TRANSHUMANIST
by NEXT ZONE

Where: DANCEBASE

When: 14.30| 2. – 25. August (except Mondays)

Duration: 40 min


A duet in the popping style of street dance in a liminal space where the boundaries between human and artificial dissolve forging an entrance to another reality.


TRANSHUMANIST is a duet in the popping style of street dance that unfolds between male dancers in a new and captivating universe. In this liminal space the boundaries between human and artificial dissolve forging an entrance to another reality, soundscaped with electronica and expressing a future through very articulated dance. This physical practice allows Next Zone to bring their audiences on an exploration of future realms and states of being.

TRANSHUMANIST induces chills and goosebumps, when the dancers transform into extraordinary humans that move in ways that feels counterintuitive – as nobody moves like this. There is an otherworldly beauty in the dancers movements, significant aspect in the work of Next Zone. They have been one of the companies in Denmark most dedicated to developing the genre urban/street dance. This is the kind of dance that you can feel in your body – while you are thinking, “I could never do this – but now I let go and lean in trying it for a moment”.

As with all of Next Zone’s productions, the music for Transhumanist is newly composed and interlaced with the production style, anchoring its physical development in the soundtrack.

Next Zone is an international company based in Denmark. The company works primarily with an international cast of performers from diverse backgrounds who practice specialist disciplines. Their productions are both for stage and site unspecific.

Artistic leader and choreographer of Next Zone Lene Boel creates extremely physical dance pieces always challenging and exploring new territories of body/ choreographic language. As with all of Next Zone’s productions, the music for Transhumanist is newly composed and interlaced with the production style, anchoring its physical development in the soundtrack.

Next Zone is an international company based in Denmark. The company works primarily with an international cast of performers from diverse backgrounds who practice specialist disciplines. Their productions are both for stage and site unspecific.

Artistic leader and choreographer of Next Zone Lene Boel creates extremely physical dance pieces always challenging and exploring new territories of body/ choreographic language.

Lene Boel says, “ My work is both accesable and pushing new boundaries rooted in basic human forces ,emotions and present themes in the world reaching from the past into the future . My choreographic style is open which means I cast highly skilled street dancers and acrobats especifically chosen for each piece according what is needed to be expressed . The pysicality, theme, energy and emotional state communicates to an audience of all ages on different levels as there are no spoken words only the Choreography, music and the scenografic light.

TRANSHUMANIST is presented as part of #DANISH Showcase at the Edinburgh Fringe and is the UK premiere of the show.


NEXT ZONE is an international company based in Denmark . The company works primarily with an international cast of performers from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. The productions are both Artistic leader and choreographer Lene Boel creates extremely physical dance pieces always challenging and exploring new territories of body/ choreographic language.

Since 2001 she has primarily worked with very high-level international casts of street dancers from different styles such as break, popping, locking, power moves, house, hip hop, electro, acrobatics and experimental. The soundtrack for all Next Zone creations are always newly composed, created from improvisation as part of the production process and deeply embedded within the performance because it is created in the studio along with the choreography. The company has worked with a compact and sustainable light concept since 2010 which makes touring all over the world possible.

Next Zone performs all over Denmark and tours extensively internationally, latest in France, Germany, Canada and Mexico to festivals such as Festival Culturel de Mayo, Düsseldorf Festival, Festival Quatiers Dance, Edinburgh Fringe, Les Boreales, Theatre de Nimes, Suresnes Cities Dance.

The company has received support from The Danish Arts Council since 2001.