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Annabel Arden (UK)

Annabel Arden's career encompasses opera, theatre and broadcasting as well as acting and devising new work. As an actress, deviser and director in the experimental physical theatre company Complicité, Annabel Arden has been associated with many of its most celebrated and award-winning productions. Opera includes works for Opera North, English National Opera and Almeida Theatre and extensive touring in UK and USA.

Annette Arlander (FI)

Annette Arlander (born 1956) is a pioneer of Finnish performance art and practice-based artistic research. After working as a director for many years, she now works mainly with research and performance projects of her own. Annette Arlander is Professor of Performance art and Theory at the Theatre Academy in Helsinki. 

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Bojan Jablanovec (SL)

Via Negativa

Bojan Jablanovec is dedicated to theatre research. He is interested in theatre as a medium of communication rather than aestheticization. Using reduction as a working method, he focuses on the relationship between the performer and the audience and on the question of the real in this relationship. In 2002 he founded Via Negativa, an international contemporary performing arts project.  

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Catherine Poher (F/DK)

 

Catherine Poher (born 1953) has directed performances at Teatret Rio Rose, ”Teatret” with Hans Rønne and at the Royal Danish Theatre, among others. Her work is mainly driven by a wish to create theatre for children and adults alike. Her performances are characterised by a special focus on the spontaneous, the sensual and the simple, speaking to audiences of all ages.

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Eugenio Barba (DK)

Odin Teatret

 

Through more than 40 years Eugenio Barba has created more than 65 productions with Odin Teatret and Theatrum Mundi Ensemble. In 1979 he founded ISTA – International School of Theatre Anthropology. His unique work method has been developed from his friend and colleague Grotowski's physical actors' training and voice work. Eugenio Barba is one of the world's few living theatre icons.

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La Fabrique Imaginaire (BE)

Eve Bonfanti, Yves Hunstad

Eve Bonfanti and Yves Hunstad are co-founders of the theatre company La Fabrique Imaginaire, sharing the roles of playwrights, actors, directors and stage designers. Their first play, La Tragédie Comique from 1988, was created during 5 years of intensive rehearsal work and has played more than 500 performances around the world, translated into ten different languages.

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Peeping Tom (BE/AR/F)

Peeping Tom Gabrela Carrizo, Franck Chartier

Peeping Tom is a theatre and dance company based in Brussels and founded in 2000 by Gabriela Carrizo (Argentina) and Franck Chartier (France). Their physical-visual performances take their starting point in people's habits and idiosyncrasies. Peeping Tom has toured extensively in Europe and the rest of the world and has won several awards, among them the French ”Prix du Meilleur Spectacle de Danse de l'année 2005".

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Hans Rønne (DK)

"Teatret"

Hans Rønne began his theatre carreer in 1979 as conscientious objector at Kaskadeteatret in Aarhus. In 1989 he founded ”Teatret” together with his wife and collaboration partner, set designer Gitte Baastrup, to work in his very own, personal, physical style. Since then he has created, acted in and directed a great number of performances of which several have been awarded, and many of them have toured all over the world.

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Hans van den Broeck (BE)

Compagnie SOIT

Hans van den Broeck's fascination with theatre is a result of his love for film and movement. His style leans heavily on cinematic elements and is characterised by a body of work that oscillates between the boundaries of dance, performance and video. Hans van den Broeck was one of the core members of Les Ballets C de la B for 12 years, and since 2001 he has been the artistic director of his own company SOIT.

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Heiner Goebbels (D)

The works of Heiner Goebbels (born 1952) have been performed in many countries and have given a new dimension to the concept Gesamtkunstwerk. Goebbels stages his own works and does not necessarily try to create a whole. He presents a number of ingredients and it is up to the spectator to sort them. Heiner Goebbels is  Managing Director of the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies (Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft), University of Gießen, Germany.

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Helgard Haug (D)

Rimini Protokoll

Helgard Haug (born 1969) is director and concept developer in the German performance group Rimini Protokoll and is in charge of what the group calls "expert theatre". Besides Helgard Haug, Rimini Protokoll consists of Stefan Kaegi and Daniel Wetzel, and the group has been the founder of a new international reality trend, winning a series of international awards.

