News / 18. May 2017
The Blind Poet


Once again CPH STAGE brings important international stage art to Denmark. This year internationally acclaimed visionary stage auteur Kirsten Dehlholm from Hotel Pro Forma exclusively selects the opening show on May 31st – ‘The Blind Poet” by Belgian Jan Lauwers and Needcompany.

’The Blind Poet’ by the Belgian Jan Lauwers and Needcompany gives the audience a unique opportunity to experience extraordinary innovative European performing art. This company belongs to the Champions League of performing arts. ’The Blind Poet’ is produced by Belgian director Jan Lauwers and will be presented by CPH STAGE in close collaboration with The Royal Danish Theatre.

It begins with the family trees

This year’s international opening show is international in more than one level. To begin with ’The Blind Poet’ is created by the international, multilingual and inter disciplinary performance group Needcompany. The director Jan Lauwers also lives up to and underlines the festivals important focus on diversity. He doe’s this, by letting the show take it’s starting point in the family trees, cultures and languages of the performers.

Already, it has become a proud tradition at CPH STAGE, to open with an international performance seleced by a significant members of the performing arts society. This creates an essential perspective on the programme, which in itself is a project driven by a beautiful collaboration between CPH STAGE and international theatres, artists and other members of the society. Director of Hotel Pro Forma, Kirsten Dehlholm was an obvious choice. She is the grand lady of Danish performing arts.

Foto: NEED Company




‘The Blind Poet’ is original

”Energetic, fun, cheeky, flippant and catchy. ’The Blind Poet’ is an original bet on a performance, that will make performance theatre, acting, dance, music and storytelling to unite at a higher level” Kirsten Dehlholm declares, when asked about why she chose ’The Blind Poet’ for this years opening show at CPH STAGE.

How much of history has been determined by lies, random meetings and events?

This spectacular performance explores identity as a concept in current multicultural Europe. It creates a new story that is based on different nationalities, cultures and languages. Seven scenes, significantly melodical and very different they ask the question: How much of history has been determined by lies, random meetings and events?


‘The Blind Poet’ plays May 31st at 7 PM at The Royal Danish Theater / The Old Stage right after the opening of CPH STAGE festival centre at the foyer at The Royal Danish Playhouse.

After the show, there will be a talk with Kirsten Dehlholm and director Jan Lauwers.

Book tickets at (110 dkr – 210 dkr).

At CPH STAGE there are approximately 50 performances accessible to non-Danish speaking audiences from among others Germany, Turkey, Brazil and the other Nordic countries. For example you can experience the german group Monster Truck’s performance ‘Dschingis Khan’ (with English subtitles) and the Icelandic group RaTaTam’s performance ‘Hush’(in english).