C7 Lapina: Dancing ruptures: bringing a sailboat to Dronning Louise’s bridge

Linda Lapina

In this site-specific performance, I draw on my practices of dancing in public space in Copenhagen during the COVID19 lockdown to explore how dance can intervene in and rupture the affective repertoires of particular spatiotemporalities.

I will dance on Dronning Louise’s bridge during the morning rush-hour (mostly comprised of a stream of people passing on bike), around 8.45 on a weekday morning at the end of July. Dronning Louise’s bridge connects Nørrebro to Inner Copenhagen and was once beyond the city limits. Today, the bridge is a very popular spot, inhabited by predominantly fashionably-correct looking people hanging out, drinking beers and playing music in the summer afternoons and evenings. There is sun on the bridge from morning to evening, and it has become even more populated since the pedestrian and cycling parts of the bridge were broadened in 2012 and 2019. In addition, the municipality has placed multiple benches on the bridge. When I was doing research in Nordvest, a diverse and gentrifying neighborhood further away from central Copenhagen, someone I interviewed told me that the benches that appeared on Dronning Louise’s bridge were moved there from Nordvest. In Nordvest, they had also been used by people hanging out and drinking beer- but in a way that was not deemed desirable by the municipality.

My performance plays with what passes as appropriate behavior on the bridge at different times of the day, and with how these different spatiotemporalities materialize and feel like. I interact with the stream of people passing by, but also the birds and the water on the lake, to explore the affective fabric of urban space.