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NORTEAS - Seminar 2019

Empowerment of the Future Performing Artist, Feb 8-9, 2019, Malmö Theatre Academy

From February 8 - 9, 2019, there will be a Norteas pedagogical seminar, hosted by the Malmö Theatre Academy.

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Norteas workshop malmö theatre academy

February 8-9th 2019

Malmö Theatre Academy

Theatre professionals and students from the NORTEAS network countries


This seminar marks the conclusion of a two year collaborative project The Sustainable Theatre Artist. The project has circulated around sustainability in the broadest meaning of the term, from ecology through artistic methods and personal endurance to professional entrepreneurship. We have offered express courses, online lectures, seminars and discursive programmes with teachers and students and a big intensive course. 

Here we want to focus on pedagogical strategies that promote the sustainability of the student. We have looked within the network for contributions to the seminar and hopefully we all can find meaningful encounters and sharing during the two day seminar

Read more about the NORTEAS Sustainability Project.



13.00 Check in at ‘Bryggeriteatern’, Malmö Theatre Academy, Bergsgatan 31, Malmö

13.30 Peer to peer time hosted by Malmö teachers within the following four educational fields:
Movement – in ‘Rörelse’, 3rd floor, Voice – in ‘Rörelse’, 2nd floor Acting – in ‘Studio D’, 3rd floor Other – in ‘Studio C’, 2nd floor

15.00 Break with light meal in ‘Bryggans Foyer’

15.30 Official opening - Steinunn Knútsdottír and Ditte Maria Bjerg At ‘Bryggeriteatern’

16.00 Key note speech / conversation with Suzanne Osten, moderated by Sara Khaledi and Arina Katchinskaia, students from Malmö Theatre Academy
At ‘Bryggeriteatern’

17.00 Break

17.15 Student initiated and student led dialogue rooms on five subjects: ▪ Staging abuse.

▪ Power in theatre.
▪ Histories and material.
▪ Political correctness in theatre.
▪ Educating the future stage artist.

There will be five dialogue groups, each discussing two of the above subjects. You will be informed about dialogue group and location upon arrival.

19.00 Joint dinner for all students and teachers. At Inter Arts Center.


9.00 Good morning with coffee and croissants at ‘Bryggans Foyer’. All talks will be held at ‘Bryggeriteatern’.

9.15 Talks A
▪ Ulf Friberg
▪ Tine Damborg
▪ Kent Sjöström
▪ Informal question time / break

10.20 Talks B
▪ Peter Melin
▪ Alexander Roberts
▪ Steinunn Knútsdottír
▪ Informal question time / break

11.25 Talks C
▪ Dorthe Koch
▪ Egill Ingibergsson
▪ Informal question time / break

12.30 Lunch break at ‘Bryggans Foyer’.

13.15 Workshops

  • Samuli Nordberg & Tiina Syrjä (13.15-16.30), ’Rørelse’, 3rd floor.

  • Aune Kallinen (13.15-14.45), ’Studio D’, 3rd floor.

  • Anne Birch (13.15-14.45), ‘Rørelse’, 2nd floor.

  • Peter Melin (13.15-14.45), ‘Studio B’, 1st floor.

15.00 Workshops

  • Anne Södergren (15.00-16.30), ’Rørelse’, 3rd floor.

  • Pauliina Hulkko (15.00-16.30), ‘Studio B’, 1st floor.

  • Anders Carlsson (15.00-16.30), ‘Studio C’, 2nd floor.

  • Josette Bushell-Mingo (15.00-16.30), ’Studio D’, 3rd floor.

16.30 Official closing by Ditte Maria Bjerg and Mads Thygesen At ‘Bryggeriteatern’

17.30 A goodbye sandwich and last chance to mingle before departing 18.30 Bienvenue! 


You can participate in one or two workshops depending on the length on the workshop(s). There are 3 hours available for workshops in total.
Apply to workhops in the registration form. Please read guide thoroughly before applying.

Samuli Nordberg & Tiina Syrjä (3 hours)
Xtreme - Pedagogical practises for understanding personal and performative boundaries.

What is an extreme experience for the performer and on the other hand for the spectator? During this workshop, we will discuss how a performer can become aware of his/her boundaries. What can be considered extreme in the body/public space/community and which extreme actions and situations chosen by this particular group we would like to try out? We will approach the concept of extreme through various exercises, and we will explore the experiences from both the observer’s and the author's point of view. We'll seek together a physical breakpoint, learn how to scream safely and exchange with each other actions which feel personally extreme. The work is based on experiences from Xtreme workshops for actors on bachelor level.

