2003: Awarded “The Telenor Cultural Prize 2003”
for inventive use of technology in art


TSALAL  


2001-2003

Performance / concert / installation.


Co-production with: 
Black Box Theatre / Oslo, Norway

Artists: 
Asle Nilsen, Hakon Lindback, Lisbeth J. Bodd, Lars Øyno, Per Flink Basse, Mara Oldenburg, Ali Djabbary,
Ulf Knudsen, Hans T. Zeiner-Henriksen, Reinert Mithassel, Anti Bjørn, Petter Steen,  Marius Kjos,
Øyvind B. Lyse, Kenneth K. Langås, Trond Lossius, Morten Pettersen, Ken Theodorsen,
Cathrine Bjørndalen, Cecilie Lindeman Steen, Preben Faye Schjøll.

Venues 2003:

Haugesund Theatre / Haugesund, Norway 

Autunnale New Music Festval // BIT Teatergarasjen / Bergen, Norway

Center for Cultural Decontamination / Beograd, Serbia. 

Museum of Contemporary Art / Reykjavik, Island.


Venues 2002:

Black Box Theatre / Oslo, Norway

“MAGMA" Festival for New Nordic Music / Berlin, Germany.

Avant Garden / Trondheim, Norway 

European Digital Stage Art Festival / Århus, Denmark 

ULTIMA Festival for Contemporary Music / Jacob Kirke, Oslo, Norway 


Venues 2001:

KUNSTNERNES HUS, The Annual Exhibition for Visual Art / Oslo, Norway 

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Research period in Ukrain, The black Sea and Istanbul.


RÉGLA

1999-2000 

Installation/Performance


Co-production with:

Black Box Theatre / Oslo, Norway

Artists: 
Per Flink Basse, Lisbeth J.Bodd, Asle Nilsen, Ulf Knudsen, Martin Lundberg, Mara Oldenburg, Lars Øyno, Morten Pettersen, Martin Døving, Runa Fønne, Preben Faye Schjøll, Petter Steen, Maria Vagle, Øyvind Wahl.

Venues 2000:

Black Box Theatre /Oslo, Norway 

Museum for Contemporary Art / Oslo, Norway

BIT Teatergarasjen / Bergen, Norway

Avant Garden / Trondheim, Norway 

Venues: 1999:

Savoy Theatre / Helsinki, Finland

Kulturhuset Stockholm / Stockholm, Sweden

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Research period in Cuba 1999.


RÉGLA-rommet

2000

Interactive installation


Venue:

Oslo Open /Oslo, Norway

Artists: 
Lisbeth J.Bodd, Asle Nilsen, Ulf Knudsen, Trond Lossius, Anders Vinjar, Maria Wagle, Øyvind Wahl,
Petter Steen, Morten Pettersen


1998: Awarded “The Stage Art Prize”
From The Norwegian Theatre Association.


Faust / Massnahme  

1998

Performance


Co-production with:
BIT Teatergarasjen / Bergen, Norway

Artists:
Lisbeth J. Bodd, Morten Cranner, Martin Lundberg, Robert Skjærstad, Håkon Lindbäck, Ales Ree, Asle Nilsen, Morten Pettersen, Petter Steen, Lophopora Williamsis v/HPL, Marius Kjos, Worm Winter,
Preben Faye Schjøll.

Venues 1998:

Black Box Theatre / Oslo, Norway

BIT Teatergarasjen / Bergen, Norway

Avant Garden / Trondheim, Norway


Read My Lips

1997 - Performance

Co-produced with BAKTRUPPEN

Venue: Zoolounge Club, Oslo, Norway 1997


PHILOKTETES 

1996-1997

Performance

Text: John Jesurun

Artists: Lisbeth Bodd,  Martin Lundberg,  Morten Cranner, Marius Kjos, Halldis Olafsdottir, Antti Bjørn,
Jean Vincent Kerebel,  Ulf Knudsen,  Asle Nilsen,  Preben Faye Schjøll, Morten Pettersen,  Ellen Røed, 
Petter Steen.

