Programme Saturday – Performing Landscapes non-stop



13.00-14.30: SESSION 1 – choose between:

  • MORPHOSIS – distant encounters in performative landscapes
    with Beyond Darkness

Beyond Darkness Metropolis København 2023

With MORPHOSIS, the choreographic duo Beyond Darkness investigates the potential in connecting over distances – with the site, each other, the past and the future. What invisible relationships exist between you, objects and living beings far away from you? How are you connected to their (hi)stories?

The performance invites you to be curious towards all types of movements, especially those far away from you. Widening your perspective, stretching over the entire site and beyond. Noticing movements which may seem small, insignificant, maybe even irrelevant; focusing on performativities that may not be human.

MORPHOSIS also takes you onto a hidden space, a human-made site collecting tons of soil from around Copenhagen each day. It expands and transforms daily, removing more and more traces of the past and bringing the future closer. What existing habitats are destructed, and which new habitats are constructed? What type of sensitivities exist towards this land and its inhabitants? The site’s direct connection to Copenhagen’s urban expansion plans also indirectly links us to the wider connections of the site’s metamorphosis.

Beyond Darkness is the artistic cosmos of choreographer Nanna Hanfgarn Jensen and director-dramaturg Nadja Mattioli. They create highly sensorial realms through immersive choreographic performances and ecocentric installations in which they explore new human and beyond human perspectives and relationships. Concept & performance: Beyond Darkness / Costumes: Lærke Bang Barfod / Photo: Marine Gastineau

Language: none
NB! Requires good shoes and clothes appropriate for the weather


  • Singing Places
    with Katrine Faber

Katrine Faber

Singing Places is a performing arts hybrid between concert, performance and interactive ritual. You are guided into a world where everything sings, vibrates, buzzes and resonates. We listen to the bodies of the landscapes and the landscapes of the bodies. Which voices do we pay attention to? What does it do to our experience of the world and of ourselves?

We wander out to meet places and beings on Refshaleøen and give our voices and presence as gifts to what lives in and around us. Singing Places is an ongoing investigation of resonance as an artistic, social, relational, existential, and ecological tool.

Katrine Faber is a performance artist, singer, actress, theatre director, composer and psychotherapist. She is artistic director of Teater Viva, expanding the perception of theatre into an artistic space, where we can meet ourselves, each other and our living environment in an extended resonance – since 2015 within Singing Our Place: a Nordic cross art project about resonance between humans, our living surroundings and our common future. Singing Our Place has created performances, concerts, workshops, talks, sound installations and festivals in Denmark, England, Iceland, Finland Sweden and Greenland. / Photo: Allan Toft

Language: Danish/English
Sound performance


  • Sensuous City Local
    with Sisters Hope

Sisters Hope

In recent years, Sisters Hope has been collaborating with Metropolis to explore the city of a Sensuous Society in the format Sensuous City. In their recent iteration of this format, Sensuous City Local, they have been concentrating their investigation in a specified local area, Refshaleøen, exploring the sensuous and poetic vertical layers of that specific context.

In this session you are invited for a slow-walk, central to the Sisters Performance Method, with Sisters staff The Timer, who has been part of and facilitated the recent Sensuous City Local explorative walks at Refshaleøen.

Be aware the walk can be physically requiring, and you will traverse difficult environments.

Sisters Hope is an award-winning performance group renowned for their strong performative concepts in which they evoke visions for the societies of the future, centering around the sensuous and poetic. For several years, Sisters Hope has investigated the subject of schools in future societies in the performative format ”Sisters Academy”. Currently, Sisters Hope is focusing on more permanent embodiments of art, producing such works as the 5-year long performance piece ”Sisters Hope Home”, which opened in 2021 in Hedehusene. / Photo: I diana lindhardt

Language: English
Participatory performance


  • This is a Place of Rest
    with Nana Francisca Schottländer

Nana Francisca Schottländer

The workshop explores how we can sink into a place, its material layers and stories and rest as a way to connect ourselves physically and mentally with them. We will rest in places shaped by the logics of production, consumption and growth and with our resting bodies open other ways of being in the world.

