VARIA Improvisation Festival 2006-2016
Blue links VARIA previous projects; facts, texts, quotes, photo/text-documentation etc.
Texts below; VARIA history, video links, about VARIA bigger festival events, Nuläge.

VARIA2006 participating artists etc.
VARIA2007 participating artists etc.
VARIA2008 participating artists etc.
VARIA2009 participating artists etc.
VARIA2011 participating artists etc.
Documentation produced in VARIA2009
Documentation produced in VARIA2011
VARIA Grows Nordic & Big Under -10, participating artists etc.
2012 VARIA Nuläge(At present)
VARIA Lab 2013, participating artists etc.
VARIA Invites Mr. Morrish - 13, participating artists etc.
VARIA2014 participating artists etc.
VARIA2015 May-part, participating artists etc.
VARIA2015 November-part, participating artists etc.
VARIA2016 info, spring -17

VARIA history
VARIA2006, VARIA2007, VARIA2008, VARIA2009, VARIA2010, VARIA2011, VARIA2012, VARIA2013, VARIA2014, VARIA2015 and VARIA2016 has enabled performers of diverse artistic backgrounds, age and ethnicity to access a broad audience. Intense artistic and individual interaction is furthermore supported by a creative license, beyond expectation. Previous festivals have generated interest, cultivating a new breeding ground for ideas within the dramatic arts and collaborations between various media and much, much more. Audience indication and student and participant reflection reveal VARIA to be a place where innovation is given a great deal of invaluable space. As a result, VARIA has been able to create a forum for further, as of yet, unproven collaborations, aimed for the dramatic arts and arts of other focus. Lisa Larsdotter Petersson first initiated VARIA -04 and then realized the first festival -06. Since this time she has planed and arranged VARIA festival events including connected projects.

VARIA2016 Improvisation Festival
VARIA2016 gave during two November-weeks substantial and generous Performance Program and Educational Program. Thirteen artists from Sweden, USA, Australia, France, Norway, Holland and England participated. Performance program included meetings between dance, movement and music, sound, language, alongside Solo Performance and Danced Lecture. Educational part was filled with workshops, classes and individual coach. This VARIA festival was seen and highly appreciated by large audiences alongside many students from Sweden as well as other countries. VARIA2016 was curated and produced by Lisa Larsdotter Petersson.

VARIA2016 performance video links - Documentation Atalante/scenarkivet
Double act, by Seke Chimutengwende, Kate Hilder
I see your face, by Karin Johansson, Catherine Magill
The Confluence, by Michael and Thomas Schumacher
Average Bastards, by Celiné Larrére, Jhon Hegre
The end to be continued, by Andrew Morrish, Peter Trotman, Lisa L Petersson

VARIA2015 Improvisation Festival
VARIA2015 offered two periods, in total eight artists participated and came from Sweden, Australia and France. One part was realized in May and the second larger part in November that also carried the theme - Solo. Programs consisted of presentation, educational-program, performance and a seminar. All in all, a good year with intensive festival occasions, seen and highly appreciated by a big public alongside student participation. The solo-focus was greatly displayed and gave wish for more. VARIA2015 was curated & produced by Lisa Larsdotter Petersson and co-produced by Jannine Rivel.

VARIA2015 performance video links - Documentation Atalante/scenarkivet
Céramique, solo Aloun Marchal
Oration 1, solo Lisa Larsdotter Petersson
The Gap, solo Maria Mebius-Schröder
Spriketter, solo Tomas Halling
Half n Half, solos & duett by Andrew Morrish and Peter Trotman

VARIA2014 Improvisation Festival
VARIA2014 March 1st-9th. The period started with voice/movement improvisation workshop & Action Theater, continued with days with extended classes, advanced voice workshop and workshop in Contact-improvisation (CI). All in relation to festival themes, that alongside CI, offered profound training in voice and movement work. VARIA2014 performance program at Atalante presented three duets with especially composed light. Second night a big VARIA dance and music Jam was organized and offered everyone to take part of the dance, music and light. The performance program ended at Atalante with concert. The total program gave lot of space for meetings between international artists, local professionals, students and public in a much varied program during intensive and much enjoyed time. VARIA2014 became the most visited festival-part in VARIA history, this far...

VARIA2014 video links - Documentation by Scenarkivet
VARIA2014 duet 1
VARIA2014 duet 2
VARIA2014 duet 3
VARIA2014 Jam intro
VARIA2014 Jam
VARIA2014 Concert

VARIA Invites Mr Morrish 2013
Andrew Morrish visited VARIA before. It is a pleasure to have him around, why this time project was named accordingly. Intensive period started with improvisation workshop & individual coaching for professional artists joining the workshop etc. from a wide range of media. Interest for Morrish special approach to techniques within movement, voice, language alongside feedback structures parallel to practical work, has increased much over the years. Morrish developed unique methods of sharing knowledge with in the Art of Improvisation. Part of program was also public conversation between Morrish and Lisa Larsdotter Petersson. The artists shared space, asking each other questions related to their artistic process. Further the project presented Solo Performance evening, where Morrish, Petersson and drummer Henrik Wartel performed solo´s for a full house. The solos gave great representation of diverse improvisation performance, with mix of non linear storytelling, dance/movement, sound/music score at Danscentrum Väst, Göteborg in September -13.

