Metropolis Residencies 2018

Metropolis Residency is a unique international urban residency programme in Copenhagen aimed at performing artists with an interdisciplinary approach, researching, creating and producing in public space and the public realm.

In 2018, Metropolis organises three residencies of one month. Each residency will have a specific focus and each residency will be for five participants.

June 2018:
Engaging the City
Participatory creative processes and engaging and involving local residents and citizens.

Medio July – medio Aug. 2018:
Walking the City
Navigating and exploring places, memories and narratives of the city.

Medio Aug – medio Sept. 2018:
Balancing the City
Circus arts contextualised by space, architecture and flow of the city.

NB! Application deadline for 2018 has passed. The call for 2019 will open in November 2018. Sign up for our mailing list in English or Danish to get the information, or keep an eye on this site.

For the first residency Engaging the City, we have invited five artists:

Lukas Matthaei, Germany

Lukas Matthaeihas organised actions and performances in Berlin in the 90’s with various artists at different locations in the inner city, which at that time was still open and undefined. His later artistic practice is equally marked by a theoretical and literary background as well as by the immediate confrontation with the historical, social and political dynamics that permeate urban networks. Since 2000 he has realised more than 50 works of multiple genres in Germany, Europe, North Africa, Egypt and the Middle East – performative interventions, productions, installations, discourse productions and media narratives.

During this residency, Lukas wants to work performatively with an ethnopoetic approach, focus on practices of healing, music, migration, and rituals from European to migrant communities in Copenhagen.

Hannah Loewenthal, South Africa

Hannah Loewenthal is a socially engaged artist based in Cape Town, South Africa. Whilst in London, Hannah discovered dance and on returning to Cape Town in 2004, she went on to train and work with Remix Dance Company for two years. Furthermore Hannah went on to run the education programme at Cape Africa Platform as well as working closely with artist Mamela Nyanza on the deconstruction of female identity. Hannah considers her core interest, research and work as an investigation into bringing unlooked at and unnoticed moments of human interaction into focus; Exploring meeting places between pedagogy and performance, dance, design & embodied practice as vital for social artistic practice and innovation.

In Copenhagen, Hannah will work with the “Residency as a Durational Performance”. Keywords for her residency will be: Settle, Unsettle, Re-settle. Support structures, once-off encounters, new forms of ‘participatory’, Movement, improvisation and sound as media to disrupt the line between private and public. She is particularly interested in the juxtaposition of accidental meetings and interactions between herself and ‘locals’. Informal meetings that happen between ‘the foreigner’ and ‘the local’.

Naja Lee Jensen, Denmark

Naja Lee Jensen has a BA in Acting from Norwegian Theatre Academy and an MA in Fine Arts from the Art Academy in Oslo. Naja Lee Jensen occupies the in-between space between stage art and fine art. Her interest is directed towards the relationship between perception, body and space.

During the residency, Naja Lee Jensen wants to research the contextual role of the artist and the role of art in public space. What is the connection between art and space, art and society, art and politics when working in public space?What strategies do we as artists use when working with art in public space?And what values are connected to art in public space, if any, from the artist, the organisers, politicians, audience?

Rita Hoofwijk, Nederlands

Rita Hoofwijk graduated at the Maastricht Academy of Performing Arts. Her thesis ‘Verwondering verkennen’ (free translation: ‘exploring wonder’) was awarded with the annual thesis award of the faculty of arts. She works with interventions in the daily routine of the audience, who might not even know yet that they are (becoming) an ‘audience’. She is interested in the ‘meeting’, the temporary relationship between performer and visitor, or between spectators themselves.

During the residency, Rita Hoofwijk will work on her project ‘while waiting’. What happens when we fall into the experience of time as soon as we (have to) wait? In the city there are plenty of moments and occasions, when we are waiting, alone or together. Rita will investigate this circumstance of waiting.

Cristina Maldonado, Mexico/Czech Republic

Christina Maldonado is a performance artist based in Prague, who combines experimental theatre, dance, live video interventions, participatory art, new and old media in site-specific projects, staged performances and installations. Since 2001 she has been working independently, directing and performing experimental theatre. She has presented her work in diverse contexts and countries. Her most recent production is Stereopresence, a video performance addressing the topic of Alzheimer using multiple live video channels.

