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Post-industrial areas – with the “exoticism” of their slight decay, with their empty and unused spaces, with their history and architecture, with people living and working there and their stories – offer a rich inspiration for artists. They can choose these environments for their creation of very different motivations, from purely aesthetic to confrontational or provocative.
Member of IN SITU since 2014
Østfold Internasjonale Teater is based in Fredrikstad in southeastern Norway. Østfold Internasjonale Teater produces, co-produces, and presents a broad spectrum of regional, national and international performing artists within a wide variety of contexts. In addition to text-based theatre, physical and visual stage arts are central to programming, including contemporary dance and circus. This frequently takes the form of residencies comprising public performances, workshops, seminars, lectures, and philosophical conversations. The ancillary activities are tailored to cultural schools, high schools, businesses, and professional artists in the region. This has been complemented by a series of jazz and classical music concerts supported by Arts Council Norway.
In 2014 Østfold Internasjonale Teater became the only Norwegian member of IN SITU. Since joining the network there has been increasing emphasis on innovative, trans-disciplinary art in the public realm, exploring creative strategies in former industrial sites, urban areas and the natural landscape. This has enabled Østfold Internasjonale Teater to encounter new audiences, establish itself as an actor in processes of city and regional development, and cooperate with a diverse new range of local partners.
Director: Tormod Gangfløt
Project Leader/ Artistic director/ IN SITU curator: James Moore