Animalium is a performance project based on the artistic research project Neither Fish nor Fowl (2017-20) which investigated the significance of affect in theater for Early Years through methods of theater improvisation, film-production and article-writing. The theater project is about the relation between humans, animals, environment and nature, working with the principles of affective attunement and ongoing transformations. The progress of this artistic research project is documented in Research Catalogue from 2017-2020, with Animalium as an artistic result so far.

The Animalium Workshop at SAND festival 2019 was
documented by Eliot Moleba in Dialogue for Community.
Photo: Ida Gøytil

Animalium Workshop: Through playing and improvisation exercises the workshop participants create a collective non-verbal language of sound and movements and develop into a flock of odd animals. The final session of the workshop is moving into public space where the flock (or flocks) of animals improvise with each other, materials, objects and possibly children who want to participate. The workshop becomes a happening or stunt in the festival area. The workshop is designed for festival goers, kindergarten teachers, art-students or other people who are interested in the topics of exploring play, sound, movement, shape, composition and communication with young children. The workshop is led by Lise Hovik, possibly accompanied by other members of the company. Timeframe will be 3-5 hours, including the happening. Costumes included.

Animalium Performance is based on the same improvisation concept as described above, but performed by the Teater Fot Company. The happening can pop up like a surprise-stunt in public spaces like art galleries, exhibitions or at festivals, both in its own right as a performance, but also in between other events.

The 30 minutes interactive performance will take place on a stage in a theatre or gallery space, or in a public space with young children audience, like libraries or kindergartens. The human animal characters will move together with paper or other materials through the performance space, inviting the babies and young children to move together or between the performers. The performance is designed as an immersive experience of sound and movement, in which the children (and adults) can participate in their own way.

Animalium Workshop and Performance / Stunt can be combined when inviting the Teater Fot Company with 3-4 actors with director.

The Animalium Performance Stunt at Kunsthall Trondheim, Oct 2019

Please contact:

Lise Hovik, Artistic director Teater Fot

Animalium at the opening of Rosendal Teater (Aug.25.2019).
Photo: Geir Mogen/Buckethaus.