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Drama Boreale 2018, August 6 - 10

Information to conference participants

The Nordic Drama Boreale conference takes place in one of the Nordic countries every third year, starting in 1995 making this one the ninth time. The planning group consists of representatives from The University of Gothenburg; Department of Sociology and Work Science and the Academy of Music and Drama, as well as the Drama educations at Blekinge and Västerberg folkhighschools, RAD, the Swedish Union for Performing Arts and Film.

The ninth Drama Boreale is titled The Open Ensemble and since Drama has such a clear relational focus, we want to investigate how we can work more consistently and hands-on with this at the conference. What are the consequences for professional development, collaboration and research if our joint conference focuses on what emerges in-between us? We will investigate and develop ways of re-interpreting ourselves and our craft, based on what we all share: the drama / theater process.

THEME; The Open Ensemble - Drama Boreale 18

The characteristics of Nordic drama are our varying measures, the wide range of activities with different focus and methods. In our profession we meet people of all ages, in formal as well as informal contexts, within the theater and cultural life of established institutions as well as free actors. We are involved in preschools as well as universities, in healthcare, business and NGOs and community life, etc. The Open Ensemble enables us to investigate the different voices, the dense weave of various possible interpretations of what Nordic drama education has been, is and has a potential to be. Ensemble learning is also discussed in the field of Education for Sustainable Development/ Social Learning where this form of learning is resembled the improvisational jazz ensemble with its focus on relationship and openness for the still unformulated. With the added Open to the Ensemble we want to emphasize spaces for diversity, spaces for a multitude of voices in our Nordic drama choir. The Open Ensemble can also be described as a performative process with its focus on what emerges and a rhizome, a term derived from the biology that can be seen as a metaphor for a non-hierarchical form of learning, a chaosmos based on diversity and disorder rather than order.

The searchlight, now as well as in previous conferences, is directed to what Nordic Drama is all about. What are our roots, where do we stand now and what are the possible futures scenarios that we like to imagine? The difference from previous conferences consists in our form, the conference structure; it’s how. Instead of a series of ready-planned presentations in the form of papers / workshops / keynotes we will focus on what emerges in-between us participants in our drama process at the conference. We accept one exception – time and space for poster presentations will be included in the conference design. The key feature is instead what will take shape in our interactions in- between the estimated 150-200 participants. This will be creatively documented and then become a commonly owned material; a treasure that we all can relate to and then further in endless ways; research articles, performances, new educational innovations, etc. We will offer participants different opportunities to publish and disseminate experiences in relation to the conference. What is happening at the conference's introductory workshops will also be reflected upon at the final day of the conference, in the form of staged reflections from different groups in various places around the world.

So with high and intense hopes of seeing you here we would hereby like to cordially invite you to Gothenburg in August 2018.

In a rhizomatic logic, where there is no beginnings and no ends we state that the Open Ensemble of the 9th Drama Boreale conference is happening already.

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Drama Boreale

The thoughts behind the conference

In four minutes, Åse Eliason Bjurström tells you about the thoughts behind Drama Borelae

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