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JC Copenhagen is management, advising, mentoring and administration

JC Copenhagen is a private owned organization specializing in advising, managing and administrating smaller companies, self-producing choreographers and artists.

The organization was founded by Jens Christian Jensen in 2020 after having worked in different institutions such as The Agency for Culture and Palaces (for The Danish Arts Foundation), The Project Centre at Dansehallerne and Performing Arts Platform in Aarhus.

Jens Christian Jensen at the Danish booth at Tanzmesse in Düsseldorf, September 2018.

JC Copenhagen has a large network within the dance and choreographic and field in Denmark and has been project leader and operating partner on behalf of The Danish Arts Foundation for the presentation of Danish dance at Tanzmesse in Düsseldorf. He has again been appointed for that for Tanzmesse in August 2024. Read here about the coming Tanzmesse in 2024 (in Danish).
Read here about Tanzmesse 2014-2022 (in Danish) and watch pictures.

Here is link to the catalogue presenting 35 Danish choreographers and companies and a list of resources, venues, festivals, showcases, residencies and artistic research in Danmark. 

The artists, JC Copenhagen are working with, consist of theatre companies, self-producing choreographers and dance companies. The main focus is on financial management of the artists and their companies. JC Copenhagen handle contracts and wages, pay invoices, do accounting, settle taxes and VAT, report to the funding providers.

Besides the administration support, JC Copenhagen also offer advice on doing budgets and a clear and understandable description for applications.

JC Copenhagen offer mentoring and sparring sessions for artists, producers and self-producing artists on a range of areas, from project applications and budgets to organization, production and long-term strategy, competence clarification and networking.

Customers/artists

Convoi Exceptionnel / Jon R. Skulberg: Nordic production platform focused on interdisciplinarity and special-somatic relationship within theatre, opera, choreography and installation

DeLeónCompany: Modern dance company lead by choreographer Jens Schyth Brøndum and artistic producer Stina Strange Thue working from an intuitive need of moving based on very physical improvisation techniques.

MYKA / My Grönholdt: MYKA produces innovative choreographic performances and installations for the youngest audiences and the grown-ups in their lives – while communicating society’s current topic.

SVALHOLM: Founded by choreographer Nønne Mai Svalholm, SVALHOLM explores the sculptural dimension of bodily movement and the performative dimension of sculptural elements.

Gunilla Lind Dance Theatre: Gunilla Lind Dance Theatre is a Copenhagen based dance company led by choreographer and artistic director Gunilla Lind.
Gunilla Lind puts a mirror up to society through her thought-provoking works. She creates visual works offering the spectator colour harmonies and surprising shapes.

Pernille Garde Stage Art: Based in Copenhagen, Denmark PGSA produces performances that moves at the intersection of dance and theatre, telling stories with strong physical sensibility and visual awareness. The company deals with the complexity of the human existence bringing attention, light and humor on severe, dark topics such as loss, sexual abuse and war. In an imagery with several details the audience is invited into a physically and emotionally charged universe with many layers, nuances and possible interpretations.

KASPERSOPHIE: Design and artist duo KASPERSOPHIE, consisting of scenographer Kasper Hansen and costume supervisor and maker Sophie Bellin-Hansen, shape visual concepts for performance through clothing and space. Always with craft at its core and often in the context of contemporary dance.

 

Nordic Circle: Mentors, mentees and project partneres at the final wrap-up meeting in September 2018

Networks/projects

During the years at the Project Centre at Dansehallerne, Jens Christian was project leader for the Danish booth at Tanzmesse in Düsseldorf in 2014, 2016 and 2018. In 2022 he did it as a private owned company. On behalf of The Danish Arts Foundation, he coordinated the presentation of Danish companies and choreographers – as a booth at Tanzmesse in Düsseldorf and a booklet.
Here you can read more about Tanzmesse.

