Emilie Gregersen

Caresses unfolds a textural and poetic performance that moves through companionships, politics of touch, tactility, and emotions. The erotic, the uncanny, the intimate, and the unreal are interweaved, questioned, and embraced.

Caresses is a choreographic work by choreographer and artist, Emilie Gregersen, developed in close collaboration with dancer Paolo De Venecia Gile, sound artist Karis Zidore, dramaturge, and choreographic consultant Naya Moll, and visual artist Elin Stampe.

The piece is the second part of a trilogy that studies the perception of touch from a phenomenological and choreographic perspective. The trilogy explores and contorts touch as an act, a sensation, and as a fundamental imperative of existence. The first part of the trilogy is the solo Touch (2020), which navigates through touch and its sensuous distortions in a tech-sensory universe.

In their choreographic practice, Emilie Gregersen, works at the intersection between practice-based choreography and hyper performance. She combines multiple choreographic layers speaking to different senses and planes of consciousness; both the logic that wants to find concept and meaning, as well as the bodily and aesthetic experience that devotes itself into sensory navigation. In Caresses, she works with a high scale of performativity, where everything from gaze to gesture is performed with a subtlety that aims to create a hypersensitivity in both performer and viewer.


Emilie Gregersen








1 hour


Copenhagen Contemporary, Refshalevej 173A, 1432 København K


Concept and staging: Emilie Gregersenm Dance and choreography: Paolo De Venecia Gile og Emilie Gregersen, Sound and composition: Karis Zidore, Scenography: Elin Stampe, Light: Madeleine Lind Hoppe, Dramaturge and choreographic consultant: Naya Moll, Photos: Veronika Vidø, Administration: Projektcentret, Dansehallerne, Co-production: Dansehallerne, The Nordic Residency Programme /Reykjavik Dance Festival/Bora Bora, Residencies: Inter Art Center/Malmö, Reykjavik Dance Festival/Iceland. Supported by: Statens Kunstfond, William Demant Fonden and Koda Dramatik.

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Photo: V. Vidoe
Photo: V. Vidoe
Photo: V. Vidoe

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