November 30 10.00-13.00
Universum, Perämiehenkatu 13
The lecture is held in English

Jørgen Knudsen will present central aspects of his work and artistry and his relationship to performing arts with emphasis on the 25 years he was acitve with the group Baktruppen.

Baktruppen is a theatre and performance group that act as an art collective with no hierarchical structure. Their work fall somewhere between conceptual art, minimalism and multimedia – and contain elements of noise.

Baktruppen consider frank, straightforward and respectful dialog the best means of communication. These values are keys to the sustainable impact of their work, as encounters between the group and their audiences are often brief and temporary.

The collective formed in 1986 in Bergen and was active until 2011. Their expressed goal was to realize a theatre based on equality, both in terms of dramaturgy, scenic effects and actual work process. Over the span of twenty years they performed at Europe’s most important theatres and was themselves often compared to the highly acclaimed New York-based Wooster Group. In Germany they achieved some sort of cult status (ever since they set up a shop outside the Berlin Wall in 1989) and in Holland they have been teaching classes at DASARTS – the theatre academy in Amsterdam.