Jens bjerregaard BIO and CV

Overview

Jens   has been active as a professional dancer since 1992 and as a choreographer 2   years later. He has been a central figure in the Danish dance scene as a   choreographer, teacher and director. He has established spaces and   opportunities for creation, residencies and youth programs.


As   an award-winning choreographer he has throughout his career been active   internationally, touring with group as well as solo works. He has created   works for companies around the world as well as teaching workshops and dance   classes for companies, universities and professional dancers.

 

As a   dance-maker he has consistently explored dance as an abstract, transcendent   form of expression, persistently followed his own choreographic direction.   His style is spellbinding and displays a distinct ‘Scandinavian feel’, based   on a consciousness of form and visual design.


Since 2010 he has been working out of Beirut. Alongside teaching, coaching and creating internationally he has here been perfecting his teaching and coaching work – resulting in eye opening and refined contemporary classes and ballet classes. 

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

  BEIRUT CONTEMPORARY BALLET

Founder and Artistic Co-director since 2017

- Responsibilities include; training, choreography & company development.


DANCING WITH THE STARS – Middle East, Choreographer 2015 & 2016


SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE – Middle East, Choreographer 2014


JENS BJERREGAARD /AURORA BOREALIS

Artistic director, Choreographer & dancer since 2015

- Structure for independent and solo project.


MANCOPY DANCE COMPANY

Artistic director, Choreographer & dancer 2005-2014

- Regional company with full-time dancers.


CHOREOGRAPHIC CENTER ARCHAUZ

Founder and Artistic Director 2007-2010

- Regional center for dance and choreography, Aarhus, Denmark.


DANCE ENSEMBLE URBAN ELVES

Artistic director, Choreographer & dancer 1998-2005


DANISH NATIONAL SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS

Contemporary Technique and Repertoire teacher 1999-2006 

Choreographies

  2018, Beirut Contemporary Ballet; Dance movie “Ghazal”, Duet performance “Skirmish – vers2”, “Counterpoint and other duets” (co-produced with Colorful dance festival, China), “Spectacular Spectator” (Co-production with Enigma Dance Collective, China)

2017; Beirut Contemporary Ballet; Rand Music video “Vivre”. Jens Bjerregaard/Aurora Borealis; “Wanderlust” (Created in on dancers from Ballet Contemporaneo de Camaquey, Cuba), “Encounters” (Created on dance students at Guangxi Arts Institute, China) “Bath” (Site specific performance with Enigma Dance Collective, China).

2016; Jens Bjerregaard/Aurora Borealis; “The Dancing Human”, “Whispers” ((Created on dance students at Nanchang University China, China). DANCING WITH THE STARS – MIDDLE EAST; Group dance “Tabki el Touyour” for pro-dancers.

2015; Dance movie “And so do I” (Produced and directed by Jana Younes) Jens Bjerregaard/Aurora Borealis; “Skirmish – vers1” and Juxta” (co-produced with MU Terminal, Hungary), “School of Fish” (Created on dance students at Guangxi Arts Institute, China), “By Friction” (Created in on dancers from Ballet Contemporaneo de Camaquey, Cuba). DANCING WITH THE STARS – MIDDLE EAST; Group dance “Elastic Heart” for pro-dancers.

2014; “In the light” (for MuTerminal, Hungary), SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE - MIDDLE EAST; 13 duet choreographies and 2 group dances


Early works: “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” (Created in Denmark & restaged with dancers from China, co-productionGuangdong Modern Dance Festival), “Cake & Consequences” (co-production with Visa2Dance festival, Tanzania), “Falling and Love” (co-production with MuTerminal, Hungary), “Simple Moves”, “INKZ”, “Rite”, “Iconic/Ironic”, “Raum”, “Stringens”, “Territories” (Danish Dance Theatre), “Parallel” (Danish Dance Theatre), “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”, “Beautiful Breakdown”, “Silent Tales”, “Urban Elves danser Urban Elves”, “Spiri- og andre teknikaliteter”, “Linear Tales”, “Tomrum”, “Voice Works”, “Tweed”, “Verklaerte Nacht”, “Faldt fra himlen”. 

Choreography for movies

2018 Choreography for Beirut Contemporary Ballet's movie Ghazal, directed by Jana Jounes (LB)   


2017 Music "Vivre" for Lebanese Group Rand


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

  Professional Companies:

Skanes Danseteater (Sweden), Danish Dance Theater, T.H.E. Dance Company (Singapore), Ballet Manila, Ballet Contemporaneo de Camaquey (Cuba), Enigma Dance Collective (China), Guangdong Modern Dance Company (China), Frontier Danceland (Singapore), Caracalla Dance Company (Lebanon), Daloy and Air Dance (Philippines).


Open training professional dancers:

Dansens Hus (Denmark), Proda (Norway), Danscentrum Vast & Syd (Sweden), Henny Jurgens Foundation (Holland), ARCPasadena (USA), The Dance Center (Canada).


Universities and professional training programs for dancers

California State University, Pomona Arts College, Danish National School of performing Arts, Guangxi Arts institute & Nanchang University (China) Lasalle College (Singapore), CobosMika SEADs (Spain).


Festivals:

Guangdong Modern Dance Festival (China), Zawirowania Festival & Bytom Dance festival  (Poland), Nairobi Solo&Duets Dance Festival, Corp et Gestes (Cameroun), Visa for Dance (Tanzania), Contact Dance Festival (Singapore), Bipod (Lebanon). 

Dance education

1989-1992 Laban Centre in London. 


1990-1993 Private lessons with ballet teacher Roger Tully