Anne Södergren (1,5 hour)
Changing Perspective

The workshop is based on a method developed by Anne, using three different ”rooms” where the students focus on and develop singing technique, performing and reflection respectively. In the Craft Room the student trains in different singing skills and exercises for a sustainable voice. In the Laboratory Room the students explore improvisation, text and acting skills transferred according to voice. In the Reflection Room the students have the possibility to reflect and work with an awareness of personal and artistic choices in relation to critical perspectives such as gender and other norm issues and discuss this according to the singing voice. The participants should prepare one short acapella song each.

Anne Birch – Voice Teaching (1,5 hour)
Practical Voice - Work With Movement

The workshops start with an introduction to some of Annes exercises for developing theater voices and singing artists. We’ll talk about principles for embodying the sounds and explore how to reinforce the volume and phrasing by movement.
Then Anne will focus on the use of big voice ambitus and a variety of dynamics, playing with text bites - on conseptions from the music vocabulary.
Anne will introduce, and explain, how to use the term ’Tonus’ as an important tool in the dramatic voice work.
To all the workshop-participants: Please bring a short text you know by heart, for the workshop.

Pauliina Hulkko (1,5 hour)
Mentoring As A Pedagogic Method In The Performing Arts Education

In this workshop, we focus on mentoring within the performing arts higher education. What does mentoring mean and offer in relation to the performing arts, and the education of its various professionals? How does it relate to and differ from other forms of teaching?
Are there some specific mentoring methods that should be taught? Are they sharable across our
disciplines? And how could an individual teacher become aware of, develop and improve her own mentoring skills? The workshop consists of three parts: 1) introduction made by the moderator, 2) working in groups and 3) the dissemination of the group work. The aim is to come up, together, with concrete ideas, techniques, even methods that the teachers can try out and use in their future work as mentors.

Aune Kallinen (1,5 hour)
Permeability and Consent

Any studying group can be perceived as a temporary and diverse community. In order to support the growth and free artistic expression of each student, we need to look into consensuality: the practices and continuous discussion it demands. The crucial questions are far more complex then learning to say yes/no. How we work the “maybe”? How we approach the unknown? How we deal with the fact that borders are many times recognized after they are crossed; that the consent is always plural and ever-changing? In this workshop we investigate permeability as a performative/political/pedagogical strategy and empathy as not-understanding.

Anders Carlsson (1,5 hour)
Situating performance

In this workshop we are looking for a starting point for performance, and we do it by attempting at doing nothing. Given a performative turn - performing is always already in play - and following Brechts advice - the first thing we must learn is the art of observation: what is already happening? Through simple techniques of observation and conversation, the workshop participants will be invited to observe themselves and others, as a method to “situate” the very workshop they are in.

Peter Melin (1,5 hour)
Introduction to Critical Response Feedback by Liz Lerman

How to give and receive critic with an impact on both the creative work and the ongoing knowledge
This workshop offers both an introduction and a practical experience. You can be an active part in a
session or just sit back, hold your tongue and watch – whatever suits your need and mind.
After a short introduction we jump in to the water and start swimming. A short piece will
be performed by students from Malmö and then Peter will facilitate a feedback process as he
introduces it step by step. This learning by doing will be followed by QA. Peter has been working
with this feedback method for some five years and have also introduced the method during staff -
days at KMH in Stockholm, The Music Academy of Örebro, at RUM/ spise- a conference for music
teachers, among others. He and Jonas Simonson,- teacher and responsible for the folkmusic
department at HSM, talked and showed the method during Norteas streamed lecture series.

Josette Bushell-Mingo/Ellen Nymann (1,5 hour)
Who is the story teller ?

A seminar that look at what stories we choose to tell in today society. What impact does this make on people whose stories are not told? Observations on colonialism, whiteness and other spaces that stories are told. A shared dialogue on power and art.

