Since 2017 CPH STAGE has developed INTERNATIONAL DAYS as a Danish showcase and a central Nordic meetingpoint for international colleagues – in the framing of Denmark’s national festival.
Not sure you should go or not – we invite you to dive into the recorded discussions unfolding perspectives from both Danish artists and international colleagues from our digital launch. Here you can get to know the selected Danish artists, producers, companies, theatres and their approaches to performing arts – artistic DNA and visions. This is a great opportunity to decide if you simply need to prioritize visiting CPH STAGE International Days in-person. Check out our International Visitor’s programme (limited spaces).
SELECTED FOR SHOWCASE
BENCHED by Uppercut Danseteater [dance]
KABOOM – THE ART OF DESTRUCTION by Live Art Denmark [performance installation]
SONG OF 8 by IIR – Institute of Interconnected Realitites [dance]
CANADA by Livingstones Kabinet [theatre]
AVATAR ME by Fix & Foxy [theatre / digital]
OCEANIC by Marie Topp & Julia Giertz [dance]
STORMEN – The Tempest by Glad Teater [dance / inclusive]
JURY’S SPECIAL RECOMMENDATION
AXIAL FIGURES by Simone Wierød [dance]
SAPPHO by Jules Fischer & Matilde Böcher [performance]
GRÅTT by Hilde Ingeborg Sandvold [dance]
ICARUS by Dansk Danseteater [dance]
RESIDENT by DON GNU [dance]
SISTERS HOPE HOME – Inhabitation Infinity by Sisters Hope [performance installation]
WHY ME? by Teater V [theatre]
The selection process made us aware of a grand diversity in the Danish performing arts field – in regards to genres, styles, young/established, small work / big work, indoor/outdoor/site-specific, out of the black box/digital and “traditional”. Maybe this shows that the works are personally driven.
The final selection appreciates high quality, different target groups and works that really has a potential to tour internationally: sometimes connected to local urgencies, but always connected to universal topics or awarenesses.
Furthermore all the works show a clear and conscious approach to sustainability on working internationally.
“It has been extraordinary to see the very high level in the applications from the Danish Performing Arts milieu. We notice strong international strategies and a common awareness of both sustrainability and diversity. As well as a high creative capacity. Due to the curatorial framing of 14 works – 6 for the showcase and 8 for the pitching – we have also been forceds to not choose suitable works. We have prioritized a diversity in the selected works – considering genres, gender in artistic leaderships, current relevance as well as ability to navigate in an international arena which is changing profoundly these years – due to the pandemic and sustainability concern. Thank you for an inspiring insight into a flourishing Danish Performing Arts Scene.”
The jury on the curated programme
The Jury behind the selection is: Samme Rayemaekers (artistic director Dansens Hus – Norway), Louise W. Hassing (dramaturge at the Royal Danish Theatre), Aaron Wright (artistic director Fierce Festival – UK), Karen Toftegaard (international producer CPH STAGE). See more about the jury
Since the very beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic CPH STAGE chose to go digital with the international days – insisting on staying connected with international colleagues. We believe in the importance of building and nurturing cross-cultural meetings/collaborations. February 2022 we made a digital launch – connecting colleagues and framing discussions that unfolded current topics and brought the perspectives of international and Danish colleagues to the table. Please feel free to dive into the discussions right here.
In May 2020 we made an only-digital version of the international days. In 2021 we built on our digital experiences and made a digital launch in February. In June we made a hybrid version and in collaboration with the selected Danish artists and The Performing Arts Platform we developed new digital showcasing formats. Have a look at them right here. This was part of the collaboration project DIGITAL PRESENCE.