The Imagination of Violence



An investigation of the ambiguous relationship between violence, theatre and the representation of violence




This artistic post doc research aims to investigate the role of imagination in the representation of violence: how much can the actor “embody” the violence and how much the spectators imagine (or “project”) the violence? This simple question raises immediately several problematic issues; such as the dichotomy between violence’s aesthetic pleasure and its ethical implication, the discourse about violence and its theatricality and its performativity, the representation of violence and its echo in the spectator’s mental stage. If we consider theatre as the representative of a community, to which extend a community needs to rely on violence? Or on the opposite: can theatre be a space for countering violence, for countering the imagination of violence of nowadays reality, where political and economical uncertainty leads to fear and dreadful actions and where violent actions are broadcasted relentlessly? These are some of the issues that this research aims to tackle.

This research is a collaboration between three departments of the Theatre Academy of Helsinki: Tutke, the pedagogy department and the Swedish Acting department.

The research is supported by Kone foundation.


below you can read the documentation of the workshops


Blog number 1

how to do research as an actor?


blog number 2

Too far or too close: the challenge of distance


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Channeling Violence


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how to understand violence as an artist


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navigation through chaos and disorientation


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violence and fun


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personal connection to violence


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learning in the unknown


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The layers of sacrifice and playing the victim


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Excess and extreme


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Asking the right question


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Lost in the search


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Deepening the inquiry


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The only one, but not alone


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Never-ending process and practice


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Embodying Complexity