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OPEN CALL Scene:Bluss Bedbug Edition





For all sleepwalkers, insomniacs, hypersomiacs, pill-poppers and sloth-like creatures. This is a call to you:

Scene:Bluss – The Bedbug Edition will center around the bed as catalyst for a collective imagination, a place from which to question modes of production and making sleepwalking a working method. A furniture both loved and feared, underappreciated and over-used, the bed will be our starting point to gather at ‘The School of Sleep’ in Porsgrunn, Norway.

The two week project-based residency will consist of a series of workshops, talks and experiments with invited guest teachers. Some of our suggestions for 'The School of Sleep' is : a lullaby choir, sew-your-own-bedspread-workshop, a nightmare spa, text production in groggy state and an 'all nighter' at the local bar.

All these experiments will be used to generate performative material that we will assemble together. At the end of the two weeks, during PIT (Porsgrunn International Theatre Festival) June 17-20, we will perform and share what has been developed with the festival audience.

During the residency participants will develop questions and share working methods within a frame where sleep is not an eight-hour dependency. So now we ask: Can sleep be something to be interrupted, questioned, manipulated?

Practical info:

This year there are 10 available residency spots.

Bedbug edition : 'The School of Sleep' is 8th - 20th of June

The residency will support:
- Travel costs
- Simple accommodation
- Food
- Artist Card, that provides 50% of all performances during PIT

Invited speakers and workshops for the period will be confirmed shortly.

About and more info:

Scene:Bluss is an annual, artist run, experimental platform to show and talk about artistic work and a place to test out and share ideas. This year's Bedbug edition is led by playwrite and poet Runa Borch Skolseg and dancers and choreographers Alexandra Tveit and Marie Ursin. The goal is to generate immersive and collective projects. Scene:Bluss collaborates with PIT, Porsgrunn International Theater Festival,

Scene:Bluss Bedbug Edition is an opportunity for you to reflect on your performance fantasies through the framework of a collective project with a theme and a group of organizers. We want to think together by working together and work together by thinking together.

“We are not looking for a cure for sleeplessness, although we welcome this as well, we are more drawn to states of the in-between, overlapping time perceptions and excerpts of this horizontal history with its rituals and mysteries. Basically, we are not trying to improve anything, we just want to take a closer look at what is already there with a nightly attention.” - Runa, Alexandra and Marie

We are looking forward to hearing your horizontal stories,

Runa, Alexandra and Marie


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