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Jan Fabre (BE)

Troubleyn

Jan Fabre began his career in 1980 as director and stage designer. In 1982, his work Het is theater zoals te verwachten en te voorzien (This is theatre as it was to be expected and foreseen) placed a bomb under the seat of the theatre establishment of the day. He made a clean break with the conventions of contemporary theatre by introducing the concept of real-time performance.The body in all its forms has been the subject of his investigations since the early 1980s. The name of Jan Fabre's company, Troubleyn, means ‘remaining faithful’.

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Jean-François Peyret (F)

Compagnie tf2

Jean-Francois Peyret was co-director of Sapajou-Théâtre together with Jean Jourdheuil from 1984-94. Founder of Compagnie tf2. Peyret is the creator of a large number of unusual performances dealing with scientific and philosophical themes. In his artistic work process he mirrors the scientific method that is described in each particular performance.

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Jerome Bel (F)

Jerome Bel (born 1964) is one the most recognised choreographers in France. He provokes and challenges audiences with works that often break the traditional barriers between performers and spectators. Jerome Bel's performances have toured all over the world.

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Kaspars Znotins (LV)

The New Riga Theatre

Kaspars Znotins (born 1975) is an actor at The New Riga Theatre in Latvia. The theatre's artistic director Alvis Hermanis stages performances where the creative process is centered around the actors' own research and improvisation based on real people and real life stories.

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Kirsten Dehlholm (DK)

Hotel Pro Forma

In 1985, Kirsten  Dehlholm founded her performance theatre company Hotel Pro Forma. As an artist, usually she takes her starting point in a space, a theme or a form through which she investigates the world. Her conceptual Gesamtkunstwerke are made by opposing space, text, music, objects, light as well as different types of performers in new ways, but always strictly composed around a theme. She often chooses as performers people who have certain characteristics or skills, and often she includes objects and actions that are not normally associated with performing arts.

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Kitte Wagner (DK)

Nørrebro Teater

Kitte Wagner has a Master of communication and dramaturgy and is co-founder of Bruthalia Teatret (1994-98). For more than 10 years she worked as dramaturg at Betty Nansen Teatret in Copenhagen, collaborating with director Peter Langdal on a series of modern adaptations of classical plays. She has developed new working methods and performance genres in collaboration with stand-up comedians. Since 2007 she is managing director of Nørrebro Teater.

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Laurent Chétouane (D/F)

Living in Germany, the French director Laurent Chétouane (b. 1973) is a representative of puristic works of theatre with a strong focus on language. One of the most important young directors in Germany, he stages both new and classical drama. In 2010 he directed Ibsen's "A Doll's House" at the Norwegian National Theatre in Oslo.

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Lotte van den Berg (NL)

Omsk

Lotte van den Berg (b. 1973) creates work that sits between the worlds of mime, dance and theatre, characterised by the wish to create a space without words or rules, where the spectator becomes a participant. Much of her work is created on location, and she chooses to work not only with professional actors, but also with young people and amateurs.

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Maxine Doyle (UK)

Punchdrunk

Maxine Doyle produced works for a number of companies, including the integrated company of StopGap. Her most recent work has been with Punchdrunk (UK) for whom she has choreographed and co-directed a number of pieces since 2003. In Punchdrunk's performances the audience members are free to roam the performance site, which can be as large as a five-story industrial warehouse, and can either follow the performers and themes or simply explore the world of the performance, treating the production as a large art installation.

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Palle Granhøj (DK)

Granhøj Dans

Palle Granhøj’s consistent use of his obstruction method and his exploration of the method’s effect on the artistic expression has created the unique aesthetics of Granhøj Dans’ performances since 1989. The company tours extensively all over the world.

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Richard Foreman (USA)

Ontological-Hysteric Theater

Richard Foreman (born 1937) has written, designed and directed more than 50 performances in New York and internationally. His productions are characterised by a complex interchange between language, visual tableaux and a constant involvement of the audience. Foreman describes his work as "total theatre". In 1968 he founded The Ontological–Hysteric Theater.

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Richard Lowdon (UK)

Forced Entertainment

Richard Lowdon has a degree in Theatre Studies from Exeter University, and is a founding member of the experimental theatre company Forced Entertainment. The company is at the cutting edge of their field, producing work, live, published, on CD Rom and on film. Richard designs and performs in all their work. 

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Monster Truck (D/DK)

Sahar Rahimi, Manuel Gerst, Cecilie Ullerup Schmidt

Monster Truck is a young performance company who works with their own radical way of conquering the stage. Their works are apocalyptic theatrical experiences where elements of show, slapstick, stunts and visual art are combined into a whole. Monster Truck is a collective; everybody participates in the development of concepts, staging and performing.

