The Artistic Council supports the management in Dansehallerne through critical discussion around the goal and strategy of Dansehallerne, the development of the institution and the artistic profiling. The Council also contributes in all ways to strengthen networks and contacts that benefit the organisation. The Artistic Council has two meetings a year, one in June and one in December.

The Artistic Council consists until the end of Juni 2019 of :

Mette Ingvartsen (DK)
Kitt Johnson (DK)
Koen Vanhove (BE)
Jens Hauser (DE)
Marie Topp (DK)


Mette Ingvartsen
is a Danish choreographer and dancer. From 1999 she studied in Amsterdam and Brussels where she in 2004 graduated from the performing arts school P.A.R.T.S. Her first performance Manual Focus (2003) was made while she was still studying. Since then she has initiated several research projects and made numerous performances, among others 50/50 (2004), to come (2005), Why We Love Action (2006), It’s in The Air (2008) GIANT CITY & evaporated landscapes and The Artificial Nature Project (2012). In 2014 she started a new cycle of work entitled The Red Pieces. 69 positions opened this series and questioned the borders between private and public space, by literally placing the naked body in the middle of the theater public. In the second piece, 7 pleasures, a group of 12 performers confronted notions of nudity, body politics and sexual practice. Mette Ingvartsen is finishing a PhD in choreography at UNIARTS in Sweden. She is in this context researching the relationship between artist writing and artistic practice, using her own work and writing as a way to experiment with these relations.

Dancer and choreographer Kitt Johnson is one of a kind on the Danish dance and performance scene. For more than twenty-five years she has been developing her own, very particular, artistic universe; a universe that is at once minimalist, expressive and innovative. she is continually involved as an artistic consultant on other projects, as well as being a sought-after public speaker, teacher and workshop organizer in many different contexts. Over the years her work has been widely acknowledged through a range of awards, nominations and grants in Denmark and abroad.

Koen Vanhove
is a Belgian arts manager based in Stockholm. In the past 25 years he has managed companies such as Theater Antigone, LOD and – between 2002-2010 – Troubleyn (the company of Jan Fabre), with performances and collaborations in more than 30 countries.  One of his responsibilities was to set the overall strategies for these companies. In this early period he was involved in collaborations with artists such as Johan Simons, Josse De Pauw, Chantal Akerman, Bill Forsythe and many others. In 2009 Koen Vanhove obtains an Executive MBA title at the prestigious Stockholm School of Economics, with a specialization in Leading Innovation. In 2010 he founds Key Performance, an arts management company that advises and manages a select group of artists, specializing in international touring activity in the performing arts. Key Performance been co-operating with artists such as Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Jefta van Dinther, Lisbeth Gruwez, Arkadi Zaides, Quarto, Cullbergbaletten, etc. Koen Vanhove is also consulting on a regular basis for both larger institutions and emergent artists.

born 1969 in Schwerte/Germany, is a Copenhagen and Paris based media studies scholar and art curator focusing on the interactions between art and technology, trans-genre and hybrid aesthetics. He holds a dual post-doctoral research position at both the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies and at the Medical Museion at the University of Copenhagen. He is also a distinguished affiliated faculty member of the Department of Art, Art History and Design at Michigan State University, and an affiliated faculty member at the Department for Image Science at Danube University Krems. At the intersection of media studies, art history and epistemology, he has previously developed a theory of biomediality as part of his PhD at Ruhr University Bochum, and also holds a degree in science and technology journalism from Université François Rabelais in Tours. His curated exhibitions include L’Art Biotech (Nantes, 2003), Still, Living (Perth, 2007), sk-interfaces (Liverpool, 2008/Luxembourg, 2009), the Article Biennale (Stavanger, 2008), Transbiotics (Riga 2010), Fingerprints… (Berlin, 2011/Munich/2012) Synth-ethic (Vienna, 2011), assemble | standard | minimal (Berlin, 2015),  SO3 (Belfort, 2015) and WETWARE (LA, 2016) among other co-curated exhibitions and performance projects. Hauser serves on international juries of art awards such as Ars Electronica, Transitio or Vida, as well as of several national science foundations. He is also a founding collaborator of the European culture channel ARTE since 1992, has produced numerous reportages and radio features for German and French public broadcasting services, and widely published essays in print journalism and in art books for many years.

Since graduating from The Danish National School of Performing Arts in 2009 Marie Topp has developed a recognizable practice that, already now in the beginning of her career, has arose international attention. Her first own work “The Everyday Practice of Resistance”, a solo made in 2012, was selected for Nordic Platform ICE HOT as one of the prior two years most interesting Nordic works. This piece deals with perception of force and resonance by presenting series of high impact movements and silences. Topp’s work is grounded in her distinct and exact physicality, she works with body states and how these can communicate and function in a choreographic context. Marie Topp is also a part of the artist collective RISK. The pieces of Marie Topp has been shown at Dansehallerne (DK), Kampnagel(DE), ICE HOT(FI), Reykjavik Dancefestival (IS) Diskurs Festival (DE).