Nordic Cool 2013 features several Danish performances within theater, dance, music, exhibitions, film and food. Learn more about the artists and performances below.
"TEATRET": 'August'August is a touching, fragile, and incredibly funny wordless comedy about the basic things in life. Four individuals go for a walk in a dark, empty space. Here, they come across small bits of life with which we all struggle.Feb. 23 - 24, 2013, Terrace Theater$34.00Visit official website
Teatret Gruppe 38: 'Hans Christian, You Must be an Angel'Award-winning Danish theater company Gruppe 38 celebrates countryman Hans Christian Andersen with a dinner party of sorts. Two waiters have the job of their life: to serve a table filled with Andersen's fantastic fairy tale personalities.Feb. 23 - 24, 2013, Family Theater$18.00Visit official website
Teatret Gruppe 38: 'A Sonatina'Remember that beloved fairy tale where a chicken egg comes to the rescue? No? Maybe that's because you haven't seen Danish theater company Gruppe 38's comedic take on the classic story of Little Red Riding Hood.Mar. 2 - 3, 2013, Family Theater$18.00Visit official website
Danish Dance TheatreOne of the foremost contemporary dance companies in Scandinavia, Copenhagen's Danish Dance Theatre makes its Kennedy Center debut with the U.S. premiere of Love Songs, which revolves around a cinema noir universe.Mar. 1 - 2, 2013, Terrace Theater$29.00Visit official website
Midaircondo featuring Michala Østergaard-NielsenMidaircondo, joined here by percussionist Michala Østergaard-Nielsen, explores avant-garde sound art, electronica, jazz and melancholic pop, and is known for its visual and improvised concerts.Thu., Feb. 21, 2013, Terrace Gallery$25.00Visit official website
Ibrahim ElectricThe eclectic, jazz-based trio from Copenhagen, Denmark creates experimental music that draws from a wide variety of genres, including jazz, pop, afro, and funk. Part of Nordic Cool 2013.Fri., Feb. 22, 2013, 6:00 PM, Millennium StageFreeVisit official websiteRasmus Lyberth / Greta SundströmA Greenlander, singer/songwriter Lyberth has captivated Danish and Greenlandic audiences since the 1970s and is increasingly popular with international audiences. An Åland Islander, accordion virtuoso Sundström is master of a vast repertoire ranging from classical pieces to folk music and dance-friendly pop tunes. Part of Nordic Cool 2013.Mon., Mar. 4, 2013, 6:00 PM, Millennium StageFreeVisit official websiteCaroline HendersonDanish vocalist Caroline Henderson's joie de vivre, passion, and uncompromising attitude were always the driving forces behind her career, making her a true diva of jazz.Thu., Mar. 7, 2013, Terrace Gallery$25.00Visit official website
Danish National Girls’ ChoirSince its founding in 1938, the choir combines old song traditions with new music, always working to develop the strong Danish choir tradition. Part of Nordic Cool 2013.Fri., Mar. 8, 2013, 6:00 PM, Millennium StageFreeVisit official websiteJacob Anderskov's Agnostic RevelationsDanish pianist, composer, and bandleader Jacob Anderskov has performed all over the world and previously wowed D.C. audiences with his "edgy, evocative compositions" (JazzTimes).Sat., Mar. 9, 2013, Terrace Gallery$25.00Visit official website
Fortas Chamber Music Concert: Trio con Brio CopenhagenDenmark's Trio con Brio Copenhagen bring a program of Ravel's luminous Trio and Mendelssohn's brooding and passionate C minor Trio, as well as Per Nørgård's new work, Trio Breve--fragments after a dream, as part of Nordic Cool 2013.Wed., Mar. 13, 2013, 7:30 PM, Terrace Theater$28.00Visit official website
YggdrasilBased in the Faroe Islands, Yggdrasil was founded by the Danish composer and pianist Kristian Blak, a 2011 nominee of the Nordic Council Music Prize. Its works draw ideas from ethnic material and improvisation ranges from free to classical style.Fri., Mar. 1, 2013, Terrace Gallery $25.00Visit band page on Tutl
EivørWhile her roots are in Faroese ballads, the singer/songwriter has a wide range of interests in many kinds of music, from rock, jazz, folk, pop, to European classical music. Wed., Feb. 27, 2013, 6:00 PM, Millennium Stage PerformanceFree Visit official website
New Nordic - Architecture and IdentityFrom Denmark's Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, this exhibition explores the relationship of Nordic culture, identity, and architecture.Feb. 20 - Mar. 17, 2013, Building Exterior Grounds
Forum: Designing Nature: Art & Architecture in Cities and Public SpacesDanish architect Bjarke Ingels discusses the development, challenges, and responses to sustainable design in public spaces. He is principal of BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), an architecture design firm based in Copenhagen. Ingels has designed several skyscrapers and other projects in a developing section of Copenhagen, and his most notable works include the Concert House in Stavanger, Norway, City Hall in Tallinn, Estonia, and VM Houses in Copenhagen. Among several current projects is West 57, a large housing project on West 57th Street in New York City.Sun., Feb. 24, 2013, 4:00 PM, Terrace GalleryFree
Forum: Master Builder/Master Builders: Performing ArchitectureDoes the design of physical theater spaces and venues affect the experiential aspects of performing arts? Are there other, perhaps surprising, ways of relating architecture and theater? This panel discusses perspectives from both sides of the curtain. lighting designer Jesper Kongshaug is among the Danish participants. Sun., Feb. 24, 2013, 1:30 PM, Terrace Gallery Free
