Boaz Barkan

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How do families cope with the banality of everyday life? What is a family anyway? And what happens when you invite a real family on stage? 
Familiedansen is a performance that invites audience to come and experience the phenomenon of FAMILY unfold on stage with “real” family members as performers. 

In this performance choreographer Boaz Barkan examines what it means to be a family in today’s Denmark – where 37 different family-types are registered. Viewed through a dance-lens the family becomes a performance, a choreography of bodies, relationships, and actions. Not to forget the familiar situations from everyday life such as sitting around the dinner table, having arguments, hanging out, and all the expected situations that are part of the family package.

Family life is a complex dance of visible and invisible forces of love, power, preconceptions and care. 

The traditional nuclear family is still promoted as an ideal, an institution for bringing about social progress by raising and forming the ’optimal’ citizens. Yet the family is also a living, moving and struggling organism. Barkan examines how families become entangled in a multitude of embodied negotiations, functions and expectations. 

Familiedansen is a culmination of many movement-sessions with different families, playing games, and performing improvisations, scores and rituals. These many sessions and families formed the basis for the performance. 

Boaz Barkan is a choreographer based in Denmark, focusing on the intersection of embodiment, identity, and language. Barkan has a background in contemporary dance, Body Weather Laboratory, and Feldenkrais. Among other collaborations, Barkan has worked in Dansehallernes KORA-program to create Blækkspruttetanker – a classroom interactive dance performance. His work May I Speak About Dance? was part of the Fringe Festival 2018, and his performance series: Our Other Body Vol 1 &2, explored the embodiment of internalized racism and performed at the Sick of the Fringe in 2019.


Boaz Barkan




Children & Family, Performance


  • 4.28.2023, 19:00
  • 4.29.2023, 17:00
  • 4.30.2023, 17:00


1 hour 20 minutes


Dansekapellet, Bispebjerg Torv 1, 2400 København


Instruction and concept: Boaz Barkan. Cast: The families. Choreographer: Boaz Barkan and the Families. Playwright: Anika Barkan. Set designer: Seimi Nørregaard. Lighting Designer: Ted Pierce. Composer: Photo/video: Malle Madsen. Co-producer: Dansehallerne. The performance is supported by the Danish Arts Council, the Wilhelm Hansen Foundation

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