NEU NOW LIVE Retrospective Launches: Part 1 - Susanne Irene Fjørtoft, Theatre Maker
'Talk with people and be curious. I think that's a good approach to most things. Be curious, and investigate, and engage.'
This is the answer Susanne Irene Fjørtoft,
Norwegian theater maker and participant of the first edition of the NEU NOW LIVE Festival, offered when asked what advice she would give to the young artists in this year's Festival
, now on its fifth edition.
Not one to shy away from her own advice, Susanne is currently engaging with the world in a number of different ways; from her her freelance work as a sceneographer, to her theatre making with the performance ensemble LIVESTOCK
, and her collaboration with the Happy Gorilla Dance Company
, her artistic endeavours have led her to unexpected encounters - including finding herself in Istanbul in the midst of June's protests.
A self described '100% Happy Gorilla', all of her undertakings are marked by a thoughtful playfullness that emanates from her sense of curiosity as well a keen sense of awareness, reflection, and social responsibility.
The NEU NOW team dispatched resident festival busybody Jessica Maxwell to catch up with Susanne and see where life has taken her - and her art - over the years.
Returning to the craft of the long form interview, what follows is a condensed form of the longer original version. In regards to today's bitesize media consumption it includes section headings to expedite reading.
This interview was conducted via skype on June 19, 2013. Read more »