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GOB Squad (GB/D)

Sean Patten, Berit Stumpf

Since 1994 the German-British performers' collective Gob Squad has been working with performance, installation and media. The company is a group of international artists working collectively with the concept, design, development and staging of their works. Gob Squad tour with their performances worldwide.

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Signa Sørensen (DK)

SIGNA

Signa Sørensen (born 1975) works internationally with large site-specific fictional works and universes of experiences. Non-actors participate in installations where the audience moves freely and interactively create their own experience. Signa Sørensen has founded the artistic partnership SIGNA with the Austrian performer and media artist Arthur Koestler.

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Soheil Parsa (CAN)

Modern Times Stage Company

Born in Iran, Soheil Parsa completed his studies in Theatre Performance at the University of Tehran and began his career as an actor and director. In Canada, he has established Modern Times Stage Company as one of the most exciting culturally-diverse theatre companies. Soheil Parsa is an award-winning director, actor, writer, dramaturge, choreographer and teacher, whose professional theatre career spans twenty-nine years and two continents. 

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Staffan Valdemar Holm (S/DK)

Staffan Valdemar Holm (born 1958) was trained as a director at Statens Teaterskole in Danmark 1988. His raw and physical performances has provoked audiences and his work in general is characterised by being sharp and unsentimental. From 2002-08 Staffan Holm was director of the Swedish National Theatre Dramaten, and from 2011 he is director of Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf. In 2010 he was awarded the Danish theatre award Reumert for performance of the year, for Richard III at the Royal Danish Theatre.

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Stef Lernous (BE)

Abattoir Fermé

 

Stef Lernous studied fine arts at the Hogeschool Sint-Lukas in Brussels. He directed for the De Maan figure theatre. Since 1999 Stef Lernous has been one of the driving forces behind the Abattoir Fermé theatre company in Mechelen. The company's work is often based on outsiders, dissidents, science-fiction writers and voices from the counterculture. Stef Lernous adapts, samples and contextualises stimuli from cinema, documentaries, journalism, psychiatry, art brut, comic books a.o.

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Sue Balint (CAN)

Sue Balint is dramaturg and producer at Modern Times Stage Company in Toronto, Canada, a widely acclaimed company led by Iranian-Canadian director Soheil Parsa and actor Peter Farbridge. Sue Balint also works as a playwright and is a founding member of Theatrefront since 1998, an award-winning and experimenting company that develops and presents new plays.

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Wanda Golonka (D/F)

Wanda Golonka (born 1958) is a French choreographer and director living and working in Germany. Trained in classical ballet and modern dance, she founded and directed the company Neuer Tanz from 1985-95. She was director at Schauspiel Frankfurt from 2001-09. In Wanda Golonka's Gesamtkunstwerke the space is as important as the actors and dancers, as she crosses the borders between dance, performance, music and text.

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Petrus (Wayn Traub) (BE)

Service to Others

Petrus (Wayn Traub) (born 1972) wrote the Manifesto of Animal Theatre in 1996. His creative work is characterised by the desire to experience, investigate and create a modern ritual theatre; a fusion of video montage, acting, dancing and singing. Founder of the company Service to Others: “This company produces art, film, theater and music without any artistic rules or boundaries and with the ultimate dream to become a service to others.”

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The Essential Condition 1

What is the essential condition for a successful rehearsal process?

Answers by: Kirsten Dehlholm, Soheil Parsa, Wayn Traub/Petrus, Bojan Jablanovec, Eve Bonfanti, Yves Hunstad, Sean Patten, Berit Stumpf, Richard Lowdon, Annabel Arden, Kitte Wagner, and Hans van den Broeck.

The Essential Condition 2

What is the essential condition for a successful rehearsal process?

Answers by: Wanda Golonka, Staffan Valdemar Holm, Heiner Goebbels, Lotte Van Den Berg, Jan Fabre, Stef Lernous, Franck Chartier, Gabriela Carrizo, Eugenio Barba, Signa Sørensen, and Jean Francois Peyret.

Why Theatre?

Rehearsal Matters interviews with 10 artists about why they chose theatre, performance, or dance.

Artists: Catherine Poher (F/DK), Franck Chartier (F), Stef Lernous (B), Yves Hunstad (B), Eve Bonfanti (B), Jan Fabre (B), Hans Rønne (DK), Kitte Wagner (DK), Jerome Bel (F), Richard Lowdon (UK).