Mathias Theisen, Meleat Fredriksson, Paolo de Venecia Gile


Presented in collaboration between Dansehallerne and Betty Nansen Teatret: 

Dansehallerne x Betty
Cutting-edge performances, talks & more
September – October 2020

NEW SH*T is a recurring event and format created by Dansehallerne. Frontrunners know what’s going on among other frontrunners – takes one to know oneso Dansehallerne invites guest curators with their fingers on the pulse to compile each evening’s programme. Want to know where the world of dance is at tomorrow? NEW SH*T lets you do just that. 

The guest curator for the first instalment of NEW SH*T is Thjerza Balaj, a Norwegian/Albanian dancer and choreographer who graduated from the Danish National School of Performing Arts in 2019. 

The works selected are
Ego Trip by  Mathias Theisen  (DK) / 25 min.
YES  by  Meleat Fredriksson  (SE/ETH)  / 25 min.
Mahal by  Paolo de Venecia Gile  (RP/DK) / 30 min.
DJ Karin Bergman plays sets during the interludes. 

Ego Trip by Mathias Theisen (DK)
I promise not to lie, says Mathias. It’s about me. Ego Trip is an attempt at accepting the ambiguities of my own inspiration, an effort to let dance be enough in itself – and a striving to let me be enough in myself.
A raw, intimate and physical performance.
Duration: 25 min.

Mathias Theisen  is a dancer and choreographer, trained at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp in Belgium. He recently returned to his native Denmark to build a base in Copenhagen. Premiering at Edison, Ego Trip is Mathias’s first professional appearance in Denmark. 

YES by Meleat Fredriksson (SE/ETH)
In YES, Meleat (upper-middle class, low-income, Swedish, Ethiopian, adopted, female artist – could you tell?) explores how her colour influences her artistic work. What happens when you grab a megaphone and shout out loud and proud? When you say YES to all the things you are; all the things you haven’t dared to express before now?
Duration: 25 min.

Fredriksson is a graduate from the Danish National School of Performing Arts and part of the Copenhagen-based collective Danseatelier. Her solo YES premiered at the My Wild Flag Festival in Stockholm in September 2019.

Mahal by Paolo de Venecia Gile (RP/DK)
In his solo
Mahal, Paolo delves into his Filipino roots as he explores the concept of Macho Dancing – a genre that emerged in the Philippines as a way of sexualising male bodies against a backdrop of love songs. Via YouTube videos and field studies in gay bars in Manila, Paolo engages with a blurry, yet still vibrant relic of the past. 
Duration: 30 min.

Paolo de Venecia Gile  is a dancer based in Copenhagen and a graduate from the Danish National School of Performing Arts. Mahal premiered at the My Wild Flag Festival in Stockholm in September 2019. 

Guest curator Thjerza Balaj on NEW SH*T:
It’s about fearlessly and unhesitatingly creating the framework we need. About feeling the urgent necessity of that. About supporting the locals. About turning do it yourself’ into do it together for the new arrivals and the well-established alike. This is an ecosystem where trust is one of the prerequisites for survival. 

A change is coming. 

I would like to thank Dansehallerne for taking this risk and saying yes to the new. For forging a connection between the established and the still evolving. I thank you for this format, which nurtures the new instead of only nourishing the fully-finished, fully-funded major productions. 

The three choreographers chosen here each address different levels of working with yourself’. Their work is a celebration of dance and of the people who move. 

This evening, we will experience the artist and the idea.
That, my friend, is what NEW SH*T is all about. 

Thjerza Balaj is a Norwegian/Albanian dancer and choreographer based in Copenhagen. She has a particular interest in physical practices as a driving force for choreographic creativity and in issues surrounding its circumstances: collaborative approaches, production methods and presentation formats. Most importantly, she is interested in dance for dance’s sake. Thjerza Balaj graduated from the Danish National School of Performing Arts in 2019.

Watch Danjel Andersson and Elisa Kragerup’s introduction to New Sh*t:

Where and when
NEW SH*T performs September 29th, 8pm at Edison, Edisonsvej 10, 1856 Frederiksberg C (Betty Nansen Theatre’s annex venue)

NB: Before welcoming our audience, Dansehallerne x Betty will have taken precautions in keeping with the general recommendations regarding hygiene, spacing, and so on. In the unlikely event of us having to cancel a performance, all ticketholders will get their money back. Thus, buying tickets for NEW SH*T is perfectly safe.