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
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
Contemporary Technique and Repertoire teacher 1999-2006
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
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).
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).