København Danser is Denmark’s new and great dance festival. Our mission is to give the Danes a chance to experience contemporary dance and ballet on the highest international level.
Together we shall enjoy some of the best dance companies in the world on the Copenhagen stages.
Each coming year, København Danser will present a wide-ranging program equally directed towards an audience of all ages who are both knowledgable of and new to dance.
Starting a new dance festival, a new cultural entity, requires a village. We are eternally grateful for our village that has made København Danser possible. We believe that small streams make great rivers. Rivers of great artistic experiences. We, therefore, invite you to dance with us in our quest for a more culturally rich Denmark
Please write to email@example.com if you have a good idea, want to volunteer or if you just want to say hello. Even the smallest contributions will be helpful on our journey towards the greatest artistic experiences, hopefully continuing many years into the future.
Vi har derfor startet en indsamling til fordel for København Danser som er godkendt af Civilstyrelsen. København Danser er en non-profit erhvervsdrivende fond.
We are already working on the future and we are looking forward to inviting you to join.
Thomas and Ulrik
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Principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet. Former principal with The Royal Danish Ballet. Producer and Artistic Director of dance performances in London, New York, and Bangalore. Awarded the gold medal in The Erik Bruhn Prize in Toronto. Recipient of the Queen Ingrid's Honorary Scholarship.
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More than 35 years of experience as stage manager and tour manager in performances around the world from Korinth Kino in Faaborg to Opera Garnier in Paris and The Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. Thomas has worked with Ørkenens Sønner, Det Brune Punktum, Rytteriet, Cirkusrevyen, La Fura Dels Baus, Alexander Kølpin's Copenhagen International Ballet, Cross Connection Ballet, Steen Koerner Studio and The Royal Danish Ballet, and among many others.
Master of Economics from Copenhagen Business School and many years in the Danish business sector. Business Manager at Dansk Danseteater from 2008-2020, responsible for administration, fundraising, and building a large international network, with tours in Europe, USA, and Asia
Cand.phil in Nordic litterature, language, film and media. More than 20 years of experience designing, planning and managing interdisciplinary projects at The Royal Danish Theatre, The Royal Danish Music Conservatory, and The Danish National School of Performing Arts. Functioning Project Manager for the The Danish Film Institute's industry-oriented diversity efforts, including developing and implementing the institute's D&I strategy.
Board of Directors
Born 1953, male. Joined the Board of Directors on January 8, 2021.
40 years of experience as a state-authorized public accountant, partner, senior/managing partner and international board member. Vice Chair KPMG International, CFO KPMG EMA. Former member of the Committee on Corporate Governance, chairman of the Fund Law Committee. Chairman of the board of, among others, Kjøbenhavns Boldklub, Gunnar Jensen's Foundation and Erling Knudsen's Foundation.
Camilla Høy Kramer Schou
Born 1980, female. Joined the Board of Directors on January 8, 2021. Indtrådt i bestyrelsen den 8. januar 2021.
Educated as a journalist from SDU and cultural journalist at Politiken from 2005 to 2010. Press officer for The Royal Danish Ballet, ballet master Nikolaj Hübbe, and the foreign companies that visited Gamle Scene from 2010 to 2014. Responsible for PR on The Royal Danish Ballet's major US tour in 2011. Since 2014, press and communications manager for Politikens Forlag and part of the publisher's management.
Maria Birkkjær Räder
Born 1982, female. Joined the Board of Directors on February 4, 2021.
Advokat og partner i Advokatfirmaet Birkkjær Räder.
Lawyer and partner in the law firm Birkkjær Räder. Former lawyer at Kammeradvokaten / The law firm Poul Schmith, Financial Stability and Accura. Right to appear before the High Court (L), admitted to the National Debt Management Agency's Advocate Panel, certified insolvency lawyer. Is in close family with initiator and festival director Ulrik Birkkjær, and is therefore not considered independent.
Artistic advisory board
Author, university lecturer, ballet critic, and theorist. Dr. with the dissertation Jean Cocteau and the Dance. Writer for Berlingske Tidende about ballet and dance from 1964 to 2005. Participated in establishing a degree in Dance Science at the University of Copenhagen and teaches at the same place. Member of the Performing Arts Committee who contributed to Denmark's cultural canon in 2006. Author of numerous books on ballet and dance.
Instructor, choreographer, educator, and dancer. Educated from the Finnish National Ballet and dancer with the company from 1964. First foreign solo dancer at the Royal Ballet, 1970. Frequent and beloved instructor with many international ballet companies including The Scottish National Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Boston Ballet, and Tokyo National Ballet. Ballet Master for the Boston Ballet from 1996 to 1999. Subsequently permanent instructor at The Royal Danish Ballet.
Dancer, choreographer, and ballet master. Founded the Bournonville Group with Frank Andersen in 1976, and has since been a leading Bournonville authority with an international reputation. From 1990 Ballet Master at the Norwegian National Ballet. From 2001 Ballet Master for the Finnish National Ballet. With Queen Margrethe II as set designer, Dinna created the ballets Kærlighed i Skarnkassen in 2001 and Tommelise in 2005 for the Pantomime Theater in Tivoli.
Dancer and choreographer. Soloist at The Royal Danish Ballet and Gauthier Dance in Stuttgart until 2016. Success as a choreographer with works created for The Royal Danish Ballet, Danish Dance Theatre, Corpus, English National Ballet, Chamber Ballet and Betty Nansen Theatre. Created solosolo for København Danser in 2020 as the festival's first artistic production.
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