Artistic research team

The Variations of Beckett 2020 team:

David Tann is an actor, writer, sound designer and producer from the UK based in Oslo, Norway. He is a graduate of Ecolé Philippe Gaulier and Fourth Monkey Theatre Company. David is the co-founder and artistic director of the Undercover Theatre Company. As an artist he works mainly in creating theatre and clown; writing, acting, producing, creating music and sound design, circus skills, puppetry and physical theatre. David has been creating soundscapes for 3 years, piecing together ambient sounds and music to put audiences into an aural landscape. He is curious to explore voice and sound usage in Beckett’s works.

Emioni Garramone is an architect and scenographer (MArch AHO, MArch NTUA). Her material practice is founded upon the relation of space, objects and the body through the sheer physical coexistence. Her interests lays in the factual “flesh against flesh” of body parts and the “surface against surface” of objects and space. The objects and space she materializes provide a resistance to the acts of bodies that affects the experience of space. She is currently teaching at the masters of The Oslo School of Architecture and Design.

Mari Pitkänen is an actor and performing artist, working with applied theater and performance processes. She graduated from Norwegian Theatre Academy’s acting department in 2018, and holds BA in Performing Arts from Centria University of Applied Sciences, Kokkola, Finland. In 2017 she was part of making mini-festival for Beckett short plays as a student work, in collaboration with Phillip Zarrilli. In this project she was playing May in Footfalls, and rocker of Rockaby. Focus of her artistic work is transformations of bodies and their affects in public spaces, as well as evoking possible transcendences in performative rituals.

Claudia Lucacel is an artist experimenting within visual and performing arts as a producer, actress, photographer, filmmaker and director, based in Oslo. She holds a BA in Acting and Directing from the University of Peloponnese in Greece, studied Documentary Film Art at OsloMet, where she is also currently doing her MA in Drama & Theater. With her master thesis, she researches the impact of using Applied Theater practices as a different approach towards immigrant second language and cultural learning in Norway. Alongside her studies, she also works as producer and content creator for Grusomhetens Teater and VoxLAB.

Variations of Beckett artistic director:

Sophie Charlotte Barth holds an MA in theatre directing from East 15 Acting School in London. She is currently based in Oslo, and alongside directing she also works as a physical theatre performer and producer. She works with theatre as a way in to exploring other fields of art, and also researches butoh dance to delve further into physical languages which is her main artistic research. Sophie is the artistic director and creator of Schouskollektivet. She also works as a booking manager at the venue Ingensteds in Oslo.

The Variations of Beckett 2019 team:

Schouskollektivet received many interesting applications for this first year of Variations of Beckett, and we were very pleased to see that there is indeed room for a Beckett research platform here in Oslo.

Our aim was to find artists with a strong wish to research Samuel Beckett’s texts, and to get a clear sense of what they can contribute with to the group in an interdisciplinary context. We offered 4 artists to come onboard in this project, and we would like to introduce them to you here:

David Tann is an actor, writer, sound designer and producer from the UK based in Oslo, Norway. He is a graduate of Ecolé Philippe Gaulier and Fourth Monkey Theatre Company. David is the co-founder and artistic director of the Undercover Theatre Company. As an artist he works mainly in creating theatre and clown; writing, acting, producing, creating music and sound design, circus skills, puppetry and physical theatre. David has been creating soundscapes for 3 years, piecing together ambient sounds and music to put audiences into an aural landscape. He is curious to explore voice and sound usage in Beckett’s works.

Emioni Garramone is an architect and scenographer (MArch AHO, MArch NTUA). Her material practice is founded upon the relation of space, objects and the body through the sheer physical coexistence. Her interests lays in the factual “flesh against flesh” of body parts and the “surface against surface” of objects and space. The objects and space she materializes provide a resistance to the acts of bodies that affects the experience of space. She is currently teaching at the masters of The Oslo School of Architecture and Design.

Mari Pitkänen is an actor and performing artist, working with applied theater and performance processes. She graduated from Norwegian Theatre Academy’s acting department in 2018, and holds BA in Performing Arts from Centria University of Applied Sciences, Kokkola, Finland. In 2017 she was part of making mini-festival for Beckett short plays as a student work, in collaboration with Phillip Zarrilli. In this project she was playing May in Footfalls, and rocker of Rockaby. Focus of her artistic work is transformations of bodies and their affects in public spaces, as well as evoking possible transcendences in performative rituals.

Kjetil Skøien (part of spring term) attended The Norwegian National Academy of Fine Arts. He distinguished himself as a performance artist in the 1980s, but has also had extensive experience directing theater. He was among the first to use video as an active element in theater productions, in the play Vårnatt (Spring Night). Skøien has had solo exhibitions at Kunstnernes Hus and The Stenersen Museum. He has participated in several group exhibitions, such as The Museum of Contemporary Art Oslo, Lillehammer Art Museum, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum ICA-London, Charlottenborg Kunsthal-København, Malmø Konsthall og Museum Moderner Kunst-Wien.

Variations of Beckett artistic director:

Sophie Charlotte Barth holds an MA in theatre directing from East 15 Acting School in London. She is currently based in Oslo, and alongside directing she also works as a physical theatre performer and producer. She works with theatre as a way in to exploring other fields of art, and also researches butoh dance to delve further into physical languages which is her main artistic research. Sophie is the artistic director and creator of Schouskollektivet. She also works with communication (events, social media, design) at the Humanities and Social Sciences Library at the University of Oslo.

Variations of Beckett co-artistic director (2019):

Nina Krogh is a visual artist working with sound, video, performance and installation, currently based in Oslo. She is a graduate from Oslo National Academy of the Arts with an MFA in Art and Public space. Her work revolves around how we express the complexity of language through our voices and bodies. As part of her artistic research she has used findings from the fields of linguistics, psychology and other scientific fields, which has led her to start developing a platform to facilitate collaborations between scientists and artists. Nina is also a vocalist in the duo The French Connection and has sung in several Oslo-based choirs.

Variations of Beckett main collaborator 2019 – 2021: 

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