Forum T, samtal om regi – del 2

17 september 2022

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On September 17, Turteatern and Teateralliansen invites you to full day event and seminar on theater directing. Marie Nikazm Bakken, Gustav Englund and Olof Runsten will be deepening the conversation about theater directing with the invited guests Susanne Kennedy (DE), Signa Köstler (DK) and Ulla Kassius. During this seminar, we want to continue investigating the director’s role in contemporary theater and create a forum where directors themselves may discuss their practices.

In the spring of 2022, we held the first seminar on directing where we started from the director’s relation to the artistic concept and the problems and potential that may arise in the role as an artist.

During this seminar, we will focus on the director’s approach to space and visuality. What is the director’s visual and spacial starting point? How does the director’s work with space take place, and what is the collaboration with scenographers, lighting designers, or other visual practitioners? How does the director relate to the theater stage as a historical place, in relation to other areas? Based on these questions, we want to delve deeper into the importance of the physical space’s role in theater and its impact on the artistry of various directors.

The theatre’s relationship to space and visuality has changed throughout theater history. Such as the theater as a ritual site, moral institution, bourgeois entertainment, gesamtkunstwerk or as the empty space. Today we have Suggestion or Verfremdung, the immersive, the visual, or digital. Currently the list can be made long with all the different orientations existing alongside each other.

The word theatre is derived from the Greek theatron which denotes the place from where the theatrical event is seen. The theatre organizes the relation between those seeing and what they see, mediating in a specific relationship between the two. The theatre, therefore, (or so it would seem) presents the object par excellence for an analysis of visuality as a phenomenon that takes place within the relationship between the one seeing and what is seen and against the backdrop of culturally and historically specific visual practices.

Visuality in the theatre, Maaike Bleeker (2008)


10-13 Block 1 – Individual conversations with participating directors. 

13-14 Lunch

14-17 Block 2 – Joint conversation and questions. 

17→: Dinner and bar/AW

The cafe will be open throughout the day where lunch and dinner can be purchased.

The seminar will be held in English.

With support from Konstnärsnämnden – The Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

The invited directors

Susanne Kennedy

Susanne Kennedy

Susanne Kennedy lives and works as a theatre director in Berlin, Germany. She responds to the new balance of power between bodies, technical objects and machines with an aesthetic that is beyond the human. Distorted by masks, playback dialogue, doppelgängers and multimedia the actors embody the ancient question: what does it mean to be a human being?  During the last years her work has gained international attention and is being shown at festivals like MITs Sao Paulo, Athens Epidaurus Festival and the Festwochen in Vienna. In 2017 she won the European Theatre Prize for New Theatrical Realities in Rome. She has been a an associated artist at the Volksbühne in Berlin since 2017 where she works together with her partner, the visual artist Markus Selg. Together they create installations, operas and plays.

Signa Köstler

Signa Köstler

Signa Köstler (born Sørensen) was born in Århus in 1975. After graduating from the University of Copenhagen with a dual degree in Art History / Film & Media Studies, Sørensen began to experiment with installation as a medium, initially financing her work by taking employment as a champagne girl in night-clubs. As stated in various interviews, the experiences and environment of the profession inspired, and crucially influenced her future body of work. Testing the limits of proximity and intimacy, Sørensen began placing herself within the installations and among the audience. Often controversial in theme and radical in form, her performances won her praise as one of Europe’s leading performance artists and directors. In 2004, Arthur Köstler joined her and they founded the performance collective SIGNA. Köstler has been nominated for many distinguishing awards: the Reumert Prize for Salò (2010) and Seven Tales of Misery (2006), and an invitation to the Berliner Theatertreffen 2008 with Die Erscheinungen der Martha Rubin (voted one of the 10 best theatre performances of the year 2007). She received the The Danish Stage Directors´ Price of Honor in 2006, and was awarded with the Bisballe Prize in 2005. The Danish Arts Council has been a continued source of support for her performances via several grants and scholarships throughout her career. Signa is married to Arthur Köstler, and they live in Copenhagen.

Ulla Kassius

Ulla Kassius

Ulla Kassius has worked with scenography and costume since the 70s, mainly in theater but also in film. Kassius’ scenographies have a strong signature and her collaborations with director Mattias Andersson have made a big impression in the theater world. Some of their works are The Mental States of Sweden, The Act of Goodness, Den yttersta minuten at Dramaten and the trilogy Crime and Punishment at Backa Teatern. As a director, Kassius has directed De sista vittnena with texts by Nobel laureate Svetlana Aleksijevic at Dramaten, Premiären at moment:teater and Pappersgudarna at Angeredsteatern. For her artistry, she has been awarded Stockholm’s city’s honorary prize and Svenska Dagbladet’s Thalia prize together with Mattias Andersson. In 2012, she received two of the world’s top scenography awards at World Stage Design in Cardiff. In 2022, Ulla Kassius was awarded the Swedish king’s medal in the 8th size with a blue ribbon ”for meritorious contributions to Swedish theater life”. Ulla Kassius is currently working with the scenography for Nordic Crime at Dramaten.