DANSEatelier is a vision of creating continuity and shared authorship in the exploration of dance and
choreographical practices. It is a physical space and a collective of eleven dancers, choreographers and
An important part of our work is the notion of collectivity as a way of sharing and producing knowledge.
We practice collectivity through a daily encounter, where we share a morning practice together. The daily
encounter also allows for us to continually check in with each other on both an artistic and personal level.
Through this we create a foundation out from which we work, and develop an analytical and physical
inquiry with dance.
Collectivity is also seen in our ongoing artistic research, where we work together on the creation of
specific performances, through shared references, methods of working and physical material. Working
collectively is also about weaving in and out of each others individual work; by being in the studio sharing
the space and by giving each other feedback or dramaturgical support. It isn’t possible to book
DANSEatelier. We are interested in how we can feed each other’s work, by working next to each other,
crossing each other’s physical and artistic pathways and deliberately allowing interference.
On an organizational level we explore different formats of flat structures, including multiple hierarchies.
We have created a twofold structure for responding to common matters. One is build on trust, that allows
for individuals to take a decision for/about/as DANSEatelier without needing to discuss it with everyone.
The other involves including everyone’s thoughts on a matter in our weekly meeting. Another important
element in our organization is a rotational system of different activities: facilitation of morning practice,
weekly meetings and other areas of responsibility.
Finally, we are interested in unpacking the term itself. Through these different ways of practicing
collectivity, we work on understanding what the term can entail. We are curious about the positive
potentials lying within collectivity, and at the same time are attentive towards the difficulties of working
within a bigger group.
DANSEatelier is also about supporting and developing the existing performance community in and
around Copenhagen as well as reaching out internationally. This we do through different formats, such as
open performance events, reading circles, seminars, attending international festivals and by having an
open door towards guests passing by. As individuals we are all also working with projects outside of
DANSEatelier. We perform in other artists works, teach and curate events. These are all experiences we
bring back and share with the collective of DANSEatelier.