CPH STAGE 2022: announcements in English

Why me?
June 8-10, performances at 8 p.m., 4 p.m. and 9.30 p.m.; Teater V i Prøvehallen, Porcelænstorvet 4, Valby; teater-v.dk

Twenty years ago, a comedy about cancer would have been unthinkable. But since then we’ve had The Farewell, 50/50… hell, even Breaking Bad is a darkly comedic tale.

But that’s not the case with ‘Why Me’. Come to the theater prepared to be moved by a story that touches heavily on the pain of illness, as well as loneliness.

Not least, the star of this production is the actress who inspired the screenplay: Christina Seldens. Hers is a story of woe, sure, but also a story that offers a lot of hope and joy.

Along with writer and director Kamilla Wargo Brekling, she helped craft a deeply authentic monologue that will stay with you long after the curtain goes up.

June 9, 8 p.m., Danish versions on June 10 (8 p.m.) and June 11 (3 p.m.); Edison, Edisonsvej 10, Frederiksberg

This acclaimed Fix & Foxy production has been doing the rounds for a few years now, earning praise with every turn, feint and punch.

Inspired by Sylvester Stallone’s film, Morten Burian narrates and then performs in this politically charged monologue about how modern Denmark has trampled on the underdog.

Served with powerful images, this one is hard to forget – especially with regard to recent events that have seen the left become as big a threat to the social order as the right.

Whatever you do, book tickets for this show. Don’t leave it too late, because it’s likely to sell out in the time it took Ivan Drago to take down Apollo Creed.

avatar me
June 8-10, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. & 9 p.m.; on line; requires phone or computer

Using your phone, you could be anywhere, and that’s the premise of Fix & Foxy’s Avatar Me: a disengagement from your surroundings, your life, your mind and your body – as long as you are ready to receive a link to open another dimension. Before the show, listen to “Once in a Lifetime” by Talking Heads!

June 8 & 9, 5 p.m.; Theatre, William Wains Gade 18, Cph K

Sailing to the moon may be impossible, but that hasn’t stopped artists from drawing inspiration from it. Director Peter Kirk, interpreter Tilde Knudsen and musician Klaus Risager make it the starting point for a cabaret/song cycle about longing, longing and transformation.

June 2-3 & 9-11, 12:00-4:00 p.m.; Friisland, Kattegatvej 39, Nordhavn; friisland.dk

Live Art Denmark’s tribute to strong and historically significant women will be presented 80 to 100 times over the five days, each time for approximately 15 minutes. It will be
an experience like no other, immersed in the Yoruba language through the installation and the dance of Taiwo.

Do you hear the roars outside the building
June 3, 4 & 8, 6:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. on June 4, 1 p.m. on June 8; Union, Nørre Allé 7, Cph N

This play in English takes us to the palace of a West African ruler (Hervé Touré) hours before it was stormed. Exploring African idealism, the legacy of colonialism and the continued bloodshed on the continent, the roars are deafening at the end!

The smile on your face
From June 2 to 4, every 30 minutes from 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Edison, Edisonsvej 10, Frederiksberg

A proud entry into the Guardian’s 50 Best Shows of the 21st Century, it’s an experience like no other, and you share it alone. The Belgian company Ontroerend Goed will blindfold you and strap you to a wheelchair. The rest is left to your imagination.

Scheiny’s All Star Yiddish Review
June 2, 6:00 p.m.; Det Jødiske Hus, Krystalgade 12, Cph K

This is a shoo-in for fans of the Netflix series Shtisel, a showcase for sassy and catchy Jewish music that uplifts the human spirit. But as alive as Deborah ‘Scheiny’ Gzesh and her band are, the Vienna-based Jewish-American performer, the grief of their ancestors is never far from her lips.

The little Mermaid
June 6, 8:00 p.m.; Metronomen, Godthåbsvej 33, Frederiksberg

Pernille Rübner-Petersen performs songs telling the story of HC Andersen’s original fairy tale with piano accompaniment by Johann Gustav Skov-Hansen. Warning: This is not the Disney version and there will be blood in the mermaid’s brutal and cruel fate.

choreography on the face
June 8 & 9, 6 p.m.; Det Lilla Rum, Skotterupgade 16, Cph N

Imagine a lecture-performance in English where you can’t hide, because you and the rest of the audience are part of the show. Enjoy micro-choreographies performed on other people’s faces – the big question is whether they reflect what’s going on in your mind.

June 10, 8 p.m., June 11, 5 p.m.; Husets Teater, Halmtorvet 9, Cph V

The Mini Playback Show, a German pre-Pop Idol competition in which children pose as adult singers, is choreographer and dancer Joana Tischkau’s inspiration for a montage that explores the white German desire for black imitation, now translated into English.

June 8, 10 & 11, 7:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m., June 11, 5:00 p.m.; Serapions-Ordenen Sekretariat, Haveselskabetsvej 3B, Frederiksberg

Corona separated us, but that’s the new order: Cantabile 2’s deep group experience for us to celebrate being close to each other again. Observe and participate in a collection of deeply moving sensory experiences.

The smoker
June 9-10; 7 p.m., in Danish from June 6 to 8; Skolen på Amagerbro, Lybækgade 20, Cph S

Teater Lux’s futuristic story about a smoker who travels to the Amazon rainforest to find someone without an artificial lung transplant, who can help him counter the global tobacco ban. Does that sound pretty wacky to you, Crazy Horse?

June 7 & 8, 6 p.m., June 9, 4 p.m.; Exact location TBC, Sønder Boulevard, Cph V

Venture outdoors with Dansehallerne to paint the city red, or at least redesign it, through dance and choreography. A map will guide the audience through a molded reality of public space, taking them somewhere between the real and the imagined.

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