DENMARK | Creating Art with Locals in Copenhagen

On Monday the 12th of August 2013, the Copenhagen Music Theatre drove six caravans manned with artists into the streets of Copenhagen. Until the 21st of September 2013 they were placed in different communities in Copenhagen (in Amager West, Amager East, Noerrebro, Copenhagen Northwest, Vesterbro, Oesterbro and Frederiksberg).

Here the meeting between artists – a mixture of actors, playwrights, directors, musicians, choreographers and composers – and citizens who normally do not use the cultural institutions was set to determine the shape and content of a number of performances throughout town. The goal of this project was to create a number of process orientated stage works through an audience developing approach and let art arise from the interaction between the citizen and the individual artist. And ultimately to let the citizen experience that art is both recognisable and relevant.

The project had three focus areas:

  • To tell the unknown tales of Copenhagen.
  • To give the citizens the opportunity to experience that art and everyday life can be connected through a meeting on equal terms.
  • To shake our own artistic processes by taking our starting point in the unknown meeting instead of in a finished manuscript.

DOCUMENTATION: Learn more about this project and read stories from the participants here.


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