Transformative Encounters is a podcast series dedicated to the exploration and unpacking of the concept performative encounters within the realm of contemporary performance and how it can be understood. This series forms an integral part of the knowledge dissemination deriving from the artistic research project How Little is Enough? that is centered on sustainability and social change, conducted at the Malmö Theatre Academy by Steinunn Knúts Önnudóttir under the umbrella of Agenda 2030 a transdisciplinary Graduate School within Lund University. In the podcast, Steinunn extends invitations to european artists and theorists, where they engage in in-depth discussions and multifaceted explorations of this concept from diverse perspectives.


Published by Malmö Theatre Academy on Soundcloud, and by Steinunn Knúts Önnudóttir on Spotify.


Editor/presenter/producer: Steinunn Knúts Önnudóttir

Music: Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir


The podcast series is produced with the support of Inter Arts Centre at Lund University and Malmö Theatre Academy. 


Introduction with Steinunn Knúts Önnudóttir


In this short introductory episode, Steinunn Knúts Önnudóttir, theatre maker and an artistic researcher gives an introduction to the term performative encounter in connection to her relation specific performance practice and how it links to her artistic research on sustainable methods of performance.

Episode 1 with Maaike Bleeker

Reciprocal illumination

A performative encounter with dramaturge and senior researcher at Utrecht University Maaike Bleeker delving into her experiences, reflections and insights.

Episode 2 with Gigi Argyropoulou

Living space for the unplanned

A dialogue with artist, curator and scholar Gigi Argyropoulou about performative encounters and how she understands the term in relation to her practice.

Episode 3 with Charlotte Østergaard 

Bouncing with my value system

A performative encounter with artistic researcher at Malmö Theatre Academy and textile artist Charlotte Østergaard.

Episode 4 with Sofie Lebech

A call for a response

A performative encounter with Sofie Lebech a performance maker and an associate professor at Malmö Theatre Academy about participatory performances, pedagogy and performance making.

Episode 5 with Tanja Diers

Heightened attention

A performative encounter with Tanja Diers a dramaturge and artistic researcher at Malmö theatre Academy about how she understands performative encounters through her work.

Episode 6 with Liv Kristin Holmberg

Existential dialogue

A performative encounter with Liv Kristin Holmberg performance artist, musician and an artistc researcher based in Berlin. The episode is recorded in Berlin in May 2023.

Episode 7 with Erik Pold

Going out for an adventure

A performative encounter with performance maker and teacher at Malmö Theatre Academy, Erik Pold. Erik has a long experience in working with participatory performance, as a performer and as a maker. He talks about how he understands his meeting with spectators, participants, and the public space.

Episode 8 with Sima Nurali Wolgast

You are doing psychology

A reciprocal illumination with psychologist Sima Wolgast where she talks about her practice as social psychologist and how she relates to artistic processes.

Epilogue with Steinunn Knúts Önnudóttir

In this episode, Steinunn Knúts Önnudóttir reflects upon the 8 encounters she has had in the series and revisits her motivations.

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