Presentation of the jury 2022

This is the jury that will carefully go through all the applications for the Open Call to CPH STAGEs International Days 2022. They will select 6 shows that will play at the Danish showcase and 6-8 works for the pitching.

“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 

Presentation of the Jury


Samme Raeymaekers was appointed artistic director at Dansens Hus, Oslo (NO) in 2018.
Prior to this he was the artistic coordinator – dance for Concertgebouw Brugge in 2006. Concertgebouw has two stages, one performance venue / concert hall with 1,300 seats and one chamber music hall with 320 seats and three rehearsal studios. As part of his role, he is also the Artistic Director of December Dance, an (inter)national dance programme for all the venues in Bruges (Cultural Centre and Concertgebouw) and from where he curates, coordinates and organises the annual dance and performance festival.

Samme Raeymakers – artistic director Dansens Hus in Oslo.


Dramaturg at the Royal Danish Theatre since 2014.
Master of Arts (MA) in Comparative Literature and Theatre Studies from Aarhus University, University of Copenhagen and Université Paris Sorbonne.
Production dramaturg at various theatres on more than 80 performances since 2002.
Repertoire dramaturg at Bådteatret from 2002 to 2007 and at Teater Får302 from 2007 to 2014.

Louise W. Hassing – dramaturg at the Royal Danish Theatre


Aaron Wright is a curator of live art and performance and was appointed Artistic Director of Fierce Festival (Birmingham, UK) in 2016. At Fierce they have helped develop the new showcase: Horizon – Performance Created in England and have acted as international consultant for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. From 2010-2016 Aaron worked at the Live Art Development Agency (London). In 2015 they co-founded popular queer dance party Knickerbocker.

Aaron Wright – artistic director of Fierce Festival in Birmingham. Photo: Emma Jones


Since 2017 Karen Toftegaard has lead the creation of the international days at CPH STAGE, Denmark`s annual festival for performing arts. She has been a cultural entrepreneur in Copenhagen for more than 20 years, developing cultural events, festivals and an award-winning outdoor gallery. In a period of 7 years Karen worked at the subsidized theatres Camp X and Republique in Copenhagen. In 2018 she initiated the first Nordic collaboration at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – in the framing of her company WILDTOPIA ApS.

Karen Toftegaard – international producer CPH STAGE. Photo: Frida Gregersen