AR-Nordic Black Theatre Residency

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AR-Nordic Black Theatre Residency is hosted by one of the Nordic Region’s oldest transcultural performing arts institutions. The residency is part of the Immigré Artists and Artists at Risk Nordic Network co-ordinated and curated by Perpetuum Mobile and funded by the Nordic Culture Point. The first AR-Resident will be hosted by the Nordic Black Theatre at the end of the 2017 or spring 2018 in Oslo.

Host and Facilities

Nordic Black Theatre produces its own productions, participates in collaboration projects with other artists, and develops young multicultural actors through the theatre school Nordic Black Xpress (NBX).  The theatre does not have a fixed ensemble, but draws from local talents for each production.  The productions often utilize live music, dance and projections to achieve a unique form of expression. The school is a two-year course which welcomes between 8-12 students every two years.  Nordic Black Theatre is currently negotiating to establish the school within the university system, so that the course can become a three year bachelors degree.

Nordic Black Theatre is based in Oslo. The company’s first venue was Parkteatret in the Grunerløkka area of Oslo. In 2001 the company bought the theatre boat MS Innvik and ran it in Bjørvika until 2010. The boat combined a theatre space / concert hall with a bed & breakfast and a café. In 2011 Nordic Black Theatre bought Cafeteatret, Hollendergt 8 in Grønland, Oslo, where most of its company’s performances have been arranged since then.  We have a long term agreement with the Norwegian Opera to set up productions on their Stage 2 roughly once a year.

As well as theatre, Nordic Black Theatre uses its venue Cafeteatret to produce a range of events – slam poetry, a very successful open stage event called Open Xpressions, Arttalks – exhibitions, interview and performances, Værsågod – an arena for actors, Barnas Søndag – family arrangements almost every Sunday.

They also collaborate with other organisations to present concerts, seminars and workshops. In 2016 we presented 364 different arrangements at Cafeteatret and 20 external arrangements, gathering an audience of over 20 000 people.