Operating as sparring partners for practising artists, creative producers can be the difference between a smooth ride and a bumpy one when creating and presenting new interdisciplinary work.

As part of Travers, Udviklingsplatformen for Scenekunst, has invited two leading creative producers to Copenhagen to demystify this interesting and important area of arts and culture.

Join Cathie Boyd, the brains behind Scotland’s leading interdisciplinary platform Cryptic, and Michaela Coventry, known for her work with Australia’s leading choreographers and musicians, as they talk about their careers and what it means to work as a creative producer in an interdisciplinary space.

The session will also include a workshop, so please be prepared to talk about the challenges that you are facing with regard to your own interdisciplinary projects.

This session is part of Travers, the multidisciplinary project that invites artists and scholars from all disciplines and backgrounds to explore and challenge the art of encounter in OPEN workspaces.



11:30  – 13:00 hrs: The Return of the Grand Narrative

The TRAVERS host and composer, Trond Reinholdtsen will present a radical take on how the gesamtkunstwerk can reconquer the big stories and give art a central place in society.

This proclamation will provide the fuel for a discussion between John Fulljames (Artistic Director, The Royal Danish Opera), Marianne Klint (Member of  the Danish Arts Foundation ), Dorothea Hartmann (Head Dramaturg, Deutsche Oper Berlin), Professor Patrick Müller (Transdisciplinary Institute, University of Zurich), Marie Nipper (Director, Copenhagen Contemporary), Matthias Mohr (Artistic Director, Radialsystem Berlin) and Christine Buhl Andersen (Director, Glyptoteket). The session will be moderated by Jacob Schokking (Artistic Director, Holland House).

13:00 -14:00 hrs: Lunch

14:00  – 18:15 hrs: Producing the Vision.  Producers Michaela Coventry and Cathie Boyd in dialogue with Katrina Duncan.

We encourage you to stay at the Glyptotek and participate in the evening programme of TRAVERS.

18:15 – 19:00 hrs: Dinner is available to purchase in the Glyptotek cafe

19:00 hrs – 22:00 hrs: Wearing History ( please note that you have to book a ticket for this session ( price: 115 DDK + Fee). Read more and book your ticket here.


Venue and registration

Venue: Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Dantes Plads 7, 1556 København, Denmark
Cost: Free –  registration is required. Deadline 26. november.

Registration is closed


A precondition for joining this event is that you submit a short bio and profile image of yourself.  Your shot bio, profile image and contact information (e-mail) will be sent to the other participants shortly before the event. You submit the data via the registration formula.



Biographies of Speakers

Cathie Boyd / Founder & artistic director, Cryptic & Sonica, Scotland

Cathie Boyd is an internationally respected director, producer and curator known for her ability to inspire others and her strong leadership of creative endeavour. With over 25 years of experience, she is able to work across art forms, from opera to music, visual arts and film while being able to work at a strategic and practical level, often working in new and unusual ways to achieve goals.

Raised in Belfast, Ireland, Cathie graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and set up Cryptic in 1994 with the desire to create innovative performances that would ‘ravish the senses’ of international audiences. Her many years of artistic practice include numerous international commissions and collaborations which have been presented in over 25 countries.

Cathie has been instrumental in providing a key platform for artists around the world by creating Glasgow’s Sonica Festival in 2012. She also has much experience in working with new technologies for performance and was made a Fellow of NESTA in 2002 to develop the visual staging of live music.

Awards include Best Programming for Sonica (Scottish New Music Awards); European Woman of Achievement for the Arts, Outstanding Young Person Award, Junior Chambers of Commerce and an Edinburgh Festival Fringe First. Cathie also serves as Vice President on the Board of IETM (international network for contemporary performing arts).


Michaela Coventry / Creative Director at Sage Arts, Australia

Michaela Coventry’s career as a creative producer spans 20 years and all artforms. She is currently the creative director of Sage Arts and acting executive producer of Lucy Guerin Inc. With Sage Arts she works with many independent artists and companies including: Stephanie Lake Company, Jo Lloyd, Genevieve Lacey, Musica Viva’s Future Makers Program involving Matthias Schack- Arnott and Aura Go and Henry Jock Walker, and acts as an advisor for Lee Serle, Gail Priest, Robin Fox and M.E.S.S.

In demand as an executive producer for organisations and as a creative producer of interdisciplinary work, Michaela has worked with many of Australia’s most exciting arts organisations, including Speak Percussion (2015-2017) where she produced tours across Europe and Asia; Megafun (2013-2014) where she produced the National Gallery of Victoria’s Melbourne Now Dance Program, curated by Antony Hamilton.

Between 2006 and 2012 Michaela was the executive producer of Lucy Guerin Inc, where, hand-in-hand with the artistic director, she oversaw the expansion of the company and touring of its work across Asia, Europe and North America. Other career highlights include producing roles with independent companies such as Marrugeku and Stalker where she oversaw the development of new works and the touring of these works to Europe and Latin America; venues such as Sydney’s Performance Space which included co-curating the Antistatic Dance Festival in 2001; and working with individual artists and independent organisations, such as The Fondue Set, Julie-Anne Long, Yumi Umiumare. Between 2003 and 2005, Michaela was a guest artist for Art Harbour at Future University Hakodate Japan.

Michaela is highly regarded as a board member and member of funding selection panels. Work in this area includes: City of Yarra Room to Move Panel, M.E.S.S Advisory Panel, New Music Network Board, Creative Victoria Advisory panels and Australia Council funding panels for International touring including Going Global, APAM, Dance Fund and Playing Australia.


FACILITATOR: Katrina Duncan / Arts manager, evaluator, fundraiser & facilitator

Katrina Duncan has over thirty years’ experience of arts management and consultancy across all performing arts, with much of her work in the field of arts and social equality. Currently freelance, she has a portfolio building on her previous experience such as evaluating arts participation and learning activity (for, among others, Dance United, Look Ahead Housing & Care and Creative Partnerships), teaching various aspects of arts management (Independent Theatre Council, University of Sussex and Birkbeck) and mentoring and supporting staff and organisations through change and development (Unicorn Theatre and The Lawnmowers).

Since 2015, Katrina has raised over £650,000 from statutory funders, trusts and foundations for music and other arts organisations including Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Camden Music Trust, Tract & Touch, Immediate Theatre and Centre 151. She was General Manager of Cardboard Citizens, the UK’s only homeless people’s professional theatre company and worked for Youth Music, coordinating 22 Action Zones around England which provide music-making opportunities for young people in areas of high social and economic deprivation.

She spent three months as the Acting Director of the Dhow Countries Music Academy in Zanzibar, before joining live music producers Serious, where she led on their learning and participation programme and was project and content manager for two major music education conferences – State of Play, for the Music Manifesto and Musical Futures – In Your Hands, for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Learning programmes she produced include a collaboration between young musicians from the Scottish folk and classical Indian traditions working with tabla player Kuljit Bhamra to create and perform their own compositions and Andy Sheppard’s Saxophone Massive – a site-specific performance, featuring around 100 amateur saxophonists (from teens to seventies) as well as professional soloists.



A precondition for joining this event is that you submit a short bio and profile image of yourself.  Your shot bio, profile image and contact information (e-mail) will be sent to the other participants shortly before the event. You submit the data via the registration formula.