Phoenix – Copenhagen edition

A sensory journey at the harbour through forgotten buildings – we invite you into the crevices of what you are, what you remember, what you fear and dream of.

A co-production with KIT (Københavns Internationale Teater) and TEATERØEN at Metropolis festival August 2015.

You are about to embark on a sensuous walk, mixing installation, soundscape, interactive technology, lyrics and performance. You will go through the experience all on your own, guided by performers and a GPS sound system, all while you follow the scent of delicate tracks leading you to unexplored places. The scent of tarred wooden ships, forgotten dreams of vanilla and childhood-dusty corners – the shadow of a face resembling your own.

The audience said:

“A playful spirit imbues everything promisingly – also with meditative gravity and tantalizing uncertainty”
– Dagbladet Politiken

The Phoenix Concept:

You become the main character: physically, you move through the harbour area, mentally and emotionally you are invited to travel through your own personal adventure.

Encounters and experiences lead you further into the crevices of what you are, what you remember, what you fear and what you dream of.

Each of these experiences has been developed based on the key themes within the classical ‘journey’ myths and is designed to give the audience the opportunity to delve into the main theme in a deeply personal and experiential way.

The experiences of the journey aim to touch the underlying knowledge in the body, and ask questions that pass beyond our normal consciousness and control. This creates an opportunity to open new or forgotten doors in the mind of the audience.

Photo Credit:

Maja Nydal Eriksen
Mette Aakjær

Video: Christoffer Brekne

History of the performance Phoenix

Back in 2014, Phoenix, which hails from Aarhus, received an award from The Arts Foundation’s scholarship commission. The performance is developed by 9 international artists with background in different art forms.

The physical environment of the TEATERØEN is a mix of raw harbor environment and water and nature taking back the urban space. It was very suitable for creating a Firedream based on the Phoenix concept, where the site helps to draw the dramaturgy and creates a great frame for the individual audience participants to confront their own dreams and dreams.


Artistic & performer Mette Aakjær (DK)
Dramaturgy consultant Sarah John (Australia)
Composer & sound artist Thoranna Bjornsdottir (Iceland)
Performer & dancer Cindy Rudel (Germany)
Performer & dancer Nina Matthis (Sweden)
Performer & dancer Sara Vilardo (Italy)
Visual artist Sigrid Astrup (Norway)
Writer Sonja Winckelman Thomsen (DK)
Guest performer Helga Rosenfeldt-Olsen (DK)
Technical interaction designer Rune Brink (DK)
Technical development Mads Gundersen og Carl Jensen (DK)
Teknisk assistent Lasse Munk
Producer, projektleader and Stage Manager Carlos Calvo, Teaterøen (DK)
PR-responsible Helle Kvist, Teaterøen (DK)
PR assistant Helene Bæk Kortegaard
Production assistant Linnea Jensen (DK)
Directors assistant Nína Hjálmarsdóttir (Iceland)
Scenography assistent & Stage magager Eva Perez
Scenography assistant and event creator Anna Maria Blicher Skanborg (DK)
Video Christoffer Brekne
Support Statens Kunstfonds Projektstøtteudvalg for Scenekunst, Nordic Culture Fund and Nordic Culture
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