Shared RISK documentation

Publication • Documenting "Shared BLOG" and the overall project "Shared RISK" • Cph. Denmark • 13th of Sep. 2015

In the beginning of the year 2015 RISK invited choreographers affiliated with the scene in Denmark to share their practises in the format of blog posts on RISK's Shared BLOG. This was an attempt to create a new context for artists to present and share their work with colleagues as well as a broader community of interested people. At the same moment Dansehallerne (only house in Denmark dedicated to Contemporary Dance and Choreography) was forced to reorganise as an institution after the shocking news, that their lease had been terminated. Soon after that, the former directors of the house were discharged too. The board of Dansehallerne decided it was time to rethink the institution. In order to do that, they invited everybody affiliated with the house (artists, professionals, private dance schools, kids, parents, audiences etc.) to articulate their "dreams" for the future institution. The consequences of that strategy became clear when the new vision for the house was presented: A vision that in the attempt to serve everybody's "dreams", transformed what was once a professional arts centre into a cultural house [kulturhus] for dance. The huge difference between working with choreography (including dance) as an art form and with dance as a cultural event or sport seemed extremely important to underline. We thought the best way to do this was to ask artists concerned with the field of choreography to write about their own work, and through that hopefully create new discourses and highlight the diversity of work and thinking that is currently being produced. 

In september 2015 we released a publication documenting all the posts that had been uploaded on the Shared BLOG. In addition to the documentation part, one can also find an introduction to the project Shared RISK and two commissioned texts by associate professor at Copenhagen University Karen Vedel and director of MDT in Stockholm Danjel Andersson. The texts are based on two core themes in the project; the notion of community and the expansion of discourse within the field of choreography. 

Published by: RISK (Ida-Elisabeth S. Larsen, Marie-Louise Stentebjerg, Marie Topp and Gry Raaby)
Editorial team: Ida-Elisabeth S. Larsen and Marie Topp
Layout and cover design: Sam Moore

Writers: Klara Utke Acs, Kristine Kyhl Andersen, Danjel Andersson, Sarah Armstrong, Quim Bigas, Fanclub, Christine Borch, Sara Gebran, Sara Hamming, Mette Ingvartsen, Adriano Wilfert Jensen, My Lindblad, Matilde Mørk, Xiri Tara Noir, Dorte Persson, Mr. Rice & Peanuts, Carl Michael Richard, Ray Roa, RISK, Sigrid Stigsdatter, Marie Topp, two-women-machine-show, Taneli Törmä, Cecilie Ullerup Schmidt, Karen Vedel.

Supported by: The Danish Arts Foundation, Augustinus Fonden
Thank you: Lis Lemb