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Jennifer Torrence performs No Say No Way (2015) by Francois Sarhan [still frame]
Credits: Jennifer Torrence performs No Say No Way (2015) by Francois Sarhan [still frame]

Quick now–

“– Find the edge between comfort and discomfort, the familiar and the unknown. Balance there, however precariously." [1] I want to talk about the relationship between presence and crisis in performance. Considering it’s 2021 I suppose this combination of… Read more


Credits: Lin Hixson

Facing the unknown

At 7 pm on Friday, February 22nd, 2019, we attended the performance of Nature Theatre of Oblivia at Link’s Hall in Chicago. Of all the things we could say about this performance, we will say only two. First, the… Read more

Credits: Saara Moisio, Anna-Maija Terävä

Tuntemattoman kohtaamisesta Oblivian kanssa

Tiedättekö sen tunteen, joka tulee, kun istuu katsomossa ja odottaa esiintyjiä saapuvaksi? Tai katsoo esiintyjiä ja odottaa mitä he alkavat tehdä? Sitä yrittää pitää itsensä mahdollisimman avoimena kohtaamaan sen mitä tulee. Sitä haluaa kohdata jotain uutta ja tuntematonta luottaen,… Read more

Credits: Annika Tudeer

A Christmas story

Oh these Christmas times. There is so much to do, all these things to prepare. This year I will make an even bigger gingerbread house. Gretel Johansson took another sip of her morning coffee, wrinkled her forehead and started to… Read more

Life Lessons by Oblivia
Credits: Heidi Backström

Life lessons by Oblivia

- 46 things I’ve learnt by watching Oblivia’s performances, talking with the group and working with them Lesson 1: You are allowed to laugh as much as you want to (as a spectator in a performance). Lesson 2: (As a spectator)… Read more


Mark Harvey
Credits: Mark Harvey

Dear Oblivia

Dear Oblivia, It’s three years to the day since our time together. I enter the big old industrial building, hang my coat up, take my shoes off and walk into the studio with Oblivia. Tracksuit on, ready for action. Ready… Read more

Nature Park Sculpture
Credits: Bryan Saner

All is material

The material world begins with my body. I am matter. I am material. It is a substance that perceives itself. This body is how I experience the material world. It’s a magnet for connecting to otherness - other bodies,… Read more

Credits: Daniela Wolf

“Is it a decision, or something that just happens?”

This last February, Oblivia performed “Verdrängen, Verdrängen, Verdrängen,” a collaboration between the theater group and composer Yiran Zhao, at the Stuttgart ECLAT festival for new music. This was the first time the group had worked with a composer to… Read more

Credits: Eija Mäkivuoti

Oblivia, rakastettuni

Tiedän, että olet ryhmä, koostut useista taiteilijoista, pysyvistä ja vierailevista, mutta tässä fanikirjeessä otan vapauden puhutella sinua yksikön ensimmäisessä persoonassa. ”Oblivia toteutti 5.-10.3. live-installaation Oblivia's Room, josta oli esityksiä päivittäin klo 18 ja 20. Teemana huoneet ja mitä niissä tehdään.… Read more

To become part of, to be part of. Belonging.

I understand the need to shy away from the word collective as in the article of Bojana Cvejic from 2004. Some curators had perhaps lived in a collective, and felt the smell of lentil soup and the sight of… Read more

Credits: Meri Ekola

In Black Box

The black box setting has been the context where the work has been created during my time in Oblivia. I have heard about the early adventures in hangars and other alternative spaces to create performances in the group’s history… Read more

Credits: A still image from a documentation filmed by Christopher Hewitt.

On Improvisation

In this text I will try and describe some elements of improvisation in Oblivia. I don’t try to grab on improvisation as an art form or sort out different performance practices related to for example dance or theater improvisation.… Read more

Credits: Oblivia

Introduction to Do What You Saw

Bem, Bam, Bim and Bom have decided to try out Oblivias Do What You Saw method (from now on referred to as DWYS) using Oblivias DWYS manual as reference (currently out of print). Let's see how they are going… Read more

Credits: Alice Ferl

The Trust Play

Meet Beaver & Bear, Turtle & Tiger and other charming characters of the Trust Play written by… Read more

Credits: Felizitas Stilleke

20 Food for Thoughts* on TRUST**

1. Thinking is there to push 2. This works best when I trust my opponent or my fellow thinker and when I know where the bruises are lurking and and when the offence is deliberate and asked… Read more

Candide
Credits: Saara Autere

Riskialttiita kohtaamisia

Koronaeristyksen keskellä mietin haikeana kommunikointia. Ääni kuuluu puhelimesta ja näytöllä näkyvät hymyilevät kasvot, mutta yhteinen hetki on vajaa. Myös esityksen kohtaaminen näytöllä on laiha lohtu teatterien ovien pysyessä kiinni. Kokemuksesta puuttuu olennainen osa, kun siihen ei sisälly erilaiset energiavirtaukset… Read more

Credits: Heidi Backström

Kuinka tiedottaa tuntemattomasta?

Nyhjää tyhjästä Käännä sokkona Litteroi ja referoi mammutti Hio timanttia Kirkasta kuningasajatusta Kääri se kutsuvaan… Read more

About roots and influences

This text was was written between August 2018 and April 2020. It begun two years ago in the wake of Anna's death. Although today the present is so much more, well - present than the past and the beginning… Read more

Credits: Tua Helve

Kirmailua ja haromista

Avoimuudesta ja uteliaisuudesta – tehtävänanto ja tematiikka oli päässäni kääntynyt vapaudeksi. Ehkä yksinkertaisesti siitä syystä, että Oblivia on näyttäytynyt minulle ryhmänä, joka on paennut kaikenlaisia lopputulemia ja loppuun lyötyjä määrittelyjä. Eikö tällainen asenne edusta juuri vapautta? Vapaushan juuri ilmenee avoimuutena ja uteliaisuutena. Vapauden… Read more

Credits: Eija Mäkivuoti. We´ll Never Let You Go, 2006.

Pehmeät reunat, terävät kulmat, hulppeaa naurua ja vähän muutakin

Olen useaan kertaan paikalle osunut kaveri ja kanssa-taiteilija sekä Oblivian vankkumaton ihailija.Oblivian perustaminen vuonna 2000 osui aikaan, jolloin itse vielä totuttelin asumaan Suomessa Amsterdamin opiskeluvuosien ja muun ulkomailla vietetyn ajan jälkeen. Ryhmän kollektiivisesti toteutuneet teokset herkuttelivat minimalismilla ja komiikalla.… Read more

Credits: Yiran Chao

AAA, aaa, …

The first time to meet members of Oblivia, Oblivia, Oblivia, via, via,… Read more

Credits: Annika Tudeer. Michigan Theater Detroit 2019.

In the middle of the night

“What are you verdrängen, Annika”, asks Alice in one scene that never made it to the performance. She continued explaining the shaming mechanism through the event of a cheese stick at a birthday party, where everyone laughed at the… Read more

Credits: Att tänka på flygning [To think about flying], Tram Museum, 2000.

Welcome to the Blog!

Yes, it is only 20 years ago that Oblivia started out in the Tram Museum in Helsinki, looking for alternative ways of making experimental art together. The world was a very different place then. The fear of the millennium… Read more

Credits: Alice Ferl

List of Togetherness

Where do we store what we collect when we work collectively? Making something together that does not belong to… Read more