Dansehallerne is a national center for dance and choreography based in Copenhagen, with a sub-branch in Aarhus, as well as an international meeting point and local platform for the field of dance. We work to create the best possible conditions for artistic production, both for our audiences and for the industry, and our ambition is to contribute to and distribute the knowledge of dance and choreography as an art form, and in doing so, support a thriving and vigorous industry across Denmark.
A Gaze Aimed at the Audience and the Industry
It is important for Dansehallerne that we reach as many people as possible with our activities. But it is equally important to ensure that even those who do not take part in our activities maintain a positive connection to us and to our work. We have a diverse and multifaceted program of performances in which audiences may explore the various forms of expression within dance and choreography, be it at the theatre, the exhibition hall, or the school gymnasium. Every year, more than 60.000 individuals of all ages across the country get the opportunity to experience Danish and international performances.
Read more about our activities for audiences here.
Besides our audience-focused work, Dansehallerne focuses on the industry itself and on how to support the field of dance in the best possible way. By industry, we are referring to all professionals within the Danish (and global) environment of performing arts who may choose to use activities available at Dansehallerne. The purpose of our work with the industry is to create a framework for peer-to-peer mentoring and knowledge exchange, to stimulate an interdisciplinary and artistic environment, as well as provide a platform for the industry to connect. Amongst other industry-related activities, we offer daily training and workshops for professional dancers, industry events, and feedback on and supervision of artistic projects within our Project Center.
Read more about our industry-related activities here.
Dansehallerne is financed via grants from the Danish Ministry of Culture and the Copenhagen Municipality as well as performance sales, ticket sales, and other activities. In addition, a number of public and private funds and pools support our activities and projects.
Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors consists of six members: Two members appointed by the Danish Minister of Culture, two members appointed by the Danish Arts Foundation, one member appointed by Dansehallerne, and one member appointed by the Copenhagen Municipality.
Our current Board of Directors:
- Chairman: Pernille Backhausen / Founder and Partner of SIRIUS Attorneys
- Vice-chair: Lars Sennels / Director of Vendsyssel Theatre
- Board Member: Thomas Eisenhardt / Artistic Leader of Aaben Dans in Roskilde
- Board Member: Maja Ries / CEO and Producer at Grob Theatre
- Board Member: Karen Vedel / Lecturer, Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at the Institute of Art and Cultural Sciences at the University of Copenhagen.
- Employee Representative: Ulla Gad (employee representative) / Producer at Dansehallerne.
Dansehallerne is currently without a permanent location, and as such, without a stage of our own. We are working hard to turn Kedelhuset, with its four iconic and high-rising chimneys, into our future home, so that we may once again establish a gathering point for dance and choreography in the heart of Carlsberg Byen – for the benefit of people in Copenhagen and the rest of Denmark.
See all preliminary illustrations of Kedelhuset here.
While we wait for the new home of dance and choreography in Copenhagen to be realized, Dansehallerne’s administrative office will be located at H. C. Andersens Boulevard. Our many activities will take place in many different venues around the city – at theaters, in art spaces, in urban areas, and at alternative locations. Audiences may experience our shows, choreographic performances and installations, events, talks, seminars, and other activities at for example Copenhagen Contemporary, Betty Nansen Teatret, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Den Grå Hal, and Dansekapellet. In other parts of the country, we will show our performances at schools, in daycare centers, and at local performance venues.