International network
for contemporary
performing arts

Réseau international
pour les arts du spectacle

Rete internazionale
per le arti performative


Internationales Netzwerk
für zeitgenössische
darstellende Künste

Международная сеть современного 

Red internacional
para las artes escénicas

Internationaal netwerk
voor hedendaagse

თანამედროვე საშემსრულებლო
საერთაშორისო ქსელი

Rede internacional
para as artes performativas

الشبكة الدولية
لفنون الأداء

í sviðslistum

Xarxa internacional
d'arts escèniques

Rhwydwaith rhyngwladol
ar gyfer celfyddydau
perfformio cyfoes

Rrjeti ndërkombëtar
për artet skenike

Διεθνές δίκτυο
για σύγχρονες
παραστατικές τέχνες

Međunarodna mreža 
za savremene 
scenske umjetnosti

Mezinárodní síť 
pro současné 
divadelní umění

International netværk
for kontemporær

Internasionale netwerk
vir kontemporêre
uitvoerende kunste

თანამედროვე საშემსრულებლო
საერთაშორისო ქსელი

Nemzetközi hálózat
a kortárs


líonra idirnáisiúnta
na taibhealaíona

Starptautiskais tīkls
skatuves mākslai

Netwerk internazzjonali
għall-arti performattivi

Międzynarodowa sieć
na rzecz współczesnych sztuk

Internationellt nätverk
för samtida

Međunarodna mreža
savremenih izvođačkih

Международна мрежа
за съвременни
сценични изкуства

Rrjet ndërkombëtar
për arte skenike

Міжнародная сетка
перфарматыўных мастацтваў

Međunarodna mreža
za suvremene
izvedbene umjetnosti


kaasaegsete etenduskunstide

현대 공연 예술을 위한 국제 네트워크

Tarptautinis tinklas
scenos menai

Интернационална мрежа
за современа
изведувачка уметност

شبکۀ بین المللی
برای هنرهای نمایشی معاصر

Rețeaua internațională
pentru artele spectacolului

Medzinárodná sieť
pre súčasné
scénické umenie

gösteri sanatları için
uluslararası iletişim ağı

06 - 09.09.2024
Fri 06.09


Make this desk your first port of call to pick up your accreditation and ask any questions about the sessions.


Who's there?

A short classical IETM speed dating exercise to get to know the local scene and other IETM Caravan participants. 


Welcome reception

Welcome to IETM Caravan Lofoten! The team at Davvi - Centre for Performing Arts are looking forward to welcoming you to a four day exploration of the performance art scene in Northern Norway. There will be a couple of speeches with small plates of food and drinks. 

Speakers: Davvi - Center for Performing Arts, the Mayor of Bodø and a representative from Bodø Biennale


Northern Echoes: Tracing the Past, Exploring the Present, and Shaping the Future of Independent Performing Arts in Northern Norway

As part of the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts Caravane, the team is excited to present a pivotal three-part talk series titled Northern Echoes. This series will delve into the rich tapestry of the independent performing arts scene in Northern Norway, with a special focus on its historical roots, contemporary challenges and future opportunities.

The inaugural session of our series begins with a retrospective look at the origins of the independent performing arts in Northern Norway. This part will highlight the pioneering Sámi initiatives that laid the groundwork for cultural expression in the region. Participants will also learn about the establishment of the Hålogaland Teater—the first professional theatre in Northern Norway—and its role in fostering a vibrant arts scene. The discussion will also cover the subsequent emergence of new and diverse performing arts groups that have enriched the region's cultural landscape. Through this exploration, attendees will gain insights into how these early developments have influenced the broader Norwegian performing arts scene.

The second part of the series shifts focus to the profound impact of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report, submitted in 2022, which addressed the historical assimilation policies affecting the Sámi and the Kven the north. This session will explore how the narratives of assimilation have shaped the artistic expressions and practices within the Northern and Sámi art scenes. By examining the intersection of art and historical narrative, this talk aims to foster a deeper understanding of the complex cultural dynamics at play.

The final segment of our series looks forward to the future of the independent performing arts in Northern Norway. This discussion will engage with younger artists, to outline the necessary steps to stimulate the development of new infrastructure, collaborations, and networks.

Key topics will include the potential for cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural projects, and strategies to enhance visibility and sustainability for the independent arts sector. The goal is to reflect upon a forward-looking strategy that not only addresses current challenges but also harnesses the unique cultural strengths of Northern Norway to foster a thriving artistic community.


