I have recently completed a fascinating few months as researcher-in-residence with the team behind the theatre production Horisonten, a co-production between Aaben Dans and Det Kongelige Teater, currently playing the main stage at the Skuespilhuset in central Copenhagen.
The cast of over 20 actors, opera singers, contemporary and classically trained dancers, circus and physical theatre artists, and a similarly-sized behind-the-scenes creative team and crew were generous enough to give me access to document the interactional practices involved in devising this huge work.
Drawing on the video-recorded data generated during this process, I am now exploring the processes of collaborative imagining involved in creating performance, including how speech works as mediation tool in dance and visual theatre development; the processes of shared discovery that creatives engage in; the interactional architecture of collaborative idea development; the curatorship of input from the individual artists; post-dramatic theatre. I have also been interested in this project community as a multilingual workplace.
This is the third theatre creation period that I have tracked, following productions of Wit (Why Not Theatre Co.) and God of Carnage (That Theatre Co.) in 2014.
Horisonten runs until 10 October.