as a THEATER MAKER ...
... I am together with my collaborators responsible for the artistic direction of our productions from the initial spark of inspiration through concept development, process planning, applications, production period and performing. To shape the way a piece is produced is as much a part of the artistic expression as creating and performing the piece itself. I consider the work I have done with the two companies Happy Gorilla and LIVESTOCK as this kind of artistic work.
Happy Gorilla is a Bergen-based theater company that I teamed up with in 2012. Through our collaboration with invited artists we have developed a sensory, ritualistic and poetic expression in pieces that might as well be performed in a gallery space as in the theater. Our productions investigate dogmatic systems, the yearning for eternal life and the human willingness to take risk.
LIVESTOCK was formed by four fellow students and me at Norwegian Theater Academy, though the group grew smaller over time. Our first piece was called Riding a Dead Horse and explored individualism in a collective setting and lay the foundation for the group. Our first professional production was about the Norwegian national feeling and it was re-made into a new piece two years later. With the challenge of collaborating over great distances we further managed to make the short piece 'Shooting from the Hip' within a project called 'Kunst-i-kit' and later to produce an outline for a piece called 'The Unknown' before the group drifted apart and finally was dismantled.