Om liveart_dk 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 10 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.

Klassikere for kids (NO)

Klassikere For Kids Works for Live Art Danmark2015 “Faust” at Live Art for Børn 22016 “Til Fyret” at Live Art for Børn 3 “Klassikere for Kids should inspire all who make theatre for children in Norway.” Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) Faust At Live Art for Børn 2 we showed Klassikere For Kids “Faust”. This interpretation of the dark German classic was nominated for the prestigious Norwegian theatre award “Heddaprisen” as the year’s best performance for children and young people in 2013. Faust for Kids is a performance about the connections between good and evil. Goethe’s text is full of infanticide, violence, lust, heaven and hell. Starting from the idea that with proper […]

DJ Hvad (DK)

DJ Hvad Works for Live Art Danmark 2015 DJ Set at Kulstof 15 festival DJ Set DJ Hvad played a furious set at Kulstof 15, our performance art festival at Teater Nordkraft in Aalborg. The gig, which included flashing psychodelic projections and a chain saw, is partly documented in the video below. About the Artist DJ Hvad is an alias used by  Danish musician Hari Shankar Kishore AKA Kid Kishore/Albertslund Terror Korps. Hvad translates into English “what”, a word DJ Hvad often speaks and uses in his music. He is based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Apart from been the owner of the notorious Danish label Syg Nok records, he has also […]

Wen Lee (SK)

Wen Lee Works for Live Art Denmark 2015 Solo performance “Freedom, Service and Hope” and group performance with Black Market International at Kulstof 15, Aalborg Freedom, Service and Hope In his spoken word performance, Singaporian performance legend Wen Lee gives a touching account of some events from his rich and long career. He begins what would become one of his last performances in Europe, sitting alone in a chair in an empty space . With his cane in hand, dressed in dark colors except for a bright red scarf that hangs haphazardly from his narrow shoulders, a sleep mask half covering his eyes, he simply speaks to the audience in a […]

Marco Teubner (DE)

Marco Teubner Works for Live Art Danmark 2015 “Fly” and group performance with Black Market International at Kulstof 15 Fly Marco begins his performance, lying on his back on a table, presenting us with a first image of flight by moving slowly from side to side. We might believe that the infernal creaking noises we hear emanate from the table, but they continue as Marco moves to the ground, places a bag of sugar with a small hole in it on the edge of the the table, and we see the sugar running out, like the sand in an hour glass. Marco dons a pair of fragile wings on his […]

Elvira Santamaria (MX)

Elvira Santamaria Works for Live Art Danmark2015 “Shadow Self Portrait” and Black Market group performance at Kulstof 15. Shadow self-portraitElvira appears dressed all in black in front of a shining white screen, and with the interplay of light and darkness sets one theme for this brief performance. Elvira lights all matches from a box one after the other. The stage lights fade to black. In the darkness, she burns pieces of paper and uses their soot to blacken one side of a glass pane. Holding the piece of glass in front of her face, she produces a rough portrait of herself by drawing with her fingers in the soot. As […]

Jacques van Poppel (NL)

Jacques van Poppel Works with Live Art Danmark 2015 Duo performance “JVP & HVP” with Henrik Vestergaard, group performance with Black Market International at Kulstof 15 JVP & HVP The collaborative performance “JVP & HVP” brought together performance art heavyweights Jaques van Poppel and Henrik Vestergaard, Live Art Danmark organizer. Starting with a conversation through Google translate and the misunderstandings it produced, the performers let themselves be lead through a series of absurd situations. Black Market International Jaques also performed with the legendary performance association Black Market International. A movie about the festival with long excerpts from this exceptional group performance and statements from the performers can be seen here. About […]

Boris Nieslony (DE)

Boris Nieslony Work for Live Art Danmark 2015 “Nature Study” and Group Performance with Black Market International at Kulstof 15, Aalborg Nature Study Boris began his performance by observing a row of seven fairly large stones that previously had been installed in a line across a narrow street. He preoceeded to move the stones along the street one by one in different ways. Some were held close to his body, in the crook of his arm, others  balanced on his head or on the back of the neck and upper back. Occasionally the sharp sound of a rock crashing on pavement segmented the slow, meditative action. Temporary sculptures occurred: Boris […]

Jürgen Fritz (DE)

Jürgen Fritz Work for Live Art Danmark 2015 “Breath, Rhythm, Guitar Tuner” and group performance with Black Market International at Kulstof 15 Breath, Rhythm, Guitar Tuner A simple set up leads to speactacular results in this performance. Jürgen, dressed in black suit and white shirt, holds a guitar tuning device in his mouth. Breathing in and out respectively produces three of the tones the six strings of a guitar are usually tuned to. Jürgen breathes in and out through the device, changing rhythms and intensity, creating a highly personal music by making the physical transformations his body goes through imediately audible to a stunned audience. Black Market International Jürgen is […]

Roi Vaara (FI)

Roi Vaara Works for Live Art Danmark 2015 “Wet Paint Handshake” and group performance with Black Market International 2021 “Grounding” as a performance recipe in “Playing up – the Nordic Expansion Pack” Wet Paint Handshake At our festival Kulstof 15 Roi presented his performance “Wet Paint Handshake”. Standing in the entrance area of the venue of the festival, Nordkraft in Aalborg/Denmark, dressed in formal black suit and bow tie, he extends his right hand, offering handshakes to the audience as they arrive. Only, between handshakes, he dips his right hand into a bucket of white paint, challenging the audience to accept the mess with the handshake, while his nice suit […]

Helge Meyer (DE)

Helge Meyer Works for Live Art Denmark 2015 Group performance with Black Market International and solo performance “Home Stories 3” at Kulstof 15, Aalborg. Home Stories 3 As the last contribution to Kulstof 15, Helge performed Homestories 3, a solo performance. The audience was invited to write thoughts or wishes onto stones that were then taped onto Helge’s body. Weighted down by the rocks, Helge took the audience for a walk to the nearby harbour, where he cast the stones one by one into the water, performing a ritual of absolution. Black Market International Helge also performed with the legendary performance association Black Market International. A movie about the festival, […]