Contact Zones

The Contact Zones project in Denmark will connect the expertise of Danig Performing Arts Service in developing projects and international collaborations and the facilities of BIRCA – Bækkelund Inetrnational Residency Center for Artists established in 2017 at the island of Bornholm. The project will host young artists working in the crossoverfields of performing arts and street art/site-specific work in residencies, workshops and performances – and will in doing so collaborate with different partners in Denmark.


The artists, the performances, the residences, the videobox and the workshops planned at Bornholm by Contact Zones, all share the same characteristic of blending different artistic languages, stressing in an innovative way the initial genres, cross-breeding them and making them meet with other languages, unusual locations and new audiences.


Contact Zones @ Bornholm aimes at being a multi-discipline, multifaceted and “crossbred” entity, welcoming in a mutual dialogue different artistic practices, ranging from contemporary scenic arts to contemporary visual arts such as theater, dance, site-specific performance, music, street art.


Contact Zones @ Bornholm will offer two workshops for artists both at BIRCA:


Artistic Entrepreneurship for performing artists with Susanne Danig, Sofie Haag and more – 27-30/6.

On creating work in the field of urban dance with Bo Madvig, Trevor Davies and more – 2-4/7


We also offer at BIRCA 4 residencies for international artists who wants to explore new outdoor works in nature and in cityspaces based on movement work – these are taking place in the periode of 5-19/7. The residencies will be closely connected to the workshops and also to the 100% stranger project organized by Copenhagen International Theatre on Bornholm in the same period – an openair photo exhibition on refugees in Denmark. Participants to workshops and residencies will be selected upon an open call.


Contact Zones @ Bornholm will in collaboration with Bornholms Internationale Gadeteaterfestival taking place 25-28/7 present 2 Danish and 1 international company selected after an open call.


Contact Zones @ Bornholm will also engage in audience development activities in collaboration with Bornholms Teater, Bornholms Gadeteaterfestival and 100% Stranger/KIT – there will be a videobox at the open street events investigating the audiences responds to borders and tresspassing, a group of Under 25 following the project and investigating different approaches to theatre and how it affects the young audiences, and an international contest on social media.


The Contact Zones project in Denmark will  in November 19 together with the Metropolis Festival in Copenhagen host a symposium on new forms of streetart and how it meet with site-specific works.


Read more about Contact Zones and calls for the project here