Showtimes and Tickets

Direct Action Theatre: Body and voice practice

23.06.23 kl. 10:00 – 11:00Direct Action Theatre: Body and voice practiceSånafest, HølenBallbingen, Elverhøyveien 11Free

Direct Action Theatre: “Arrest Yoga”

23.06.23 kl. 19:30 – 20:00Direct Action Theatre: “Arrest Yoga”Sånafest, HølenSkolehagen, Store strandgate 11Free access

Direct Action Theatre: “Grand plié and Karaoke Riot”

24.06.23 kl. 13:00 – 14:00Direct Action Theatre: “Grand plié and Karaoke Riot”Sånafest, HølenMeeting place Hølen Torg, Dronningveien 1Free access

Direct Action Theatre: “Grand plié and Karaoke Riot”

24.06.23 kl. 14:00 – 17:00Direct Action Theatre: “Grand plié and Karaoke Riot”Sånafest, HølenSkolehagen, Store strandgate 11Free Access

Direct Action Theatre:

Serve and Protect

How are protest and performance connected? Direct Action Theater (D.A.T.) combines art and activism.

In 2022 and 2023, Østfold International Theatre is exploring artivism as a form of action, a.o. through a collaboration with the international performance group D.A.T. Their work includes both interventions in public space and more traditional theater performances.

In their series Serve and Protect, a variation on the motto of the North American police, D.A.T. uses riot police uniforms as their main visual and symbolic material. By placing the uniforms in absurd or unusual situations, the artists playfully question both power relations and the status of the police as an institution.

The play with symbolic values is used as a powerful tool in D.A.T.’s public interventions, which are often based on current socio-political or environmental issues. This is how D.A.T. wants to truly “serve and protect” people, nature, pleasure, beauty and life itself!

Throughout 2022 and 2023, you will be able to experience several unannounced and announced performances by D.A.T. The group is responsible for the artistic content and for their actions in public spaces. The collaboration with ØIT will culminate in a stage performance in 2023.

Follow ØIT’s channels for updated info on the group’s activities or them what/who needs their services and protection through their own facebook or instagram.

Former performances

23.06.23 kl. 10-11 Body and voice practice  Ballbingen, Elverhøyveien 11 Sånafest, Hølen

23.06.23 kl. 19:30-20:00 Arrest Yoga Festivalhagen, Store Strandgate 11, Sånafest, Hølen

24.06.23 kl. 13:00-14:15 Grand plié policié Hølen Torg, Dronningveien 1 Sånafest, Hølen

24.06.23 kl. 19:30-20:00 Karaoke Riot Sånafest, Hølen

15.09.23 kl. 12:00- 22:00 Serve and protect Konstepidemin, Linnéplatsen, Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art

15.11.2023 Arrest Netanyahu Parkveien, Oslo

Above: The 15th of November, 2023 at 14:00 Direct Action Theatre seemingly arrested a person wearing a mask similar to Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu , nearby the Israeli embassy in Oslo.

The gropu wrote this about the event: “The arrest takes place based on the International Criminal Court (ICC) charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, guided by Article 6 of the Rome Statute. Charges include deportation of the population, exposing a group to harsh living conditions, bombing temples and hospitals, intentional killing of peace keeping personnel, use of white phosphorus, attacks on health and transportation units, and targetting an internationally protected refugee camp. The arrest was carried out by the organisation Direct Action Theater (D.A.T.), which has taken it upon itself to address these allegations”

According to D.A.T. the action is intended to send a message to the global community about the pursuit of justice and accountability. Action serves as a demonstration of how they believe justice should be administered.

Foto: Jan H. Husták / Daniel Halvoník Direct Action Theatre

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