Praxisfestivalen is an international platform for artistic practice and improvisation as performing art. 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
ImproFestivalen 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: 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 (currently on parental leave) and Sara Christophersen (currently on parental leave). 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
KRISTINE KARÅLA ØREN (1974) is yogi, rabagast and dance artist.
Since graduating at KHiO, The National Academy of the Arts, in 1993 she has been active in the non-institutional performing arts scene, working with various artist and various expressions both as a collaborator and as an performer. With twenty five years of experience in the free project-based performing arts field, both nationally and internationally, she has a varied and elaborated artistic work experience as a performer, project manager, initiator, facilitator and participant in collective processes. She was newly appointed Federal Leader for NoDa - Norwegian Dancers Union. Kristine Karålas joined the team behind Praxisfestivalen in 2018.
HANNE FROSTAD HÅKONSEN (1990) has worked as dance artist, dance critic and producer since 2013. She has an educational background in Drama and Theater from NTNU in Trondheim (2011-2012), and studied Dance Art and Choreography at The School of New Dance in Oslo (2012-2014). She's now on a BA program in Gender studies at the University of Oslo, and combines this with her work in the non-institutional field of performing arts. Over the last years she's been collaborating with Camilla Myhre/ Caroline Wahlström Nesse, Karstein Solli, Marianne Heier and Ingri Fiksdal - in different performances including site-specific art and dance for young children. She also works as a co-producer, choreographer and performer in the artistic collaborations Kunstgress and Ompaniet. Hanne was invited to join the festival team this year, and is (very) happy to be a part of Praxisfestivalen 2018.
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. She has also been working as a producer both for artists and projects such as the national celebration of Dansens Dager and Mind the gap. Ida has been involved in making Praxisfestivalen since 2010.