Venues 1997:

Black Box Theatre / Oslo, Norway

BIT Teatergarasjen / Bergen, Norway

The Theatre Festival in Kongsvinger / Kongsvinger, Norway

Pusterviksteatern / Göteborg, Sweden.


ANSWERING MACHINE 

1996 - Performance

(Le Répondeur automatique) 

Venue:
Les 20 jours du Théâtre à Risque. Montreal, Canada.
Text: Finn Iunker    Director:   Lisbeth J. Bodd.
Performers: Wajdi Mouawad, Stacey Christodoulou and Jean Turcotte. 

Co-produced:
with Les 20 jours du Théâtre à Risque, Montreal and  BIT Teatergarasjen  Bergen.


How to reach Marselisgate without  crying

1996 - Solo Performance

Venue:
 
KUNSTNERNES HUS, (ONE NIGHT STAND). Oslo, Norway 1996.
Artists: Peter Tops, Lisbeth Bodd, Asle Nilsen, Christel Sverre.


ORFEO / 7 MOT THEBEN 

1995

Performance.

Artists:
Vanessa Baird, Ingun Bjørnsgaard, Lisbeth J. Bodd, Morten Cranner,
Bjørn Kolbjørnsen, Preben F. Schjøll, Jan Grønli, Erik Øksnes, Finn Iunker,
Jean Vincent Kerebel, Maria Mediaas, Asle Nilsen, Morten Pettersen, Petter Steen,
Nils C. Boberg.

Venue:

Black Box Theatre / Oslo, Norway

BIT Teatergarasjen / Bergen, Norway

Nordic Theatre Festival / Århus, Danmark

Contact  Theatrefestival / Torun, Polen

MOT – International Theatre Festival / Theatre of Nationalities, Skopje, Makedonia.


7 MOT THEBEN

1994 

Performance 

Text:
Aiskylos: The 7 Against Thebe and Heiner Müller Landscape with Argonauts.

Music: Biosphere

Artists: Jan Grønli, Erik Øksnes, Sverre Willberg, Nina Woxholt, Vanessa Baird, Erling Borgen, Asle Nilsen, Lisbeth J. Bodd, Preben Faye Schjøll, Audun Strype, Morten Pettersen, Inger Johanne Byhring.
Nils Christian Boberg, Sigitas Rackys, Arvydas Dapsys, Gabija Jaraminaité, Ceslovas Iskauskas.

Venues 1994:

Det Norske Teatret "Aksjon Sarajevo"  / Oslo, Norway.

BIT TeatergarasjenBergen, Norway

Artist Palace / Vilnius, Lithuania. (arranged by: Nordiska Informasjonskontoret)


FREDAG 15  OKTOBER 

1993

Performance

Co-production with: 
Black Box Theatre, Oslo and BIT Teatergarasjen. Bergen.

Artists: 
Lisbeth J. Bodd, Asle Nilsen, Corinne Campos, Manolo Canteria,
Vanessa Baird,  Gomi Khawar Sadeq, Håkon Hegnar, Alexandra Bugoslawski,
Petter Steen,  Jean Vincent Kerebel.

Venues 1993:

Black Box Theatre / Oslo, Norway

BIT Teatergarasjen / Bergen, Norway

Theatre Podewil / Berlin, Germany

Theatre en Mai / Dijon, France.


TORSDAG 14 OKTOBER 

1991 - 1992

Performance

Co-production with:
Black Box Theatre, Oslo and BIT Teatergarasjen. Bergen.

Artists:
Lisbeth J. Bodd, Asle Nilsen, Manolo Canteria, Bo Christer Wahlstrøm, Vanessa Baird, Håkon Hegnar, Alesandra Boguslawski, Corinne Campos, Helge Fromreide, Anne Gjems, Roger Wahl, Inge Dalmann,
Rune Mikal Vindal.

