The Animal Empire – you are not invited

Video: Frigge Fri

“The Animal Empire – you are not invited” (2019-2020) is a project exploring aesthetics of dehumanization of groups of people. Collaboration with dancer and choreographer Peter Vadim. The project consists of a live performance and panel discussions at Bådteatret, video art by Frigge Fri, exhibition and performance at Warehouse9 and sound art podcast by Eduardo Abrantes.

Podcast by Eduardo Abrantes.

The podcast is recorded during our performative research at Ubåden, Bådteatret. Through dance and choreography, we explored the aesthetics of dehumanization and invited a broad range of panel members to discuss the dilemmas, paradoxes and issues that arise when groups of people are dehumanized and compared to pests. The topics of the discussions were amongst other art, choreography and politics – gender, diversity and democracy – public space, performativity and law. The podcast is put together by Eduardo Abrantes. Eduardo added an extra layer of ambient sounds to the podcast.

List of panel members:

Christa Breum Amhøj, External lector, Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School and Partner at SDG-Actionuniversity (

Gerard M. Samuel, Senior Lecturer, Head of Dance Section, Centre for Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies, University of Cape Town.

Laura Luise Schultz, Associate Professor, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen.

Jørgen Callesen, Queer Performer, Curator and Artistic Director, Warehouse9. Ph.d. in Information & Media Studies, Aarhus University.

Morten Goll, Executive Director at Trampoline House – a community center for asylum seekers, refugees and other citizens in Denmark.

Storm Møller Madsen, Queer Performer and Part-Time Lecturer, Theater and Performance Studies, University of Copenhagen.

Signe Flyvbjerg, Artist and Cand.mag. Modern Culture and Cultural Communication, University of Copenhagen.

Bettina Lamm, Landscape Architect and Associate Professor at the Landscape Architecture and Planning division, University of Copenhagen.

Kristine Samson, Associate Professor at Visual Culture and Performance Design, Roskilde University

Upeka Abeynayake, Ethnologist, activist and member of several boards including DRC/Documentation- and Advisory Center on Racial Discrimination, IMR and Pluralisterne.

Naja Lee Jensen, Artist and artistic director of HAUT – experimental stage for independent groups and performing artists.

Jens Tang Kristensen, Postdoc. Department of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen, and co-author of the book Becoming Animal.

Rasmus Nordqvist, Member of the Parliament for the Alternative and spokesman on foreign affairs, the EU, climate, peace and defence, cultural affairs and LGBTQI.

The project is supported by Sportgoodsfonden, Dansk Artist Forbund and Ubåden, Bådteatret.

The Animal Empire – you are not invited (2019). Performance and panel discussions at Bådteatret. Video by Sebastian Neerup Mandel.

Exhibition at Warehouse9.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s