A NATIONAL PLATFORM AND AN IMPORTANT ACTOR WITHIN CONTEMPORARY PERFORMATIVE ARTS IN EUROPE

Dansehallerne is a national resource for development and presentation of dance and choreography as well as an international forum for contemporary performative art, the only institution of its kind in Denmark. As a national centre, an international hub and an important actor in international networks, Dansehallerne is always engaged in development work to create the best possible conditions for artistic production and audience out-reach in the whole country.

In recent years Dansehallerne has undergone a major process of change and development. The Copenhagen base is turning into a challenging, stimulating and caring meeting point; a place of discovery, where artistic projects are realized, communicating new ideas about society, politics and the human experience to a multi-faceted audience. More than 60,000 people per year across the whole country take the opportunity of enjoying the best of what this field of art can offer. Dansehallerne creates work opportunities for artists worth some 12.5 million DKK per year; several hundred artists have our premises as their base and contact place for work, productions and presentation; about two hundred of them are members of Dansehallerne. Together with national and international partners, we have established an cross-disciplinary platform for research and residencies, an environment that contributes to progress within our culture and society. We are founders of The Innovative Leadership Network, which works for the development of new models for artistic leadership.

Dansehallerne has an unique profile, with a mission that encompasses performances, audience engagement and communication within the cultural sector, cooperation with other actors within the performative arts, internationalisation, facilities for training, rehearsals, production and administration, innovative work, research and residencies, talent development and a broad sector of activities directed at children and youth all over the country. A sister organization is the Centre national de la danse i Paris, which in a similar way works to forward the performative arts both nationally and internationally. Our profile offers amazing opportunities to contribute to progress in this field of art and support for the efforts of Danish artists to reach new audiences at home and abroad. In December 2017 The Dansehallerne Artists Research Lab and Residency Programme was inaugurated with partners in Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, Berlin, Leuven, Zagreb and Paris. The programme is cross-disciplinary, including researchers from the arts and humanities, from technology, economics and leadership. At the same time, we signed a partnership agreement for an international outreach project aimed at artistic activities in underprivileged areas and for marginalized groups of people.

From 2016 Dansehallerne has undergone a period of reorganization and a new strategic plan has been worked out in cooperation with artists, partners and staff. New fields of cooperation are developing, artists becoming even more involved and active in curating works for our institution. In 2017 Dansehallerne signed a new basic agreement, which shows continued support and trust from the Danish state and the City of Copenhagen. 2017 was also the year when Dansehallerne had to leave its temporary premises in Carlsberg byen for temporary office space at Regnbuepladsen. From here we continue our work, producing events, seminars and other activities within the sector of attractive choreographic performative arts, at this time on alternative venues, in art galleries, in the open air around Copenhagen and all over the country. This we do until we reach a final decision on the future localisation of Dansehallerne.