Venues 1992:

Black Box Theatre / Oslo, Norway

BIT Teatergarasjen / Bergen, Norway

Theatre Podewil / Berlin, Germany

Foundation Gulbenkian / Lisboa, Portuga


ONSDAG 13 OKTOBER

1990

Performance

Artists:
Lisbeth J. Bodd, Asle Nilsen, Anne Gjems, Corinne Campos, Manolo Canteria, Karstein Solli,
Eugene Janpolsky, Marius Kjos, Petter Steen, Rune Rebne, Runa Fønne. 

Venues 1990:

Black Box Theatre, Oslo, Norway

Nationale Scene // BIT TeatergarasjenBergen, Norway

Vanha (Moving in November) / Helsinki, Finland

Theatre en Mai / Dijon, France

Theatro Municipal Miguel de Cervantes (Festival Internacional de Teatro) / Malaga, Spain 

IX Festival International de Teatro /  Granada, Spain


BADE HUSET

1989

Site-specific outdoor performance

Venue: CUBA, Grünerløkka / Oslo Norway

Artists: 
Lisbeth Bodd, Asle Nilsen, Cecilie Løveid, Anne Gjems, Svein Ove Kirkhorn, Anne-Stine Bankrød Nilsen, Casper Evensen, Inger Johanne Byhring, Bibecke Blydt Hansen, Helge Fromreide.

Performers:
Randi Bjerge, Sine Butenchøn, Ragna W. Bjerge, Tone Gellein, Mette Skånseng, Saskia Wieringa,
Ellen Johannesen, Corinne Campos, Ingunn Bjørnsgaard, Kathryn Breese, Cathrine Olsnes, Nina Ly,
Mette Kjeldahl, Elinor Lillegraven, Ellen B. Austvik, Nanna Helmer, Runa Rebne, Jorunn S. Lullau,
Ingrid Ødegaard, Eva A. Tostrup, Astrid L. Sigernes, Maria Toming, Bjørg Unstad.

The book "Badehuset"

Text by Cecilie Løveid.  published by Gyldendal Forlag, spring 1990)


ZANZIBAR  

1988

Performance in Circus-tent

Touring around Norway 1988
Touring with the Ferryboat Oslo/Norway – Hirtshals/Denmark – Harwitch/England.

Artists: Lisbeth J. Bodd, Asle Nilsen, Trine Falch, Gurå Mathiesen, Anne Gjems, Odd Johan Fritzøe,
Karstein Sollie, Frode Bjørnstad, Svein Kirkhorn, Anne-Stine Bankrød Nilsen.


TIL ELISE 

1987

Site-specific outdoor performance


Artists:
 Lisbeth J. Bodd, Anne Gjems, Trine Falch, Worm Winter, Andrej Nebb, Helle Christensen, Erik Meling,
Frode Bjørnstad, Camilla Buttingsrud, Knut Martin Jensen, Anne Lise Stenseth.

Venue 1987:
University Square /  Oslo, Norway 
Sergels Torg / Stockholm, Sweden


Sirkus Laila

1987

Performance in Circus-tent

Artists:
Lisbeth J. Bodd, Trine Falch, Arne Husjord, Siri Karlsen, Wolfgang Weiser,
Preben Faye Schjøll, Frode Bjørnstad, Ole Skjerk, Lena Jacobson, Runa Fønne.

Venue: 

Festplassen, Bergen (Cooperation with BIT, Bergen)

Touring Norway, Sweden, Denmark


Gjøglernes Sirkus 

1986

Performance in Circus-tent

Artists: 
Preben Faye Schjøll, Gurå Mathiesen, Lisbeth J. Bodd, Trine Falch,
Lena Jacobson, Ole Skjerk, Nina Bergström, Tine Hamerich, Frode Bjørnstad.
Claude Mazigh, Runa Fønne, Petter Steen.

Venue:

Festplassen, Bergen. Teatertreff 86 (Cooperation with BIT, Bergen)

Touring Norway, Sweden, Denmark.