We’re very excited to explore this year’s theme IMPROVISATION – RISKS. RESPONSES. REWARDS. with an eclectic group of contributors from the artistic realms of music, film, dance, literature, gaming, screen writing, design, pedagogy and more.

Improvisation inspires us to embrace the unforeseen, it teaches us to accept unpredictability and it raises our awareness of the artistic process to achieve the ultimate goal of artistic research: in and through practices, knowledge comes into being.

📝 There is no participation fee, but we kindly ask you to register here beforehand.


  • 09:00 Registration
  • 09:30 Opening & dance impro VEILED
  • 10:15 Opening keynote: Tyra Tønnessen & Siri Senje
  • 11:15 Parallel sessions
  • 12:30 Lunch break
  • 13:30 Keynote: Øyvind Brandtsegg
  • 14:30 Parallel sessions
  • 17:30 Closing keynote panel: Terje Nicolaisen, Tyra Tønnessen, Øyvind Brandtsegg, Kai Hanno Schwind

Time schedule:

Click HERE for the program catalogue.

    We are very proud to present our keynote speakers, director and script writer TYRA TØNNESSEN and musician and professor ØYVIND BRANDTSEGG, our opening dance improvisation, VEILED by Palette Dance Collective, and contributors from several different countries:

    (FYI: the title of the contribution indicates the spoken language of the presentation)

    (FYI: Presentations marked with an * will be conducted over Zoom)

    • ANNE-MARTHE LUND ENGNES, Høyskolen Kristiania, Oslo: Improvisasjon i klovn i helse
    • CARLOS RABELO, The Federal University of Bahia (BRA): Improvisation in commedia dell’arte and three exercises for comedy writing*
    • CLAUS SOHN ANDERSEN, Kristiania University College, Oslo/Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim: Lost in (a different) space?-Changes to improvisational interplay and interaction in an extreme location
    • DAVID FIELDER, Høyskolen Kristiania, Oslo: Elementer av vokalteknisk improvisasjon i en satt forestilling, som gjentas 20 ganger i løpet av 30 dager
    • DAVID MOORE, RMIT Vietnam University: Improvisation and the Digital Screenwriter*
    • DORIAN BANDY, McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, Montreal: Playing Dumb: Failure, Faking, and Mozart’s Aesthetics of Improvisation*
    • GEMMA JUNE HOWELL, Swansea University: Improvisation & Collective Emancipation - Excavating hidden life worlds through literature*
    • HILDE RUSTAD, Kristiania University College, Oslo: Choice and freedom in dance improvisation
    • ILMI GUTZEIT MATHIESEN, BIRTE BREKKETO, OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University: Hvordan kan en blekkflekk bli et ansikt?
    • IVAR GRYDELAND, Norges musikkhøgskole, Oslo: Blikk på øyeblikket. Eksempler på ulike arbeidsmetoder for improviserende musikere
    • IVAR ROBAN KRIZIC, University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna: Reflections on the Concert for Double Bass ‘In Absentia’
    • JAMIE HOWELL, University of Southampton: A Case Study In Improvisational Collaborative Composition
    • JANNICKE JOHANSEN, Kristiania University College, Oslo: 100 HEADS–screendance, spherical filmmaking and meta-art (installation)
    • LAURA BERMEJO TORRES, TAI University Arts Center, Madrid: Improvisation as a creative writing tool*
    • LINN SKOGLUND, ANNETTE KRISZAT, Kristiania University, Oslo: På stående fot - on your feet (interactive installation)
    • MICHAEL FRANCIS DUCH, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim: Composition vs. Improvisation and artistic self-invention
    • MIMESIS HEIDI DAHLSVEEN, ANNE BRYHN, RANDI VEITEBERG KVELLESTAD, OsloMet - storbyuniversitetet: Risikoen ved å bli digital – et forestillingsforedrag*
    • MONA ABDEL-FADIL, The Norwegian Center for Holocaust and Minority Studies, Workshop "Magic of Impro". Register in advance HERE.
    • NOTTO J. W. THELLE, MORTEN QVENILD, BERNT ISAK WÆRSTAD, LABDI OMMES, GYRID NORDAL KALDESTAD, Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo/Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim: Co-Creative Spaces
    • OLIVER RUDLAND, Leeds University: Co-creating a brass band dance number for a large-scale community opera project with the aid of improvisatory techniques
    • PHIL MEADOWS, University of Kent: Developing the Creative Skillsets of UK Orchestral Musicians
    • SIGNE ALEXANDRA DOMOGALLA, Kristiania University College, Oslo: Die Erste Heimat – Improvisation as method in developing performance text in front of an audience
    • SIRI SENJE: Kristiania University College, Oslo: Into the woods - improvisation in screenplay development
    • SVENN JAKOBSEN, Kristiania University College, Oslo: Don’t act: React! –The Stanislavski Method in Sound Design*
    • SYNNE SKJULSTAD, Kristiania University College, Oslo: Improvising photography with a significant other
    • SØLVI ELISE HALVORSEN, Kristiania Professional College Bårdar Academy, Oslo: It Takes Two - pedagogical considerations about improvisation as a a teaching tool in musical theater training
    • TEGNEKLUBBEN/THE DRAWING CLUB: Artists in conference - sketching sessions throughout the day; exhibition at the end of the day
    • TRYGVE BJELLVÅG, ALEXANDER ESPESETH: Kristiania University College, Oslo: Game jams - Improvisation as an artistic method for breaking barriers in 48 hours or less


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