2018-12 webThe 6-11.may 2019

A 6 day course in May on the Danish Island Bornholm in the middle of The Baltic Sea, for 8 – 10 performing artists, actors, directors, composers, musicians, dancers, writers, poets, set designers, visual artists, taught by two internationally highly experienced teachers.


The teachings are in artistic/personal development, leading to a deeper knowledge of the individual’s artistic core and working method, from which authenticity and personal expression spring.


The teachers work individually with the participants and shape the teaching in relation to what promotes the expression and what the individual wants and can do now.
The participants witness each other in this work, as a kind of master class, which, however, does not take the point of departure in the teachers’ artistic practice, but in the individual participants’. The teachers also develop exercises where several students take part, thereby promoting each other’s process.A regular practice that synthesizes what has been discovered in the workshop can be developed for each participant.


Quotes from participants at DoF Bornholm 2018:
‘Working with mentors like Paul Oertel and Nancy Spanier is a unique opportunity. There is nobody like them who can create a framework for and facilitate a workshop that is so rewarding at such a high level.’

‘Being able to draw such strong and powerful nature into an artistic process is invaluable’

‘The calm and nature seem to stabilize when one has been vulnerable at work’

‘Lovely hall, lovely food’ – ‘Location, location, location!



Interdisciplinary performer Paul Oertel developed, in close cooperation with the choreographer Nancy Spanier, the concept and format of ‘The Discipline of Freedom’ (DoF) workshop.
Since 2005, they have held these workshops in several countries including England, Scotland, Wales, France and in Denmark at the Odsherred Scenes Art Center, and from 2018 at Undreværket in the town of Gudhjem on the cliff coast of the Island of Bornholm, where nature, peace and immersion create unique frames.



PRACTICAL INFORMATION (not up dated for 2020 yet)
The workshop takes place at Undreværket in Gudhjem on Bornholm:
The price of  xxxx € covers course fees, accommodation in Gudhjem (own room, shared kitchen/bath with another participant), and each day, an evening meal; vegetarian or meat/fish, at a superb organic wine bar on the harbor.
The workshop organizer participates, offering practical assistance.
The course hours are 9 – 17.30 every day incl. Lunch break.



Nancy Spanier and Paul Oertel founded one of the the first officially combined dance and theater companies in the 1970s in the USA and have done extensive international touring with their company — The Nancy Spanier Dance Theatre of Colorado.
They both studied and taught at the most progressive of the New York and San Francisco theater schools. They were regular teachers during the ‘70s’ through 2005 at progressive universities in the United States —the University of Colorado and Naropa University, both in Boulder, Colorado. Since then they have taught and been consultants for four decades at universities and at dance and theater schools internationally.

Paul has studied extensively in the disciplines of body awareness and spirituality.
Thus, they have lifelong experience in putting together hybrids between multiple disciplines and forms of expression.

Today, they live in a country house in the south of France and have set up a studio where performance artists from all over the world visit and receive instruction and guidance.
Click link:   http://www.performanceinventions.org


Quotes from Performance Inventions website:
“Workshops in Expression, Improvisation, Art and Craft of Performance, Acting, Voice, Movement, Choreography, Piece Making, Personal Creation”

“Oertel & Spanier seek to reveal universal principles that underline all creative activity a allowing for the discovery of greater accessibility, richer artistry and emotional and physical freedom”.