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Jörgen Dahlqvist

Concert infront of a projection with a child. Photo.
Performance "Arrival Cities Hanoi"

PhD research project: “Based on a True Story: In Between the Fictive and the Documentary”

PhD supervisor: TBA

Institution: Malmö Theatre Academy

Period: May 2021 – August 2025 (TBC)

Theatre always had the ability to present a variety of perspectives, not least through the very nature of the dramatic text. The material has traditionally been fictitious, but the theatre practitioners have since the beginning of the 20th century explored how documentary material could afford the fictive narratives on stage in order to address and represent societal challenges and injustices. This practice have since initiated questions concerning inclusion, ethics, identity and representation, but also introduced new media as well as novel ways to stage productions.

This project will explore new formats in between the fictive and the documentary in order to understand how performing arts might contribute to societal change towards a more sustainable agenda. The aim is to artistically explore:

1) How storytelling in between the fictive and the documentary, through and across media, could afford the development of new artistic methods for the theatre

2) How these methods could allow for different modes of presentation, and

3) How these modes could contribute to an arena to address political and societal challenges.

Jörgen Dahlqvist is a playwright and director, as well as a video-, light, and sound designer. He is since 2021 a PhD student in artistic research at Malmö Theatre Academy. He has been the artistic director of the performing arts collective Teater Weimar since 2003, but have the last years also worked at many theatre institutions in Sweden. He has written and directed around fifty performances, many of which have been performed internationally.

Read more about Jörgen’s PhD on the Lund University Research Portal –

Learn more about PhD education at the Malmö Theatre Academy by visiting the following website –