Jens Bjerregaard Biography

Awards and Prizes

2010 Included in KRAKS BLÅ BOG (Danish version of   Who is Who)     

2008 The Theatre journalist initiative   award for Aarhus international Choreography Competition and the Archauz. The  Albert Gaubiers grant for his innovative work with Mancopy and the creation   of Archauz     

2005 First Danish   Choreographer to be selected by the DanceWebEurope network      

2000 The Danish TEATER ET   award for an original and continuous contribution to the dance in Denmark     

2000 Second price at the   choreography competition Jeune Choreographe en Normandie in France     

1999 First prizes at the   choreography competition Jeune Choregraphe en Normandie in France and   EURODANS in Romania     

Work history

Since 2018 co-director of Beirut Contemporary Ballet

Since 2015 Artistic  Director of Jens Bjerregaard / Aurora Borealis 

Choreographer  on Arabic edition of TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” (from 2014) 

Choreographer   on Arabic edition of TV show “Dancing with the Stars” (from 2015)     

2005 to 2014 Founder and Artistic   Director of MANCOPY Dansekompagni. 

2007-2010 Founder   and Artistic Director of Archauz.   

1998-2005 Artistic Director Dance  Ensemble Urban Elves     

1999-2006 Technical and   Repertoire teacher at SMD - Dance Department of the State Theatre School, Cph.    

1992-1998 Free-lance  Choreographer and Dancer  working with Royal Danish Opera, Uppercut Danseteater, Aaben Dans

Past choreographies

(Click to explore the current works)

Works with Beirut Contemporary Ballet:


Jens Bjerregaard / Aurora Borealis productions, co-productions (2015 onwards): Wanderlust (Ballet Contemporano de Camaquey) The Dancing Human, Whispers (University production Nanchang China), Skirmish and Juxta (Co-production for MuTerminal, Hungary) 

Mancopy productions, co-productions (2005-1014):     School of Fish (Guangxi Arts Institute, China) By Friction (Co-production with   Endedans, Cuba), In the light   (Co-production for MuTerminal, Hungary), Absolutes,   Every last Breath, Megaphonic   Combat (Site-Specific commission for   Danish-Arab Urban Arts Festival in Beirut), Touch (co-production with Good Dance Center and Beijing Modern   Dance Festival), Adam Without (Co-production   with MuTerminal, Hungary), NOW (restaged with   dancers from China, co-production with GUWU Theatre & Guangdong   Modern Dance Festival), Cake &   Consequences (co-production with Visa2Dance festival, Tanzania), Falling and Love (co-production with   MuTerminal, Hungary), Simple Moves, INKZ (Triple bill with Tomomi Yamauchi   & Tim Feldmann), Now, Rite, Last Orders (by Rachel Erdos), To go somewhere (By Dominique Porte), Iconic/Ironic, Raum, Stringens (Triple bill with Olga CobosMika   & Anders Christiansen), To late 2   (by Cristina Caprioli), Nothing florid.      1994-2010 Early Choreographies:     Territories, Parallel & Vanishing   Points (Danish Dance Theatre), Feeding   the Dragon (Takween, Beirut), No   Apollon (Reutlingen, Germany), Frimærkeballet (Theatre production for   children, Bådteatret, Copenhagen).     Motion/Notion, Shaved, Plucked & Moisturized, Mimic, En åben   affære, Beautiful Breakdown, Silent   Tales, Urban Elves danser Urban   Elves, Spiri- og andre   teknikaliteter.     Linear Tales, While Waiting, Tomrum, Voice Works, Tweed, Verklaerte Nacht,   Faldt fra himlen, Tredelt, Morgan, Decorum & Dialign.     

Choreography for movies

  2015 Choreography and performer in the dance movie “And so do I” directed by Jana Jounes (LB) 

2014 Choreography and performer in the dance movie “Vincent” directed by Tony Khoury (LB)  

Teaching experience include

Proday, Oslo, Ballet Academien; Gothenburg, Danscentrum; Sweden, 

National School of Contemporary Dance; Copenhagen; Danish Dance Theatre; T.H.E Company and Frontier Danceland, Singapore, California State University, Pomona Arts College, Los Angeles, ARCPasadena, Ballet Manilla, Ballet Pilippines, Guangxi Arts Institute, China, Caracalla Dance Company, Lebanon, HSJ, Amsterdam; Dansehallerne, Copenhagen; Guangdong Modern Dance Festival; Zawirowania Festival, Warsaw; Dance Center, Vancouver; CobosMika SEADs, Barcelona; Contact festival, Singapore; Skånes Danseteater; Danscentrum Syd, Malmø; Danscentrum Vast, Gothenburg; Nairobi Solo&Duets Dance Festival, Maqamat, Beirut; Palamos Summer Dance, Spain. 

Dance education

1989-1992 Diploma in contemporary dance and choreography at the Laban Centre in London. 

1990-1993 Private lessons with ballet teacher Roger Tully