Oslo International Acting Festivals theme this year is Nordic Profiles – teachers and stage performers who in various ways reflects Nordic diversity of performative strategies and acting techniques. Both new and more established methods are discussed, ranging from a physical to more textual or spatial oriented approaches. As always there will be conferences, debates and workshops. Welcome to the festival!




Program OIAF2015

Click the image to view the program full size.

Program PDF for print



Carolina Pizarro: Odin Teatret – physical and vocal techniques
Per Nordin: Yat technique – Movement for actors
Karmenlara Ely and Camilla Eeg-Tverbakk: Materialist Strategies for athletes
Ville Sandqvist: Intellect and emotions in physical life
Gianluca Iumiento: Interaction Technique – Space strategies for actors
Tore Vagn Lid: Acting Within New Dramaturgical Structures




Carolina Pizarro: Odin Teatret – physical and vocal techniques

Odin Teatret in Holstebro, Denmark has since the 1960s been central within anthropological theatre. Odin Teatret has conveyed a multitude of techniques and methods through travel and research activity, often inspired by non-European methods. Carolina Pizarro has been associated with Odin for years and has particular experience in Indian theatre. The workshop is a part of Grotowski Institute’s project ‘BodyCONSTITUTION… Julia Varley will introduce the Odin Teatret movie The Conquest of Difference for all participants Friday night.


Per Nordin: Yat technique – Movement for actors

Yat acting technique was developed by the Swedish dancer and acting teacher Gert Malmgren, based on Rudolf Laban’s dance pedagogy. Central to the technique Moving Psychology is an understanding of that movement is controlled by unconscious processes that we are aware and can take advantage of. Yat has been central at the Gothenburg University where Per Nordin has taught the technique for years.


Karmenlara Ely and Camilla Eeg-Tverbakk: Materialist Strategies for athletes

Karmenlara Ely focuses on “the hidden life of things” and how objects communicate different universes. Camilla Eeg-Tverbakk introduces a practice where the text is understood as “things”. The course discusses intimacy through the encounter with things and how they invoke ethical action: demands of relationship, responsibility and listening in practical work. Both teachers prefer alternating on experience of performing arts and other performative art fields.


Ville Sandqvist: Intellect and emotions in physical life

Ville Sandqvist is a Finnish Actor and director and Professor at the Academy of Theatre at the University of Helsinki. Sandqvist has researched the educational legacy of Stanislavski and has extensive knowledge of Russian acting techniques. The workshop focuses on the visible expression of the actor, on what is communicatied in the moment and how the actor physically and rhetorically interacts with the audience.


Gianluca Iumiento: Interaction Technique – Space strategies for actors

Gianluca Iumiento is the BA Acting Programme Coordinator at the Academy of Theatre, Oslo National Academy of the Arts. His Interaction technique is a method that aims to increase the actor’s awareness of their own behaviour and their patterns of behaviour, to be able to expand these. Central in his work is room strategy; every human being has a certain way to relate to others in a room. As actors we must broaden our strategies, learn new ones and always be flexible and in a continuous process.


Tore Vagn Lid: Acting Within New Dramaturgical Structures (one day / all participants)

Tore Vagn Lid is the Artistic Director of the Transit Theatre in Bergen and a Professor at the Academy of Theatre, Oslo National Academy of the Arts. He has also received a major research grant from the The Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme with his project “Knowledge and skills for a post-dramatic theatre”. His focus on the performer is often linked to musicality and rhythm in a theatre universe where the elements often are equal. Tore Vagn Lid’s workshop is one day only and open to all.



Oslo International Acting Festival is divided into three main different moments and daily phases:

Interviews and debates

From 11–12. Every day a dedicated interview will introduce one of the festival guests. The interview will be conducted by one of the festival Curators, Øystein Stene. Such conversation has the goal to present and clarify the artistic research of each one of the guests, underlining the unicity of both thoughts and practice behind a specific aesthetic.

From 12 – 13. After a short break a panel conducted by the other festival curator Gianluca Iumiento will create an open debate between the different guests present in the manifestation. The goal of such conversation is to create a theoretical platform of research where each guest will have to put his/her competence in dialogue with new artistic themes and problems, often outside or not directly related to his/her specific area of aesthetic interest. The debates change in structure and formula from year to year trying to match and mirror the festival’s theme. This year debates will look for an high grade of interactivity and experimentation with the audience.

Workshops and Rehearsals 

From 14–18, Every day a session dedicated to the practical research and experimentation. Each workshop or rehearsal will focus on a specific way of working, acting technique, performance approach or defined theatrical aesthetic. The workshops will be guided by one of the invited acting coaches, performers or artists. Each class will be composed by a maximum of 16 participants and the seminars will take place in the facilities of the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, and at the Norwegian Actor Center.

Shows, performances and artists talks

From 19–23. During some of the festival’s seven nights, these sessions will present encounters with performances of the students, lectures and artists talks.


Parties, awards and other activities

On the first and last night of the festival, the event will offer an opening party and closing party. The closing night of the festival will also be the occasion to award the best norwegian freelancer actor of the year and the life achievement in pedagogical research in the field of acting and performance of one of the festival guests.



As part of the 2015 Oslo International Acting Festival in co-production with Dramatikkens hus OIAF will host the Norwegian version of the theater format CON_TESTO. CON_TESTO is a 24 hour theatre marathon based on the idea of creating an instant theatre event. The format is conceived by Bruno Fornasari in collaboration with Tommaso Amadio. The OIAF 2015 edition of CON_TESTO will be supervised directly by Bruno Fornasari.

5 theater groups (composed by 1 director, 1 playwright and 5 actors) will each create a 10 minute play based on current events, secretly chosen from recent worldwide news. The result will be a theatrical newspaper frontpage, a one-hour show, consisting in 5 short plays, that will present the audience with 5 significant news stories told through the magnifying and critical lens of theatre! Entertainment and reflection on our contemporary world are the key  to this italian format that combines an artistic approach to journalism objectivity, and has been produced at Teatro Filodrammatici in Milan since 2012.

On Saturday August the 29th after the conference session at KHIO 25 participants at Oslo International Acting Festival will be choose by draw to participate in the Oslo edition of Con_Testo. The 25 actors will then be associate to 5 directors and playwrights by draw and then the 5 groups will be associate to one of the news selected.

At the end of this process 5 groups formed by 5 actors, 1 director and 1 playwright each with 5 different news will start working on an play of 10 minutes length that will be performed as part of the closing event of Oslo International Acting Festival on Sunday August the 30th at Dramatikkenshus. Each group will be assigned a room where they will be able to rehearse for 24 hours from 3:00 pm of Saturday August the 29th to 3:00 pm of Sunday August the 30th. The rest of the festival participants will continue normally their activity in the workshops and will attend the show on Sunday evening as audience.


Welcome and meet up with passes, information and folders on August 24th at the reception of the National Academy of the Arts – KHIO –   address: Fossveien 24, Grünerløkka/Oslo.