Since moving to Aarhus in 2015 I have admired the city’s cultural scene and especially it’s dedication to nurturing new and emerging artists. Not least have I witnessed this through the work of Katapult and Bora Bora.
At Teater Katapult, I have seen new writers given the opportunity to stage and explore their writing after their education. Through Bora Bora’s international and local residency programmes new choreographers are given space and time to experiment and explore in a professional and purpose built space.
It is through this support, nurture and cultivation of new and experimental artists, art is given space to evolve and reach new ground. Without institutions and programme such as these, a chasm will form between emerging artists and established artists. There will be no support net in between and many artists will fall out of the industry.
By cutting funding to, and therefore the inevitable closure of Teater Katapult and the suggested move of Bora Bora in Godsbannen, an inappropriate space, the ability for new artists to develop and advance their practice will be severely handicapped, and thus too the cultural scene in Aarhus. Please rethink this proposal and consider how these companies work serves the cultural scene beyond ticket sales, profit and presentation of existing works.