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Lola Arias
Photo by Catalina Bartolomé

Lola Arias (1976) is an Argentinian author, performer, theatre and film director. Her work investigates the interface between reality and fiction and she collaborates with people from different backgrounds (war veterans, former communists, Bulgarian children, etc.) in her theatre, literature, music, film and art projects. One of Lola’s latest theatre plays called Minefield (2016) brings together British and Argentinian veterans of the Falkland/Malvinas war to share their experience of the conflict and life since then. The protagonists in Minefield are also part of her feature film Theatre of war (2018) which was selected for the 68th Forum of the Berlinale Film Festival.



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näyttely: ASTU LAVALLE 
Kiasma 4. krs 

Christian Falsnaes 
1980 Tanska / Danmark / Denmark 


esiintymislava, matto, valaistus, ääni kuulokkeissa, yleisö 
stage, carpet, stage lights, audio on headphones, visitors 
museokävijä, museovierta
kuva | Photo
Kansallisgalleria | Finnish National Gallery / Pirje Mykkänen

Christian Falsnaes (born 1980, Copenhagen) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and is currently based in Berlin. His works have recently been shown at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich; National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen; the private collection of Juan & Patricia Vergez, Buenos Aires; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Centre Pompidou, Paris; ZKM – Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe; and Manifesta 11, Zurich. In 2015, he was nominated for the Preis der Nationalgalerie award in Berlin.



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Margrét Bjarnadóttir, photo by Hákon Davíð Björnsson
Photo by Hákon Davíð Björnsson

Magrét Bjarnadóttir is a multidisciplinary artist and choreographer based in Reykjavik. She started her dance training at six years old and graduated in 2006 with a BA in choreography from ArtEZ in Arnhem, Holland. Magrét’s approach to dance is like that of a visual art or writer and she is continuously intrigued by the concept of how fragile people are and the humour in our existence. Indeed, her interest in human nature is seen in her book ‘The word on the street’ which is a collection of sentences and phrases that she overheard from passersby in Iceland and collected in the period May 5th 2009 – December 18th 2013. As well as working on her solo projects, Magrét choreographed Björk’s Utopia, and worked with singer in her festival tour in last summer in 2018, and has also been working closely with the radical visual artist Ragnar Kjartansson for many years.



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Stefan Kaegi (1972) is cofounder of Rimini Protokoll. Stefan produces documentary theatre plays, radio shows and works in the urban environment in a diverse variety of collaborative partnerships. Using research, public auditions and conceptual processes, he gives voice to ‘experts’ who are not trained actors but have something to tell. 

Kaegi has studied visual arts in Zurich and drama/theatre/media at the University of Giessen, Germany. In Argentina, Brazil, Graz and Poland he worked with local performers in urban contexts, producing motor cycle tours, chasing channels, pet ceremonies or bus trips.
 In 2000 Kaegi joined forces with Helgard Haugand Daniel Wetzel under the name of Rimini Protokoll and have since worked in different constellations under this name. Work by work they have expanded the means of the theatre to create new perspectives on reality. 



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Larissa Sansour (1972) is a Palestinian artist working with photography, film, sculpture, and installation art.  

Sansour has studied Fine Art in Copenhagen, London and New York and currently she lives and works in London.  

In her art, Sansour uses video, photography, book form and web pages, as well as installation art. She includes references to various elements from popular culture such as spaghetti westerns, horror films and superheroes. She also makes use of science fiction as a vehicle for providing an alternative perspective on current social issues. 

Recent solo exhibitions include Dar El-Nimer in Beirut, Bluecoar in Liverpool, Chapter in Cardiff, New Art Exchange in Nottingham and Nikolaj Kunsthal in Copenhagen.  



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Charlotte Bagger Brandt (1968) is a Danish curator & initiator of Råderum – a mobile office for contemporary art. 

Charlotte is a Danish curator and art consultant. She is educated from Copenhagen and Leipzig University in 1998, where she studied art history and history of ideas. Since 1999 she has curated art exhibitions, seminars and other art related projects inside as well as outside the art institution, in Denmark and abroad. 

