Danish Dance Theatre


Danish Dance Theatre – one of Northern Europe’s leading companies.


Danish Dance Theatre was founded in 1981 by the English/Norwegian choreographer and pioneer Randi Patterson, in collaboration with Anette Abildgaard, Ingrid Buchholtz, Mikala Barnekow and soon after, Warren Spears. At that time, the company was named ‘New Danish Dance Theatre.’


Since 2018, Pontus Lidberg has been the company’s Artistic Director and will continue Danish Dance Theatre’s vision of combining the classical arts with the modern.


Today, Danish Dance Theatre is the foremost contemporary dance company in Denmark, as well as the largest. The company is composed of hand-picked dancers from all over the world.


The repertoire spans from large stage productions at The Royal Danish Theatre, to open-air events such as Copenhagen Summer Dance in the Copenhagen Police Headquarters and Louisiana Dance in the garden of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Danish Dance Theatre also does an extensive amount of both national and international touring.


Danish Dance Theatre receives funding from the Ministry of Culture and the Danish Arts Council’s International Performing Arts Exchange. In addition, individual performances receive support from private foundations.




“… so entirely original they cannot be compared to anything from the American modern tradition." Boston Herald


”It’s not just that the music feels like a strongly tangible element. It’s that Rushton’s choreography is so viscerally responsive to its fine detail, you can almost feel the notes as a rough, silky or chilly sensation on the dancers’ skin.” The Guardian

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Danish Dance Theatre, Photo: Henrik Stenberg