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ACT II - 2023
IX Copenhagen
Education reform
Scylla and Charybdis Blaagaard Teater

City Rationale

The father and son motif of Ulysses is touched upon in this chapter by virtue of Stephen’s theory of Hamlet which he expatiates on in the setting of the National Library of Ireland. Caught between the whirlpool of abstraction and the rocks of material danger, Shakespeare combined the spiritual and the worldly, an aspiration also of Joyce’s. Hamlet was set in Elsinore (Helsingor), in north-east Denmark, and The University of Copenhagen is Denmark’s oldest university founded in 1479. Today over 94,000 students are enrolled in its largest universities and institutions. There are 20 public libraries in Copenhagen.

Ulysses Episode

At the National Library, Stephen explains to some scholars his biographical theory of the works of Shakespeare, especially Hamlet, which he argues are based largely on the posited adultery of Shakespeare’s wife. Bloom enters the National Library to look up an old copy of the ad he has been trying to place. He encounters Stephen briefly and unknowingly at the end of the episode.

Homer Odyssey Chapter

Book 12: Once they have passed the Sirens’ island, Odysseus and his men must navigate the straits between Scylla and Charybdis. Scylla is a six-headed monster who, when ships pass, swallows one sailor for each head. Charybdis is an enormous whirlpool that threatens to swallow the entire ship. As instructed by Circe, Odysseus holds his course tight against the cliffs of Scylla’s lair. As he and his men stare at Charybdis on the other side of the strait, the heads of Scylla swoop down and gobble up six of the sailors.

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Artists’ Exchange

This project strand offers short residency opportunities in partner cities for 30 emerging artists as part of the legacy of this pan-European project.

Each city partner will send two artists on a residency to another partner’s city of a different art form, thereby seeking to enrich their professional practice through inter-disciplinary residencies. Artists are chosen on the basis of having demonstrated an interest in the hosting city’s Arts & Society contemporary European theme. They must also practice a different art form from that of the hosting city’s public event. The project offers the emerging artists the opportunity to travel without the pressure to produce work and ideally to experience UEO’s public events.

Confirmed artists’ personal statements and biographies can be found on the relevant city’s page by clicking on the artist’s photo.


Mr Best entered, tall, young, mild, light.


Partner description

Blaagaard Teater is a new writing theatre based in Copenhagen. Our mission is to bring new writing and bold experiments created by diverse teams of local and international artists to our audiences. Located in the multicultural municipality of Nørrebro, we aim to produce artistic work that is relevant to local and global audiences alike. Through our performances, stage work, workshops, mentoring and support programmes for emerging artists, we support and promote values of diversity, inclusion and equality for the Danish performing arts scene and beyond.

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