Also, during the years at the Project Centre, Jens Christian was part of a Nordic network for producers and self-producing choreographers. Part of that was Nordic Circle of Artistic Management, a 3-year mentor program (2016-18) with partners in Sweden (SITE Sweden), Norway (Performing Arts Hub Norway), Finland (Arts Management Helsinki) and Iceland (Dance Atelier).

Read the final report for Nordic Culture Point 2018

The partners of the project Nordic Circle of Artistic management has applied and got funding from Nordic Culture Point for a new circle of mentor program (from 2021 to 2023).

We had the second kick-off seminar with 8 mentees and 8 mentors at Calliola in Finland in April 2023 and will finish up with a wrap-up seminar in March 2024.
The mentees and mentors for this second cycle are:
Mirkka Malkola (FI) – Kasper Egelund (DK)
Evelyn Raudsepp (EE) – Olöf Ingolfdottir (IS)
Thea Thori Kogstad (NO) – Katja Kirsi (FI)
Lena Yngvesson (SE) – Bek Berger (LV)
Heba Eir Kjeld (IS) – Tora de Zwart Rørholt (NO)
Maja Bonde Holtze (DK) – Anne Cecilie Bordin Larsen (NO)
Patricija Kolate (LV) – Tina Eriksson Frederiksson (SE)
Anders Engebretsen (NO) – Ann-Jette Caron (DK)

We had our first kick-off seminar with 8 mentees and 8 mentors in September 2022 and will finish up with a wrap-up seminar in August 2023.
The mentees and mentors for this first cycle are:
Elina Aholainen (FI) – Sigrid Aakvik (DK)
Kara Hergils (IS) – Annika Ostwald (S)
Emilija Rimasauskiene (LT) – Emmy Astbury (S)
Minna-Triin Kohv (ET) – Isabel Gonzalez (FI)
Julianna Vidarsdottir (S) – Ragnheidur Skuladottir (IS)
Vár Bech Árting (FO)- Anne Holck Ekenes (N)
Ina Locmele (LV) – Marinella Jaskari (FI)
Maija Pavlova (LV) – Elina Ruoho-Kurola (FI)

Read more about it here.

Working for Copenhagen International Theatre, Jens Christian was project coordinator for the international showcase for performing arts p@art.dk in Denmark in 2009.

Jens Christian has always had a strong relation to the dance and choreographic field within the Nordic countries – and working both in Aarhus and Copenhagen, one of his aims is to strengthen the ties within the performing arts field between the two cities.

In general Jens Christian has developed a strong network within his field of activity – and likes to share his knowledge and contacts with others – knowing that sharing often will be rewarded.

Producers and choreographers at the Danish booth at Tanzzmesse, Düsseldorf in August 2018.

Background

Jens Christian Jensen has a background as bookkeeper and is educated in HR at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation. He has worked several years for the Danish Arts Foundation at the Agency for Culture and Palaces (2001-2008) within the departments for music and performing arts. He has worked as project coordinator and administrator for Copenhagen International Theatre and from 2011 to 2018 we worked at the Project Centre at Dansehallerne. In 2018-20, he worked as administrator and advisor for Performing Arts Platform in Aarhus – and last for HAUT in Copenhagen (2020 – 2022).

Jens Christian holds a BA in History and Middle East History, and holds a MA in Modern Culture from Copenhagen University. In 2023-24 Jens Christian is attending further education as narrative practitioner at DISKUK (Danish Institute for Supervision, Employee Education and Consultancy). In 2019-20 Jens Christian was educated as narrative supervisor consultant at DISPUK.

Jens Christian began administrating companies (teaterforeninger) in Aarhus in 2019 – and at the end of 2020 it became his main focus – and finally he came out as independent and self-imployed.

Webpage/contact

On the website, all information is in Danish, including Jens Christians CV. If you want to get in touch with Jens Christian, please contact him:

Jens Christian Jensen
Mail: jc@jc-copenhagen.dk
Phone: +45 30 53 10 35

Office address:
C. F. Richs Vej 93, 3. th
2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark