He has sought out places and contexts marked by paradox ever since he moved to Russia to train as a circus artist after completing his upper secondary education. In settings of contrast and opposition Carlsen finds the potential to twist a situation. In addition to Russia, he has studied theatre at the University of Teheran and directing at Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Over time, landscape has become an artistic approach. Several of his projects can be characterized as long-term investigations of situations and questions that generate new works. This is especially true of his project In The End We Are All Alone, a series of one-person theatres and interventions in public space, which he has been developing with scenographer Heidi Dalene. The second work in this series, O – The Healing Lump, was part of our fall 2017 program.
His new work Radio O So Slow will be presented in the frame of Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival in March 2018. In fall 2017, Tormod Carlsen has initiated The Bookshop that will run until end of 2018.