Live Art Denmark was founded in 2004 in Copenhagen to promote the discussion, documentation and development of live art in Denmark. The organisation is equally inspired by the imaginative and entertaining English Live Art tradition as by the theoretical and political German theatre tradition. We have organised 11 large international festivals of Live Art for kids and adults since 2004, and over 40 discussion events, books, video series, symposia and more in the field of live art, performance art, art criticism and documentation. We collaborate with theatres, music venues, art museums and festivals in Denmark and internationally.

Foto: Malle Madsen

Foto: Malle Madsen


The photo (above) is from Zarathustras Onkels reconstruction of “Sylfiden”. See more on Henrik Vestergaard has also been a dramaturg for, among others, Verk Produksjioner (NO) and Erik Pold (DK), been a manager for Hotel Pro Forma, created soundtracks and performed in several Giessen (Applied Science of Theatre) related performance projects in Berlin. Henrik has an M.A. in Theatre Science.

Ellen Friis has an M.A. in interdisciplinary art strategies for the public space from Kunsthochschule Berlin, 2005, based on a B.A. in stage design and performance art. She has created several performances , video installations and performance concepts, that have been presented in many contexts and spaces in England, Germany, Poland, Finland, Norway,  Sweden, Denmark, Michigan and more.

Our board:

Matthias Borello (chairman), Mette Garfield, Kristoffer Bramsen, Camilla Sort and Elise Waagepetersen

What is live art?

Live Art is more a way of thinking and doing than a rigid artistic discipline. Much of its cultural value lies in its experiential and exploratory nature – in its approaches to, and negotiation of, ideas, experiences, and things. At Live Art Denmark we explore various strategies and formats as an interface between artists and institutions. We regard art as a means to investigate, explore and change reality.