• E-mailulla.kallenbach@uib.no
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    Sydnesplassen 7
    5007 Bergen
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    Postboks 7805
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Ulla Kallenbach Associate Professor in Theatre Studies at the Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies, where she is heading the Theatre History and Dramaturgy Research Group.

She is also steering committee member of the Centre for Historical Performance Practice (CHiPP), Aarhus University, Denmark, and President of the Association of Nordic Theatre Scholars.

Kallenbach currently heads the international collective research project Artistic Exchanges - The Royal Danish Theatre and Europe (see more under Current Projects).

Ulla Kallenbach holds a MA in Text and Performance (2005, King’s College London/Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts) and an MA in Theatre Studies for which she received the University of Copenhagen’s Gold Medal for the dissertation ‘Space and Visuality in the Drama Text’ (2007). In 2014, she completed her Ph.D. thesis entitled ‘The Theatre of Imagining: Imagination in the Mind – Imagination on the Stage’, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018 as the first comprehensive study of the cultural history of imagination in the context of theatre and drama.

Prior to joining the University of Bergen, Kallenbach was a Carlsberg Foundation research fellow in Comparative Literature at the Department for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark with the project Imagining Imagination in Philosophy and Drama 1960-. 

I teach and supervise students in a broad range of topics, mainly related to dramaturgy, theatre history and historiography.