Contributors & Bios

More about our CONTRIBUTORS at the seminar

Alexander Graham Roberts

Programme director for MFA Performing Arts
The Iceland Uiversity of the Arts

Alexander has completed a double Master's degree in International Performance Research at the University of Warwick and the University of Amsterdam.
Besides Alexanders work at IUA he is Co-artistic Director of Reykjavík Dance Festival and co-curates for Every Body's Spectacular, Teenager's in Reykjavík and A! Performance Festival. Furthermore Alexander is artistic and dramaturgical collaborator of a number of artists like Ásrún Magnúsdóttir, Katrín Gunnarsdóttir, Brogan Davison and Pétur Ármansson (Dance for Me Co.).

Anders Carlsson

Professor in Acting
Theatre Academy in Helsinki, UNIARTS

Anders is educated as actor in Malmö Theatre Academy and initiated the independent theatre groups Teater Teater (200-2007) and Institutet (2008-) which expanded its operational base from Malmö to Berlin and then to an international arena of contemporary art. As artist Anders explores areas of risk and social transformation. As professor in “skådespelarkonst” (“the art of acting”) Anders explores a post-Brechtian horizon of acting as an embodied expertise in performativitiy: a “life-science” that does not only portrait or mirror life but creates new forms of life.

Anne Birch

Singing Teacher
The Danish National School of Performing Arts in Odense

Anne has for many years been working as a singing teacher at the Conservatorium and the Dramaschool, DDSKS, Odense Department, DK. She educates professional singers and actors, and is deeply interested in the pedagogical process how to release the personal resources from mind, body and voice in every single student.

Anne Södergren

Senior lecturer in Vocal (Singing) Performance, Acting and Performing for Stage and Screen Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg
Anne has supplemented her master of fine arts Music Education from University of Gothenburg with a number of other courses; Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Teaching From a Coaching Perspective, Pedagogical development course within gender among others.

Besides being a Senior Lecturer she is a Supervisor of Independent Work on master and bachelor level, Pedagogical Director of opera and acting projects, Voice Coach in the professional field and a Freelance Singer.

Aune Kallinen

Head of the Center for Joint Studies and Lecturer of Contemporary Performance Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki
Aune works as a teacher and freelance-artist, directing, performing and collaborating.

In all her work political, spiritual and meditative qualities are present and the (power) relationships between audience-stage/performance- performers is somehow questioned and investigated. She is also curious in investigating the boundaries between and inside of (nude) bodies, cells, mushrooms and invisible realities, just to mention few.

As a teacher she aims to support the students towards their own interests and challenge them to take risks and to try the impossible. Her workshops orbit around actual themes as the end of capitalism, sexuality, witch- and bitchcrafts, cellular breathing and the structure(s) of the universe(s). The ethics of her pedagogy are built on a notion “we are always many” (Donna Haraway and others).

Dorte Koch

Voice and text, Communication
The Danish National School of Performing Arts in Copenhagen

Dorte Koch has extensive experience as a communication skills facilitator and voice teacher and has taught and trained a large number of customers with very different backgrounds and needs. She has extensive experience in voice training and verbal communication skills training in the private sector and has taught speech, expression and voice at the Danish National School of Performing Arts for many years. Dorte Koch graduated as a voice teacher at Central School of Speech and Drama, London and holds an MA in Adult Education and Human Resource from Roskilde University. In 2010 Dorte Koch published the book “Find your voice” in Danish.

Egill Ingibergsson

Technical director and a teacher
Department of Performing Arts IUA

Egill has been designing sets, lights and video for the theatre for decades and has been awarded several times. He is working at the Iceland University of the Arts as technical director and teacher, doing freelance jobs with smaller and bigger theatre groups when possible.

Josette Bushell-Mingo

Head of deapartment of Acting
Stockholm University of The Arts

In England Josette has been working as an actor at Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre and the Manchester Royal Exchange. As a director and teacher Josette has taught and directed in Stockholm, Malmö and Luleå theatre schools, LAMDA – London Academy of Music and Dramatic arts, Central school of Speech and Drama – also most the prestigious theatre school TISCH part of NYU in New York, USA as a guest teacher in the performance of classical Greek Theatre. Josette is also Chairwoman for CinemAfrica; founder of of the organizations PUSH (UK) and Tryck (SE) - a project that supported the recognition and creativity of African descent and duel heritage artists); and Artistic Director for Riksteaterns Tyst Teater - sign language theatre department, from where her work developed into a perception changing theatre department, in the understanding, respect and potential of sign language arts and the artistic, linguistic and cultural rights of the deaf.

