With oslo I continue the process of writing that I have developed in previous works. In the trilogy Black (2011), No Title (2014) and We to be (2015), I was exploring the possibilities and limits of language and how this extends into real space. The access to imagination took place through language, and the closeness to the audience developed with the writing. With oslo I aim at another way of generating presence and imagination, where not only the performer on stage is central to what is taking place. This time the writing extends into the whole theatre space, multiplying the voices, the actions, the moments, the imaginations – the things and the beings.
created and performed by: Mette Edvardsen
in collaboration with: Mari Matre Larsen et al.
music composed by: Matteo Fargion
light design: Bruno Pocheron
production assistant: Maya Wilsens
production: Mette Edvardsen/ Athome, Manyone
co-production: Kaaitheater (Brussels), BUDA (Kortrijk), Black Box teater (Oslo),
Teaterhuset Avant Garden (Trondheim), BIT – Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Skogen (Gothenburg)
supported by: Norsk Kulturråd, Norwegian Artistic Research Program – Oslo National Academy of the Arts, apap-Performing Europe 2020 – a project co-founded by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union
Mette Edvardsen was nominated for the Critics Award in the category of dance for the performance oslo. oslo was nominated for the Oslo Award by Natt&Dag magazine for best performance 2017.
- About Mette Edvardsen
The work of Mette Edvardsen is situated within the performing arts field as a choreographer and performer. Although some of her works explore other media or other formats, such as video, books and writing, her interest is always in their relationship to the performing arts as a practice and a situation. With a base in Brussels since 1996 she has worked for several years as a dancer and performer for a number of companies and projects, and develops her own work since 2002. She presents her works internationally and continues to develop projects with other artists, both as a collaborator and as a performer. A retrospective of her work was presented at Black Box theatre in Oslo in 2015.
Mette Edvardsen is structurally supported by Norsk Kulturråd (2017 -2020), BUDA Arts Centre Kortrijk (2017 – 2021) and apap-Performing Europe 2020 – a project co-founded by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. She is currently a research fellow at Oslo National Academy of the Arts and associated artist at Black Box teater Oslo.