Dansens Hus

Organisation typeNational institution, Programming
Main focusDance

About Dansens Hus

Dansens Hus (literal meaning: House of Dance) is a competence centre and a venue for visiting performances of Norwegian and internationally produced dance, with legal status as a Norwegian national venue for dance.

Dansens Hus was founded as an organisation in 2004 and was actively arranging from the start, whereas the physical building was completed and opened in 2008.

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Dansens Hus is the only dance-only venue in the country, and a venue for visiting performances of dance art from Norway and abroad. The house is a central meeting point, an active collaborator and an intermediate between different players within Norwegian dance.

It is a stated aim that Dansens Hus is to be an open and including venue for different generations and cultures. The schedule includes a range from baby shows to large-scale international visiting performances, new and established Norwegian choreographers, workshops, professional seminars, hip hop and break dance classes for youth and tango classes for adults.

Dansens Hus is built with two stage venues, inside a historical industrial building (formerly a machine workshop) in the Vulkan area by Grünerløkka in Oslo, with a view of Akerselva.

When Dansens Hus opened February 29 2008 in what had been called Verkstedhallene in Vulkan, the institution Dansens Hus was long established (2004). September 23 2004 the official opening took place in temporary, rented facilities at The Norwegian Theatre.

That Dansens Hus was formally established without a venue of its own, contributed to a quicker process towards a new venue. When the workshop facilities at Vulkan became available and turned out to be unusually appropriate, the project was given political approval despite of the building being larger and more costly than originally planned for.


Dansens Hus, dansenhus.com, 14.12.2012, http://www.dansenshus.com/omdansenshus/