PERFORMANCE – WORKSHOP – RESEARCH
Othernessproject designs performances, workshops and research, collaborating with artists and scientists from different countries and contexts. We believe that high quality art opens new ways for education, for individual and social healing.
We enter diverse spaces to perform and hold workshops: from well-known venues in Copenhagen to game-changer festivals and conferences, which deal with art, science, society and temporary communities. Our events appear in physical, virtual and hybrid space, too.
- Performances are thoroughly researched frames, on the intersection of science (biology, physics, environmental studies, sociology, psychology) and art. First, we invite scientists, philosophers, artists to experiment and elicit ideas. In a second step, we hold free open events for anyone interested to participate. With all the input, we design installation-performances based on co-creation. The audience can choose their level of participation in our collaborative artistic formats. We rely on and further develop participatory techniques, relational and dialogical art, the pedagogy and theatre of the oppressed, sortition and ethno-theatre, building a unique collaborative relationship and methodology with our audiences-participants.
- Workshops are conceived for mixed communities: vulnerable layers of the society are brought together with majority communities to share experience and weave common narratives. Sideways storytelling is one of our new developments based on the above-mentioned concepts and discoveries of neuroscience on establishing temporary communities, using rituals and metaphors, also ekphrasis for storytelling.
- Research is based on our performances and workshops: we use action research, a learning by doing method, to enhance experience and knowledge. We use action research, the grand theory as qualitative research for education and arts, also mixed research methodologies such as action research and DataWise.
Othernessproject cooperates in various artistic and research environments internationally. Our partners reside in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Greece, Cyprus, Slovenia, Hungary, Romania, the UK, Montenegro, and the spectrum is getting larger every year.
Our recent installation-performance, IF, developed with the action research methodology, invited to several festivals across Europe: Bådteatret, CPH / Actor Training in a Globalised World, CPH /Altofest, Naples (IT) / International Time Perspective Conference, Nantes (FR) / Passage Festival, Helsingor-Helsingborg (DK-SE) / Bridges Festival, Cluj-Napoca (RO) / Rahvusvahekine A-Festival (ET).
Between 2014-2019 othernessproject was based in Helsingør, Denmark, with a core group of artists and researchers residing in Nordic countries: Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
From 2019, othernessproject relocated to London, UK, as a grass root organisation, and has become a member of the prestigious publib directory in 2020: https://www.publib.co.uk/othernessproject, having participants from the UK, China, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, the US.
artistic director: Rita Sebestyen (RO/HU/DK/UK)
performer: Minni Katina Mertens (NO/DK)
performer: Sara Vilardo (IT/BE/DK)
light- and sound designer: Ivan Wahren (SE)
EU-project manager: Stine Ebbesen (DK)
dramaturge: Mira Nadina Mertens (NO/DK)
social media editor: Nora Ugron (RO/FI)