The word culture is derived from Latin colere, which means to cultivate. KLODEN will be a place where performing arts and valuable experiences grow.

At KLODEN you can experience touching, weird, funny, scary, beautiful and provocative performances throughout the year. In the summer we have family performances and they are also suitable for tourists. We are part of a national and international touring network and show both Norwegian and International productions. Performances produced in collaboration with KLODEN, often live on in our network. During the day we show performing arts for school classes through the Cultural Rucksack System. In the afternoon, evening and in the weekends, KLODEN is open to everyone. Many performances are presented in a professional frame, such as a workshop or a conversation with the artists after the performance. KLODEN shows more of the art, and we want more children and young people to get quality performing arts experiences together with adults. Before KLODEN was established, many performances were performed only once or a few times publicly, and then went traveling on a tour to schools or kindergartens. Now, more of these performances are available to families. Companies and region theaters become more visible by performing at KLODEN.

With KLODEN, the performing artists are not only gaining a national and international stage. They also get a meeting place where they can be inspired and challenged by other Norwegian and foreign companies, and a place where they can test and develop new projects in collaboration with the public, researchers and other professionals. They get access to suitable rehearsal rooms, around the clock, all year round. At KLODEN, artists explore new expressions, develop text and immerse themselves in topics – along with a dramaturg, researcher, an educator, test audience or others. New constellations grow at KLODEN, between performing artists and artists who usually work with other expressions. KLODEN inspires more people to create ambitious performances for children and youth.

Critics review the performances we show at KLODEN, both because they are interesting and because they are available to the public. Together with critics and other professionals, we arrange debates, lectures and seminars on critique, quality and the connection between art and education. In this way, the critique of performance art becomes a natural part of the public conversation. KLODEN also has its own editorial team, a bunch of curious youngsters with critical eyes and razor sharp pens. They review performances and write about what’s happening on the house. In cooperation with a high school, our advisor ensures that young critics get guidance and develop as writers.

We grow when we create. At KLODEN we have workshops throughout the year, where children and youth create with their hands and body, with light, sound, words, makeup, video, woodwork and much more. During the weekends we have open workshops where the youngsters can explore their own expressions. We also have permanent workshops with members who meet several times a week. They make pictures, figures and installations, and they produce costumes, props and scenography. In the foyer we have exhibitions with some of the things that are created in the workshops. Ones individual interests are the starting point for the artistic exploration. We focus on the process, but sometimes the participants create something that becomes part of something bigger, such as a short film, a song or a performance.

If you are a teacher, you have chosen one of the most important profession that exists. And one of the most demanding. You convey, engage, assess, comfort, listen, organize and excite, and suddenly there is a little dance performance in the gym, and in the following class there is math, but the students wants to share and discuss what they have experienced. How can performing arts be an important contribution in a school day that is already full of content? In cooperation with the Cultural Rucksack, we often invite teachers, cultural contacts and school leaders to KLODEN. They visit our workshops, see performances, discuss with artists and researchers and listen to lectures. We talk a lot about how dance and theater can be used in interdisciplinary projects. Performing art is in itself interdisciplinary.

Young people from high school have an internship with us. They perform many different tasks in order for KLODEN to keep spinning. The do carpentry, paint, help us with our webpages, they serve as technicians and stage managers, keep track of the storage, cook food, supervise our workshops and make sure that KLODEN is a safe place for the youngest. Some work at regular times, others at single events. At KLODEN they become part of a good working community. They find out more about what they like to do. In cooperation with the school, we give them papers they can bring with them in the process of applying for future jobs.

KLODEN has its own company. The artists are from 14 to 16 years old. They have different backgrounds and different interests, but everyone is passionate about performing arts. They practice three times a week, and if they want, they can make art on KLODEN for several years.

The company works with professional performing artists and develops own texts in collaboration with Dramatikkens hus/The Norwegian Centre for New Playwriting. They show their performances at KLODEN, elsewhere in Norway and sometimes abroad.

At KLODEN, art students and students in pedagogy and drama didactics gain experience and insight into performing arts for a young audience. We cooperate with colleges and universities throughout Norway, to give performing arts for the young more focus in the education courses. Students who practice with us add new ideas and perspectives, and they gain valuable experience and, not least, job opportunities.

The collaboration with educational institutions is, among other things, about giving students an overview of this art field: What is there, what happens where, how is the quality, who communicates, where do the shows appear? And how can we use performing arts to build bridges between aesthetics and other subjects in school? The students are also involved in workshops with artists and professionals.

At KLODEN there is full activity throughout the year. We are many who work hard to create, explore and comunicate. But like all art fields, we also need someone who sees everything from outside, examines, draws lines and asks questions.

Therefore, we work with someone who does just that. The researchers have wanted a place where they can follow the performing art as it happens. They follow both KLODEN’s own young company and the adult artists who perform shows or explore something with us.

The researchers share discoveries on our website and attend academic events.

Fortunately, KLODEN is not alone in the universe. Together with others in Norway and abroad, we do everything we can to ensure that children and young people get strong and good experiences through performing arts.

We collaborate with theaters and venues, schools, colleges and universities, youth centers, festivals, artists, critics, educators, districts, cultural schools and many more.

And not least, we cooperate with children and young people in the local community and in the rest of the city. Oslo is growing fast, but at KLODEN there is plenty of space. Our performances and activities reflect the cultural diversity of the capital.

For KLODEN, the word network means that we work together to make the most of the best possible. It’s through cooperation we get KLODEN to grow.