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We are a group of full- and part-time performance-artists, who have been working together since 1999. The current artistic leader is Jens Bäckvall.

We work mostly with interaction with and manipulation of our audience in intimate one-to-one scenarios, either in public space or within specially designed installations. A lot of our work is concerned with different aspects of communication, existentialism and rituals as well collaborations with ngo’s to highlight socio-political problems and agendas.

We also work with physical-theatre and dance and have created several dance-theatre performances.

We have performed in Denmark, Sweden, USA, France, Romania, Finland, The Faroe Islands, Germany, Ireland and Scotland.

Some basic information on how we work with interactin and manipulation:

Interactive theatre is a theatre-form in which the audience experiences a personal meeting and a verbal or non-verbal dialogue with one or more actors. Within this dialogue, they have the opportunity to effect the course of the performance through their actions.

An interactive actor’s task is to
read the audience that they meet, for example by paying attention to their posture, mood and behaviour. Starting from these observations, the actor changes his/her behaviour so as to create the best possible contact, and thus open the dialogue. This direct, interactive contact with the audience is a way of opening them to new experiences, and a way of awakening their senses and thoughts.

Our goal is to give our audience an experience, and reflections upon this experience, that they will carry with them for a long time after the performance ends. We aim to create curiosity and diversity.

interact |ˌintərˈakt|

verb [ intrans. ]

act in such a way as to have an effect on another; act reciprocally : all the stages in the process interact | the user interacts directly with the library.

manipulate |məˈnipyəˌlāt|

verb [ trans. ]

1 handle or control, typically in a skillful manner

  1. examine or treat (a part of the body) by feeling or moving it with the hand

2 control or influence (a person or situation) cleverly, unfairly, or unscrupulously : the masses were deceived and manipulated by a tiny group.

Atomic City in New York 2008

Those Who are Bound at Roskilde Festival 2011

The Institute of Parallel Science, Hangö Teaterträff, Finland 2011

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