JUry for CPH STAGEs International days 2024

We're happy to present to you this years jury for CPH STAGEs International Days 2024. Every year we reach out to invite people from the world, to have a double gaze on works from Denmark, Greenland and Faroe Islands - looking at both the Danish and the international context. We’re conscious about the fact that we only see part of the picture and most definitely have blind spots. That is why we facilitate an assessment process, where we include the professional expertise, experience and knowledge from competent people in the performing arts industry - with different approaches and from different contexts.

THE jury 2024:

Gabrielle Martin, Director of Programming - Collaborative Leadership Team, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Vancouver [CA]

Gabrielle Martin's curatorial work centres the body froma lens of cultural urgency. She has a BFA in Contemporary Dance (ConcordiaUniversity), a Certificate in Dramaturgy (Centre National des Arts du Cirque), and performed 1,400+ shows internationally as a former dance and circus artist.

Gabrielle Martin, photo: Jeremiah Hughes

Hilkka-Liisa (Hili) Iivanainen, Curator and co-artistic director Tampere Festival, Tampere Theatre Festival, Tampere [FIN]

Hilkka-Liisa Iivanainen works as a director and in the artistic executive team at The Tampere Theatre, Finland. She is also the co-artistic director (international programming and strategy development) at the Tampere Theatre Festival. In 2019, Hili joined the selecting committee of the International Ibsen Award. She has studied and worked extensively in the USA.

Hilkka-Liisa Iivanainen, photo: Antti Yrjönen

Fu Kuen Tang, former Artistic and managing director, Bit-TeaterGarasjen / Meteor festival, Bergen [NO]

Fu Kuen Tang is the former artistic director of BIT-Teatergarasjen in Bergen. He has been head of Tapei Arts Festival in Taiwan and brings with him years of experience as a curator, dramaturge, and producer within Asian and European art institutions and festivals. He is internationally acclaimed for his significant capacity in the field of contemporary performing arts.

Fu Kuen Tang, photo:  Masanobu Nishino

Karen Toftegaard, Head of International Programming and Production, CPH STAGE, Copenhagen [DK]

Karen Toftegaard is an award-winning cultural entrepreneur. Since 2017 Karen has developed CPH STAGEs International Days and since 2021 she has been Head of International Programming at CPH STAGE. In her own company, WILDTOPIA, a.o. she has developed the award-winning showcase #DANISH at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Karen Toftegaard, photo: Lesley Martin

PRESENTATION OF THE JURY for CPH STAGEs International Days 2024

We're delighted to present the jury that will go through the applications for CPH STAGEs International Days 2024. The jury will curate works to play and to be pitched during the International Days 30. May - 1. JunE 2024.

  • Gabriele Martin, Director of Programming - Collaborative Leadership Team, Vancouver A]
  • Anna Teuwen, Curator, ,  
  • Fu Kuen Tang, Te] 
  • Karen Toftegaard, Head of International Programming and Production, CPH STAGE [DK]


This is the jury that has carefully gone through all the applications for the Open Call to CPH STAGEs International Days 2023. They have selected 15 works that will either play or be pitched during the International Days 8. - 10. JunE 2023 .

The Jury

Bios of the Jury

Stine Nilsen [Norway]

Stine Nilsen (NO) is currently CEO/Artistic Director of CODA Oslo International Dance Festival since 2017 – one of the largest contemporary dance festival in the Nordic countries. Stine was as freelance dancer and trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Movement and Dance, London – gaining a First Class BA Dance Theatre, and an MA from Middlesex University. 2007 – 2017 Stine was Artistic Co-director of Candoco Dance Company (UK) where she was responsible for the artistic vision and commissioning of new works that were pushing the boundaries of dance and who can dance.

Anna Teuwen [Germany]

Photo: Maximilian Probst

Anna Teuwen has been working as a dramaturge/curator at Kampnagel – International Center for Finer Arts in Hamburg since 2010. She studied German language and literature and philosophy at the RWTH Aachen for one year and moved on to the Institute for Applied Theater Studies in Giessen in 2003, where she graduated in 2009. In 2006, she studied at the University of Bergen (Norway) at the Institute of Theater Studies and in the Department of Scandinavian Studies during a stay abroad. In 2009 and 2011 she worked for the Impulse theater festival.

Low Kee Hong [Singapore]

Low Kee Hong is Creative Director at Factory International the landmark cultural space being developed in the heart of Manchester, which will open in summer 2023. Kee Hong oversees the Curatorial team at Factory International and alongside John McGrath, the organisation’s Artistic Director & Chief Executive, works to develop the artistic programme for Factory International and Manchester International Festival (MIF) and will lead on the Festival’s 2025 programme.

His previous roles include Head of Theatre, Performing Arts at West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong, Artistic Director and General Manager of Singapore Arts Festival as well as Founding Director and General Manager of the Singapore Biennale. Kee Hong has also won awards for his work in lighting design and performed on the international arts festival circuit touring extensively in Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, and Indonesia.

Karen Toftegaard (Denmark)

Photo: Lesley Martin

Karen Toftegaard is Head of International Programming and Production at CPH STAGE. Since 2017 she has lead the development of the international days at CPH STAGE. Karen has been a cultural entrepreneur for more than 20 years, developing cultural events, festivals, an award-winning national showcase at EdFringe and an award-winning outdoor gallery. Furthermore she is a published author and has made the acknowledged workshop SHINE YOUR WORK for creatives. In a period of 7 years Karen worked at the subsidized theatres Camp X and Republique in Copenhagen.