Kent Sjöström

Associate Professor
Malmö Theatre Academy

Kent Sjöström has worked as an instructor – mainly in movement – at Malmö Theatre Academy since 1984 but has also been teaching regularly at theatre academies in the Nordic countries. In 2007 he completed the first Swedish PhD in Theatre in the field of artistic research (Skådespelaren i handling) and is now the head of artistic research at the Malmö Theatre Academy. His current research concerns the field of how the working actor conveys ideology and theory, mainly with tools taken from Brecht's theories. Since 2010 he is also involved in The Theory and Practice of Theatre, a new educational programme combining approaches from Theatre Studies with conceptual artistic work.

Pauliina Hulkko

Professor of Theatre Work
University of Tampere

Dr. Pauliina Hulkko is a director, dramaturge and artistic researcher. She works as the professor of theatre work at the University of Tampere, Finland. Hulkko’s pedagogical and research interests extend from dramaturgy and composition to performer training and performance ethics.

Peter Melin

Director of studies for the acting program at Academy of Music and Drama
University of Gothenburg

In his work Peter is examining braking hierarchy’s by empowering the students in taking a more active part in their training. He is a strong believer in the effect of personal engagement as thrive to learn and develop. During Peters twelve years as a teacher and seven as director of studies his interest in peer response and non-hierarchy learning situations has lead him towards and into a feedback method called Critical Response Feedback by choreographer Liz Lerman.

Samuli Nordberg

Senior lecturer of theatre work (specialized in movement and dance)
Degree Programme of Theatre Work, University of Tampere

Nordberg has long career with over 60 artworks as dancer, choreographer and/or director. In addition to his teaching position in University of Tampere he has been teaching also in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Common denominator of his late artworks and pedagogical approach is shared artistic and bodily thinking and collective working processes.
Nordberg is founding member of Taideosuuskunta Tsuumi and Dance House Finland Association. He has also worked as the artistic director of Dancetheatre Tsuumi.
Nordberg has graduated from Arts University of Finland first as a Bachelor of Dance and then as Master of Choreography. At the moment he is doing his artistic postgraduate degree at the University of Tampere. The subject of the doctoral dissertation is Shared Ownership of collaborative processes - The Physical Perspective. Focus of the research is corporality of collective work, especially the physical thinking of the performer and its effects on decision-making by the individual and group.

Tiina Syrjä

Senior lecturer of theatre work (specialized in voice and speech)
Degree Programme of Theatre Work, University of Tampere.

Tiina Syrjä has a doctoral degree in Arts (Theatre and Drama) and she works as a university lecturer in voice and speech at the Degree Programme in Theatre Arts, University of Tampere. Besides a voice coach, she’s a speech therapist, yoga instructor and teacher of the Alexander Technique. She is also a Playback Theatre practitioner, who works as an actor and conductor in Playback Theatre Vox. She has worked with stage voice over 30 years and has given workshops and lectures in several countries. Her specialities and current research interests include Telepresence in Theatre and Acting in a Foreign Language.

Steinunn Knútsdóttir

Performance maker (maker, writer, director, performer).
Dean of Department of Performing Arts

The Iceland Uiversity of the Arts
After finishing a BA in theology from University of Iceland Steinunn trained as an actor in Denmark, and studied theatre direction in the UK and in Russia and she has since worked with various theatre groups as director, writer, dramaturge and performer in Denmark, England and Iceland. Steinunn focuses mostly on progressive, cutting edge theatre, crossing the borders between disciplines, and she enjoys participating in research projects. Steinunn is the artistic director of The Professional Amateurs and the Webtheatre Room 408 Her work has been performed in Reykjavik, Copenhagen, New York and Vienna, on the world wide web, on television and in radio among other places. Steinunn was a dramaturge at the City Theatre in Reykjavik for three years and a part time drama lecturer at Iceland University of the Arts from 2001 until 2011 when she became the Dean of the Department of Performing Arts. In 2016 Steinunn published the book Vertical Research by the University Press of Iceland.

Tine Damborg

Movement specialist within movement-directing, choreographing and teaching
The Danish National School of Performing Arts in Odense

Tine was educated as a contemporary dancer from The Danish National School of Performing Arts I 1995. She furthermore holds an MFA in Movement: Teaching & Directing, from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, in London.
Tine has worked as a freelance dancer and performer in dance shows, performances, rock-musicals, children’s touring theatre and site-specific shows while simultaneously choreographing and dancing her own work. Alongside being a dancer, she founded the Danish youth contemporary dance company, “U-kompagniet” in 2005 which she directed until 2013.

