Marina Mascarell

(She/her) Marina Mascarell is Artistic Director of Danish Dance Theatre. Marina is a well-established choreographer born in Oliva, Spain. Resident Choreographer at Korzo Theatre in The Hague between 2011-21, Associated Artist at Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona since 2018 and founder and artistic director of MEI(s) Foundation. Beside her independent work Marina has also been commissioned to create pieces by institutions such as Nederlands Dans Theater 1 and 2, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, Biennale de la Danse of Lyon with Lyon Opera Ballet, Skånes Dansteater, Dance Forum Taipei among others. She collaborates as well with fellow artists in the fields of visual arts, film, music and theatre. Her work has been presented in The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Taiwan, China, Korea, Brazil, Argentina and Chile. She has been recognized and awarded with several prizes during her career, such as BNG Excellent Dance Award 2015. PHOTO: Matevž Čebašek



(She/Her) For Jessica, dancing depicts play, purpose and possibility, and over the years she has been fascinated and motivated by the transformative potential of art and movement - literally and metaphorically, collectively and individually. In many ways, dancing has transformed Jessica’s life, taking her from one side of the world to the other, providing the opportunity to work with and learn from many inspiring people, and experience the cultural adventures of living in different countries. Born in Australia in 1990, Jessica began her education in Sydney/Gadigal, moving to London in 2007 to attend Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. In 2010 Jessica graduated with a first class Bachelor of Arts, and she joined the National Dance Company of Spain in Madrid, where she worked for 6 years. She volunteered with refugees in Greece in 2016 before moving to Denmark to join Danish Dance Theatre. Since 2016, Jessica's journey continues here in Copenhagen, and she is currently undertaking a Master in Arts and Cultural Management.


(She/Her) Born in Norway, where the harsh weather conditions and close connection to nature have built endurance and determination. The aspects of movement and dance that inspire her the most, are the constant new meeting points in which the work unfolds; new people, cultures, discussions, physical concepts, perspectives, constellations and challenges. Merete received her BA from Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO) in 2012, a 200-hour Yoga TTC certificate in 2015, and is currently pursuing her MA in Arts and Cultural Management at Leuphana University. Merete has worked as a freelance dancer, with Carte Blanche (NO) and joined Danish Dance Theatre in 2016. During her career so far, she has worked with Ina Christel Johannessen, Marcos Morau, Sharon Eyal, Edhem Jesenković, Yossi Berg & Oded Graf, Rachel Tess, Roy Assaf, among others.


(He/Him) Lukas was first introduced to dance at 8 years old, at his suburban school on Amager, while attending a showing with the students of the Royal Danish Ballet touring around the country with the “Bournonville bus”. His elementary school teacher noticed his fascination and encouraged him to audition for the ballet school. Lucas graduated from the Royal Danish Ballet School and opted for a more contemporary route, attending the Palucca Hochule Für Tanz Dresden, after which he joined Kamea Dance Company in Israel. Spending 4 transformative years abroad he returned to Copenhagen and joined Danish Dance Theatre in 2016. Lukas enjoys getting his hands dirty, finding inspiration in visual arts, including painting, photography, and film/editing. He is driven by his curiosity and love for collective creative processes, melding the diverse realms of art with his passion for movement. Throughout his career, in companies and the freelance scene, Lukas has had the privilege of collaborating with a variety of choreographers and artists, such as Itzik Galili, Tina Tarpgaard, Roy Assaf, Marcos Morau, Sebastian Kloborg, Edhem Jesenković, librettist Krystian Lada, Krystian Ingmarson. “Moving and performing allows me to embark on a continuous journey of exploration and playfulness, embracing the growth of the roles of both performer and individual."


(He/Him) Born in Sheffield, United Kingdom. Bradley started dancing at the age of 16, when he joined his sister at local dance classes. After training at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London, where he graduated in 2013 with a 1st class honours degree, he joined the contemporary dance company BalletBoyz. Whilst there, Bradley worked with renowned choreographers such as Ivan Perez, Russel Maliphant, Javier De Frutos, Maxine Doyle & Xie Xin, before joining Danish Dance Theatre in 2019. “Dance as a whole is being a part of something much larger than myself, historically, politically, culturally, and that is a huge privilege. Movement is a universal language that can be understood and shared by everyone, regardless of background. To be a part of that and able to say, question or reflect on something by using dance is one of the best and only ways I’ve known how to fully say what I want to say.”


(She/Her) Lúa Mayenco was born in Madrid, Spain, where she graduated with honors from the Carmen Amaya Dance Conservatory. Shortly after, Lúa moved to New York City to begin her Bachelor of Fine Arts at The Juilliard School. In the spring of 2020, she became the first Spanish dancer to graduate from this institution and was one of six recipients of the Juilliard Career Advancement Grants in her graduating class. In the summer of 2020, Lúa arrived in Copenhagen to join Danish Dance Theater as a dancer and generator. Community, curiosity and communication are the values defining Lúa’s development as a performer and creator. Striving to discover new ways of connecting with her surroundings, she is in search of a playful vocabulary that can serve as a foundation for open and unbounded conversations.


