Aabent Rum

Aabent Rum is an artistic development programme – organised and curated by Aaben Dans with support from the Danish Arts Foundation.
Aaben Dans selects one or more artists to work with a theme, method or artistic project of their own choice. The programme offers a fee, a space to work in and an organisational, artistic, and technical support by sharing the competencies that Aaben Dans contains.

Artist of Aabent Rum 2024: Olivia Rivière featuring Lisen Pousette

As in-house artist of Aaben dans 24’ Olivia Rivière will explore the multiple layers of reciprocity, relation and collaboration by close and by far together with choreographer Lisen Pousette, in conversation with Ida Elisabeth Larsen and Aaben dans. Olivia and Lisen will depart from ideas of resonance, where resonance is understood both as an acoustic phenomenon, and as something describing relation and affect. Through their sonic somatic practice “the sonorous body” they will search for the forces within the body, for the synergies and polysemy between the two of them, and for states that can bring alternatives to the materialistic and algorithmically influenced present. Resonating with Ida Larsen’s experience of the long term collaboration with Marie-Louise Stentenbjerg, and the different facettes it can take throughout time, concrete modes of being in relationship will be practised, imagined and re-imagined. Some moody listening to different types of voices and its textures will also take place, hosted in the exciting new space ‘Dungji’.


Olivia Rivière (DK/SE)  and Lisen Pousette (SE) share a background in classical choir singing and choreography and have made work since 2017 departing from the embodiment of extended vocal techniques. While exploring the materiality of the female-identified voice and its reach, they enter ambiguous states that can tip over into the absurd as much as the vulnerable. Together they have created the duet Ever losing (2019), the group piece DUNKEL (2022) and duet Spiritus (2024). Their work have been presented at venues such as Dansehallerne (DK), Vega (DK), Norberg festival (SE), MDT (SE), Weld (SE),  Inkonst (SE), Black Box Theatre (NO), Les Urbaines (CH), Ufer_Studios (DE) and Angewandte interdisciplinary Lab (AUT).  Olivia is based in Copenhagen and collectively runs the space DANSEatelier exploring new modes of exchange that can enhance our senses of collective thinking and interdependent living. She is currently engaged in Exerce MA in choreography, Montpellier. Lisen has an MA in Choreography from Stockholm University of the Arts (2019). She is based in Stockholm and currently organizes the performance evenings Kafé Mix at höjden studios, together with Stina Ehn and Jenni Bergsli.

Dungji 둥지

In 2024 we have a new collaborator; Ida-Elisabeth Larsen and the studio Dungji 둥지, where Aabent Rum takes place. Ida-Elisabeth will follow Olivia and Lisen’s process closely as a dramaturg of dance.
Dungji 둥지 is small studio in Roskilde run by artist, educator, and permaculture designer Skye Jin and choreographer/dance-dramaturge Ida-Elisabeth Larsen (Institute of Interconnected Realities). The studio takes its name from the Korean word for “nest” setting the tone of a sanctuary. With a curatorial focus on world-making/maintaning practices, the two artists draw on regeneration, permaculture, ecosomatics, and transdisciplinary arts.
This autumn Dungji 둥지 will act as the host for this year’s Aabent Rum artist Olivia Riviere and her collaborator Lisen Pousette. In collaboration with Aaben Dans, Ida-Elisabeth will support the two artists in their process as dance dramaturge.

For mutual benefit

In addition to studio and production space, we make the expertise and know-how of the theater available to the young artists. They decide what makes sense for them to work with – right where they are in their artistic career. Aaben Dans watches and listens – and provides ongoing guidance. The choreographers respond with inspiration – both to Aaben Dans, to the professional community and to the local audience in smaller screenings, interventions, workshops, symposiums, digital or other public events.

Watch the video below from Aabent Rum 2023 with Ruth Rebekka Hansen.

More about Aabent Rum

Previous artists in Aabent Rum

Ruth Rebekka Hansen with the performance and installation “Ripe Body”

Katrien van den Velden, Lara Vejrup Ostan and Ida Mariboe Nielsen with the performance SONG OF SONGS
Julie Rasmussen, Maren Fidje Bjørneseth and Rickard Fredborg in collaboration with filmmaker Morten Arnfred and music by Daniel Nicholson the film THE MEATLUMP
Fabio Liberti a moving installation of plastic and meat THERE IS NO AWAY/A SELF PORTRAIT

Snorre Elvin + Nanna Stigsdatter with the performance “pour it”

2019 – 2020:
Antoinette Helbing with the solo “The Laughing Game”
Georgia Kapodistria with the solo “BETWIXT AND BETWEEN”
Anna Lea Ourø and Amalia Kasakov with the duet “Just ok”

Terms and conditions

Aabent Rum is a choreographic development program curated by Aaben Dans.

Choreographers receive an honorarium and a small budget. They can choose to spend money on putting together a creative team, researching other people’s artworks, investigating a method or diving into their artistic work. Aaben Dans provides skills and knowledge to support the artist’s development.

The choreographers are carefully selected according to these criteria: they must be at the beginning of their professional career, they must have an artistic core and drive, they must have something to say and be based in body and choreography, and they must live in Denmark.

The choreographers provide inspiration for Aaben Dans, the professional environment and the local audience in smaller screenings, interventions, workshops, symposiums or other public events.

Aaben Dans emphasizes the relationship with the artist and invites the artist(s) of the year to participate in conversations, lunches, in the warehouse, in the administration and onto the stage. Aaben Dans is interested in the artist’s process, thoughts and development in both the present and the future.


Danish Arts Foundation: Development of projects at regional theaters.