Late Night Meeting Point

The meet-up space for IETM Caravan participants.

Sat 07.09

From Study to Professional Life in the Performing Arts

You are invited to a panel discussion addressing the transition from education to freelancing within the performing arts in Northern Norway.

After completing education, transitioning to the freelance realm of the performing arts can seem like uncharted territory, characterised by both uncertainty and possibilities. Since the professional performing arts scene is relatively new in the north, there are fewer working artists residing in the area compared to the rest of Norway. Artists are also spread over a larger distance, often making it more difficult to build networks between artists. Nordland County Council and Uredd are working to make this space more accessible and manageable. The ‘how to’ challenges for new performing artists are numerous; from running one's own business, finding collaborators, connecting with professionals, writing applications, to developing an artistic project.

This discussion will explore how performing artists establishing their practice can enhance their skills, what resources are available, and what might be lacking within the region. Panel members will share their experiences and insights on navigating the transition from studies to freelancing, aiming to highlight the specific challenges one could face as a new performing artist.


Maja Zakariassen
Jenny Svennson
Yohei Hamada
Thale Krogtoft Jensen
Lisa Pedersen


Sneak Peek: What 3 Nordic Artists Explore in Their Creative Work

We have invited three artists to showcase their fields and what interests them in their artistic practice. We encouraged them to present either a small detail or a broad overview. The key is to highlight what is important to them. Through this, we want to inspire and engage whoever is listening and watching. The artists we have invited are scenographer Fredrik Tjærandsen, playwright Karoline Una Moen, and dancer Thomas Voll, all from Nordland.


Fredrik Tjærandsen
Thomas Voll
Karoline Una Moen



This lunch will be covered by the organisers.


Launch: Anthology on multilingualism in the performing arts

The northern reality is multilingual. In the fjord, villages, on the plains and along the quaysides in the city, communication has taken place in Norwegian, Sami, Finnish, Kven and Russian.

In autumn 2024, Davvi - Centre for Performing Arts will publish an anthology on multilingualism in the performing arts, to reflect the multilingual North. How do you find the right words when your brain and heart work in four different languages? How does working with multiple languages affect stage texts? And how does the monolingual straitjacket from the Norwegianisation policy still impact people and performing arts today?


Tale Næss
Aslak Heika Hætta Bjørn
Siri Gaski


Carte Blanche - RETRO CAT

Location: Stormen Konserthus, Store Sal

Location: Stormen Konserthus, Store Sal

Address: Storgata 1B, 8006 Bodø, Norway | Event Map  | Venue Accessibility 

RETRO CAT unfolds in an oversized setting. Amid imaginative surroundings, we find the rear end of a giant cat. The cat butt acts as a magical portal. The cat’s tail sways back and forth. The portal pulsates.             

The moon rises with the sun. Strange creatures inhabit the stage. They sing in an unrecognisable language, yet we still understand. The figures on the stage are ambiguous in nature. Are they humans or animals, fish or birds, or something entirely different?

RETRO CAT is a performance where set design, sound, light, and dancers merge into a lively and surreal experience. Contrasts and repetitions are explored. Tori Wrånes questions both the visible and the invisible. She playfully engages with parallel worlds and with new rules.

Artist and composer Tori Wrånes has created spectacular works worldwide. In RETRO CAT, Wrånes has put her signature on choreography, composition, set design, and costume design. Enter an extraordinary world filled with visual and auditory acrobatics, mystery, seriousness and play!

Duration: 60 min
Genre: Dance


Choreography: Tori Wrånes
Scenography: Tori Wrånes
Costume & Mask Design: Tori Wrånes
Lighting Design: Robert Roespel
Sound Design: Gunnar Innvær
Composition: Tori Wrånes, Joar Renolen
Head of Costumes Carte Blanche: Indrani Balgobin


Adrian Bartczak
Aslak Aune Nygård
Brecht Bovijn
Caroline Eckly
Dawid Lorenc
Gaspard Schmitt
Ihsaan de Banya
Irene Vesterhus Theisen
Mai Lisa Guinoo
Manon Campion
Nadege Kubwayo
Naomi Schouten
Ole Martin Meland
Trine Lise Moe

Co-produced with Carte Blanche and Bergen International Festival in collaboration with BIT Teatergarasjen

Get in touch

Production contact: Gulli Sekse

Status: Ready for touring



Location: Hundholmen Brygghus

Location: Hundholmen Brygghus

Address: Tollbugata 13, 8006 Bodø | Event MapAccessibility

The food in this dinner will be covered by the organisers.


