Neither Fish nor Fowl (2017)

Birds, fish and humans are species containing a huge multitude of fantastic creatures, but the categories in which we are used to define each of them, are ranged in a cultural hierarchy with human on top. Adult humans are above children and children are above animals. Looking at children´s relation to animals, the affection is quite strong with both tenderness, curiosity, fear and joy. Using a non verbal bodily and musical language we wish through this project to develop our affective languages. We want to twist and mix the hierarchies and the categories, to play with what we find in the gaps in between, and to dive into transitional movements, shapes and species. Strange animals, happiness, fear and curiosity are mixed with layers of different materials.

This is possible to do through experimental theatre, using figures, objects, materials, dance, movements, singing and musical communication.

Neither Fish nor Fowl is an artistic research project in theatre for early years. The research methods are theatre making, film making and writing, investigating the significance of affect, both as philosophical, emotional and material inspiration. The project will be going on for one year, from March 2017 to March 2018. During this period, the research process will be documented and presented along the way, both on the Teater Fot website ( and in the Research Catalogue ( The first performance will be shown at the festival Olavsfestdagene in Trondheim 2. and 3. August 2017. Second part will be presented in March 2018 in co-production with theatres in our region.

Pre production teaser
Photo Gallery

The production team
Artistic director: Lise Hovik
Scenographer: Anne Helga Henning and Lise Hovik
Musicians: Siri Gjære, Tor Haugerud, Rohey Tallah
Actors: Siri Schnell Juvik, Gunhild Hjertaas, Ibrahim Fazlic
The performances have 4 artists on stage.

Funded by Arts Council Norway

Contact Teater Fot / Lise Hovik on email