Espen Sommer Eide – Selected Works


Verdensteatret

(2010-2020) Henie Onstad Centre, NCCA, Moscow, BAM, New York, Shanghai Biennial, Currency Building Kolkata, Empac, Guangdong Art Museum & more

VERDENSTEATRET is an artist collective based in Oslo. The group's continuous artistry has been established over the last 30 years. The group was founded in Bergen in 1986 by Lisbeth J. Bodd and Asle Nilsen, with background from respectively theatre and visual art.



Today the group consists of artists representing many different artistic genres and professions. They endeavour to use a collaborative process to deeply integrate different artistic disciplines into projects that bridge the gap between artistic boarders.



Verdensteatret's poetics are characterized by an ongoing experimentation within different medias by building complex links between seemingly incompatible technologies and materials. An experimental use of audiovisual technology in close dialogue with more traditional tools of artistic expression results in large scale orchestral works and space-related musical compositions. 

They have developed a complex audio-visual expression, where emerging landscapes of sound integrated with sculptured scenography and bits of fragile, human tale.

Seeing the sound, listening to the images. 

They say that their activity now has become a ”telling orchestra” that performs compositions in the “movable room genre”. Established notions of form or style about performance are more or less useless for these peculiarly captivating works. 

Their works are presented widely international in different art contexts and locations, such as art museums, contemporary music festivals and theatres.  

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

And All the Questionmarks Started to Sing from Verdensteatret on Vimeo.

35 min documentation of Verdensteatret's live performance "And All the Questionmarks Started to Sing"



PRIZES

VERDENSTEATRET has received several prizes during the years:

Kritikerprisen 2015 (Broen over Gjørme / Bridge Over Mud) 

Heddaprisen for best audio-visual design 2015 (Broen over Gjørme / Bridge Over Mud)

Heddas Honorary Award 2014

The Bessie Award - New York Dance and Performance Award 2005 

Telenors Culture Prize 2003

The Stage Art Prize - The Norwegian Theatre Association 1998


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