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METROPOLIS - FESTIVAL FOR ART AND PERFORMANCE IN URBAN SPACE

Metropolis is a festival and a laboratory for the development of the creative city. With Metropolis, Copenhagen International Theatre exits the theatre and enters the city to create art, life and debate. The objective is to break the established notions of the art, and in particular the traditional image of the performing arts.

Metropolis is a biennale, alternating with the festival in odd years and the laboratory in even years. The laboratory points towards the festival and some of the artistic projects will be a direct result of the laboratory.

In the archive you can find more information on previous festivals and laboratories.

METROPOLIS AS A CONCEPT
This Copenhagen biennale is created on the notion of Metropolis. This concept has existed for 100 years and currently is more significant than ever. The identity of the city is avidly being discussed, and more than 50% of the world’s population now lives in cities.

Cities change and are identified as creative cities, hybrid-cities, event-cities and much more. Whenever public spaces are given focus we are obliged to examine phenomena such as time, place and identity. What can we do to prevent the city from turning into a characterless, transient adventure park? 

With Metropolis, Copenhagen International Theatre engages itself in the hottest topic for all urban developers: The creative city. By doing this we aspire to challenge the traditional understanding of performing arts and the limitations that follow these definitions.

METROPOLIS FESTIVAL
2007-2017, Copenhagen International Theatre will present theatre-based Metropolis experiences in city streets – far from traditional street performances – but artistic adaptations of significant buildings, squares and roads. These experiences include the staging of everyday life, installations in urban space, artists working with local groups, art experiences in temporary mobile venues and excursions to the parameters of the city. Tales of city diversity are told, and all formats and media will be tested. The city becomes the object, subject and frame, all at once. 

Copenhagen International Theatre has formed connections with local/international, public/private institutions and businesses, just as a number of Danish and international artists, architects and city planners have all been invited to influence the development of Metropolis. But Metropolis is far from an exclusive club. Everyone with a passion for developing Copenhagen and the culture of the city can participate. You can participate in various projects or be member of the audience and in this way be a shareholder in Metropolis.

The METROPOLIS project will continue till 2017 with METROPOLIS BIENNALE in odd years and METROPOLIS LABORATORY in even years.

METROPOLIS LABORATORY
Copenhagen International Theatre takes an active role in initiating and producing projects. This takes place through Metropolis Laboratory, where artists, architects and city developers are provided broader scopes in which to collaborate in new constellations.

Metropolis Laboratory will be used to develop projects with international artists via residencies and collaborations in the city. It is an international platform where artists, architects, city planners and theoreticians can meet the common challenge: how to create more living, fair, inspiring and cohesive cities.

Metropolis Laboratory intends to create dialogue between artistic and theoretical approaches to the use and planning of the city – and values creation of new constellations between art, theory and practice dealing with the city. It is a forum for sharing knowledge, collaboration and developing projects across disciplines, habits and prejudices – in a dialogue with the public.

The aim of the Laboratory is to investigate practices in the urban field, to introduce artists who will be engaged in the Metropolis programme in future editions, and to allow artists to explore the city of Copenhagen. The aim is also to create the basis of a network of artists/architects engaged in this field, and to explore concrete ideas for projects.

 

 

LABORATORY 2016
FESTIVAL 2015
LABORATORY 2014
FESTIVAL 2013
LABORATORY 2012
FESTIVAL 2011
LABORATORY 2010
FESTIVAL 2009
LABORATORY 2008
FESTIVAL 2007
LABORATORY 2007
LYSLYD 2008 - 2010

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METROPOLIS PUBLICATIONS

CHANGING METROPOLIS III

The third publication in the Changing Metropolis series. 53 articles and 300 pages where artists, architects and academics who participated in the festival and laboratory delve into topics and themes from Metropolis 2012-15. In English.

Read Changing Metropolis III online here.

You can order the printed version on info@kit.dk for 150 DKK incl. mailing in Denmark (200 DKK for the rest of Europe).


CHANGING METROPOLIS II

Through essays, photos and reports
Changing Metropolis II reflects upon
Metropolis Festival and Laboratory 2008-11.
In English.

Read Changing Metropolis II online here.

You can order the printed version on info@kit.dk
for 150 DKK incl. mailing in Denmark (200 DKK for rest of Europe).

CHANGING METROPOLIS
First Metropolis publication from 2008.
In English. Download book