Currently she is interested in the concept of devising frames for interaction that are inserted in everyday life. She started working in the basic cell of interaction and framed a family archeology, art workshops and actions. Three families brought their old photographs and spent time looking at the pictures, talking about them, categorizing them, and exploring how to make a video-collage together through a video device of interaction that Maldonado prepared.

I understood from this experience how memory, creativity and affective connection are present in art, and that made me visualise types of interactions as artistic media that can infiltrate everyday life relationships and activities, in the understanding that a social relation can be a product of a designed space and situation.”

In Copenhagen, Maldonado will work with the concept of exchange between individuals in public space. She will work collaboratively with a group of people/families with connections to memory, identity and involving personal narratives, artifacts, place and objects. And finally she will work with the perspective of rituals in contemporary society.

Background, context & vision
Metropolis is an international platform for urban creation with a clear focus on working in the existing urban environment. We have worked site-specifically since 1981 with more than 200 creations on 125 sites/situations. From street theatre over location-based performance, site-specific creations, community based work, urban interventions and immersive installations.

From 2007, Metropolis has presented artistic projects in public space during the summer, but built on a cyclic process of exploratory meetings, laboratories, site-specific residencies, collaborative productions and presentations.

Though our activities are rooted in the performing arts, we have developed strong links to the fields of architecture, urban design, visual arts, sound based artwork and digital media as art in the public realm has become more and more interdisciplinary in its exploration of the performative city. From being purely location-based, work is now strongly place-based and contextualised, i.e. linked to the human, the social, the symbolic, the historic, the cultural, the functional and the aesthetic.

Metropolis is about work which is public in many ways – researched, created and presented in the public domain. It is about engaging citizens in issues which are often at the core of civil society. And it is about using and developing new performative formats, aesthetics and languages to maintain a clear artistic voice in contemporary culture.

Residency 1:
Engaging the City
Participatory creative processes and engaging and involving local residents and citizens.

A residency for artists working with participation and involvement of inhabitants / citizens / locals / public as an essential part of the creation, project and/or experience.

For you as an artist, involvement is a working method for dealing with contemporary society in terms of examining topics such as social/human relations, intercultural relations, political issues, democracy, societal engagement, morals/ethics, etc.

Site: We will help you find a site/area in Copenhagen that gives you the optimal base for your research and work. The Metropolis office on Refshaleøen will be your indoor working space.

Period: 4-29 June 2018 (arrival/departure – preliminary dates, may be subject to change)

Residency 2:
Walking the City
Navigating and exploring places, memories and narratives of the city.

A residency for artists presenting their work in the format of walks. You take your audience on a walk to immerse them in an artistic experience closely related to the route, the sites and/or the act of walking. Your work can be cross-disciplinary and perhaps involve media/technology.

Site: We will help you find a site/area in Copenhagen that gives you the optimal base for your research and work. The Metropolis office on Refshaleøen will be your indoor working space.

Period: 16 July-10 August 2018 (arrival/departure – preliminary dates, may be subject to change)

Residency 3:
Balancing the City
Circus arts contextualised by space, architecture and flow of the city.

A residency for artists working with circus based arts. You have a wish to explore and develop your work in a site-specific context. You may also be working with an apparatus that you want to adapt to or take into public space.

Site: Refshaleøen – a former shipyard area, where the Metropolis office is based.

Period: 10 August-4 September 2018 (arrival/departure – preliminary dates, may be subject to change)

Residency Structure

The residencies will be based in Copenhagen on Refshaleøen, the former shipyard area, which is just 10 min. from the city centre.

The area is now a vibrant place for creative companies, architects, artist workshops, climbing and skate facilities as well as craft workshops and small shipyards for boat repairs. An incredible post-industrial landscape with endless possibilities to work on location and the freedom to create on site. The Metropolis office is the indoor base for all artists.

A typical month-long residency will have a basic structure with space for individual mentoring and reflection, dynamic group sessions as well as interaction with real situations and with local artists. We believe that interaction is key to working in the public space, although there is naturally time for reflection.

Each group of artists will be requested to make an artistic trace as a result of their residency. The format will be completely open and will become part of a Metropolis archive of reflection.

We will also link the residency to our public programme and projects related to the themes of the residencies.

We will invite a mentor for each residency, who will be part of the selection process, conduct an introductory workshop, and be present to support the participants.


Metropolis’ new four-year artists-in-residence programme for 2018-21 is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation.