In this third week of the year, cultural activities are returning, once more. But the whole scene is beginning to show the wear and tear of multiple shutdowns and needs our love and support more than ever. It's time to get off the couch, out of the streaming swamp and into the movie theaters, circus arenas, and galleries again! Of course, it can be difficult to venture into the cold here in the dark of January, so we're taking you by the hand and guiding you to four events over the course of the week. All the way from hedonic, hog-snouted samba, to quadruple curation. Happy re-opening, Mira & Christoffer Christoffer Henneberg

Wed 19
1/19/2022 8:00:00 PM 1/19/2022 21:15 40 Samba Swing your curly tail and let your inner swine out for a night Finlandskaj 6 Uppercut Danseteater false DD-MM-YYYY

Samba Swing your curly tail and let your inner swine out for a night


Samba
Theatre | Kl. 20:00 - 21:15 | Finlandskaj 6 | Price: 200 Kr. | Buy tickets here | Written by: Christoffer Henneberg | Translated by: Malte Joe Frid-Nielsen

Location: Dynamo
Organizer: Uppercut Danseteater

Wednesday night, Dynamo invites you into their alternative big top for Uppercut Danseteaters raw and Reumert-winning dance performance SAMBA, which is the first part of the company’s trilogy ‘Plejer Er Død’, a series where choreographer and artistic director Stephanie Thomsen explores the space between us, around us, and inside us.

In this rhythmic danse performance, inspired by Brazilian samba culture, the swine – in all its many incarnations and connotations – will be explored. A hideous pig mask gets passed from dancer to dancer, allowing the bearer to unleash their – and perhaps our collective – swine out into the swill.

It may sound a bit nasty, but there promises to be room for tenderness, humor, and poetry in the blood-red pig pen that Johan Kølkjær’s set design of hay and heating lamps establishes in the arena. The audio landscape is provided by conservatory-trained Alexander Skjold Henriksen, who delivers live percussion in true samba style.

The pig has appeared as an artistic symbol throughout the ages, from Orwell to Pink Floyd, to Odense’s own Jens Galschiøt, but never before in a constellation with samba and cultural criticism. And perhaps never before in a time where art is as deep in the muck as it is at present. A time where we all desperately need to take the world for a wallow and get a proper uppercut to the (pork) chops.

SAMBA received a Reumert as the year’s best dance performance 2021. It is presented as a collaboration with Teater Momentum and will run from Wednesday the 19th to Saturday the 22nd of January.   

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Wed 19
1/19/2022 5:00:00 PM 1/23/2022 40 West Side Story A timeless story; a magical world of song and dance Brandts Passage 39, Odense C Dig selv false DD-MM-YYYY

West Side Story A timeless story; a magical world of song and dance


West Side Story
Movie | Kl. 17:00 | Brandts Passage 39, Odense C | Price: 0 Kr. | Buy tickets here | Written by: Christoffer Henneberg | Translated by: Malte Joe Frid-Nielsen

Location: Cafe biografen
Organizer: Dig selv

The movie theaters are open again. It’s time to get off the sofa, out of the streaming swamp, and into the cinema’s calming darkness with a vast screen, immersive audio, and a door shut against the distractions of the world. But what to see? Ridley Scott’s much anticipated fashion thriller, House of Gucci flopped miserably, though granted, it did land at an unfortunate time. We’ll skip it for now. Instead, I’m going to recommend a film that just barely managed a premiere before the shutdown in December: Steven Spielberg’s remake of the classic musical, West Side Story, now showing at Café Biografen.

The musical is one of film history’s most disputed genres. It had its heyday in the depression of the 1930’s, when people desperately needed to disappear into a magical world of song and dance. I think there are a lot of us who fell that same need right now, and perhaps it’s just the moment to let yourself slip into this reimagining of Romeo and Juliet set in the mean streets of 1950’s New York.

As with many musicals, West Side Story started as a Broadway show, but was first made into a film in 1961 with the score delivered by Leonard Bernstein. This version is not only known as one of the best musicals, but indeed one of the best films ever. So, it’s pretty brave of Spielberg -who’s never dabbled in musicals before- to try to tinker with such an absolutely gilded classic. But rumor has it that he’s gotten away with it… No matter what, I’m looking forward to catching this one – in the cinema.

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Fri 21
1/21/2022 9:30:00 PM 1/21/2022 22:30 40 Dynamo After Dark A night of conversation on the theme of music Finlandskaj 6 false DD-MM-YYYY

Dynamo After Dark A night of conversation on the theme of music


Dynamo After Dark
Talk and debate | Kl. 21:30 - 22:30 | Finlandskaj 6 | Price: 0 Kr. | Buy tickets here | Written by: Christoffer Henneberg | Translated by: Malte Joe Frid-Nielsen

Location: Dynamo
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Dynamo After Dark is the title of a series of special events where Dynamo invites the public to share in conversation and elucidation inspired by the current residents and performers. On Friday, it will be an extension of the performance of Samba – and free to join in if you’ve got a ticket for the show (which, of course you have!)

The topic for the talk is the use of live music in stage productions. What happens when a musician becomes a part of the ensemble, when the music becomes a visible element on stage, and how is the experience of music different in the context of a theatrical performance, as opposed to a concert? All questions that are particularly relevant in relation to the performance of Samba.

To elucidate these questions, a specialist in music, a choreographer, and a percussionist have been matched together for a conversation. It will be Casper Thornhøj Schärfe, who many will know as the booker and driving force behind Momentum Musik; Stephanie Thomasen, artistic director of Uppercut Danseteater, who won a Reumert award for best dance production in 2021 with the aforementioned Samba; and Alexander Skjold Henriksen, a percussionist coming out of the Royal Musical Conservatory, who is also attached to Uppercut Danseteater, and provides the rhythm for the current performance.

So, stick around and get deep with everything you’ve just experienced in the Samba-arena.

 In honor of the musical nature of this particular Dynamo After Dark, a limited number of tickets will be available for free for anyone with a Momentum Musik subscription.

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Sat 22
1/22/2022 2:00:00 PM 1/22/2022 18:00 40 Albert Contemporary A regular playdate. The new gallery for young contemporary art has arrived! Party in the street with 'quadruple vernissage' this saturday. Brandts Passage 34, Odense C Albert Contemporary false DD-MM-YYYY

Albert Contemporary A regular playdate. The new gallery for young contemporary art has arrived! Party in the street with 'quadruple vernissage' this saturday.


Albert Contemporary
Exhibition | Kl. 14:00 - 18:00 | Brandts Passage 34, Odense C | Price: 0 Kr. | Written by: Mira Erik | Translated by: Malte Joe Frid-Nielsen

Location: Albert Contemporary
Organizer: Albert Contemporary

To curate is a virtue. Curation is the opposite of YouTube and the internet’s interminable, mindless stream of pictures, video, words. Curating is like a real print newspaper, a season of theater, the program of a cinema; it consists of selection, the choice of what is to be shown because it is better than something else; because it is the best and the most relevant. This is what an art gallery is. And this is the kind of art gallery that Jonathan Kvium runs.

And it excites him. The fun and fascination of it. He wants it to be an awesome space. A free space. A regular playdate. A place where artists can make things happen, and things can happen for the artists. “My criteria for what to put in the gallery is goosebumps. Nothing else. I’m the one who decides, I’m the one who chooses, I’m the one looking for something extraordinary in a sea of the ordinary. And this is the place where my perspective as a curator will be tested; this is where I have to prove myself.”

“I see myself as a servant of the artists. Curation is a thing that happens constantly and spontaneously inside me; I’ve grown up in and been completely galvanized by art, so I really can’t help it. For me, making the perfect display is magical – whether it be a single artist I’m showing, or a group like, for example, ‘quadruple vernissage’, where four artists have to be presented so that they complement and challenge each other, and together create an atmosphere which is fantastic for audience, buyers, and friends to enter into.”

You should come on Saturday, if you haven’t already stopped by. It is the aforementioned ‘quadruple vernissage’ and includes draught beer on the street, and a good chat with interesting people. At the opening last month, the street was so packed it was hard to shove yourself through: We’ve gotten a new place to meet; new coordinates for art; beauty has a new address.

Come without expectations, or find @albertcontemporary on Instagram and read a presentation of the artists ahead of time.  

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