Thjerza Balaj

With the performance Ruzalka, the Norwegian-Kosovo Albanian dancer and choreographer Thjerza Balaj explores Slavic folklore. According to the legends, Rusalka is a female character who lures young men deep into the water, where she entwines them in her hair and sinks them to the bottom of the sea.

In Ruzalka, Thjerza Balaj personifies this mythical figure, but in a hybrid version where identity, power, and lust become fluid, change and evolve. In velvety darkness and to the beat of hardcore techno, she explores desire, dominance, and pushes the boundaries of dance.

About her artwork, Thjerza Balaj says:
I am interested in dance that seeks boundaries and tries to challenge our contemporary society, environment, and understanding of what dance can be. I want to create dance that is liberating and sensitive but has a direct boundary-pushing expression. I aim to explore and emphasize issues surrounding representation and power dynamics using dance as a means of expression.

Thjerza Balaj is a trained dancer and choreographer from The Danish National School of Performing Arts, currently residing and working in Copenhagen. Immediacy and intimacy are important elements in her works. Her choreographic practice deals with the female gaze, power dynamics and the uncanny. Playing with shifting intensities is a consistent approach in her seemingly hard-core yet ephemeral practice. She has previously worked with choreographers and artists such as Ingri Fiksdal, Jules Fischer and Esben Weile Kjær. In 2022, she received the prestigious danceWEB scholarship at Europe’s biggest dance festival, ImpulsTanz in Vienna.

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Thjerza Balaj






  • 4.9.2024, 15:00
  • 6.9.2024, 22:00
  • 7.9.2024, 20:00


25 minutes


Studio 4, Dansehallerne Franciska Clausens Plads 27, 1799 København V


Dance and choreography: Thjerza Balaj. Sound producer: SANTI RZR. Additional music: Smerz. Costume design: Ditte Marie Thygesen. Light designer and technician: Magnus Holger Knoblauch Hjortlund. Assistent in production: Karl Filip Norström Weile. supported by: Statens Kunstfond, Vesterbro Lokaludvalg, cultura express.

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