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Solveig Gade
Solveig Gade


Solveig Gade is a theatre and performance scholar and dramaturge. Her research centres on experimental and post-dramatic strategies in contemporary theatre and performance and the ways in which these strategies respond to their surrounding political contexts. In her current research project, she focuses on war and conflict in the post 9-11 era as depicted in contemporary documentary performance, dance, and visual art. Employing an inter-disciplinary approach, the project investigates the critical potential of the twisted documentary strategies developed by artists as diverse as Rabih Mroué, Arkadi Zaides, Rimini Protokoll, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Laura Poitras, Milo Rau, and Hito Steyerl.

Solveig earned her PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Copenhagen in 2008 for a thesis on performative and interventionist strategies in contemporary theatre and visual art (published in 2010 by Politisk revy under the title Intervention og kunst). Subsequently, she served as a dramaturge at the Royal Danish Theatre (2008-2014). In 2014 she embarked on a post doc project at the University of Copenhagen,from 2016 to 2019 she was an Associate Professor at the Department of Dramaturgy at Aarhus University, and from 2019-2020 she was a professor at The Danish National School for Performing Arts, where she headed the MA programme. 

Selected journals in which Solveig’s research has appeared include: Performance Research, TDR: The Drama Review, Nordic Theatre Studies, Nordic Journal of Aesthetics, The Journal of War and Culture Studies, K&K, Passage, Peripeti, and Kritik.

Together with Daniela Agostinho, Nanna Bonde Thylstrup and Kristin Veel, Solveig is currently editing the book (W)archives, which will be published with Sternberg Press in 2020.




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