Ulf Friberg

Researcher / Lecturer
Department of Arts, Communication and Learning
Luleå University of Technology

Ulf is a professional artist in the theatre field with a PhD in performing arts. The dissertation deals with in-between questions like art in society and society’s impact on artistic development. Ulf's career have four different paths; performance, organization, education and
research. Acting is the core but with deep experience in directing, writing, teaching and organization theory.

”After 30 years as a professional I’ve learned the importance of trust and safety for artistic development; In yourself, for others and through organization.” 

About the Talks


Ulf Friberg: Contemporary society, learning and the individualistic dilemma
What happens to the teaching if college students are increasingly oriented in an individualistic discourse and do not recognize the collective identity? A question Ulf Friberg in recent years has been trying to answer. In his talk he will address thoughts and findings from his interviews exploring modern individualism in a teaching context, with students and teachers from all four theater colleges in Sweden.

Tine Damborg: Egos in Education: Experiences in team teaching.
Tine Damborg will, based on her experience with team teaching in- and outside of The Danish National School of Performing Arts in Odense, talk about what team teaching might require emotionally and bodymind-ly of the teachers involved. So that the experience of sharing the responsibility (read as the ability to respond) of teaching, is perceived to be useful and meaningful both for students and teachers. Tine will argue how team teaching has the potential of offering the individual teacher with an opportunity of presenting their subject matter in a more fluid and multi dimensional way, as well as comment on how team teaching can be a less isolated and a more sustainable way of teaching.

Kent Sjöström: A Present-Day Curriculum?
To a high degree the traditional curriculum in a theatre academy is based on stable working roles, based on a stable division of labour. This tradition is challenged in today’s theatre landscape, through a plethora of artistic methods and approaches. I will discuss some experiences from Malmö Theatre Academy, about how an academy that earlier only worked with theatre arts, now also is facing and using theoretical and conceptual approaches on performance art in a wide sense, and how this has created a fruitful discussion about artistic identities and future actor’s training.

Peter Melin: The positive effects of using Critical Response Process, a simple enough protocol for feedback - with endless possibilities.
Peter will share experiences and examples about how Liz Lermans method for giving and receiving feedback, the so called "Critical Response Process" are used at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg. Peter will focus on the side effects on student patterns he finds linked to learning and using this method. If you want to have a first hand experience of the method please join the Saturday workshop.

Alexander Roberts: Learning with the City
This short talk will introduce a set of initiatives that are currently being experimented with on the MFA Performing Arts at Iceland Academy of the Arts. The talk will discuss specific open- class formats, alumni life-long-learning policies, as well as post-studio strategies, that each open the MFA Performing Arts programme out into the life of the city – and equally open the life of the city out to the programme.

Steinunn Knútsdottir: The Empowerment of the students
A talk on how to use the methods of life coaching in a learning situation.
How can we as educators resist teaching and allow learning to happen? How can we as educators enhance our ability to listen to our student? How can we as educators enable learning by asking powerful questions?

Dorthe Koch: Empowerment and technique
In 2018 Dorthe gave a 3 week workshop to four 3rd year acting students at The Danish National School Of Performing Arts in Copenhagen. They chose the very open frame: „Texts written by women“. In her talk Dorthe will be sharing some of the thoughts, ideas and reflections from the project. She will relate to topics such as: Empowerment/Agency/Personal engagement; Equality/Gender; Skills and techniques; Division of responsibilities/How to create a safe space.

Egill Ingibergsson will talk about Time

A litle sparkle on how we see or don‘t see our time. How we think about time, embrace it, spend it and safe it, though in the end it leads us to an irreversible end. 


Malmö Theatre Academy, Faculty of Fine Arts, Lund University, Sweden



Norteas 2019 malmö theatre academy

Norteas 2019 malmö theatre academy

norteas 2019 malmö theatre academy

norteas 2019 malmö theatre academy


Seminar at Malmö Theatre Academy Feb 8-9th, 2019

norteas 2019 malmö theatre academy


Empowerment of the Future Performing Artist / Seminar at Malmö Theatre Academy

Friday, February 8, 2019 15:00  
Saturday, February 9, 2019 16:00


NORTEAS - Empowerment of the Future Performing Artist, OMSLAG