Photo Wayne McGregor – by Nick Mead

Star choreographer on the roofs and streets of Aarhus

In the middle of June, you can experience world-class dance for free, through the work of English star-choreographer Wayne McGregor, across rooftops, squares and gardens in the city centre. The internationally renowned choreographer will be visiting the city as part of the European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017 and the music, dance and light performance Tree of Codes. After the conclusion of this project Wayne McGregor will continue his engagement with the European Capital of Culture and together with his dance company and six local choreographers will create the performance Lightlens, involving more than 200 citizens of all ages, cultures, gender and professions. LightLens will celebrate and unite Aarhus through dance.

Photo Wayne McGregor – by Nick Mead
Photo: Wayne McGregor – by Nick Mead

LightLens will be shown three times a day on the 16th and 17th of June at 17.30, 18.30 and 20.00. The best view of proceedings will be from Olafur Eliasson’s spectacular artwork, Your Rainbow Panorama, at the top of ARoS Art Museum. The installation can also be seen from street level, when the 200 dancers take to the squares, pavements and parks of the city.

Studio Wayne McGregor has 20 years’ experience with creating innovative participatory dance performances of the highest quality. Lightlens promises to provide an unforgettable experience for both the audience and its 200 performers. After the performances in Aarhus the national choreographic platform Dansehallerne will take over and carry the joy of dancing out across the Central Jutland Region. Here they will create new dance performances with the inhabitants of three different cities.

We are proud to combine the possibility to experience world-class dance professionals with an invitation to residents to come and dance with them. We are looking forward to involving the whole city,” says Rebecca Matthews, administrative director at European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017