Troels Primdahl (b. 1984, Incheon, South Korea) has been carrying out collaborative and interdisciplinary stage productions since 2010. He’s a versatile director and choreographer with a catalogue of works that spans over dance pieces, operas, art films, performance interventions and fashion shows. Between 2005-2012 he studied B.F.A + M.F.A. in ‘Aesthetics and Culture’ at Aarhus University, Denmark, while he was concurrently trained in installation and conceptual art at Aarhus Art Academy and in classical piano at The Royal Academy of Music. Apart from being characterized by a visual simplicity combined with a certain existential unrest, Primdahl’s works are often created from within a site-specific curiosity.
In 2015 he was commissioned by Decoda (the Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall) to compose his first chamber suite NIGHT IS ALSO A SUN, which was staged as a vertical concert in the departure hall of an airport. In 2017 he premiered a grand techno ballet MY ICARUS COMPLEX inside a former military airbase on Djursland Peninsula. From 2018 Primdahl has been engaged in the establishment and curation of a new hybrid art space in Berlin, TRAUMA BAR UND KINO.
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)
Sostrup Castle, Grenaa, Denmark (2017)
Best Music of 2019 Award from Danish Arts Foundation – for the centrifugal operetta UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL, created in collaboration with Kaj Duncan David.
Work Grant from Danish Arts Foundation 2017+2018 – 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.
- On Racism (CARNIVALESQUE 2011)
- Anxiety and Control (FALL 2013)
- Short Update from Berlin (portrait 2014)
- Art as Risk-Taking (portrait 2015)
- A different Concept of Love and Collaboration (DUST 2015)
- The Transit Hall of Intimacy (NIGHT IS ALSO A SUN 2015)
- Living Art (portrait 2016).
- Berlin Club Life (TRAUMA BAR UND KINO 2019)
- Holding Space (TRAUMA BAR UND KINO 2019)