‘To develop a discipline so sure and a spirit so true that one can afford to be utterly spontaneous’
(Pico Lyer, “The Lady & The Monk”)

September 2024: International workshop for professional artists with Paul Oertel and Nancy Spanier from Performance Inventions (US/F). Læs om workshoppen på dansk HER

The teachings are in artistic/personal development, leading to a deeper knowledge of the individual’s artistic core and working method, from which personal expression spring. Paul Oertel and Nancy Spanier work individually with the participants and shape the teaching in relation to what the individual participant works with, and what he/she wants and can do at the present. The participants witness each other in this working process. A kind of master class, which, however, does not take the point of departure in the teachers’ artistic practice, but in the participants’.

Their approach to the facilitation of disciplined freedom and artful spontaneity is for those who want a kind of non-system created essentially for them, by them. It is for those who want to find, with some subtle yet provocative guidance, their own personal technique.

The teachers also develop exercises, where several students take part, thereby promoting each other’s process. The teaching can lead to a deeper knowledge of what an artistic idea contains  –  and how it can unfold in a form.


Date for 1. workshop: September 9 – 13, 2024, with arrival Sunday September 8th and departure September 14th. There are 5 days of teaching for 4 hours daily, and with the possibility of working in Undreværket the rest of the time during the teaching days. Participants are expected to attend all days.

Date for 2. workshop: September 23 – 27, 2024, with arrival Sunday September 22nd and departure September 28th. There will be 5 days of teaching for 4 hours a day, with the possibility to work in Undreværket the rest of the time during the teaching days. Participants are expected to attend all days.

Participants:  Max 6 participants per course. The workshop is for Bornholm, Danish and international artists working professionally. Theater professionals, visual artists, writers, etc. NB: To ensure mutual understanding of the content and quality of the workshop, new interested participants will be interviewed before being admitted to the workshop.

Location: The workshop takes place at Undreværket´s premises in Gudhjem, a small village on the rocky east coast of the Baltic island Bornholm

Price (for one workshop): 540 € (DKK 4.000). A non-refundable deposit of 270 € (DKK 2.000) is payable upon registration. Deadline for deposit May 1st, 2024. Deadline for final payment is July 1st.
Traveling participants will be accommodated locally at a cost of approx. 200 € (1.500 DKK) in own rooms, with shared facilities. This price will hopefully be reduced by funding and negotiations with local Airbnbs.

Supported by: We are applying for funding during spring 2024…

Contact: Thomas Danielsen: + 45 28 12 03 35


The workshop is developed by interdisciplinary performer and dancer Paul Oertel (US)  in close cooperation with the American choreographer Nancy Spanier (US).

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 also since 2018 in Undreværket, in the town of Gudhjem on the cliff coast of the Island of Bornholm, where nature, peace and immersion create unique frames for artistic development.

Paul Oertel and Nancy Spanier 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 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.

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 artists from all over the world visit and receive instruction and guidance. Paul has studied extensively in the disciplines of body awareness and spirituality.

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

“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”. (Quote from participant, Bornholm 2018)


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