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Photo by Marcelo Lipiani from the performance Escorre encasula ecoa, Brazil 2023
Photo by Marcelo Lipiani from the performance Escorre encasula ecoa, Brazil 2023

Midterm assessment: Fernanda Branco

PhD fellow Fernanda Branco presents her PhD artistic-research project embodiment environment – towards poetic narratives.

The project explores the concept of agency in the context of encounters between body and environment. The research inhabits spaces between genres, styles, media and disciplines, while braiding together facts, fiction, documentary and poetry.

The artistic works are developed as a series, exploring performance in dialogue with films, lectures and/or installations and engaging with non-conventional forms of documentation. The research is based on processual, regenerative modes of work, drawing from uncanny, poetic and embodied perspectives. A single action is practiced cyclically throughout the research: to walk backwards.

The presentation includes the recent artistic work: ebbs eludes encapsulates echoes .

PhD Artistic Research under the Academy of Theater, Oslo National Academy of the Arts.


09.30-10.00 Coffee and opportunity to see Branco’s film installations in the gallery
10.00-11.00 Presentation of artistic research by PhD fellow Fernanda Branco with a welcome by moderator Dora Garcia
11.00-12.00 Discussion between the respondent Chrysa Parkinson and PhD fellow
12.00-12.10 Break
12.10-13.00 Questions and responses from the public

Respondent: Chrysa Parkinson
Supervisors: Dora Garcia and Rebecca Hilton

Fernanda Branco

Fernanda Branco is a Brazilian performer, gardener and poet based in Oslo. Working in the performance field crossing boundaries between theatre, dance, film and installation, while merging facts, theory, fiction and poetry.

Dora García

Dora García is an artist, teacher and researcher who lives and works in Oslo. Her work is largely performative and deals with issues related to community and individuality in contemporary society, exploring the political potential of marginal positions, paying homage to eccentric characters and to antiheroes, who have often been the center of her films projects.

Rebecca Hilton

Rebecca Hilton is a Professor in Choreography at Stockholm University of the Arts where she works in the Research Centre hosting the trans-disciplinary profile area Site, Event, Encounter. Her artistic, pedagogical and artistic research practices explore relationships between embodied understandings, oral traditions and choreographic forms.

Chrysa Parkinson

Chrysa Parkinson is the head of the Dance Department at Stockholm University of the Arts. Parkinson is a researcher in dance and performance, with an emphasis on the performer’s perspective.