What can dramaturgy do for the context of a choreography and how does it do that?

Bora Bora together with dance dramaturg Thomas Schaupp are inviting you to join a hands-on public symposia on “Contextualizing Dance – Dance Dramaturgy as a practice of interlinking Art with the Society” happening 13th and 14th of December 2019 at Bora Bora in Aarhus, Denmark.


We can observe a growing interest in artistic approaches to explore new modes of working on and in relation to the society, especially in dance and movement-based forms of art. Also therefore it seems, the general interest in Dance Dramaturgy, considered as a practice of interlinking art and society, has heightened in the last few years, not least in Denmark and Scandinavia. It is increasingly being discussed in artistic practices, in academic contexts as well as in conversations with the audience.

Together with choreographers, dramaturgs, critics, academics and producers we would like to take a look at the role of dance dramaturgy as a practice of contextualization. We will explore the tools that it can provide for artistic practices:

– What is it that it can do for the context of a choreography and how does it do that?
– How does it support and affect the development of a choreography – from idea, concept to the process and the final show?
– What tools are available and how can they be used by the artists also? And what tools are we missing?
– Can a collaboration between the dramaturgy and the choreography help to make dance more relevant to more audiences? Without compromising on the artists’ idea?

The symposium is a continuation of Bora Bora Residency Centers’ work to develop choreographic and movement-based art and its terms in Denmark and abroad. In interweaving artistic, theoretical and practical contributions with curated spaces for fruitful interactions and discussions, this event will provide nutritious ground for profound knowledge-transfers and discussions, in which everyone is regarded as an expert – not least the general audience.

More info (and sign-up) here

Pdf with detailed programme

Pdf with contributors



Thursday 12th December 2019

19:30 – Pre-Program: Nutcracker

Friday 13th December 2019

09:30 Check In
10:00-10:15 Opening by Jeppe Hemdorff Nissen & Thomas Schaupp
10:15-11:15 Tina Tarpgaard & Pia Krämer – Reflections on Considering the Audience

… short coffee

11:30-12:30 Jesper de Neergaard & Bára Sigfúsdóttir – Shared Practice: Curating Art
12:30-13:00 Fabio Liberti C U There (Artistic Intervention)

Lunch (1h)

14:00-15:00 Merel Heering & Fabio Liberti – How to {not} become your own dramaturge


15:30-16:30 Andreas Constantinou & Jeppe H. Nissen – Shared practice: Collaboration

Fresh air and more coffee…

17:00-18:00 Danjel Andersson Impulse Session

18.15 Cross Pollination Space, represented by Adriana La Selva and Marije Nie, between text and dance – Advice to Iraqi Women (Artistic Intervention)

19.30 -?? Dinner / Party

Saturday 14th December 2019

09:00 Check In
09:30-10:30 Peter M. Boenisch – Mapping Dramaturgy
10:30-11:00 Bara Sigfusdottir – FLÖKT work in progress (Artistic Intervention)


11.30-12:30 Annette van Zwoll & Monna Dithmer – Critical thinking
12:30-13:00 Jeppe & Thomas wrapping up

Farewell lunch – will be served ready to-go

Reflector: Synne Berndt


Any questions can be directed to jeppe (a) bora-bora.dk


Contributions will be made by:
Bára Sigfúsdóttir, Fabio Liberti, Merel Heering, Andreas Constantinou, Danjel Andersson, Synne Berndt, Tina Tarpgaard, Peter M. Boenisch, Pia Krämer, Monna Dithmer, Jesper de Neergaard and Annette van Zwoll.

The symposium is developed by Bora Bora and dance dramaturg Thomas Schaupp.

In collaboration with
Aarhus Universitet – afdeling for dramaturgi, DDSKS EVU, Performing Arts Platform, Scenet and Foreningen af Danske Dramaturger.

Supported By
Bikubenfonden, Statens Kunstfond, Region Midt, Aarhus Kommune, Augustinus Fonden and Beckett-fonden.