Forum: Breaking the Ice: Images of Climate ChangeIn this conversation, Greenlandic photojournalist Jørgen Chemnitz will speak about the realities of global warming, as witnessed through his lens.Mon., Mar. 11, 2013, 7:30 PM, Terrace Gallery Free
Exhibition: Nordic Design IllustratedThis exhibition, presenting a range of design, craft, and industrial products from throughout the Nordic region, aims to highlight aspects of Nordic contemporary design in all its forms, and its ubiquitous nature in daily life.Feb. 20 - Mar. 17, 2013, All day, North GalleryFree
Teddy BearDennis, a gentle giant of a bodybuilder pushing 40 and who lives at home, badly wants a girlfriend. Despite his mother's resistance (talk about a master manipulator!) and his own profound awkwardness, he draws up the courage to find one.Sun., Mar. 10, 2013, 2:00 PM, Terrace TheaterRead the New York Times' review of Teddy Bear
Marie Krøyer On a trip to Sicily, as her husband's health begins to fail, a happily married Krøyer falls in love with a Swedish composer. Caught between her own desires and her sense of duty, Marie is confronted with a stark choice.Tue., Mar. 12, 2013, 9:00 PM, Terrace GallerySee the official trailer
New Nordic Cuisine Demonstration: Denmark, Norway, & SwedenJoin award-winning chefs Mads Refslund of Denmark, Morten Sohlberg of Norway, and Ulrika Bengtsson of Sweden for a demonstration of New Nordic Cuisine. Audience members will be able to watch the cooking unfold in person and on large screens in the Grand Foyer. Part of Nordic Cool 2013.Sun., Mar. 3, 2013, 6:00 PM, Millennium StageFree
Literature Panel: Family - Secrets and TruthsIs the family falling apart? The family has always been the cornerstone of Nordic literature. Whether the bloody feuds of the Icelandic family sagas or the heated marriage strife of Strindbergian drama, the internal dynamics of the family stand at the center of the Nordic literary tradition. Do revelations of painful secrets and uncomfortable truths both unsettle familiar relationships and propel the modern individual forward? Is the familiar framework still shoring up the Nordic novel or asking readers to rethink assumptions about the family entity?
Marianne Stecher-Hansen of the University of Washington's Department of Scandinavian Studies speaks to three authors exploring the individual in relation to family today--Christian Jungersen (Denmark), Hallgrímur Helgason (Iceland), and Anne Swärd (Sweden).Sat., Mar. 2, 2013, 1:30 PM, Terrace GalleryFree
Literature Panel: Nordic Crime: Ice, Volvos, and MurderIs Nordic noir a voice of its own? This discussion features some of the region's foremost crime novelists offering their own takes on the success of the genre and its unique characteristics.
With Stieg Larsson, the Nordic crime novel achieved its international breakthrough. But is Nordic noir a voice of its own? Moderator Andrew Nestingen, Associate Professor of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington, leads a discussion with the region's foremost crime novelists offering their own takes on the success of the genre and its unique characteristics. Panelists will include Johan Theorin (Sweden), Lene Kaaberbøl (Denmark), Agnete Friis (Denmark), Vidar Sundstøl (Norway), and Jarkko Sipila (Finland).Sun., Mar. 3, 2013, Terrace Gallery Free
Literature Panel: Prize-Winning LiteratureThe Nordic Council Literature Prize is awarded for a work of literature written in one of the languages of the Nordic countries that meets a "high literary and artistic standard." This panel features some recent winners discussing their works. The Nordic Council Literature Prize is awarded for a work of literature written in one of the languages of the Nordic countries that meets a "high literary and artistic standard." Awarded each year since its establishment in 1962, the prize serves to reveal the wide variety of voices which all are part and parcel of the Nordic literary world. Moderator Susan Harris, editorial director of Words Without Borders, will speak with some recent winners, including Merethe Lindstrøm (Norway) and Naja Marie Aidt (Denmark), presenting their work and discussing the idea of a common Nordic literary tradition.Sun., Mar. 3, 2013, 6:30 PM, Terrace Gallery Free
Exhibition: Northern LightsInnovative Danish lighting designer Jesper Kongshaug recreates the effect of the Northern Lights on all four sides of the Kennedy Center's façade from 5:30 to 11 p.m.Feb. 20 - Mar. 17, 2013, 5:30PM - 11PM, Façade of the Kennedy Center Free
Exhibition: Migration (Faroe Islands)This installation features approximately 90 of Faroese painter and sculptor Tróndur Patursson's trademark stained glass birds.Feb. 20 - Mar. 17, 2013, All Day, Grand Foyer Free
Exhibition: LEGO Exhibit & Play SpaceThese Danish children's toys have become an iconic brand in countries across the world. LEGO sculptures are on display as well as LEGO play stations for kids (of all ages!) to learn about and play with the tiny plastic creations.Feb. 20 - Mar. 17, 2013, All Day, South Gallery Free
Exhibition: Our World, Our Future: Youth Making a Difference through Creativity, Technology, and ArtThe voices of Nordic children are featured in a special exhibit comprising short videos expressing their views on the environment and sustainability.Feb. 20 - Mar. 17, 2013 , All Day, South Gallery Free
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566 Tel.: +1 (800) 444-132
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