Ferske Scener

Organisation typeTheatre company
Main focusTheatre, Text development
Established2003
Emailpost(at)ferskescener.no
WebsiteFerske Scener
ExpressionsTheatre

About Ferske Scener

Ferske Scener was established in Tromsø in 2003 by Kristin Eriksen Bjørn and Bernt Bjørn. Ferske Scener is an independent theatre company, which examines different genres of performing arts with basis in contemporary texts. The company creates performances in the intersection between text-based theatre and relational performance.

In 2014, Ferske Scener established the festival Scenetekstivalen in Tromsø. The festival is arranged every other year, as part of the festival Vårscenefest. Scenetekstivalen is a festival where playwrights from all over Norway get to meet the audience with texts in an early phase. Actors, stage designers, musicians and directors add a framework to the texts.

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At its webpage, Ferske Scener writes the following, among other things, about its work:

"Performing arts as society operator

The northern region with its encounters and conflicts connected to culture, language, ethnicity, nature and organisation of society, makes up the frame for our productions, as a theme and as a touring area.

We want to create productions that delight, challenge and entertain. We are interested in confusion and in laughter.

The productions always build on a need for dialogue, necessary in the moment. Method and organisation structure are adjusted for each project.

In Ferske Scener, we use different forms of texts. We like to mix drama, storytelling, documentary texts, opinion statements, poetry and satire. We have long experience with developing text for the stage.

We are multilingual. In our performances, Sami, Finnish and Norwegian are mixed. Our productions should be able to meet audiences in all of the north.

To us, it is fundamental that all performances and all meetings with the audience include interactivity and participation. We do not aim to transform a space in full, we want to enter into a dialogue with what the space consists of, in aesthetics and lines of thinking.

The organisation

'The purpose of the foundation is to be a professional performing arts enterprise, with particular emphasis on development of new texts for the stage. This includes working and experimenting with all the genres of art a production touches on, with the aim of creating significant performances for our time and age. Ferske Scener wants to show its work for a broad audience.'

Ferske Scener is mainly financed through project support from arts funds such as Arts Council Norway, sales of performances, and work on assignment. Ferske Scener collaborates with Norwegian Centre for New Playwriting (NCNP). The municipality of Tromsø supports the foundation through an annual contribution to the enterprise. The county of Troms is also a regular supporter."

SOURCE:

Ferske Scener, ferskescener.no, 29.04.2020, https://www.ferskescener.no/organisasjonen/