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Relay Bodø 2024

Call for artists from Denmark/Greenland/Faroe Islands 

for the Performing Arts Relay artistic laboratory in Bodø, Nov 12-15, 2024.



The partners of the Performing Arts Relay lab collaboration invite artists from the performing arts field in Denmark, Norway and Canada to work and explore together in this 4-day artistic laboratory. We invite artists to propose an idea for an experiment, a question or a field of investigation on the theme Language//Landscape. The purpose of the lab is to explore, discover and exchange methods and practice with the other participants, not to produce or develop a specific project.


The lab work will be designed around the proposals from the selected artists, and will be facilitated by the organising partners. The lab is preceded by a short pre-lab process online for all participants. For this lab, we will select 2 artists from Denmark, 2 from Norway and 2 from Canada.


Performing Arts Relay 2024-2026 is a series of 3 artistic research labs, each hosted by one of the Relay partners in Bodø, Toronto and Aarhus. In each lab, 6 artists come together to explore, exchange and reflect, and to qualify their artistic practice. The artistic work in the labs is free of the demands of production - but that does not mean that it is undefined. The hosting partners facilitate and frame the lab work with questions, themes, individual and collaborative tasks, to promote the artists' awareness of their methods and artistic practices. The focus of the labs is the variety of the 3 countries' languages and (inner and outer) geographies, including the Arctic regions, as reflected in the work of the participating artists. The thematic starting point of the work is Language//Landscape, a broad theme that can be interpreted in multiple ways by the participating artists, and they are invited to map their artistic routes together, as they explore their own and each other's work practice. Exploring paths that reflect the Language of Landscapes and the Landscape of Languages.



Each artist receives a fee of 10.000 DKK, travel, accommodation and per diems. Studio and basic technical facilities. The Danish artists must apply for mobility funding by March 31, in collaboration with Seachange Lab.


How to apply

Send us a short proposal of max 1 page, describing your question /idea for investigation, and your cv. Deadline: March 24, 2024. Email:

If you want to discuss an idea before applying, please don't hesitate to contact Barbara Simonsen,

Relay Bodø 2024

Spring 2024: 2 artists from each partner country are selected for Relay Bodø.

Oct 28-Nov 8: Pre-lab process (online). Approx. 10 flexible work hours. From their present landscape, the artists share ideas, sound works, videos, texts, questions of method and practice.

Nov 11: Travel day.

Nov 12-14: Artistic lab in Bodø, hosted by Davvi - Centre for Performing Arts. The selected artists create, research and exchange methods and questions in a frame facilitated and documented by the Relay partners.

Nov 15: Concluding seminar and knowledge sharing with local artistic and academic communities.

Nov 16: Travel day.



Barbara Simonsen, Seachange Lab (DK).

Brian Quirt, Nightswimming (CAN).

Bruce Barton, School of Creative and Performing Arts (CAN).

Susanne Næss, Davvi - Centre for Performing Arts (NO).


The Performing Arts Relay partners share a passion for artistic research and lab work for performing arts professionals. We believe that artistic research is a necessity, not a luxury, and essential for artists to continue to grow and develop, all through their carreer. As project partners we are dedicated to providing solid framework for lab work to take place, and we feel that the labs we create together, combining practice and reflection in a professionally facilitated and structured frame, are an important contribution to expanding the horizons, knowledge and skills of the participating artists as well as our own.

Performing Arts Relay 2024-2026 is supported by Nordic Culture Fund and Aarhus Municipality.

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