The Danish Architecture Center encourages visitors to learn through visual and physical context with the works on display, providing a learning opportunity at every step as they display the latest of brutalist and contemporary architecture that is distinguished by its hospitality and cutting edge technology. I had a great time learning and engaging with the modern and historical architecture of Denmark.
We began our art and design day by meeting a local art curator, Amalie Frederiksen, who specializes in public interventionist art. Inspired by her work, we split up to explore different art opportunities around the city. After accidentally getting on the wrong bus, my group conquered the 2A (peek the view from the bus station below) and rode it to the Copenhagen Contemporary Museum. There, we experienced 3 different exhibits, my favorite of which was a trippy immersive exhibit from James Turrell, that explored light as matter and it’s effect on space and orientation. We then finished the night with a trip to Tivoli Gardens, a magical Christmas market/theme park, where I may or may not have gone in the same ride three times. Although we mourned our last day dedicated to exploring the city we made the most of it and look forward to reuniting with the Danish high school students tomorrow!
My third day in Copenhagen was definitely the coldest. I thought I would be ready for this trip ,especially because I’m a SF native, but nothing prepared me for how cold it is. Despite this cold I still have managed to consistently get outside and see sights around the city. Today, I visited parliament and the Tivoli Gardens. Although parliament was pretty Tivoli was genuinely amazing. It is a small amusement park packed with rides and restaurants. The entire park was full of both familiar and unique rides. Christmas is in full swing in Copenhagen. With Christmas markets and decorations around every corner. I’m honestly shocked at how lively the city is at almost every hour of the day. As much as I’m looking forward to Berlin I really wish I could stay here longer.
Donning our winter coats and wrapping scarves around our necks, we ventured over to a local bakery for fresh baked pastries and coffee to fuel up for the day’s work ahead: a “Seek-n-Find” exploration activity of Copenhagen’s iconic landmarks, buildings, and districts. Splitting off into groups we made our way around the city, stopping for selfies in front of the Christiansborg Palace, popping into local thrift shops, and grabbing a bite to eat at one of the Christmas markets along the waterfront. The highlight: walking through the magical Royal Library gardens in the snow!
The highlight of my day was getting to see the Royal Danish Ballet perform A Midsummer’s Night Dream. I the production was really interesting because they combined classical ballet with neoclassical ballet during the dream-like fairy scenes. The costumes also reflected this stylistic choice. The classical ballet section was in traditional costumes and long flowing dresses while the neoclassical and more modern section was in tight white bodysuits.The music was also reflective of the classical and neoclassical sections, which was super interesting. The Royal Danish Ballet’s portrayal of the more intimate scenes was really amazing to watch because of how in tune the dancers were with their emotions and their partners.