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Troels Primdahl (b. 1984, Incheon, South Korea) started his professional career in 2010 as interdisciplinary stage director and choreographer in his own production company established together with producer Kristian Schwarz. He has been studying M.F.A. in ‘Aesthetics and Culture’ at Aarhus University, Denmark, while he concurrently was trained at Aarhus Art Academy in ‘Installation and Conceptual Art’. Today he is still associated with the Danish university, since he’s now engaged as academic mentor with ‘philosophical aesthetics’, ‘radical theory’ and ‘political art’ as areas of specialization. Additionally, Troels is a board member of AUT (an orginasation for sound art founded in 1966), where he is staging concerts and performances with contemporary composition music – latest in collaboration with the Belgian ensemble Musiques Nouvelles and the affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall, Decoda.

Through his recent explorations of interdisciplinary approaches Troels searches for new transgressive interventions in the aesthetic mode of expression as well as in the existential and psychological questions in the political landscape. This has over time become a signature of his field of work, which includes choreography, film directing, set design and performance art.

Troels is currently based in Berlin from where he is initiating new collaborative projects with international artists, among these art photographer Anders Bigum [DK], composer Kaj Duncan David [DK/UK], composer Michael Harrison [US], composer Line Tjørnhøj [DK], composer Louis Aguirre [CU], video artist Jolene Mok [CH], visual artist David Ramirez Gómez [CO], and Open Space Performunion [DE].

Bora Bora – Dance & Visual Theatre, Aarhus, Denmark (2014, 2017)

REITIR, Siglufjörður, Iceland (2014)

Arts Letters & Numbers, The Mill, Averill Park, New York, United States (2014)

Tækker AIR Berlin, Berlin, Germany (2014, 2015)

Centro Negra, Murica, Spain (2016)

Centro Colombo America, Medellín, Colombia (2016)

Work Grant from Danish Arts Foundation 2017 – for continued artistic practice. 

Quarantine Lifted at The Quarantine Film Festival 2015, Varna, Bulgaria – for the choreographic documentary PEOPLE. MOVES. PLACES.

Memefest Recognition for Socially Responsive Art at Memefest Festival 2014, Australia – for the choreographic documentary PEOPLE. MOVES. PLACES.

The Audience Award 2014 at Aarhus Scenekunstcenter & Aarhus Stiftstidende Annual, Denmark – for the experimental performance piece FALL.

The Jury’s Special Announcement at international choreography competition Make Your Move 2013 – for the piece THE BEGINNING IS THE SAME, THE END IS DIFFERENT.

»SEX, DEATH, POLITCAL PASSION,
THESE ARE THE SIMPLE OBJECTS TO WHICH I GIVE MY ELEGIAC HEART«
[PIER PAOLO PASOLINI]