We are delighted to announce that Forced Entertainment, an experimental theatre company, founded by Tim Etchells, the curator of Malta Festival Poznań 2015, has been awarded the International Ibsen Award 2016!
This prestigious prize honours extraordinary contributions to art and culture and is awarded to an individual or organisation that has brought new artistic dimensions to the world of theatre. It is given every two years by the Norwegian government on Henrik Ibsen’s birthday.
Tim Etchells, Artistic Director says: We’re staggered, and thrilled and humbled to receive this award. The list of previous winners is formidable and we feel honoured to be alongside them. As a company of six artists we have been making our work together for over thirty years, asking questions about what theatre is and the kinds of experiences it can create, in order to speak into the times we are living through; we are particularly proud that our collaborative work has been celebrated in this way. We also feel that giving this award to Forced Entertainment recognises a whole area of contemporary practice away from the literary mainstream; an area of experiment and work across art forms that has consistently championed experimental approaches to performance, from group work to devising and improvisation.
We are very much pleased with Forced Entertainment success and we wish to congratulate the artists behind it!