Party at the Late Night Meeting Point

The meet-up space for IETM Caravan participants.

Sun 08.09

The In-between: A workshop with Carte Blanche

Join Carte Blanche – The Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance for an immersive workshop. This engaging session, connected to RETRO CAT by Tori Wrånes, offers an insider's look into Carte Blanche’s methodology and artistic vision.

Exploring the themes aligned with the performance, we'll navigate the space between discourse and practice, theory and artistry, concept, and method. Through hands-on exploration, participants will immerse themselves in a creative process of contemporary dance, gaining valuable insights and experiences. Together, we'll foster reflection and dialogue, exchanging perspectives about the role and importance of contemporary dance in today's society.


Annabelle Bonnéry
Gulli Sekse
Susanna Recchia



This lunch will be covered by the organisers.


Meet at ferry pier

Location: Hurtigrutekaia in Bodø

Location: Hurtigrutekaia in Bodø

Address: Hurtigrutekaia in Bodø | Event Map  | Venue Accessibility 

Participants will board the ferry to Stamsund together. The ticket for the ferry is included as part of your Caravan registration.


Ferry to Stamsund in the Lofoten Archipelago

Location: Havila Ferry

Location: Havila Ferry

AddressHurtigrutekaia in Bodø  | Event Map  | Venue Accessibility 

The journey will include a discussion about the regional context with Davvi - Centre for Performing Arts at 16:00 - 17:00.

Historically, citizens in Northern Norway have often considered themselves and their possibilities in opposition to the capital of Oslo as well as to capitalistic interests. At the same time, the region offers many natural resources that often have the interest of business developers outside the region. 

In this landscape, Davvi – Centre for Performing Arts has grown to be a space that offers networking, possibilities, and ambitions for the performing arts sector in the region. In this talk, Director Susanne Næss Nielsen introduces some context to how today’s infrastructure for performing arts has developed.


Susanne Næss Nielsen


Plexus Polaire - A Doll’s House

Location: Teater NOR

Location: Teater NOR

Address: J. M. Johansens Vei 97, 8340 Stamsund, Norway | Event Map  | Venue Accessibility 

Language: English, no subtitles

Plexus Polaire presents A Doll's House, a puppet theatre piece that brings together puppets, actors, music and video projections, inspired by Henrik Ibsen's well-known play.

In a performance featuring one female and one male actor-puppeteer in a house haunted by life-sized puppets, dead birds and a possessed female choir, you are invited on a journey that explores the depths of one of the world's most performed plays.

Nora, the main character of A Doll's House, experiences a collision with her own reality, akin to a bird hitting an invisible barrier. Throughout the performance, the old house filled with ghosts that still affect us today is explored. It's an opportunity to reflect on who we are, the choices we make, and how we shape our own illusions.

This is not just a performance but an invitation to delve into your own life and explore your own choices.

Duration: 70 min

Genre: Puppet theatre


Contributing Directors: Yngvild Aspeli and Paola Rizza
Set Design: François Gauthier–Lafaye
Performers: Yngvild Aspeli, Sébastien Puech, Carole Allemand, Pascale Blaison, Delphine Cerf
Costume Design: Benjamin Moreau
Composer: Guro Skumsnes Moe
Sound Design: Simon Masson
Lighting Design: Vincent Loubière
Choreography: Cécile Laloy
Dramaturgy: Pauline Thimonnier
Produced by: Plexus Polaire, Nordland Visual Theatre and Teater Innlandet
Playwright: Henrik Ibsen

Get in touch

Production contact: Claire Costa, Plexus Polaire

Status: Ready for touring



The meet-up space for IETM Caravan participants. Dinner will be covered by the organisers.

Mon 09.09

Presentation of Creative Europe project Moving Matters - European Performing Arts Development Program in Non-Urban Areas

Location: Eilertsen & Granados Teater

Location: Eilertsen & Granados Teater

Address: J. M. Johansens Vei 109, 8340 Stamsund, Norway  | Event MapVenue Accessibility 

Moving Matters is a two year project co-funded by Creative Europe and led by Eilertsen & Granados Teaterkompani together with partners from Serbia (Nyári Mozi Theater Community), Spain (Laboratorio de Artes Vivas - Tenerife LAV) and Ireland (The Non-prophet Organization) 

The initiative will stimulate six young artists to establish themselves in non-urban areas through strong international connections between dynamic artistic centres at the fringe of Europe. This will be achieved through an integrated programme, which will promote the young artists’ independence and empowerment. The main objectives of the project are to strengthen the internationalisation of performing arts in rural and non-urban areas, to create opportunities for young artists in rural and non-urban areas, to stimulate cultural cooperation, to enhance capacity and awareness in the participants and to design a framework for the development of arts in rural and non-urban areas.