Nana Francisca Schottländer works cross-aesthetically within choreography, performance and installation. Central to her work is the use of the body as a living tool for investigation and creation. Her work revolves around co-creative potentials in encounters with other-than-human entities and phenomena. In recent years, her focus has been on explorations of the nature/human dichotomy in dialogues with landscapes and material cycles that are shaped by human intervention.

Language: Danish/English


  • Microgravity
    with Sparrow Dance/Esther Wrobel

Sparrow Dance Esther Wrobel

Microgravity is action performance research about the human species on the way to outer space. In a climate where only billionaires can buy a seat on a spacecraft, we want to democratize access to astronaut-like experiences so that ‘regular’ people like all the rest of us can experience the awe of space and participate in the reflection of our future. The project brings together artistic, scientific, and technical disciplines such as virtual reality, sound art, vertical dance, scientific dialogue, and immersive performance in order to encourage curiosity toward new types of moving/thinking. And generate experiences of Awe, Wonder, Curiosity, and Care (Humility).

Microgravity has been partnered with the Animation Workshop Viborg and Khora: Virtual and Augmented Reality Studio for development of Virtual Reality applications. It received funding for residencies at Åbne Scene at Godsbanen and Vestyllands Højskole from the Danish Arts Foundation for its research which ended in December 2022.
From 2023 the project is searching for production funds and presentation opportunities nationally and internationally.

Esther Wrobel (artistic leader, vertical dancer), Tanya Montan Rydell (dance artist and climate activist), Yann Coppier (sound artist, composer and researcher), Lucía Jaén Serrano (dance artist and feminist activist), Michelle Kranot (film director, painter, and animator). Dialogue partners are Rune Hylsberg (engineer) from Aarhus Space Center (SpaCe), Beatrize Campos Estrada (astrophysicist from Copenhagen University), Dr. Einav Katan-Schmidt (philosopher, dance researcher).

Language: Danish or English
Outdoor (covered)
NB! Only 5 places per hour


14.45-15.45: SESSION 2 – choose between:

  • Sharing Perspectives
    with Dorte Bjerre

Dorte Bjerre

Dorte Bjerre’s interactive piece, the performative score ‘Sharing Perspectives’, is relational art. Her desire is to stage and explore uncertainty, boundaries, togetherness, perspectives and the relationship in-between bodies and between bodies and space. Her work with performative scores builds upon choreography as a technology of scoring (Lepecki). In this way, scores act as live art installations and interventions that allow people to explore togetherness and a living body and space in plural, continually shaped and reshaped. The purpose is working directly with practices of bodily attuning to space, objects and moving bodies. At Performing Landscapes non-stop, ‘Sharing Perspectives’ will become art that acts as a collaborative artistic experience.

As an art worker and educator, Dorte Bjerre’s work is anchored in an evolving artistic inquiry into multisensory relations of ecological attention through movement, manifested as performance, participatory performative scores, live art installations, lectures, classes, workshops, and writing. Dorte Bjerre has been practicing, teaching and performing contact improvisation for more than 20 years. 2019-2022, she was a part of the research project Experimenting, Experiencing, Reflecting between Studio Olafur Eliasson and the Interacting Minds Centre, Aarhus University. As part of this project, she performed the piece Sharing Perspectives at Tate Modern London.

Language: English
Workshop performance


  • Test of elements for ’Under The Trees’ by Secret Hotel
    with Secret Hotel

Secret Hotel

The forest. Is magical. The forest. Is made of wood. But also so much more. You are here. Now. Deep. In the forest. There’s no turning back. The trees have called you. Into the forest. You do not know what will happen next. But you are safe. In the forest.

We invite you to spend some time with the trees and their ancient friends – the mushrooms. Together we will move within the forest. Listening. Touching. Resting. Sharing.  Under the Trees is a site specific and participatory performance where you become a part of the largest natural network in the world.
In and Underneath the Trees of this forest.

