Contemporary Dance Workshop by Jens Bjerregaard

 

As a dance-maker Bjerregaard is one of the few who consistently practice dance as an abstract, transcendent form of expression. He has persistently followed his own choreographic direction. His style is spellbinding and displays a certain ‘Scandinavian feel’, based on a consciousness of form and visual design. With a natural instinct for the relations in the body and between bodies he is not afraid of creating movement.

He has been giving successful workshops at festivals and companies the world. He has also been choreographing for companies, curating and creating professional opportunities for young artists, and been jury member on several international competitions. For the past 7 years, Bjerregaard has been spending time in the Middle East, performing (Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Jordan), teaching, coaching, researching and creating projects. He has been contemporary choreographer on “So you think you can dance” TV Show, in its first edition in the Arab World as well as creating choreographies for The Arab version of “Dancing with the Stars”.

Trained in dance and choreography at the Laban Centre (UK), Bjerregaard has been active as a choreographer since 1994 and established in 1998, the award-winning experimental dance ensemble Urban Elves. In 2005, Bjerregaard founded Mancopy and quickly developed an unconventional structure welcoming collaborations with artists from all over the world, convinced that through international exchange, art finally becomes instrument of free expression. In 2007, he founded Archauz, the first Choreographic Centre in Denmark, where he curated festivals, organized international choreography competitions and created outreach programs. Bjerregaard also established youth dance companies in two Danish cities (Odense & Aarhus).
In 2015 he created Jens Bjerregaard/Aurora Borealis to have a new and more versatile platform for his artistic work.

on 18th ad 19th of November, the artist will be in Istanbul to give a workshop in Çatı Contemporary Dance Artists Association.