SWOP SEMINAR for professionals


The Dutch dance dramaturge Merel Heering invites us into the artistic methodology of caring. In times of crisis this approach to creating and co-creating becomes more and more important. In a society which distinguishes the personal from the professional, care work is often not considered ‘a part of the job’. Even in the performing arts field – thought to be the ideal site for practicing progressive values. In her keynote speech Merel Heering conveys why she considers practicing care as an act of resistance. She connects care to ethics and reveals ‘delay’ as her main strategy. Her work can be considered a call for care, as well as a call for day-to-day activism, both inside and outside the studio.

Performing Arts is a sector with a voice and an obligation– and especially when talking about young audiences. As a sector, we can introduce a point of view that can potentially have an impact on future generations.

The world is inter-connected, and we need to relate to people and nature with compassion and care – for others and yourself. So, whether you are a performer or maker, schoolteacher, festival director or activist, the methodology of caring is essential.


9.30 – 10.00: Meeting up, coffee/tea and croissants – Introduction to the programme by Aaben Dans
10.00 – 11.00: Merel Heering (NL) “About Caring”
11.00 – 11.15: Break
11.15 – 12.00: First round table discussion based upon the topics “Failure” and “Different Bodies”
12.00 – 12.20: Movement/SWOP dance
12.20 – 13.00: Lunch
13.00 – 13.45: “The Show for Young Men” by Eoin McKenzie. A showing of the work that Eoin began during the PUSH + lab about “failure”  featuring John Pace Bjørnsen and Jon Hoff
13.50 – 14.30: Second Round Table Discussion based upon the topics “Failure” and “Different Bodies”
14.30 – 15.30: Plenum discussion and sum up
15.30 – 16.00: A glass of wine

The language in the seminar will be English


Arranged by Aaben Dans + PUSH +
Link – Eoin McKenzie – eoin
Link – PUSH + 
Link – Aaben Dans

The Dutch dance dramaturge Merel Heering invites us into the artistic methodology of caring.


Kunstsmedjen, Bagtæppet 8, Musicon, 4000 Roskilde
close to Aaben Dans

Friday, May 6th, 9.30 – 15.30


Professionals in the field of performing arts for children and young people


9:30 – 16:00


Please note that admission for the seminar is 175,- kr pr. person, which covers food and beverage.
Booking: Please book your ticket to the seminar

ONLINE: Through the link here…

MAIL:  Please write to Billet@aabendans.dk and pay your admission via MobilePay number 148285 or bank transfer to Spar Nord Bank: 9309 2090158484. Please remeber to write your name on the payment.

Deadline for sign up May 2nd