After several years as senior curator at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, where she was appointed deputy director in 2006, she initiated Råderum in 2008. 

Bagger Brandt was initiator and curator at U-TURN Quadrennial for Contemporary Art in 2008. . Earlier Bagger Brandt has worked at Kunstforeningen Gammel Strand and Danish Design Center. In addition she has been involved in the Exhibition Space 1% and The Art Magazine 1%.
Bagger Brandt also teaches in art in public space at Copenhagen University. 



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Eva Meyer-Keller (1972) works at the interface of performance and visual art. 

Eva Meyer-Keller lives and works in Berlin. She works at the interface of performance and visual art. Before graduating from the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam she studied photography and visual art in Berlin (HdK) and London (Central St. Martins and Kings College). 

Her artwork is distinctive due to its meticulous attention to detail. Eva often uses everyday objects from her immediate surroundings, things that she finds at home, in the supermarket or in the tool shed. This inevitably lends the work an obsessive, domestic aesthetic. Her working method is marked by a constructive disregard for the imposition of any boundary between visual and performing arts. 

Eva develops projects alone and in collaboration with other artists, such as Uta Eisenreich, Sybille Müller and Kate McIntosh. She also lends herself as a devisor and performer to other choreographers and works as a dramaturgical advisor/ mentor. 



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Kai Johnsen (1962) er regissør, dramaturg og professor i regi ved Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo/Teaterhøgskolen. Professorkompetanse også i dramaturgi/scenetekst. Mer enn 60 regioppgaver/forestillinger ved fremstående norske og utenlandske scener innenfor en rekke sjangere. Han er en av Norges mest erfarne prosjektutviklere ift ny tekst/nye konsepter for scenekunst. Som regissør har han samarbeidet nært med mange av Norges ledende samtidsdramatikere, bla 14 urpremierer av Jon Fosse. Som dramaturg arbeider han fast m bla Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt, Pia Maria Roll, Trond Reinholdtsen, Henrik Helstenius m fl.



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Maria Hassabi (b. Cyprus) is an artist and choreographer based in New York City and Athens. Over the years she has developed a distinct choreographic practice involved with the relation of the live body to the still image, utilizing stillness and the velocity of deceleration as both technique and subject. Her performances and installations are presented worldwide in theaters, museums, galleries, and public spaces including the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St Louis (2019); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2018); K20, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen Düsseldorf (2017-18); documenta14, Kassel (2017); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2017); MoMA, New York (2016); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2015); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2015); The 55th Venice Biennale (2013); Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels (2017, 2016, 2014); ArtSonje, Seoul (2015); Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2014); Performa New York (2014, 2009); The Kitchen, New York (2016, 2013, 2011, 2006), amongst others. Hassabi has received a 2016 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award; 2015 Herb Alpert Award; 2012 President’s Award for Performing Arts from LMCC; 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship; 2009 Grants to Artists Award from Foundation for Contemporary Arts. She holds a BFA from California Institute of the Arts and is an Onassis Decade Resident 2019-2029. 



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Sebastian Hanusa

Sebastian Hanusa (1976) is a dramaturg and composer. He studied musicology and philosophy at the Universities in Dortmund and Saarbrücken, Germany and also studied composition at the Hochschule für Musik Saar Saarbrücken. He has worked as a dramaturg at the Würzburg Mainfranken Theater, the Theater Magdeburg and the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater. Since 2014, Sebastian has been engaged as a dramaturg at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and also works freelance as a composer and focuses on new music and contemporary music theatre as a publicist in print as well as in the radio. He is very active within the experimental new music scene in Berlin and, as part of TRAVERS, he will be working closely with Dorothea Hartmann.



