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Invitation to performing arts projects //
Apply and become part of Åbne Scene’s program in 2024.

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MAY 1st, 2023 at 11.59 pm.


About Åbne Scene
Åbne Scene at Godsbanen in Aarhus is a residency program for professional, self-producing performing artists focusing on artistic development work. The residency program exclusively supports work-in-process projects in the independent performing arts field and is curated based on an annual open call, which artists from all performing arts genres can apply to.

Åbne Scene offers time for experimentation and immersion in Godsbanen’s technically well-equipped black box, technical assistance and guidance from the stage’s technical team, as well as the possibility of accommodation in one or more of Godsbanen’s guest rooms.

Åbne Scene prioritizes projects that engage in artistic research, knowledge sharing, and interaction with local actors and environments, and that specifically require the use of a black box.




Trine Sørensen
+45 26330901

Åbne Scene
Skovgaardsgade 3
8000 Aarhus C

Who can apply?
Groups and individuals from the professional performing arts field, including interdisciplinary constellations, with a need for a research process in a black box with technical capabilities.

Åbne Scene does not curate residency periods for finishing production or presentation of finished works.

Åbne Scene prioritizes projects focusing on:
DEVELOPMENT of artistic material or skills
KNOWLEDGE SHARING from the artistic engine room
INTERACTION with local creative environments and Godsbanen Read more about the criteria here.

How do I apply?
You can apply to our open call via the link to the application form. Fill out the form, upload your project description and CVs as instructed in the form, and submit your response before the deadline on May 1, 2024, at 11:59 PM. We accept applications in Danish and English.

What can I apply for?
Residencies of 2-4 weeks can be applied for as needed throughout 2025 (except for July and certain other periods – see more information in the application form).

It is not possible to apply for cash funds, but rather for time in Åbne Scene’s black box and – as needed – accommodation in one or more of Godsbanen’s eight guest rooms (called Kupéerne), supplementary production spaces (such as smaller rehearsal rooms), as well as technical assistance and guidance (a certain number of free hours provided by the stage’s technical team).

See Åbne Scene’s technical specifications here.
Read more about the Kupéerne here.

Who curates the program?
The daily management and administration of Åbne Scene are handled by Godsbanen’s curator and coordinator Trine Sørensen. Åbne Scene’s program is curated based on the annual open call by Trine Sørensen in consultation with an advisory panel of external performing artists/professionals, which for this open call includes composer Niels Rønsholdt and director and performer Tone Haldrup Lorenzen. As part of the selection process, the curator and the panel also receive guidance from the Performing Arts Platform (led by Charlotte Mors).

When do I get response?
Applicants can expect to receive a response by the end of May 2024.