VARIA Lab 2013
September -13. Henriette Pedersen and Christina Hallström where invited to participate in a period consisting of exploratory meeting between them and Lisa Larsdotter Petersson. Their diverse media dance/movement, voice/sound and video/visual arts served as base. The discovering of and presence in, the given lab-space next to work-process, offered shift and unpredictable development of artistic source… This became an interesting non-linear and also challenging practice and further without much desire for "result-making". A public lab-showing, much like an art installation, sliding over in open conversation about media and artist encounters ended the adventures lab week. Further section of the period was much enjoyed morning-classes led by Pedersen. She shared experience around working with thematic, at the same time as improvised moments got to take a great part of expression.

Art is an existential tool for universal communication - Thus, it is of eternal value… (Nina Bondesson) October – November 2011. The venue Atalante in Göteborg again hosted VARIA, alongside Strömstads Musikskola and Dancentrum Väst. This year there was focus on smaller group constellations between artists and their media presented on stage. A colorful and strong mix of performance was the result when seventeen artists from the Nordic countries, Europe, USA and El Salvador visited the festival during more than two weeks. The media dance, music, video and light where represented in an exciting way and off-course there was also several workshops, artistic presentations and work in progress project going on. VARIA2011 also was visited by the largest audience jet, along-side students from several countries that came to take part of the education program. VARIA2011 received support from Konstnärsnämnden, Göteborgs Stad Kultur, Västra Götalands Regionen, Statens Kulturråd and Kultur i Väst.

A couple of VARIA2011 video links - Documentation by Scenarkivet
26/10 - Opening speech by Lisa Larsdotter Petersson (
26/10 - Opening concert by Palle Dahlstedt (
26/10 - Performance by Sören Larsson, Pontus Torsensson (
26/10 - Performance by Julyen Hamilton, Svante Grogarn (
29/10 - VARIA Dance/video project by Christina Hallström (
29/10 - Performance by Martha Rodezno, Lisa L Petersson (

The venue Atalante in Gothenburg and the Museum of Art in Borås together with the Cultural House Fregatten in Stenungsund, and several studios in Gothenburg hosted VARIA2009.
Fantastic Solo performance and Group performance, lectures, workshops and classes by artists from the Nordic countries and from USA, Australia and Europe where given during an intensive three week period - fall 2009.
The media dance, music, video and light where represented along with Performance art and Action theatre. A big international audience and students passed by the many options of the festival, and took part of great meetings between art and people, work and studies, conversation and thoughts… VARIA2009 received support from Konstnärsnämnden, Nordisk Kulturfond, Göteborgs Stad Kultur, Västra Götalands Regionen, Konst-Kulturutveckling Danskontoret VG Region and AB Volvo. VARIA2009 was a collaboration with ABF Göteborg, Borås Konstmuseum, Stenungsunds Kommun and Danscentrum Väst.
Nuläge (At Present) c/o VARIA
September 2008 - Ödsmåls Kulturhus, Stenungsunds Kommun. Two days in which 6 dance & music performers from Sweden & Norway held improvised ceremonies, in varying constellations. Collaboration between VARIA and Ödsmåls Kulturhus, funded by Kulturkontoret in Stenungsund.
In the spirit of improvising November 07
Atalante, Gothenburg - 21 performers from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and the rest of the world. 13 performers were from Scandinavia, dance, music, video and light. 6 performers from Magpie Music Dance Company Amsterdam & 2 artists from PRODUKT, scene productions, Stockholm. They gave 4 performances, a discussion day, work in progress performance, workshop etc. Funded by Konstnärsnämnden, Nordisk Kulturfond, Göteborgs Stad Kultur, Konst och kulturutveckling Danskontoret Västra Götalands Region, Göteborg&CO Näringslivsgruppen.
Draw a map to get lost (Yoko Ono), May 06
Atalante, Gothenburg - 16 performers/artists from different areas and countries met and worked for one week, they gave artist presentations, work in progress and performances for a large audience of varied age range. Funded by Konstnärsnämnden, AB Volvo etc.
More about - Nuläge (At Present)
Nuläge Is part of, and is also the title of VARIA’s venture to convey the art of improvisation, interdisciplinary dance and theatrical interaction, beyond the urban limits.
Are you interested in arranging a Nuläge in your area!?
Don’t hesitate to contact VARIA.
Several working models of Nuläge directed both towards the more established venues and also towards arenas that are new to the dramatic arts, already exist.

VARIA provides performance, discussion forums, lectures, workshops/courses, and video demonstrations depicting a colourful art form.