(She/Her) Kristin Furnes Bjerkestrand was born in Bergen, Norway. Her first memories of dance are evening sessions in the living room with her father to the grooves of D´Sound. To her, “dance” belongs to everyone and everything, and she loves observing not only her colleagues, but also the moving world around her. She sees creative processes as a means to decipher thoughts, feelings, sensations, experiences, and curiosities - and loves experiencing the intangible transform into visible reflections. She is constantly moved and inspired by the collective effort in the studio to question, create, and problem-solve, and often marvels at the thought of all the coincidences that brought exactly ‘this’ constellation of people together. To her, that´s magic. How the work is defined exactly by this melting pot of languages and thoughts – both physical and spoken. She started dancing at the age of seven at her local dance school, and at the age of 16 moved to Oslo to attend Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KhiO). After receiving her Bachelor degree in Classical ballet in 2011, she started working at Balletto Teatro di Torino in Italy under the direction of Matteo Levaggi. In 2016 she moved to Wiesbaden, Germany, to join the Hessisches Staatsballett. She came to Danish Dance Theatre in 2020 and is currently finishing her MA degree in Arts and Cultural Management at Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Over the years she has worked with Matteo Levaggi, Itzik Galili, Itamar Serussi, Bryan Arias, Sita Ostheimer, Alejandro Cerrudo, Jeroen Verbruggen, Ina Christel Johannesen, and Roy Assaf, among others.


(She/Her) Leticia is interested in a physical language that constantly questions forms and modes of creation and manages to empathize with the audience from a specific freedom and fluidity in movement. She also believes that dance has the ability to make us better human beings. It is a practice in which we can share, exchange and merge parts of who we are with our unique past of stories, heritage, culture and identity. Leticia is born in Habana, Cuba. She began her studies at the "Fernando Alonso" National Ballet School in Cuba, graduating as a dance-teacher, and later completing a degree in Dance Art Studies at the University of the Arts in 2019. Leticia has been a professional performer working for international companies such as the National Ballet of Cuba and Acosta Danza over the last thirteen years, developing her practice in classical ballet, modern, contemporary, and Afro-Cuban techniques. During her career she has performed works by choreographers such as Alicia Alonso, Carlos Acosta, Christopher Bruce, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Pontus Lidberg, Justin Peck, Goyo Montero, Juanjo Arques, August Bournonville, Kenneth MacMillan, George Balanchine, Jorge Crecis and Miguel Altunaga. In 2021 she moved to Spain where she became an independent dancer and she has been working mostly with Jorge Crecis leading Towards Vivencia workshops (performance presence for dancers). As a choreography assistant she was invited by Crecis to create the piece "24" for the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Since 2022 she is part of Danish Dance Theater. As an artist she is intrigued by the artist's experience before, during and after the performance, the ability to be present and fully live in real time. She pursues that presence and seeks to go beyond the limits we create for ourselves. Silva is passionate about the idea of awakening and transforming minds, freeing them through movement and full awareness of their actions.


(She/Her) Yi-Shao is from Taiwan. Love and passion for movement brought her to dance at a very early age. In 2017, she joined the company Dance Forum Taipei, where she began to explore her own perspective on dance. Through a series of different works and collaborations, she got to question in what ways movement was able to also transform her. She is a curious and positive dancer who carries with her the questions, challenges, and ideas of the works she experiences. Her journey has been shaped by the discoveries every process brought along, being able to engage with new parts of herself and letting them influence the unknown. She has been deeply inspired by both her experiences in street dance battles and contemporary creations with renown choreographers like Toru Shimazaki, Iván Pérez and Marina Mascarell among others. Yi-Shao joined Danish Dance Theatre in 2023.


(He/Him) Guatemalan-born, American-Danish, Jens-Antonio Schyth Brøndum (He/him), is a contemporary mover based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He spent his forming years in the mountains of Colorado, USA, which shaped his curiosity about mythos, the study of cultural diversity, and the shifting dynamics of nature and physicality. After finishing his BA at The Danish National School of Performing Arts, Jens worked with choreographer Sita Ostheimer based in Berlin, Germany. His time with the company inspired a strong awareness of physicality. Simultaneously, Jens worked with numerous Danish-based companies, notably: Uppercut Dance Theater, Holstebro Dance Company, and the Royal Danish Theater, cultivating his ties to the freelance scene in Denmark. His perspective as an artist is reflected through:A strong trust in the dancing body. A strong belief in respecting the heritage of the body. A strong interest in how dance can reshape our perception of reality. A strong interest in how dance can cultivate an inclusive space for all, regardless of cultural and social background.


(They/Them) Transforming, deconstructing and reshaping the body and mind is what interests Wolf most when diving into research with a choreographer, collective or just by themselves. A great part of this comes from the experience as a queer artist, always looking to understand what connects, divides and confines us as humans. Born in Belgium in 1996, with two graphic designers as parents, they developed a passion for visual arts and were introduced to the art of dance at a very young age. Wolf started at the Ballet-en Dansschool Niké, went on to graduate from the Kunsthumaniora Brussel and moved to Amsterdam to study Modern Theatre Dance at the Academy of Theatre and Dance. After these studies, Wolf worked as a freelancer and joined projects with Ann Van den Broek, Simona Bertozzi, Iris Van Peppen and Makiko Ito among others. In 2018 Wolf became a part of the OFFProjects collective, led by Amos Ben-Tal, and worked with them up until their latest work Songs & Silences. Besides this, they taught contemporary dance and improvisation at the Kunsthumaniora Brussel for several years and creates their own choreographic work. Wolf have always been infatuated by the anatomy and behaviour of animals, imbedded in their way of moving, which is an element that Wolf will keep on exploring. Wolf joined DDT in 2023.


(He/Him) Amancio was born in Spain and began his dance training at the age of 20. He received lessons at Beitia in Spain and continued his training at the Center de Danse Rosella Hightower, Cannes. Since then, dance has taken him around the world, and he has danced with Scottish Ballet, NAPAC, Reflex, Rotterdamse Dansgroep, Scapino Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, The Forsythe Company and Dance on Ensemble. Inquisitive and inspired by the boundless scope of dance as an art form, Amancia wants to continue to discover more and more through both teaching and dancing. Amancio joined DDT in 2023.



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