Close Encounters:
Attitudes of the Unruly

The Performance and Workshop Program is now ready!

Den Frie Udstillingsbygning and Dansehallerne are excited to open the doors on November 11-14 for the fourth edition of Close Encounters – a unique choreographic exhibition bringing together visual arts, dance, and performance. Each edition of Close Encounters presents a new angle to the fruitful relationship between contemporary art and choreography. Increasingly, choreographers are invited into museum and gallery spaces, and the boundaries between the performing and visual arts have never been more fluid.  

This edition bears the title Attitudes of the Unruly and will explore the many ways of moving in the world, on stage, and in the shadows otherwise. Against normative motions, acceptable postures, and body policing, the exhibition and live program aim to reflect on who has the right to dance and how to devise choreography for the lawless? Join us at the vernissage Thursday, November 11, from 17-21 for an evening with drinks, snacks, and performances from some of the contributing artists. 

Attitudes of the Unruly
A very specific figure has informed the project of Attitudes of the Unruly: Douglas Crutchfield, an African American gay man who moved to Copenhagen in the 1960s. First, he worked as a teacher for the George Mills Moderne Ballet Skole (1963 – 1965), and later founded his own dance school in 1965, where he developed dance classes for both the elderly and disabled children.

Contributing artists
Seventeen artists contribute to the exhibition with a range of performances, video works, sculptures, drawings, paintings, and installations. A series of workshops will also take place in the course of the live exhibition. Contributing artists: Melissa Airaudi, Pauline L. Boulba & Aminata Labor, Ronald Burns, Amir George, Jason Hendrik Hansma, Benji Hart, Paul Maheke, Megan Marrin, Berenice Olmedo, Blaise Parmentier & Lina Schlageter, Pontus Pettersson, David Posth-Kohler, Publik Universal Frxnd, Loup Rivière & Harilay Rabenjamina, Eve Stainton, STASIS, Oliver Tirré.

Performance and Workshop Program

Thursday: 

17: Vernissage 
18: Speech – Cédric Fauq and Danjel Andersson 
19: Performance – Benji Hart: Dancer As Insurgent (25 minutes) 
20: Performance – Eve Stainton: Dykegeist (40 minutes) 

Friday: 

14: Performance – Pontus Petersson: Abandon (durational for 3 hours) 
17: Workshop – Benji Hart: Voguing (30-40 minutes) 
18: Performance – Melissa Airaudi: Commençons par la disparition du réel </3, Fragment 2 (12 minutes) 
19: Performance – Melissa Airaudi: Commençons par la disparition du réel </3, Fragment 2 (12 minutes) 
20: Performance – Pauline Le Boulba & Aminata Labor: J.J. (extract), a fantasy 

Saturday: 

13: Workshop – Pontus Pettersson: The Cat Practice (60 minutes) 
13: Open rehearsal – Loup Rivière, Harilay Rabenjamina & Nicolas Cengarle: The Bridge is Broken, Maybe (50 minutes) 
14: Performance – Publik Universal Frxnd: The Machines (live for 4 hours) 
19: Performance – Lina Schlageter: Of seven veils (De sept voiles) (45 minutes) 
20: Performance – STASIS: Best Of (Party Edition) (30 minutes, durational) 

Sunday: 

13: Workshop – Pontus Pettersson: The Cat Practice (60 minutes) 
15: Roundtable talk – Cédric Fauq, Davia Crutchfield, Amir George & Kaare p Johannesen 
17: Performance – Loup Rivière, Harilay Rabenjamina & Nicolas Cengarle: The Bridge is Broken, Maybe (50 minutes) 

Title

Close Encounters:
Attitudes of the Unruly

Type

Exhibition

Date

11.11–14.2021

Duration

4-9 hours

Venue

Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Oslo Pl. 1, 2100 København

Credits

Artists: Melissa Airaudi, Pauline L. Boulba & Aminata Labor, Ronald Burns, Amir George, Jason Hendrik Hansma, Benji Hart, Paul Maheke, Megan Marrin, Berenice Olmedo, Blaise Parmentier & Lina Schlageter, Pontus Pettersson, David Posth-Kohler, Publik Universal Frxnd, Loup Rivière & Harilay Rabenjamina, Eve Stainton, STASIS, Oliver Tirré. Curator: Cédric Fauq. Assistant Curator: Camille Ramanana-Rahary