The 9th Nordic Drama Boreale conference
in Drama/Theatre and Education.

Program with reservation for small changes.

Location: Academy of Music and Drama (Artisten), Fågelsången 1 Göteborg
Language: Swedish and English
Dates: the 6th – 10th of August 2018




Monday the 6th of August

11:00 – 13:00 – Registration.

In Lindgrenssalen
13:00 – 14:00 An Open Ensemble Welcome ceremony.
14:00 – 14:30 A contemporary analysis with Stina OscarsonAn attempt to understand our time and the role of culture in a declining democracy.
14:30 – 15:00 Coffee
15:00 – 15:30  A two headed embodied welcome by; Petra Frank, head of Academy for
Music and Drama, and Anna Peixoto, head of Department of Sociology and Work

15.30- 15.45 Conference design
15:30 – 16.30 Open Ensemble Jam

16.30-17.30 Familygathering with Bubbles
17:30 -> Guided tours for those who wish to find various good spots for eating and

Tuesday the 7th of August

In Lindgrenssalen

8:30 – 8.55  Warm up D504
A Research framed Open Ensemble Workshop in Lindgrensalen
9:00 – 12:00 Workshop part 1 (and coffee brake)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:30 – 16:30 Workshop part 2 (and coffee brake)
16:30-17:00 Family gathering

Wednesday the 8th of August

In Lindgrenssalen

8:30 – 8.55 Warm-up D504
Further reflections and input on our Open Ensemble work
9:00 – 11:00 Warm Data Lab with Nora Bateson (more info below).
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee
11:30 – 13:00 Inside – Outside voices; a choir of reflections from Drama/theatre in Education researchers as well as invited guest from related fields Dr. Marcus Bussey University of Sunshine coast, Brisbane Australia, Dr. Pernilla Ahlstrand Academy of Music and Drama Gothenburg Sweden, Phd doctorate André Alves Valand Academy, Gothenburg Sweden, Prof. Arjen Wals, Wageningen Uni/Unesco/GU the Netherlands, Prof. Helen Nicholson, Royal Holloway University, UK

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:45 Poster Presentation and possibilites to make your own. Lindgrensalen

15.45- 16.30 Family Gathering
16:30 -> Time for  social events

Thursday the 9th of August

Deepening Collaborations
8:30 – 8:55 Warm-up D504
9:00 – 12:00 Open Ensemble Space with coffee from 10.30 Lindgren
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 16:00 Open Ensemble Space with coffee from 14.30

16.00- 17.00 Gathering summary Lindgren
19:00 -> Conference Dinner & Party!

Friday the 10th of August

  • Wrapping up and Ways forward
    9:00 – 10:15 Local and Glocal  Mirror Lindgren
    10:15 – 12:30 Emergent threads and ways forward with coffee from 10.30
    o Ethical agreements for the use of generated material
  • o Publishing opportunities
    o Web-based follow-up seminar and Weaving Commitee
  • Closing ceremonym, Baton goes to Norway



Overall intentions and further explanations of conference design.

Day one is a day for landing and inviting ourselves playfully to how we will work together in experienced-based ways as an Open Ensemble.

Day two is a day for co-operating in an Open Ensemble Workshop, in the big as well as insmaller groups around a “Process-research-drama laboratory” about our own praxis. We seeit as a combination for us to work practically on the floor, in order to make transparent and visible to ourselves, our own understandings of where we are in our relation to drama as a living and breathing practice, in different contexts in face of greater challenges in the world. Inquiring and exploring ourselves in the form of an art-based participatory action research frame is the meta-perspective of that process. Through different exercises and drama processes we will create a multi-perspective mind- and landscape of drama over time, exploring in the now, the past through which we entered the field and how we can imagine ourselves as an emerging future. We will have a leading question: “What was, and can drama be an answer to?” And we will explore this from a point of view ofour individual experience, the collective/structural contexts we are and have been embedded in, and the societal challenges that drama as an answer might be related to. Thefuture will be enacted in “explorative as if’s”, with the help of a spectrum of collective socialimprovisation techniques. They will be inspired from our own drama conventions in dialogue with perspectives, methods and conventions from other fields of practices – as systemic social-change making, future studies, participatory design – related to drama. This in order tomirror and see the substantial practical values in our own praxis’ in these times, inassociation and contrast to a greater context of closely related aspirations.

Through an experimental research designed frame in progress, we will explore how the researching methods and methodology can be embedded in the applied theatre and drama practice and have a doubled function. How can the spectrum of researcher positions and faculties from observing to participating aesthetically be engaged? How can generating, collecting and processing data in embodied, aesthetic, analytical, theoretical to verbal and written forms be used? How can informative and transformative results be made explicit? Our overall meta-focus of inquiry will be: What can the art of applied theatre and drama be an answer to, in relation to a practice-led art of researching through art?

Day three is for reflecting back and further processing, we will start by doing a Warm Data Lab with Nora Bateson. Nora have within the frames of the Bateson Institute developed a method for processing trans-contextual individually anchored data where all participants step into the “mantle of the expert”, leaning into a systemically aware framework, to allow for the emergence of a collective learning and seeing about a theme of investigation, that is greater than the sum of the parts. With her deep and long experience and development of the Batesonian ways of thinking and interacting, she will help us mirror and grasp the complexity of our own work and theories from an “ecology of an aesthetic mind”. In her universe the opposition to complexity is not simplicity but reductionism and the aesthetic coherence is the natural way of containing and allowing complexity to engage in sense- making. This way of curiously inquiring, allows exploration to be rooted – not in one silo of practice, ways and field of knowing or discipline, but in a multitude of contexts boiling Insights into action from a different way of seeing, that makes a difference. Nora is invited and will attend to our process during the conference.
This will be followed by a choir of reflections on our joint work by Drama and Theatre in Education researchers as well as researcher from other “related” field, fields with a sense of a practical belonging to Drama/theatre in Education. In the Poster-presentation session there is space for a multitude of individual, prepared, verbal, text-based or image-based brief presentations ongoing research, projects, ideas that has emerged during the conference etc. Material for making a poster presentation on site will be available..

Day four is for deepening the process in the Open Ensemble Space. On Thursday, we will work in smaller, interest-oriented groups based on “emergent streams” This means that the traditional prepared thematic stream for a conference will emerge as a result here, but as a result from a variety of ingredients involved. The thematic streams could be space for furthering threads from the Tuesday’s workshop, continuing to develop ideas presented in the poster presentations, space for sharing traditional papers as well as first drafts, workshops, etc. The work of all groups will be documented and added to the Drama Boreale Conference site, with the aid of a volunteer (in consultation with the participants), which allows you to share and further the work even after the conference.

Day five is for opening up towards the future, communicating internationally and form the new steps and frames for after the conference. We will start off with an Glocal Mirror. A staged version of what took place during our joint session on Tuesday will be sent off the same evening to various Drama/theatre groups in Budondo – Uganda, Charlotte -US, Manchester – UK, Buenos Aires- Argentina, Auckland/Wellington New Zealand and they will send off an embodied response for us to watch on Friday morning.

*The Family
One of the thoughts behind Drama Boreale 18 is to actively stimulate collaboration across national borders. The family consists of a small group of conference participants from different contexts. Each family group are encouraged – but not forced to…add material in various forms to the DB18 Open Ensemble conference website.

Warmly Welcome to Gothenburg in August!

Drama Boreale 2018; The Open Ensemble, is primarily arranged by the Department of Sociology and Work science and Academy of Music and Drama at the University of Gothenburg in collaboration with Blekinge Folkhögskola. The Glocal Mirror project is funded by The Climate Fund at The University of Gothenburg.