Sven Birkeland is the artistic and managing director of Norway’s oldest and most prestigious international theatre BIT Teatergarasjen the dance biannual Oktoberdans and the theatre biannual Meteor. Birkeland curates art programs for festivals, theatres, museums and galleries in Norway and abroad, and is a member of a number of boards including Arts Council Norway and Bergen Academy of Art and Design. Birkeland lives and works from his base in Bergen, Norway. Before working within the art field he did studies at the University of Stavanger (culture, film and sociology) and the University of Bergen (theatre science).
BIT Teatergarasjen produce, co-produce and present international and Norwegian contemporary art, theatre and dance, with specific emphasis on projects that stimulate international co-production and cooperation between different fields of art. BIT Teatergarasjen is one of the main producers and co-producers of international contemporary theatre and dance in Norway and cooperates with theatres and producers in several European countries as well as in US and Asia.
“My team at BIT Teatergarasjen and I see ourselves as long term facilitators for artists to build on their practice over time. We often look for young and/or emerging artist were our contributions can make a meaningful difference. We are in other words – and still after 30 years – a kind of advanced laboratory for contemporary art. This includes initiating and presenting other relevant activities that contextualize and inform the broader grounds for understanding art and society. These activities include but are not limited to post performance talks, pre-lectures, seminars, workshops, publications etc.”