Bora Bora Residency Centre
Valdemarsgade 1
8000 Aarhus C

Phone: (+45) 86 19 00 79
E-mail: [email protected]

Welcome to Bora Bora Residency Centre

Bora Bora Residency Centre is an international residency center, based in Aarhus, with a focus on artistic and economically sustainable production conditions and development,  for professional artists within the field of contemporary dance.

Bora Bora Residency Centre’s activities

Every year, the Residency Centre organizes an open call to find artists in need of a residency. Either to immerse themselves in a production or their artistic practice and development in general. In the first year, the residency center had 515 applications through this open call. The Bora Bora Residency Centre establishes a new jury each year, whose task is to select artists with a focus on artistic quality, depth and innovation, based on the applications received.

We design each residency by engaging in analytical dialogue, where we explore the artistic focus for the residency. Each of these residencies includes fees for up to four participating artists, paid transportation and accommodation, as well as a mentor, in addition to general technical assistance and production assistance.

All Bora Bora residencies will take place at either Bora Bora or one of the project’s international partners and Danish co-hosts that counts both theaters, folk high schools and other performing arts organizations. (Read more about our partners and associates here>>)

In addition to the annual open call, which is open internationally, the Bora Bora Residency Centre is also a partner in the Nordic Residency Exchange Program, where five major performing arts houses in the northern Europe,  collaborate to exchange artists once a year. Bora Bora sends out a Danish artist to a partner and receives an artist from either Sweden, Norway, Finland or Iceland. These residencies are selected by the partners and can not be applied for. Furthermore, the residency centre is a member of the international residency exchange collaboration “Dance & Dramaturgy EU” since 2019.

Within the first couple of seasons of the residency centre, there will also be exchanges with other international partners ranging from Taiwan to Canada.

Read more about how to apply here

Bora Bora Residency Centre and Bora Bora

For Bora Bora, as a performing arts venue in Aarhus, it is of great importance to offer residencies to both Danish and foreign artists. In addition to the residencies, Bora Bora also presents performances from Denmark and abroad as well as co-productions.

Being able to invite new artists into the house is an opportunity to bring new inspiration, expression and knowledge to Bora Bora and, through the residency center, also to our many Danish and international partners who actively participate in the work of the Residency Centre.

The Residency Centre thus helps to enhance Bora Bora’s relationships with artists, both those we know well and those who have not visited us yet. But the center also provides for even greater collaboration with our partners across geography and work areas.
Being able to offer residencies under the collected brand “Bora Bora Residency Centre” is a manifestation of Bora Bora’s traditions and dreams of opening our doors for dance.

BBRC and Danish/International stage dance

The significance of the Bora Bora Residency Centre for the Danish field of professionals within contemporary dance is still in our expectations. One of the main objectives of the Residency Centre is to be one of the front-runners of economically sustainable production conditions for the producing artists. Furthermore, the Residency Centre acknowledges the importance of artistic support and the possibility for a calm environment with room for contemplation as essential to the development of Danish contemporary dance. With the opportunity to bring foreign artists to Denmark and letting them produce with the local community in their backyard, as well as sending Danish artists out in the world, the Residency Centre can provide a wealth of new opportunities for potential long term collaborators.

BBRC and the performing arts

With several partners in different networks throughout Europe, we use exchange programmes to show the audience the newest and freshest performances within the more visual performing arts. We work with partners to internationalize the production possibilities for a number of artists in the city and the country. We facilitate a contact between the audiences in Aarhus and the European/International artists as well as collaborations and exchanges between the artists themselves.


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