Secret Hotel creates participatory events and performances which are sensorial and at the same time intellectually stimulating. The work seeks to heighten the human awareness of our surroundings and our relations with the more-than-human. Works of Secret Hotel range from site-specific events and performance lectures to a walk in a landscape. Central is the collaboration with the more-than-human and viewing the audience as our ‘guests’ and as co-creators. / Photo: Louise Kirkegaard

Language: Danish


  • Invisible String / Silent (Sorrow) Voices
    with Stina Strange Thue

Stina Strange Thue

…combines workshop and text reading that examine the visible and invisible connections that can be found between the human and other than human organisms. The workshops explore space in constant transformation. Space both anchored and changed through eye contact, bodies, and natural elements. We will be working with an element of drawing and ’gigantic’ string figures inspired by Donna Haraway.

The workshop combines Stina Strange Thue’s work as a Performing Landscapes-artist in VILDPARK, Guldborgsund, with her work creating a connection between body and architecture in collaboration with architect Rasmus Strange Thue and his artistic development business at The Royal Danish Academy – Architecture, Design and Conservation.

The workshop consists of a physical audience participatory element (everyone can join in regardless of background) as well as a reading by Stina Strange Thue where she will read aloud from a text when created during her residency at VILDPARK.

Stine Strange Thue is a dancer, artistic producer, and writer. Her practice is rooted in a raw, physical-poetic approach to dance that believes in the narrative skills of the body in interaction with a poetic and sensuous approach to convey our being in the world. Stina is a part of the award nominated company DeLeónCompany that has created full length performances and projects in the realm of contemporary dance since 2017. / Photo: Gina Kristiansen

Language: Danish
Workshop and performance


  • NB! FULLY BOOKED – Microgravity
    with Sparrow Dance/Esther Wrobel

See description above


16.00-17.00: TALKS
… with the artists from the three previous sessions


17.15-18.15: SESSION 3 – choose between:

  • Breath Activism
    with Sophie Dupont

Sophie Dupont

A guided breath performance into everything that is life.

Dupont’s performance examines the ritualistic repetition of the most basic expression of life: the breath. With the breath as the starting point for her performances, she reduces the distance between art and life — as well as artist and audience. The breath can be seen as source of life, personal power, political resistance, and spiritual practice.

To take back our breath and claim the breath for ourselves is an act of resistance. We resist the ever- expanding, artificially-constructed paradigm made by the hawkers of commercial distractions who offer to take our breath away every second of the day.

Respiration constantly connects our inner and outer worlds in resonance with specific surroundings. Breathing takes place in the present, bridging between the past and the future connecting people with space and place. The breath is free and available to everyone alive — to notice, to energize, and to coordinate with others. Along with the heartbeat, breathing forms the flow state of life’s rhythm.

The breath is always situated and site specific, following the moods of the body and the company we keep. We share molecules and microbes within minutes with all the people around us. The recent pandemic reminded us that what we carry inside us is actually contagious — Fear and Disease as well has Love and Joy.

Sophie Dupont explores the basic human condition. With a background in visual arts from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and dance from the London Contemporary Dance School, she puts her body at the center of organized and choreographed performances. With her body as medium, material and tool, she works with an exchange between objects, body and space, which often focuses on the balance between concepts such as materiality/immateriality, physicality/spirituality, body/soul and abstract/concrete.

Language: Danish or English


  • Shimmering City
    with Birgitte Lundtoft

Birgitte Lundtoft

Refshaleøen is city and nature in constant process. On the edge of the canal, the city’s life, light and electricity are captured in a dance and a collection of movements.

The dance connects the body’s living tissue of nerve cells with a view of the city’s fast links of communication and transmission. The water reminds us that we also have a floating ground.

Shimmering City consists of a performance and a participatory part. A simple and very young sketch.

Birgitte Lundtoft is a dancer and choreographer. She works with bodily and choreographic landscapes that anchor and change in horizontal and vertical driving forces and cultivates a language that paints with tactile, visual and moving articulations.