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Lucia Pietroiusti is the Curator of General Ecology at the Serpentine Galleries, London, as well as the curator of Sun & Sea (Marina), the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, 2019. At Serpentine, Pietroiusti founded, programmes and curates the long-term ‘General Ecology’ project for Serpentine (2018-ongoing), a strategic, cross-organisational effort dedicated to the implementation of ecological principles throughout all of the Galleries’ exhibitions, programmes, infrastructure and network. Recent projects include The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish series (with Filipa Ramos) and Microhabitable (with Fernando García-Dory). Forthcoming publications include More-than-Human, co-edited with Andrés Jaque and Marina Otero Verzier. 



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Todd G. May (1955) is a political philosopher who writes on topics of anarchismpoststructuralism, and post-structuralist anarchism. 

Todd G. May is currently Class of 1941 Memorial Professor of Philosophy at Clemson University. 

May has published works on major poststructuralist philosophers, including Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault. He also wrote books on more general topics accessible to the general reader, including Death, Our Practices, Our Selves, or, What It Means to Be Human, Friendship in an Age of Economics: Resisting the Forces of Neoliberalism, A Significant Life: Human Meaning in a Silent Universe, A Fragile Life: Accepting Our Vulnerability. 

May is also the philosophical advisor to the NBC television show The Good Place 



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Kasper Holten (1973) has since 2018 been CEO of The Royal Danish Theatre.  

Kasper Holten is a Danish stage director and has staged more than 75 operas, plays and musicals around Europe as well as USA, Russia, Israel, Australia, China and Japan. He has stages performances on leading theatre’s such as Wiener Staatsoper, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro alla Scala in Milano and Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires 

From 2000 – 2011 Kasper was Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Opera and in 2011 – 2016 Kasper was Artistic Director of Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London.  

In 2006 he was annointed Adjunct Professor at Copenhagen Business School.  



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Photo by Andr Wunstorf
Photo by Andr Wunstorf

Matthias Mohr is a German curator and dramaturg with an expertise in music theatre and dance. He is currently artistic director at Radialsystem; an experimental stage in Berlin. Matthias was part of the programme team of the Ruhrtriennale from 2012-2014 and has had a long-term collaboration with the composer and theater director Heiner Goebbels. In 2018 Matthias was a member of the selection jury for the Tanzplattform in Germany and until the end of June he worked as a dramaturg at PACT Zollverein in Essen, with a curatorial focus in the fields of contemporary dance and performance.



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Toke Lykkeberg Nielsen is a Danish art critic, writer and curator.  

Toke Lykkeberg Nielsen is former director of the exhibition space IMO as well as longtime scribit for the newspapers Information and Børsen. 

Amongst other things he’s written Ikke-Kunst som sidste kunstneriske tendens and Zevs – L’exécution d’une image. As a curator he has set up exhibitions in Denmark, the Netherland, USA, France and Vietnam. He’s furthermore a co-curator at the nordic biennal for contemporary art, Momentum 8. 



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Sara Topsøe-Jensen

Sara Topsøe-Jensen (1971) is a Danish actress and the founder and artistic director of Carte Blanche – a theatre based in Viborg, Denmark. A common feature for Carte Blanche’s poetic performances is the use of visuality and site specificity with a focus on the meeting between the performer and the audience throughout different sensuous tableaus. The theatre has toured in 27 different countries such as Australia, Russia, Greenland and Canada and worked with a variety of international performers. Sara has been nominated for local and international awards such as The Reumert Jury’s Special Award for the two performances LIFE LIVE! by Carte Blanche og Cantabile 2 in Denmark, 2013; The 2008 ASSITEJ Award for Artistic Excellence at the ASSITEJs XVI World Congress in Adelaide, Australien in May 2008 and the Rosamund Gilder/ Martha Coigney International Award of League of Professional Theatre Women in New York, September 2011.



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Philip Venables (born 1979) is a British composer best known for his operatic and theatrical works with themes of sexuality, violence and politics. 

Philip Venables’ music is often concerned with violence, politics and speech within concert music and opera. He is described as “one of the finest composers around” (Guardian) and his work as “brutally effective” (Times), original and intelligent in both form and content… reminiscent of Matthew Barney’s Cremaster Cycle” (Exeunt Magazine) and brilliant, extreme work that grips like a vice and won’t let go (The Guardian).