• Black Box teater
  • Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival
  • 7.–16. March 2019
  • Performances, installations, talks,
    seminars and festival club
  • Annie Dorsen (US)
  • The Great Outdoors
  • Saturday 9, 17.00
  • Saturday 9, 21.00
  • Sunday 10, 17.00

Voted as one of the best performances in 2018 by Norsk Shakespeare tidsskrift


The Great Outdoors 
takes us on a sublime journey through inner space in the darkness of an inflatable planetarium. A lone performer reads texts culled from comments on the Internet. The text is fed through an algorithm, giving voice and body to the thoughts of countless individuals tapping away at their keyboards in isolation. Gradually, fragments of narrative emerge from the online chatter. At the same time, a spectacular, computer-generated starry sky unfolds above you. Dorsen invites us imagine the Internet’s infinite possibilities as a new form of celestial authority, and to explore the nature of human expression and communication.

Annie Dorsen works in a variety of fields, including theatre, film and dance. She is the co-creator of the Broadway musical Passing Strange, which she also directed and which was filmed by director Spike Lee. Since 2010, Dorsen has worked within “algorithmic theatre”, in which computer algorithms fuel her stage work. She received the 2014 Herb Alpert Award for the Arts in Theater and a 2016 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award. Annie Dorsen is a Visiting Professor in Theater and Performance Studies at the University of Chicago.

  • Duration: 55 minutes.
  • Concept and direction: Annie Dorsen
  • Starshow design: Ryan Holsopple and Annie Dorsen
  • Sound and music design: Sébastien Roux
  • Video programming: Ryan Holsopple
  • Text programming: Marcel Schwittlick and Miles Thompson
  • Dramaturg: Onome Ekeh
  • Technical director: Ruth Waldeyer
  • Performer: Kaija Matiss
  • Management and production: Natasha Katerinopoulos
  • Co-production: BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Bergen International Festival (Bergen), Crossing the Line Festival/French Institute Alliance Française (New York, NY), and Noorderzon/Grand Theatre Groningen (NL).
  • Supported by: the Hermès Foundation within the framework of the New Settings Program, King’s Fountain; developed in part by Live Arts Bard at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College (Annandale on Hudson, NY); and supported by a residency at Abrons Arts Center (New York, NY).
  • Thank you to Katherine Profeta, Natalie Galpern, Karen Kandel, Dylan Fried, Carlos Rodriguez, Sean McElroy, Tom Fruin, and Jeff Gavett.