Taught courses, Fall 2023

  • TEAT113: Dramaturgi i teori og praksis 
  • TEAT303 Teatervitskap: Teoretisk fordjuping i eit systematisk område
Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2023). Svend Borberg: Mellemkrigstidens fortrængte dramatiker. Nordica. 251-285.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Levels of presence in the drama text: Between close and distant reading. Orbis Litterarum. 401-420.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Eksklusionen: Danske Dramatikeres Forbunds opgør med Svend Borberg efter besættelsen. TEMP-tidsskrift for historie. 103-125.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Svend Borberg: Punktummet, der ikke blev sat. Uopdagede værker fra en dramatiker med europæisk udsyn. Peripeti. 24-39.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Harold Pinter's Old Times and the play of indistinction. Orbis Litterarum. 89-104.
  • Show author(s) (2020). The ethics of imagining and the dramaturgy of spectatorship. Performing Ethos: International Journal of Ethics in Theatre & Performance. 41-55.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Towards a Spectatorial Approach to Drama Analysis. Nordic Theatre Studies.
  • Show author(s) (2018). “Beautiful Dream” or “Loathsome Delusion”: Imagination and Ideality in Nineteenth-Century Denmark. European Romantic Review.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Feigning History: the early modern imagination and the theatre. Renæssanceforum. Tidsskrift for renæssanceforskning.
  • Show author(s) (2014). The Disenchantment of the Wonderful - A Doll’s House and the Idealist Imagination. Nordic Theatre Studies.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Værk/fantasi/virkelighed: Salò og det interaktive teater. Kulturo.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Dramatikeren Svend Borberg.
Popular scientific lecture
  • Show author(s) (2023). Opening address.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Henrik Ibsens Et Dukkehjem.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Dansk teater i 1700-1800-tallet.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Om absurdisme og fantasi. Harold Pinters Old Times.
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) (2023). Women's theatre archives between materialism and idealism: Johanne Luise Heiberg, star actress and the first female stage director at the Royal Danish Theatre in the Nineteenth Century.
  • Show author(s) (2023). What Underlies the Danish-British Connection? UK-DK cultural exchange in the modern world – a return ticket.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Transnational traces in the material and digital archive.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Traces of Italy in the Royal Danish Theatre (‘s Archive).
  • Show author(s) (2023). Performing Nations as “imaginaries”: Mythologizing Italy on the Danish National Stage.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Panel discussion among researchers in theatre archives.
  • Show author(s) (2023). New approaches to analysing drama with digital tools. Demonstration and discussion.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Negotiating Acting Conventions in 19th Century Denmark: Johanne Luise Heiberg. Between Idealism and Realism.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Levels of presence in the drama text: Between close and distant reading.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House – between idealism and realism.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Edward Gordon Craig’s pioneering Pretenders in Copenhagen.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Databases, Mappings, Image Analyses: Digital humanities and the Royal Danish Theatre.
  • Show author(s) (2023). August Strindberg’s Miss Julie – between naturalism and symbolism.
  • Show author(s) (2023). At læse Strindberg med AntConc.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Artistic Exchanges: The Royal Danish Theatre and Europe. Transnational, transinstitutional and transdisciplinary perspectives.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Artistic Exchanges: Between National and Transnational Dramaturgies.
  • Show author(s) (2023). 'See with your ears': a conversation on dramaturgy and imagination.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Travelling through Europe 1788 – A digital mapping of mobility.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Transgressing Borders: Practices of Mobility and Cultural Exchange at The Royal Danish Theatre.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Presentation of the ArtEx Database.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Illusion, ideality and the “theatrical mind” of Johanne Luise Heiberg – between the real and the imaginary in the 19th century.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Hvad er dansk teater?
  • Show author(s) (2022). How to perceive perception (and make the invisible visible) in digital drama analysis and what to do when you can’t?
  • Show author(s) (2022). Holbergs komedier i digital dramaanalyse.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Holberg og digital humaniora.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Forskerens bruk av digitale arkiv: digitale udfordringer i teaterforskningen.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Farvestabilitet på tværs i dataanalyser.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Dramaturgy and Imagination.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Digital challenges and possibilities in theatre research.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Artistic exchanges at the Royal Danish Theatre.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Artistic Exchanges: On the Nordicness and Europeaness of the First Nordic National Theatre.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Psykologisk realisme på scenen.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Ethical dramaturgies, dramaturgies of spectatorship.
  • Show author(s) (2019). The Hybridity of Imagination and Spectatorship.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Fantasiens historie og dens betydning for forståelsen af kreativitet, kunstneriske skabelsesprocesser og tilskuerpositioner.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Imagination and Dramaturgy.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Fantasiens historie og teatret.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Book presentation, ‘The Theatre of Imagining’.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Tracing the Concept of Imagination.
  • Show author(s) (2017). The Ethics of Spectating and Imagining.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Re-thinking Dramaturgy and Drama Analysis.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Imagination and spectatorship.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Hvad er fantasi – og kreativitet?
  • Show author(s) (2017). Fantasiens kulturhistorie.
  • Show author(s) (2016). The staging of space in Hamlet: between the real and the imaginary.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Historical mimesis in-between the real and the imaginary.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Conflux and Imagination: Perspectives from Philosophy and Drama.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Beautiful dream' or 'loathsome delusion': Imagination and ideality.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Layers of Imagination: Imagination in the mind and on the stage.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Conceptualising Imagination in the Early Modern Period.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Alien worlds within: (re-)imagining reality/history.
  • Show author(s) (2013). The Transformation of Imagination.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Performance in the Text.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Imagination and Spectatorship.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Værk/Fantasi/Virkelighed.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Imagining Absence.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Fiction on the Brink of Reality/Reality on the Brink of Fiction.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Macbeth: The Catastrophe of Regicide and the Crisis of Imagination’, The Cultural Life of Catastrophes and Crises.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Preface. Renæssanceforum. Tidsskrift for renæssanceforskning.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Introduction: Mapping Theatre. Nordic Theatre Studies. 5-8.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Introduction: Theatre and Technology. Nordic Theatre Studies. 7-7.
Book review
  • Show author(s) (2017). Min arm - min forestilling: Gæstespil af Team Teatret på Edison. Peripeti.
  • Show author(s) (2017). "I am in blood step’d in so far…” Macbeth, Teatersalen Odeon, Odense Teater. Peripeti.
Academic anthology/Conference proceedings
  • Show author(s) (2021). Det historiske blik. Aarhus Universitetsforlag.
  • Show author(s) (2016). stage / page / play – Interdisciplinary Approaches to Theatre and Theatricality. Multivers.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Djævelens billede - maskens magt - fra karneval til Dario Fo. Multivers.
Academic monograph
  • Show author(s) (2022). En verden af forestillinger. Skuespil & illusion.
  • Show author(s) (2018). The Theatre of Imagining: A Cultural History of Imagination in the Mind and on the Stage.
Popular scientific article
  • Show author(s) (2017). Tilfældighedernes spil. Teater 1.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Hvem er Hamlet. Teater 1.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Forestillinger om fantasi. Carlsbergfondet Årsskrift.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Kongen og Narren i King Lear. Teater 1.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Dømt til undergang: om den tragiske karakter. Teater 1.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Historien om historien på teatret. Teater 1.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Meningsløs vold? Teater 1.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Fantasi i frit spil. Teater 1.
Doctoral dissertation
  • Show author(s) (2014). The Theatre of Imagining: Imagination in the mind – imagination on the stage.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Kvinders rolle i dansk dramatik, Kvindelige dramatikere igennem 300 år.
Programme participation
  • Show author(s) (2022). Teaterfortællinger 9:20 Realismen og Henrik Ibsen.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Hvad er fantasi? Fra eksistentialismen til absurdismen.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • Show author(s) (2021). Demaskeringen af idealismen – om historicitet og dramaturgi i Et Dukkehjem.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Introduction.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Imagination at play.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Fantasiens teaterhistorie.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Imagining Absence: Performance in the Text.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Macbeth - The Catastrophe of Regicide and the Crisis of Imagination.
Encyclopedia article
  • Show author(s) (2020). Versdrama. . In:
    • Show author(s) (2020). Litteraturleksikon.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Monolog (drama). . In:
    • Show author(s) (2020). Litteraturleksikon.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Læsedrama. . In:
    • Show author(s) (2020). Litteraturleksikon.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Freytags pyramide. . In:
    • Show author(s) (2020). Litteraturleksikon.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Absurd drama. . In:
    • Show author(s) (2020). Litteraturleksikon.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Forord.
Introduction, musical or theatrical programme
  • Show author(s) (2008). ’Hvem er Lorca?’, ’Tidsliste’, ’Historien bag Blodbryllup’, ’Det sanselige og det surreelle’, ’La Baracca’.
  • Show author(s) (2008). Hvem er Lorca?
  • Show author(s) (2021). Fantasiens flow og kreativitetens kaos: om styring og ustyrlighed i en teaterproces. 221-236. In:
    • Show author(s) (2021). Leg & Litteratur. Syddansk Universitetsforlag.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

PI of the international collective research project Artistic Exchanges - The Royal Danish Theatre and Europe. The project explores how the theatre was a “window to the world,” an essential agent for offering the public experiences of foreign cultures and for negotiating cultural identities at a time when international travelling was still rare. Using state of the art digital tools, we are currently developing databases and mappings that will allow us to analyse how artists travelled and how travelling influenced the repertoire and performance practices.

In 2020-21, I have also been participating in the pilot project Danish theater archives in the digital era in research and teaching under DeiC (Danish e-Infrastructure Cooperation) and Royal Danish Library’s Cultural Heritage Cluster exploring Ludvig Holberg’s comedies.