Nønne Mai Svalholm (she/ her) is the Artistic Director and Choreographer of the company SVALHOLM based in Aarhus Denmark. Her work is funded by the Danish Arts Foundation – and she recently received a 2 year grant for being part of the Young Artistic Elite. 
She works conceptually and multidisciplinary with choreography, dance, light design, sculpture and installation art. She creates work for black boxes, white cubes and site-specific in the public space.

Her work takes place in a landscape of pleasure, pain and the uncanny. Morphing through a constant of what has been, what is, and what will be - bodies, objects and light becomes symbols of transformation, time, life and death. 


Since 2020 she has been developing a trilogy called the BIG BANG trilogy, articulated on 3 pillars: 

• dramaturgies built upon the concept of “beginnings” 

• pushing her own boundaries to shape light and sculpture through choreography 

• collaborations with visual artists 



In her work since 2015, including the BIG BANG trilogy, Nønne Mai Svalholm works with a dogma: to collaborate with citizens over the age of 60 as performers together with young professional dancers. Their presence as well as the sculptural dimension of the choreographic work have become her artistic DNA. This dogma as led to a pool of over 70 elder citizens based in Aarhus who recurrently perform in her creations. One of the performers is Sisse Lunøe (72 years old) who has become Nønne Mai Svalholm´s muse and appears in all her late work. Together, they constitute a sort of extended family.


Between 2015-2019 she created a trilogy of choreographic work called “Rethink Choreography/ Rethink Ageing". The trilogy is comprised by CIRCUIT (2016), ULTIMA (2017) and NEOGRAVITY (2019). 


SVALHOLM create and produce chorographical works from our base at Godsbanen (the old Train Factory) in the city centre of Aarhus and is co-produced by Godsbanen and BORA BORA - Dance & Visual Theatre, Aarhus. 




Programme planner, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum
Dramaturg and Project Manager
Head of Members & Relations, Danish Food & Bio Cluster

Advisory board

Trine Rytter Andersen
Artist, art writer and curator
Tine Fristrup
Lektor, ph.d. DPU, Aarhus Universitet