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Steinunn Knúts Önnudóttir

Portrait of Steinunn Knúts Önnudóttir. Photo.
Photo by Leifur Wilberg

PhD research project: “How Little Is Enough? Sustainable Methods of Performance for Transformative Encounters.” 

PhD supervisor: Esa Kirkkopelto

Institution: Malmö Theatre Academy

Period: 2020–2024

Within the project I will explore sustainable methods of creating transformative encounters with an audience through participatory and site-specific performances, with a particular focus on how minimal and sustainable the framework for the encounter can be.

The project is rooted in my artistic practice of more than 20 years, my degree in theology and most recently my practice as a life coach. Throughout my practice I have been interested in creating a meaningful dialogue with my audience, acknowledging that what they bring to the performance is part of the actual content of the artwork.

My aim is to bring these pre-existing participatory practices and sustainable questions into conversation with a wide range of other fields of practice that invite participants to engage with issues related to their own values and give them space to co-create and reflect in ways that lead to potentially transformative and revelatory experiences.

The practice is anchored in a sustainable production ethos and a genuine interest in engaging an audience in a profound dialogue around quality of life.

Steinunn Knúts Önnudóttir at Agenda 2030 Graduate School –

Read more about Steinunn’s PhD in the Lund University Research Portal –

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