The ÖFA-collective is a stage-art collective with 22 members from a variety of professional backgrounds. In the autumn of 2004 ÖFA was started as a feminist network and support forum, and has since evolved to also become an artistic platform from which we have created several theatre productions, workshops, exhibitions and clubperformances.

 

ÖFA has developed into a strong and recurring act in Swedish cultural life and has with some international guest performances also established an audience outside Sweden.

In 2006 ÖFA made its first performance, Var god tag plats!, which was a huge success. Then followed in the spring of 2008 ÖFA: Spring Concert and the fall of 2008 ÖFA: Secrets. In addition to these productions ÖFA are active in a variety of contexts, including performances, clubs and workshops. ÖFAs latest big production was ÖFA: DANCE that premiered in September 2010.

 

Creative perspective

 

When the ÖFA-collective stands on stage, the challenge, strength, and adventure - both for our audiences and ourselves – is our different professional backgrounds and experiences. Language and references, that in other cases sets up the framework of the discussions, will not be as useful when you come from different areas of art. The lack of common references in the artistic work makes ÖFA create their own artistic expression. The ÖFA-collective always works away from traditional approaches. By working non-hierarchically, and by allowing all participants to move freely between different forms of art and expression we are trying to overturn conventional ideas.

 

The ÖFA-collective's art has a broad audience, while it is in itself narrow and specific. Being alternatively, norm breaking and popular at the same time is the ÖFAcollective’s strength. We always question norms, and we are convinced that we must abandon the minority thinking and instead highlight and challenge the existing norm within a group, school, organization or society as a whole.

 

As an art collective with only women, we take the liberty to challenge the bipolar gender thinking, we perform without comment and make space for gender-free experiences. It is a bit paradoxical but real: We start from gender to dream about alternatives to gender. Breaking stereotypes is to break the system that controls and limits, molds and dictates - that's why ÖFA have a taste of creative joy, promiscuity, faith, hope, daring and do-it-yourself spirit!

 

The ÖFA-community are it’s members. This means that regardless of where you are in the world or how many meetings you have time to go to, you will always affect the business and is part of what is produced. A ÖFAproduction may be one person on stage or 22 people who write a book. What defines the ÖFA-collective is predominantly our working methods / principles:

 

* We explore, challenge and reconstruct the norms surrounding power structure, professionalism and art.

* We are working collectively, democratically and non-hierarchical.

* We create our art without a leader and all the members are taking the artistic decisions together.

* Our approach and method shapes the content: how we work determines what will be.

* We constantly review, reformulate and reconsider all we have learned and are learning.

* By working around the genre concepts we are able to break new ground in the art world.

* Our aim is that through discussion and collaboration enhance the ability to shape and live the

life we want to live.

* A successful project involves an audience who received inspiration and power to create by themselves.

 

 

Read more about ÖFA:

 

http://www.ofakollektivet.se/