HIT Lab is a theatrical workout room for cross-cultural inspiration and the creation of new work – a rigorous working environment designed to connect Danish and foreign artists within an ongoing disciplined structure.
For an intensive two weeks each month, HIT Lab assembles actors, directors, designers, writers and other theatre makers under one roof, streamlining a process of collaboration and creation. Purposefully drawing together professionals with diverse training and backgrounds, we challenge each participant to expand their own capabilities while directly extending their network beyond national borders. Based on a combination of Danish artists, foreign artists resident in Denmark, and international artists invited to Denmark, each Lab fosters creative ingenuity in a disciplined, action-oriented environment. The result is new work, new understanding, and new theatrical partnerships.
Through the autumn of 2017, House of International Theatre ran a pilot project in this HIT Lab structure, bringing together artists from Finland, Stockholm, France, Italy, New York, Berlin, the UK and Argentina, paired up alongside local theatre makers in Copenhagen. Daily work was shown in multiple languages each time, a range of international performances were presented to local audiences, and three distinct productions have already been given their premiere based upon the contacts made at HIT Lab.
Building upon the success of this format, HIT has now launched an ongoing two-year project to host 12 consecutive sessions of its Laboratory over 2018-2019, each increasing in duration and opening its doors to new members every time. Having investigated the mechanics of storytelling, theatrical space and poetry during its three pilot sessions, HIT Lab’s collective theme for investigation will continue to shift with each iteration, with artists challenging one another to evolve through determined exploration of the theatre’s fundamental elements.
In this way, HIT Lab recomposes itself every month, adding a fresh wave of participants and ideas. Whether Danish or foreigner, this environment is aimed at you. HIT Lab is a structured space of collective creation, honing skills and pushing limits by bringing a whole world of experience into one room.
BE PART OF HIT LAB
PARTICIPATION IN HIT LAB IS CONTINUALLY OPEN TO INTERESTED THEATRE PROFESSIONALS SESSION-BY-SESSION. APPLICATION FOR EACH INTENSIVE WILL BE ANNOUNCED ONE MONTH PRIOR, WITH ROLLING SELECTION UNTIL ALL AVAILABLE SPACES ARE FILLED. PARTICIPATION IS WITHOUT CHARGE FOR THOSE SELECTED, BUT DOES REQUIRE A FULL COMMITMENT TO ALL TEN DAYS OF THE LAB
HIT Lab is partly funded by Nordea Fonden.