Mette Ingvartsen, André Lepecki, Bojana Kunst, Jonathan Bonnici, Renata Piotrowska-Auffret, Johanna Chemnitz, My Grönholdt

Parent Hood

When artistic career and parenting unite

A two-day event for professionals dedicated to how you as an artist unite being a parent and having a professional artistic career. Is it possible to give your children a steady and safe everyday life combined with the unstable situation artists often find themselves in?

Perhaps you are experiencing a dilemma when the next residency requires you to be away from your children for four weeks in a row while you are in the studio to immerse yourself. The children’s everyday life continues at home, and you can not always take an active part in it. Issues such as these will be addressed with Parent Hood at Edison, September 20th and 21st 2020.

Artists sharing
Dansehallerne has invited dancer and choreographer Mette Ingvartsen to share her experiences from life as a touring artist with two children. It will happen in conversation with dancer Johanna Chemnitz, who just gave birth to her second child a few weeks ago. (Sunday 20th September)

We are also happy to present author and curator André Lepecki, who is a professor at Dept. of Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU (Sunday 20th September). He and his 14-year-old daughter Valentina will share with us how they deal with living across hemispheres, languages, cultures, nationalities, and how ways of living affect us as people and as a family and artists.

On the 2nd day, you can meet Bojana Kunst, professor at the Institute for Applied Theater Studies in Justus Liebig University Giessen, who will reflect on the topic of parenting united with an artistic career. In the same discussion we have also invited performer and choreographer Renata Piotrowska-Auffret to share her experiences and reflections as a freelance artist and mother. She will talk about care work and choreographic work. With the performance The Pure Gold is Seeping out of Me, she has pointed out the issues that arise when female artists try to reconcile the yearning for motherhood with a professional career as a dancer. As the third speaker you will meet Jonathan Bonnici. He is a Copenhagen based London born actor and performance maker who went from a University background in philosophy and politics to the 3 year training at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. (Monday 21st September)

Dancer and choreographer My Grönholdt who created the baby performance The Night has helped develop the concept for Parent Hood. She will also share her experiences from her life with three small children and a partner who works as a sound designer.

The program is organized both days around various thematic presentations on parenting in relation to an artistic career. There will be ongoing joint reflection and dialogue during the days. Further info about the detailed program and precise timeslots will follow and will be sent to you when you sign up.

If you have children, please join us with your family. We will create a cozy space where we can reflect together and at the same time also have the children present. Monday we plan to have a joint child-friendly dinner (if Corona allows it).

Sunday, September 20th from 11.00-18.00 you will amongst others meet Mette Ingvartsen, Johanna Chemnitz, André Lepecki and My Grönholdt.

Monday, September 21st from 15.00 – 19.00 you will meet Renata Piotrowska-Auffret and Bojana Kunst and more. We will end this day sharing a child-friendly meal together if corona allows us.

Danjel Andersson, artistic director of Dansehallerne and partner with choreographer and  dancer Marie Topp is writing:

I am writing this at 11 pm after putting my little two-year-old to bed. My partner is preparing a show in Gothenburg and she just sent me her application for a working grant. She has a premiere Thursday, today is Monday. She just wrote to me an SMS “I am so tired. I’m leaving the theater now. I wrote until 2 am yesterday”. I read it and sent her some comments. And she sent it in.

Our daughter is coughing in the other room. We are lucky. I have a full-time job. A well-payed stable position. My partner has another premiere in two months but after that, she has no clue. Most of us in our field – the dance field. We need to go where the job takes us. We need to figure out how to solve the tricky life-puzzle by combining residencies, co-productions, panels, and teachings all over the place with picking up our kids in time. I don’t know how we do it. For many, this takes a large part in the art-making. But we talk very little about it. Publicly. This is what Parent Hood is about!

Sign-up to participate:
Free entrance – but because of the covid19 situation we have limited space so you need to reserve a seat for the event.
You can choose to sign up for both days or just one of them.

Please sign up before Monday 7th September – click here

Your registration is valid when you receive a confirmation email from Dansehallerne.


Sunday 20th of September from 11.00-18.00

Monday 21st of September from 15.00-19.00 (including a shared dinner if corona allows us)

Venue Edison, Edisonsvej 10, 1856 Frederiksberg C
(Betty Nansen Theatre’s annex venue)

Parent Hood is part of Dansehallerne x Betty – Cutting-edge performances, talks & more
at Edison, Betty Nansen’s annex stage.


Renata Piotrowska Auffret / Photo Marta Ankiersztejn