August 26th – September 19th: Choreographers Marie Keiser-Nielsen (DK) & Niels Plotard (FR) with dancer Florinda Camilleri (MT). This residency will give space for a new collaboration to take shape and will be the starting point for a performance/installation called “FARMOR”. The project revolves around themes of homesickness vs. sick of home – and will be based partly on movement labs, partly on participatory inquiries. Research into the collective nostalgia and homesickness is a key part of the process and the residency will give space to meet people, hear their stories and provide a solid foundation for the future work.
September 16th – October 10th: Choreographers Annika Kompart (DK/DE) & Sarah Fdili Alaoui (FR/MAR).
“Vintage” is a concept in-the-making between choreographers Annika Kompart and Sarah Fdili Alaoui, who is also associate professor in Interaction Design and Dance and Technologies at Université Paris-Sud. The concept of Vintage is recycling Dance. Annika and Sarah explore cultural and traditional as well as contemporary dances and the renewal of dance by sharing, lending, borrowing, donating and recycling dance through simple technology. The idea is to donate dances through videos on mobile phones augmented with a custom capacity (currently being developed by Sarah) for annotating the videos and storing additional information about the dance. Such a tool will be the platform through which the creators and the practitioners will recycle dances and create new ways of moving from a collage of existing ones.
October 7th – October 31st: Choreographers Jernej Bizjak (DK/SLO) & Joan van der Mast (NL) with dramaturge Sara Zivkovic (SLO).
The residency will provide space and time for research and development of an upcoming piece. “For Ludwig” is an hommage to Ludwig van Beethoven whose 250th anniversary will be celebrated in 2020. The work will revolve around research into Beethoven’s life and music (especially his personal struggle with deafness), embodying a classical music partiture, generating movement material and creating a rough structure of the piece. The principal aim of their residency is to devise an answer to the following question: Using only sheer movement to perform a musical composition, how can we stage a performative composition that is also comprehensible to a deaf individual?


CONNECTIONS (2017-19) is a resource provided by Performing Arts Platform in 2017-19 to connect fellow choreographers in order to create, share artistic practice and explore the potential for future collaboration and production in Aarhus/Central Denmark Region. The program is open to emerging professional choreographers based in Denmark in a joint residency with an international counterpart. Throughout their joint residency they commit to assist, push, inspire and challenge each other artistically – and to engage with the wider community. The participating artists are not expected to produce a finished work during their residency, but to develop material, seek inspiration and explore new methods and collaborative opportunities across disciplines and across the region. Each group finishes their residency with a sharing session open to the public. Check out our facebook page for information about up-coming CONNECTIONS events.


Performing Arts Platform is a network organisation for the independent performing arts sector in Aarhus. We are not a production house nor a theatre but a platform that collaborates closely with the whole arts community – including theatres, production houses, creative entrepreneurs, business organizations, the university, independent artists etc. Performing Arts Platform brings people together, ensures and facilitates knowledge, reaches out and provides framework and visibility for the performing arts community in the region. CONNECTIONS 3.0 is the third part of a three-year strategic project (2017-2019).


The availability of the team and the possibility of sharing and getting feedback from outside all the way through the residency were definitely helpful for the inner motivation. The work that Performing Arts does is of very high level. The respect and help for the artists and the art we do is absolutely stunning. – Emanuele Rosa
Awesome people, crew and expertise there, in touch with and facilitating the artist’s work and network – Birgitte Lundtoft, Augustine Collective
I loved the fact that in the end the project did not have to be ready yet. It gave freedom to try things that needed to be tried but would not have been if such a pressure was imposed from the very beginning – Noora Hannula, The Nordic Beasts
A genuine interest in the arts without any entertaining demands from the audience or any member of the community. I would not only be inclined but I deeply hope to present my work in Aarhus in the future. – Fabio Liberti
I felt really welcomed into the community both by the Performing Arts Platform but also by the openness and connections within the bigger community as such – Theresa Gustavsson


Report from Connections 1.0 in 2017 (8,2 MB)
Report from Connections 2.0 in 2018 (13,2 MB)


Partners and collaborators include a.o Secret Hotel/Christine Fentz, Mette Aakjær/Wunderland, Digital Media Artist Signe Klejs, Historian Doron Haahr/, Visual Artist Christoffer Brekne, Theatre Seachange/Barbara Simonsen, Black Box Dance Company, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, The Animation Workshop, Innovation Lab/CEO Mads Thimmer, Bora Bora – Dance & Visual Theatre, HeadRoom at Aarhus Festuge, REUSE and more.
CONNECTIONS is supported 2017-19 by the Danish Arts Foundation, Central Denmark Region, Bikubenfonden and the City of Aarhus to contribute to a continuous vibrant and dynamic performing arts sector in the region.
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