Come and meet the six emerging artists participating in the project!


Cristina Granados
Silvia Demofonti
Andreas Eilertsen


A presentation of Stamsund Theatre Festival

Location: Teater NOR

Location: Teater NOR

Address: J. M. Johansens Vei 97, 8340 Stamsund, Norway | Event MapVenue Accessibility 

Stamsund Theatre Festival was established in 1998 and has been arranged every year since 2001. Their main idea is to facilitate the meeting between international contemporary performing arts and the small traditional fishing village Stamsund in north of Norway.

Their mission is to present new and process-oriented performing arts and to be there for the artists that work with risk and want to explore the future potential in this form of expression.

Art director Thorbjørn Gabrielsen will talk about our reflections around programming, artistic development and how it is to run a contemporary art festival this far from urban society.

Speakers: Thorbjørn Gabrielsen


A presentation about Figurteatret’s work and method, and the genre of puppet and visual theatre

Location: Nordland Visual Theatre

Location: Nordland Visual Theatre

Address: J. M. Johansens Vei 23, 8340 Stamsund, Norway | Event MapVenue Accessibility 

Figurteatret in Nordland (Nordland Visual Theatre) plays a key role in developing and promoting visual theatre in Norway. Figurteatret offers co-production, pre-projects and residencies through a programme aimed at professional project creators and performers within puppetry and visual theatre. 

The programme is open, through application, for both Norwegian and international project creators. Figurteatret co-productions range from traditional puppet theatre to cross-over productions merging elements from the visual arts, theatre, mime, dance and multimedia. This is done in collaboration with puppeteers, actors, directors, stage designers, composers, artists and project creators from the whole world.


Yngvild Aspeli
Geir-Ove Andersen


NORDTING Caravan Lofoten

Location: Nordland Visual Theatre

Location: Nordland Visual Theatre

Address: J.M. Johansens Vei 23, 8340 Stamsund, Norway | Event MapVenue Accessibility
Language: English, no subtitles 

NORDTING is an assembly for the North, the whole North and nothing but the North. And why do we need an assembly for the North? Because the capital is always in the south, because the power is always in the south, and because the money - usually - ends up in the south. 

Since the beginning in 2014, NORDTING has arranged people's assemblies all over the Arctic, from Alaska to Greenland, from Iceland to Norway. Thousands of people have made their voices heard, assemblies have voted yes or no to oil drilling, fish farming, mining, independence for the North, new street names, new airline routes, new national anthems and taxation of the rich. There has been a lottery, cheering, praying, flagging, singing, chanting, moving, voting and thinking about what it means to be an Arctic inhabitant - all under the assembly slogan ‘Make the North Great Again!’.

The point of departure for NORDTING is the North, but the issues addressed - of power, economy, local identity, ownership to resources, centre and periphery, separatism and populism - are very much global and common for us all.

We invite you to a special Caravan edition of NORDTING, as always tailored to the local context and people present. 

nord´ = north, ´ting´ = old norse word for governing assembly, legislative assembly)

Duration: 30 min
Genre: Nomadic people's parliament of the North


Artistic and Political Director: Amund Sjølie Sveen 
Director of Music: Erik Stifjell
Production Manager: Vegard Krane

Get in touch

Production contact: Amund Sjølie Sveen

Status: Ready for touring



This lunch will be covered by the organisers.


Stroll and chat: Discover Stamsund and share reflections on the Caravan programme

As participants are in Stamsund, the team would like to take you for a walk in the surroundings - if the weather permits, you might enjoy some extraordinary views. While out in the fresh air, participants will propose some questions and topics to discuss. They will split into different groups and tailor the walk to the individuals’ levels and wishes. As movement and nature help stimulate thoughts, we hope for some engaging conversations and moments of quiet awe while taking in the scenery. 



The food in this dinner will be covered by the organisers.


Closing Party with a concert

Location: Eilertsen & Granados Teater

Location: Eilertsen & Granados Teater

Address: J. M. Johansens Vei 109, 8340 Stamsund, Norway | Event MapVenue Accessibility

A concert with Joakim Rainer Petersen and a closing party for IETM at Eilertsen & Granados Teater. We hope you can all come and join us!