Praxisfestivalen is an international platform for practicing dance and choreography. The festival is a venue for professional performance artists, dancers, actors and movers who want to delve into dedicated time of research, curiosity, exploration, discussion and reflection. Is is an arena for different perspectives of working with a responsive body, present mind and spontaneous decision-making, and a space for going beyond the present limits and opening up for new questions and directions.
During one week the festival offer workshops, seminar, artist talks and performances. The festival has been an important artistic platform initiating and focusing on knowledge, techniques and methods, and how to discuss improvisation as a performance practice and discipline of today. Also, as an international meeting point for creative research new artistic collaborations has been established.
HISTORY / BACKGROUND
Praxisfestivalen (named ImproFestivalen in the beginning) was initiated in 2009 and has been arranged as an annual event since 2010 (except from a sabbatical in 2015). The festival has developed in form and content every year and will continue to develop in relation to our current time and interest. The first year fourteen young improvisers met, as a collaborative and flat structured platform, sharing knowledge and thoughts about improvisation as an art form. In 2011 six improvisers met exploring “dramaturgy” as a term for improvised performances. In 2012 we expanded with workshops and invited internationally renowned artist, and started a co-production with Follo folkehøgskole, a boarding school 30 minutes outside Oslo where we could work, eat, sleep and hang out together. The first three years ImproFestivalen was a co-production with Danseinformasjonen where we performed at Scenehuset in Oslo. In 2013 we started a collaboration with Dansens Hus who hosted the performances. In 2016 the festival merged with PRAXIS Oslo – a platform for sharing of artistic practice, and changed the name to Praxisfestivalen.
Since 2012 the following international artists have shared and showed their work: Kate Pendry (NO), Alice Chauchat (FR/GE), Ivo Dimchev (BG), Benoît Lachambre/Par B. Leux (CA), Jamie Scott / Trisha Brown Dance Company (USA) Lars Øyno (NO), Bodycartography project / Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad (NZ/USA), Alix Eynaudi (FR), Siri Jøntvedt (NO), Andrew Morrish (AUS/FR), Rebecca Bryant & Don Nichols (USA), Martin Slaatto (NO), Martin Nachbar (DE), Rosalind Crisp (AUS/FR), David Zambrano (VE/NL), Katarina Eriksson (SE/USA) and Keith Hennessy (USA).
ImproFestivalen was initiated by Karen Høybakk Mikalsen, and the last five years it has been curated and arranged by Karen, Ida Gudbrandsen, Maja Roel, and Sara Christophersen (currently on parental leave). Kristine Karåla Øren, Hanne Frostad Håkonsen, Elisabeth Breen Berger, Sigrid Kopperdal, Katja Schia, Marie Nikazm Bakken, Caroline Svartdahl has also been in the festival crew at some point. The festival has through the years been supported by the Arts Coucil Norway, Fund for Performing Artists and The Agency of Cultural Affairs/City of Oslo.
THIS YEARS CREW
MAJA ROEL (1980) is a freelance choreographer, performer and producer. She has both a theoretical and practical education within the performing arts from University of Oslo (Theatre science) and from The School of Contemporary Dance in Oslo and School of Performing Arts in Amsterdam. Since 2005 she has developed a numerous of productions that includes theme as death, evil, gender and homo ludens (the playful human being). She put her own art on competition in her work «Kunstnerisk avkastning», and her latest piece «Vi var her» had performers of five generations. Roel has been working on various site spesific locations such as busses, an old heliport, a hospital and on an island. Her next production «Utopia» will have a premiere in 2020. In 2013 she was granted a three year working grant from Statens Kunstnerstipend. Maja is producing her own work and she has been producing and curating Improfestivalen and Praxisfestivalen since 2012. This year she is a festival artist and curator at Kortreist dansefestival in Trøndelag. She has an office and workspace at Sorialab in Oslo. www.majaroel.no
IDA GUDBRANDSEN (1985) has her dance education from Spin Off Forstudium i dans (2004-2005) and The Norwegian College of Dance (2006-2009). Since 2011 she has been working freelance as a dance artist with choreographers/projects like Landing, Steffi Lund, Mia Habib, Impure Company/Hooman Sharifi, and in an artistic collaboration called SUPERNOVA. Their next premiere is in December 2019. Ida has also been working as a producer both for artists and projects such as the national celebration of Dansens Dager and Mind the gap. She has been involved in Praxisfestivalen since 2010.