Symposium: Art in conflict

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A rearmament of knowledge

Theater is the essential art form of democracy. It has the power to question the current state we find ourselves in, helps create a sense of unity and a sense of purpose, and most importantly, enables us to reflect on who we are as world citizens. 

The symposium is free of charge. Collect your free ticket here. 

The world as we know it is changing. There is an ongoing escalation of tension and conflict, and millions are being forced to flee - confronting us and reminding us that no one is immune to global threats.  Never before has it been more important to encourage critical thinking in a now “Post Truth World”. As institutions of mediation, whether it be performative art or research-based knowledge, we need to ask ourselves, how do we respond? What is our role in developing democracy? How is this reflected in our mandates, and how do we move forward?  We are eager and hopeful as we invite you to the spring symposium “Art in Conflict”, where the outmost goal is to open channels for collaboration, communication and explore joint execution of mandates—for artists and audiences of tomorrow. 

The symposium is a collaboration between the Center for Peace Studies at UiT the Arctic University of Norway, and Hålogaland Teater with the support of the Foundation Fritt Ord, The Goethe Institute, and Istituto Italiano di Cultura.    Guest performances with excerpts from Lykkejegerne (Hunt for happiness) and Journeys of Exile.  

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The symposium will be held in English. 

Foto in header: Luca Guadagnini from the performance of Underground Birds. 


Art in conflict symposium program: 

April 29th from 12.00-17.00 at Hålogaland Teater

12.00                    Welcome by Artistic Director Egill Palsson (IS) and Head of Center for Peace studies, Associate professor Marcela Douglas Aranibar (CL)                                  

                            Member of Parliament Cecilie Myrseth (NO)                              

12.45                  Introduction of Journeys of Exile by Director Robert Schuster (GE)

13:00                  Extract of Journeys of Exile

13:25                  Conversations with actors from Simorgh Theatre (AF) and Robert.

13:45                  Discussions  

14:00                  Lunch  

14:30                  Here I am, young voices from the whole world with Rebekka Brox Liabø (NO)

14:40                  Extract of Lykkejegerne  

15:00                  Artistic Director Susanne Andreasen, The national Theatre of Greenland (GL), Decolonizing Theatre

15:15                  Artistic Director Erik Søderblom, Esbo City Theatre (FI) – The living and the dead – on the role of performing arts in societal crisis management

15:30                  Discussions  

15:50                  Coffee and baked goods  

16:00                  Head of center for Peacestudies, Associate professor Marcela Douglas Aranibar (CL) – The moving images and humanbeings in conflict

16:30                  Panel conversation Art as a changemaker – and Underground Birds, moderated by Egill Palsson and Marcela Douglas Aranibar. With: Director Robert Schuster (GE), Kula Compagnie, Peter Schorn (IT) Vereinigte Bühnen Bozen, Rebekka Liabø Brox (NO) Her e æ, Pasqual di Fillipo (IT) Vereinigte Bühnen Bozen  

18.30                 Watch Underground Birds at Scene Øst. Get your tickets here

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