Agnes Victoria Folkestad

Training

2014 - 2015 The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, MA Movement: Directing and Teaching

2001- 2002 University of Oslo, Practical pedagogy PPU

1990-present London School of Capoeira, Studying Capoeira with Mestres Silvia Bazzarelli and Marcos Dos Santos

1988-1992 Dartington College of Arts, BA (Hons) Theatre, Theatre making, Choreography

1987-88 University of Oslo, Norway, Theatre Science – Storfag (higher education diploma)

1986-87 University of Iowa, USA, Theatre Studies: Acting & Directing

1985-86 University of Bergen, Norway, Examen Philosophicum, Theatre Science – Grunnfag (first year diploma)

1984-85 Agder Folkehoyskole, Physical Theatre, Circus Skills, Mask work

Summer schools

Contact improvisation, release and new dance, (Julian Hamilton, Company Blue, Italy. School for New Dance Development, Utrecht).

Physical theater and Grotowski training (Ingmar Lindht, Italy. Jordcircus, Copenhagen).

Circus skills, mask, improvisation (Johnny Zeitz, NY. Kenneth Dean, Oslo)

Movement Experience (whilst on the MA Movement)

2015 Teaching in the movement classes with BA Acting students, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Teaching elemental journeys in Vanessa Ewan’s classes on Neutral Mask.

2015 Teaching MA Advanced Theatre Practice (ATP) to students, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Teaching basic capoeira, focusing on Flow.

Skills

Movement. Directing. Devising. Basic acrobatic and circus skills. Capoeira movements, play and music (Graded to Contra Mestre, 25 years of practice)

Teaching Experience

1997-2014 Teaching Theatre and Drama in further education (Movement/Drama/Theatre Production), Bærum, Norway

1996- 2014 Lead instructor in Capoeira at Oslo Capoeira Klubb. Teaching Capoeira movement, music and culture to adults, youth and children, Oslo, Norway

2003 -2014 Organising and teaching summer schools in Capoeira for 7-18 years old, Oslo, Norway

1993-1995 Co teaching CORALI dance company, devising work and teaching adults with learning disabilities, Highbury Adult Education Centre, Islington, London

1990-1991 Responsible for the activities of Rotherhithe Theatre Workshop, with co-students on placement by DCA, Rotherhithe, London

1989 Assistant for Circus Summer School, for children aged 6–14 years old, Haugesund Theatre, Norway

Selected Productions

1997-2014 Students’ yearly main productions (Director/Mentor), Classical texts (ex: Strindberg, Moliere, Virtac, Ibsen, Brecht), Devised work and New Writing

1995 No Lost Souls An Angel at Dawn (Director), Stoke Newington Cemetery, London

1994 No Lost Souls Burn (Director), Union Chapel, London

1994 No Lost Souls The Wild Duck (Director), London International Mime Festival, UK

1993 No Lost Souls Nitrogen Narcosis (Performer/Devising), BAC, London, UK

1993 Rystina Edward & Company Break Fluid (Performer/Devising), The Place, London, UK

1990-1991 Shared Experience Community Play 91 (Choreographer/Movement Direction)

1990-1991 Placement by DCA, London.

Biography

Agnes holds a BA (Hons) Theatre degree from Dartington College of Arts, majoring in choreography and devised theatre. She is Norwegian and based in Oslo, and has studied and worked in England for various periods of time. After graduating from DCA in 1992 she was the co-artistic director and performer of No Lost Souls, a theatre company focusing on devised and site specific work, performing at various venues in and around London. (BAC, Chisenhale Dance Space, Union Chapel, Stoke Newington Cemetery). After 3 years in London, Agnes moved to Norway and started teaching Movement and Theatre Production skills (all aspects) in a further education Theatre School in Oslo. She has experience as a director and facilitator for experimental theatre as well as text based performances. She also undertook a one year introduction to method acting and directing at the University of Iowa, collaborating with the MA Writers, staging work within the university. Agnes is a Contra Mestre in the Brazilian art form Capoeira, and has been practicing, teaching and performing Capoeira since 1990. Agnes also has a movement history in ballet, physical theatre and circus skills. She has wide knowledge of a variety of physical approaches to the creation of performance-work.