Aurélia Sellier (the founder) and Selina Meier (the photographer)
Nikolaj Hübbe, the artistic director of the Royal Danish Ballet
Message from What Dance Can Do Project
Throughout 2017, photographer Selina Meier and Aurélia Sellier, founder of the What Dance Can Do Project, met with dancers of the Royal Danish Ballet.
They shared their thoughts, dreams and life stories with them and you can experience the result in the What Dance Can Do exhibition.
Through photography and accompanying text, the exhibition lets you become part of the immersive journey through the life and work of the incredibly diverse team of Royal Ballet dancers.
The goal of the exhibition is to share publicly how dance adds beauty to the world, and how it brings joy and lightness to our everyday life – while also conveying important messages about the society we live in.
Let us take you on a discovery journey into What Dance Can Do!
This is what we can do – Nikolaj Hübbe, Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Ballet
Every year, with 15 to 20 dancers of the company, we do a “running summer ballet”. We install a platform and pitch our tents in the countryside somewhere in Denmark. We perform for free. As a national company, we are state supported and therefore, this is part of our duties. Last summer we went to a refugee camp. There were two little boys, 5 years old maybe. They were tiny and beautiful, holding hands. The two children had been around all day looking at the costumes. They were fascinated by all the equipment, the sets, the stage.
Summer evenings in Denmark can be chilly and humid. One of the principal dancers were complaining about the weather and the cold. “Why are we here, in the middle of nowhere?” Then she saw the two boys, whose huge eyes were popping out. She looked at me: “Got you. I know why I am here tonight. These two actually are the reason why I do this job”.
This is what we do. We are a National Company and we need to give back to society.