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Animalium

In May 2019 Teater Fot investigated new artistic ideas through film and improvisation. We worked with a group of actors improvising on simple exercises of group behaviour, call & response, mirroring and affective attunement. The work was connected with Neither Fish nor Fowl through the undefined characters of the performances, but was meant to be open and flexible towards different spaces, audiences and participants.

 

Animalium was developed as a project consisting of a performance, a site specific stunt and a workshop suited for performers and people who work with children´s theatre and art. The three formats are presented below, with examples from events during autumn 2019 / winter 2020.

Animalium Stunt is based on the same improvisation concept as described above, but performed by the Teater Fot Company. The happening can pop up like a surprise-stunt in public spaces like art galleries, exhibitions or at festivals, both in its own right as a performance, but also in between other events.

In this phase of the project, Lise wrote an article for VIS Nordic Journal for Artistic ResearchAnimalium Vis (2019)

This article is presented on the RC platform, and shows the ideas and theories of the project within a visual framework.

Animalium Workshop 

Through playing and improvisation exercises the workshop participants create a collective non-verbal language of sound and movements and develop into a flock of odd animals. The final session of the workshop is moving into public space where the flock (or flocks) of animals improvise with each other, materials, objects and possibly children who want to participate. The workshop becomes a happening or stunt in the festival area. The workshop is designed for festival goers, kindergarten teachers, art-students or other people who are interested in the topics of exploring play, sound, movement, shape, composition and communication with young children. The workshop is led by Lise Hovik, possibly accompanied by other members of the company.

Animalium Performance is a 30 minutes interactive performance, taking place on a stage in a theatre or gallery space, or in a public space with young children audience. The human animal characters will move together with paper and other materials through the performance space, inviting the babies and young children to move together or between the performers. The performance is designed as an immersive experience of sound and movement, in which the children (and adults) can participate in their own way.

The Animalium Workshop at SAND festival
September 5.th 2019 was 
documented with a film by Eliot Moleba in Dialogue for Community. 
Photo: Ida Gøytil

February 8.th 2020 Animalium was again invited to Kunsthall Trondheim and the beautiful exhibition 
A beast, a god and a line. 

Animalium visited October 19.th 2019 
Kunsthall Trondheim and the playful exhibition 
Anna Daniells KONFERANSE 

Photo: Katrine Elise Pedersen