Edit Kaldor

Edit Kaldor (H/NL) is a theatre-maker, writer and researcher based in Amsterdam. She is recognized internationally as a unique voice in the contemporary theatre landscape. She works mostly with nonprofessional performers over extended periods of time, merging documentary and fictional materials and addressing seemingly unspeakable experiences such as statelessness, abuse, or the dying process. Her performances, which stretch considerably the boundaries of theatrical conventions, have been presented in over 30 countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia and North Africa. She often integrates in her work digital media and interfaces, focusing on the theatrical possibilities in daily uses of technology. For her newest performance piece she works with the augmentation of reality through the use of the mobile phone and covert performance elements in public space.
Kaldor has taught at (performing) art academies across Europe. Her longest affiliation is with DAS Theatre at the Amsterdam University of the Arts. where she works as a tutor , also engaged in artistic programme development. Throughout the years she has led numerous workshops and masterclasses in theatre and festival contexts, including the International Forum at the Berliner Festspiele and the Shanghai Biennale. Since 2017 she is a research fellow at the Norwegian Theatre Academy, developing the artistic research project The Many and the Form on new aesthetic and social practices for contemporary performance. Currently she is also co-editing (together with Joe Kelleher from Roehampton University) the book Theatres of Powerlessness – Acts of Knowledge and the Performance of the Many, to be published by Bloomsbury / Methuen in 2022.

photo by Samara Hersch