Mimesis Heidi Dahlsveen

storyteller, associate professor, artistic-researcher

Mimesis Heidi Dahlsveen is a storyteller and associate professor in oral storytelling; and has worked within this artistic and performative field since 1996 both at home and abroad. She participated in a number of international festivals and in several EU projects. She has sold performances to Cultural Rug sack and toured internationally. She works permanently as a storyteller at a primary school in Oslo.

Dahlsveen creates, through artistic research, performances, and works with composers, musicians, and other artists in her performances. In the design of performances, she is concerned with the poetic presence, as well as concepts and topics such as mimesis, chronotope, identity, intertextuality and memories.

She is a sought-after trainer in the international storytelling community. In Norway she has taught a wide range of professions, as well as several storytellers who have studied the subject, she is responsible for at OsloMet – Metropolitan University. Through her teaching, Dahlsveen has educated others in the storytelling profession.

She is a senior lecturer in oral storytelling and in 2008 she published the textbook «introduction to oral storytelling», Universitetsforlaget. In 2019, she published her second academic book.

Dahlsveen has written several academic articles on oral storytelling, where she uses artistic research as a gateway to understand oral storytelling and narratives. Her focus is to let the traditional stories shed light on contemporary issues.

She is a member of the art & research group at OsloMet – Metropolitan University.  Together with Mette Kaaby, she has designed several projects in Skaldskur. In 2022, she formed the association Fortellerne together with Bintang Emilie Sitanggang.

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