It is a thrill to share the program of Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival 2020, the result of exciting encounters with artists, people, partners and performances from many different places. When talking about places, these are not solely geographical; I have in mind backgrounds, artistic mediums, contexts and urgencies.
How do we, as human beings, relate to our lineage, to ourselves and to others, to personal stories, to collective memory and history, to the world we live in and to various living forms? The festival will be the opportunity to examine collective archives and personal memories, to explore modes of relations, and to propose ways of being in relation – as a possibility to look at how things are interwoven, interrelated or entangled. With a fluid spectrum of identities and multilayered stories, we wish to look towards rethinking the intersection of the personal and the collective.
The festival is also an invitation to a space for untold stories, acknowledging the need to de-silence and looking at the opportunity to decenter ourselves. Taking a step to the side, caring for multiple perspectives, investigating beyond a dominant Eurocentric culture, we want to turn our eyes on the necessity of other places and experiences being centered.
We invite you to take the time to discover and enter a space where we can make hypotheses about the world we live in. This festival will be a roller coaster of tonalities: tender, absurd, soft, witty, humorous, unpretentious, sophisticated, laid-back, energetic by turns. Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival is a great place for new sensitivities. Come and experience!
Artistic and General Director