Neither Fish nor Fowl Project 2017-20

Teater Fot´s latest artistic research project in Theatre for Early Years consists of theatre performances, film making, and writing. Neither Fish nor Fowl investigates the significance of AFFECT, both as philosophical, emotional and material inspiration.
Strange animals, happiness, fear and curiosity are mixed with layers of different materials to create an ongoing transformation of new becomings and beginnings.

During the period of performance productions, the research process was documented, and presented in the Research Catalogue. Documenting the process, presenting research methods, writings and artistic results along the way, we wish to open the research process for artists and researchers in the field of Theatre for Early Years.
Read more about the artistic research.

The first performance presentation, which was for babies 0-2 years, was shown at the festival Olavsfestdagene in Trondheim in August 2017.

Rohey Taalah and Tor Haugerud. Photo: Lise Hovik

This performance was further developed in co-production with Teaterhuset Avant Garden, Trondheim at gallery Trondheim Kunsthall in November 2017.  

Photo: Carl Faurby

Second part, Beginnings for children 3-5 years, premiered in April 2018 at Teaterhuset Avant Garden in Trondheim with performances for kindergartens in May 2018.

Photo: Arne Hauge

Baby Becomings
The final version for babies 0-2 years, Baby Becomings was presented in September 2018. Scenography is inspired by artforms in nature and archeology, discovering multiple layers of materials on our journey to the bottom of the ocean. Have a glimpse of the performance here:

Video teaser: Andrea Haugerud Hovik

With the two performances as a background Animalium takes the odd animals into new spaces and environments, to investigate the non-verbal relation between site specific spaces, objects, materials and children audience. Animalium is a workshop, a happening and a site specific performance.

Photo: Lise Hovik

Sky & Sea
In March 2020 we planned to make a new kindergarten version of Beginnings, but was stopped by the global pandemic. We hope to be able to realise our plans in October 2020.

Artistic Ideas
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 through experimental theatre, using figures, objects, materials, dance, movements, singing and musical communication.


Hovik, L (2019) Animalium Vis. VIS – Nordic Journal for Artistic ResearchVIS #2 Estrangement / Förfrämlingande. Temanummer om Fremmedgjøring.

Hovik L. & Perez E. (2020). Baby Becomings. Towards a Dramaturgy of Sympoietic Worlding. Nordic Theatre Studies. Vol. 32, No 2. Theatre and the Anthropocen. DOI:

The production team
Artistic director: Lise Hovik
Scenography: Anne Helga Henning and Lise Hovik
Ocean Silk: Solveig Lønseth
Costumes: Berit Haltvik With and Lise Hovik
Composers: Siri Gjære, Tor Haugerud, Rohey Tallah
Musicians: Siri Gjære, Tor Haugerud, Rohey Tallah, Sunniva Hovde
Actors: Siri Schnell Juvik, Gunhild Hjertaas, Ibrahim Fazlic
Dramaturge: Elena Perez
The performances have 4 artists on stage.

Funded by Arts Council Norway

Please contact:

Lise Hovik, Artistic director Teater Fot

Emily Fischbeck Luthentun, Producer:
+47 97 52 88 83