Experiment 5: Character, Body and Text - interview with Iben Philipsen

The purpose of the experiment was to examine the magic moment where a stage character emerges. The experiment investigated:
- the specific elements that enable the performer to perceive her/him as a character and the elements constituting that moment.
- the specific elements that constitute the minimum requirements enabling the audience/viewer to perceive the performer as being a character.
Combining discussions with several practical exercises making use of the participant’s different areas of expertise (acting technique, dancing, performance and classical singing technique), the experiment was part of two larger investigations: Barbros Smed’s artist-in-residence project at Nordic Resort entitled: “A character – what kind of being is it really?” The Laboratory’s series of experiments “Methods of Text Development” examining alternative methods of producing text for the performing arts.

February 2007