CONNECTIONS is a residency program open to emerging professional choreographers based in Denmark in a joint residency with a choreographer based abroad. Throughout your joint residency you commit to assist, push, inspire and challenge each other artistically – and to engage with the wider community.
CONNECTIONS is a resource provided by Performing Arts Platform in 2017-19 to connect fellow artists in order to create, share artistic practice and explore the potential for future collaboration and production in Aarhus/Central Denmark Region.


3½ weeks joint residency in Aarhus/Central Denmark Region including:
• Studio/work space, facilitation, mentoring and networking opportunities.
• Accommodation provided in B&B or equivalent.
• Travel expenses to/from Aarhus.
• A grant of 10,000 DKK per person (approximately € 1,340) to cover basic expenses.
• The opportunity to bring 1-2 dancers/cast each (accommodation, travel and grants covered by the program).


CONNECTIONS 2.1: August 28th – September 20th 2018
CONNECTIONS 2.2: September 17th – October 11th 2018
CONNECTIONS 2.3: October 8th – November 1st 2018


We call for joint applications between a Denmark based choreographer (main applicant) and a partnering choreographer from abroad (partnering applicant). CONNECTIONS is aimed at emerging choreographers with professional credentials in the dance/art industry. The term “emerging” could probably go for every freelance or self-employed choreographer out there – so to be more specific we define emerging as:
• Artists at the beginning of their professional career, for whom the program would be a starting point; an opportunity to learn from fellow artists and strengthen local and international connections.
• A new dance company or a collaborative in the making, for whom the program would be an opportunity to try out new constellations.
• Choreographers who are in an artistic transition (e.g. an experienced choreographer transitioning to a different genre or format), for whom the program would be an opportunity to learn new stuff, try out new approaches, take risks.
Residencies will be granted to choreographers who demonstrate a strong motivation for experimenting creatively and express a genuine interest in exploring the possibilities Aarhus/the region has to offer e.g. in terms of network, people, resources or facilities.


CONNECTIONS is a research and development residency. Your joint residency can be used to begin a new creative process or to develop existing work – and to make new connections for the future. Each CONNECTIONS program offers studio research time, networking opportunities and access to local mentors or sparring partners relevant to your work proposal, e.g. within the arts field or within production, creative entrepreneurship, management, the sciences or other interdisciplinary fields. Mentors and partners in 2017 included for instance Black Box Dance Company in Holstebro, Digital Media Artist Signe Klejs, Dramaturge Tine Voss Ilum, Artistic Director Christine Fentz and Secret Hotel in Mols, Innovation Lab/CEO Mads Thimmer in Aarhus, and the Animation Workshop in Viborg.
The selected choreographers are not expected to produce a finished work. We expect you to give an informal ‘morning briefing’ at the beginning of your stay, and that you and your partner conduct a joint public sharing session towards the end; a work demo, an improvisation, a site specific ‘walk & talk’ or whatever format suits your purpose best. While this shared session marks the end of your residency it is also the beginning of a new. The overlap between each program serves as a meeting point between you/your partner and the following CONNECTIONS residents; a creative hub providing a unique opportunity to share knowledge and expand your network to fellow artists from Denmark and beyond.


TEAM UP and submit your joint application by February 23rd 2018.
DOWNLOAD pdf: CONNECTIONS 2.0 open call
APPLY online here
QUESTIONS: or Tel: +45 5087 3240


Performing Arts Platform is a network organization 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.
In the Fall of 2018 there will be a number of events in Aarhus that may inform or interact with your residency programme if relevant; including a.o the GENDERhouse Festival by Himherandit Productions on gender, identity and sexuality issues – and EARTHBOUND by Secret Hotel; an art & science symposium performing, researching and challenging the anthropocene.
CONNECTIONS 2.0 is the second part of a three-year strategic project (2017-2019) supported 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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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
It was a huge privilege to have access to so great facilities and having enough time at hand without a pressure to put our findings into a specific format at the end of the residency – Johanne Merke, dance for plants
Great to meet with experts both from our field as well as another field – working in/with similar departure and interest points – Ayelet Yekutiel, Augustine Collective


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