Language: Danish
Participatory performance


  • Ontosympati i tilfeldig møte med andre værensformer – the walk
    with Forskningsgruppen Kunst og sosiale relasjoner, Universitetet i Agder, Norge

Universitetet i Agder

A whole team of researchers and artists invites you on a walk based on cult author Jane Bennett’s thesis that there is no difference between humans and nature. We are the same substance, we have the same materiality. Her book “Vegetal Life and Onto-Sympathy” examines how nature affects human sympathy. An exciting meeting with a research team as a walking guide.

The research group Art and social relations is located at the Faculty of Arts, University of Agder, Norway. The group’s members come from both the music, theater and visual arts fields and have in recent years investigated the potential of art for the encounter with other forms of being. We work both experientially in workshops and projects as well as in reflection on our felt experiences. The two presentations on Saturday and Sunday testify to an ambition to «Walk the talk». The walk on Saturday is a workshop, The talk on Sunday is a mixture of presentation, conversation and experience. The two can be experienced together, or separately.

The group: Helene Illeris, Tony Valberg , Tormod Wallem Anundsen, Sunniva Øverland, Sunniva Hovde, Anne May Fossnes, Siri Linde Ingul, Mathilde Hirth, Michael Paulsen, Joachim Aagaard Friis, Lissi Wiingaard Thrane.

Language: English


18.30-19.30: SESSION 4 – choose between:

  • The Impossible Conversation about losing the world – and finding it again
    with Oleg Koefoed

Oleg Koefoed

The world as we have been used to it is in a state of change not seen since the early 60s. But where society then rode a wave of excitement due to all the new technology and the invention of the welfare society, the situation is somewhat more gloomy now. Sadness is spreading as a result of the death and destruction we have brought upon the world. But it is also bubbling with new ways of inhabiting the world. It’s time for deep conversations. At dusk on a peninsula undergoing transformation, we invite you to join a conversation in the twilight about going through the gate of transformation.

Oleg Koefoed is a Ph.D. in philosophy from RUC and deals with sustainability and regenerative culture and method development that mixes social science tools with the aesthetic and creative for use in transformation processes. For the past 20 years, he has taught at, among others, CBS and the University of Copenhagen. / Photo: Thomas G. Bagge

Language: Danish
Conversation workshop


  • Terra Multorum – The Land of Many
    with Linh Le

Linh Le

Meet me in front of the large wolf. Dance with me in moonlight. Together we will celebrate and howl for the species.  

Terra Multorum is the response of Linh Le to Terra Nullius, which means “No Man’s Land”. The idea that the land/earth does not belong to or is inhabited by anyone, was used and is used as a means to legitimize the colonization of areas and the extraction of resources.

Terra Multorum means “The Land of Many” and recognizes the species and organisms that inhabit a given area.

Linh Le is a performance artist and climate activist, a member and co-founder of the performance climate activist group Becoming Species. Together with Extinction Rebellion and The Embassy of the Species, Becoming Species has created several performative actions in the public space. / Photo: Hans Ravn

Language: Danish


  • Portal
    with Sonja Strange

Sonja Strange

Portal is a performance that attempts to awaken the spirit of Refshaleøen, and through movements, soundscapes and illuminated landscapes during twilight, Sonja Strange will in interaction with the audience revive and experience the spirit of the place. A form of ‘portal’ approach to the past, the present and what is yet to come.

Sonja Strange is a visual artist, who graduated from the Jutland Academy of Arts in 2008 and from VSUP – Academy of Arts, Prague, Czech Republic. Strange has exhibited at home and abroad. She works site-specifically, where she investigates the historical, biologic and mythological layers of the given place – a kind of exploration of our common composite world. Strange then creates a new narrative of a performative nature, which develops into video works, costumes, paintings, text and sound.

Language: Danish/English


19.30-19.50: COMMON SESSION

  • Closing ritual
    with Sara Lee Armstrong

Sarah Lee Armstrong

Drawing upon the traditions of the Danish Southern Islands Folkdance community, we will lean into circular rhythms of motion and the notion of carrying landscapes within.

Sarah Lee Armstrong is a choreographer, dancer and performer working within the somatic and choreographic relations to ritual, place and body. / Photo: Madeleine Kate McGowan


20.00-21.00: TALKS & FOOD

… with artists from the previous sessions