As well as your main subject you will attend a series of electives. There are a number of electives for you to choose from. If you have signed up for a full folk high school stay of 18 or 24 weeks, you will get 4 electives in total. Two before the trip and two after. If you have signed up for a short stay, you get 2 electives.
At Krogerup you decide if you want to use your time in the dance hall, darkroom, outdoors or in the atelier. You decide if you want to sing or make movies. You can also study international affairs, the new Africa, globalization or politics. And there are even more opportunities. Experience a place where there is room for your ideas and time for creative output. Discover the short distance from thought to action. Together we will push the limits.
NB: We may have changes in the number of electives on demand, as well as too few registrations will lead to cancellation of the elective. The following list contains some of the electives on offer for the spring and autumn, but are not necessarily open for registration during your stay.
Building a wooden boat
A wooden boat is one of the most beautiful things you can create using your hands. But, of course, a boat should not only be pretty to look at. If a boat does not hold water, or if the construction isn’t seaworthy, the crew might not return safely to shore. In this course we will build a small, wooden rowing boat. During the building process, you will become familiar with key boatbuilding skills: Using hand tools such as planes, chisels and saws. Sharpening edge tools. Reading construction drawings. Learning the properties of different species of wood and wood cuts. And by the way: It is not just any boat we’re building. It has a knobby tire in the bow and the oars can be inserted through the transom, so that the boat can be transported over land, wheelbarrow style. Once the boat is completed, we will roll it to the water and throw a launching party!
Dance, dance, dance
The dance lessons will include solo dance, couple dance and group dance. There will be Latin American couple dances jive and salsa, and solo and group dances like showjazz and hiphop/funk. The dance study group will include the history behind the dances as well as the fundamental technical principles and learning about practical performance. It will also be possible to dig deeper into some of the dances after the students wishes.
Mathias Findalen & Jesper Himmelstrup
”Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I can assure you: It is much, much more important than that, ” said the legendary Liverpool-manager, Bill Shankly, back in the 1960s.
In Football Forever we will dive into the history, the culture, the politics – and everything in between – of the most popular and worldwide-spread sport in the world.
Why is there so much rivalry in cities like Rome, Manchester and Copenhagen – between cities like Madrid and Barcelona, Hamburg and München, Paris and Marseille and between countries like Argentina and Brasil? The answers often appears on the field.
Football is played by more than 250 million people in the world – and is followed by an much even larger number of spectators. We will talk football, watch football, feel football and we will meet people who is making their living on football. And of course we will also play a lot of football.
The course will take place in the field between theory, practice and feelings. And no doubt we will look into Russia hosting the World Cup 2018 during the summer …
Mathias Findalen (25 years in practicing football – formerly playing at the Danish National Futsal-team, supporting Man. Utd.)
Jesper Himmelstrup (20 years in practicing football – also as a coach (cried a tear when he realized, that Italy is not participating in the World Cup for the first time in 60 years), supporting Liverpool FC)
Gender, Norms and Privileges
Nico Miskow Friborg
How does something become normal and how does it make something else not normal and deviating? Which norms do you notice in your life and in Krogerup? Connected to gender, to sexuality, to race, ethnicity and class, to body sizes, to how we speak or to what a body should be able to do?
Which consequences does it have to break a norm? How can norms be excluding? And who are excluded by different norms? What is feminism to you? Which struggles are important feminist struggles today? And how can we make feminism more including and relevant to everyone? How does the gender you were assigned at birth affect the possibilities you have in life? Why do most societies define gender in (only) two opposite positions? And what are the consequences of the gender binary? How is racism connected to colonialism? How can we learn to recognize racism? And how can we break down racist structures in society?
How can we create more solidarity? And how can we be good allies to people who experience discrimination?
These are some of the questions we will ask and discuss in Gender, norms and privileges. The class is discussion-based and structured around different topics and engagements with activist struggles, debates in the news and social media, examples from our everyday lives as well as academic work and theories that can help us unfold some of all our questions.
In class, we will explore and learn more about our own privileges and about structures that create differences and inequalities in society while discussing possibilities for action and for creating change. We will work hard to create a safer space for learning, discussing, exploring and getting new perspectives on how gender, race, class, nationality and the body we inhabit affect the ways we move through the world and the opportunities we have in life.
By being curious, listening to each other and discussing we will get to see the world in a new way, we will become familiar with different tools to change the injustices we see in the world and our everyday lives and we will start using those tools!
We will leave the indoor and move into the wild. Away from what usually surrounds us. We are going out to collect new views, new perspectives and new experiences. Out on the ocean, into the ocean, into the forest – getting our fingernails dirty. It will be dramatic at times but also relaxed and quiet. The experiences will bring about reflection but at the same time challenge us. We will be serious, but most important we will have lots of fun.
The instructors have planned an adventurous and inspiring course from ideas about motivated learning and independence vs. unity.
We will use the fabulous countryside that surrounds Krogerup. That is our starting point for activities such as tree climbing, kayaking, adventure race, running, camp building, swimming in the sea, and we will cook outdoors as well. Bring practical clothes, your good mood and a good deal of appetite for adventure!
Requirements for attending the course: a bicycle, good swimmer, and a desire to learn and explore.
People and politics
Hetav Rojan & Mathias Findalen
The course targets students with an interest in international relations, politics and the global driving forces of the 21st Century.
International governance is at a crossroad: the need for efficient instruments to solve multiple global crisis is more urgent than ever: A failed war on terror, a vague and inconsistent response to reforms and uprisings in the Middle East, passivity and negligence in the face of ecological disaster, and a lack of solutions for the global refugees refugee situation are only some of the significant shortfalls in international governance, that we witness today.
Are there alternatives to the picture of powerlessness and incompetence of international institutions? Of course there are, and we will identify them and approach them with new alternative methods and ideas.
During the courses we will discuss humane and efficient ways to international good governance. We will come up with our own ideas to advocate for change and improvement in world affairs, and we will practice presentation skills and create articles to present in our own small political magazine.
Students are expected to contribute to the course by presenting topics. A fair amount of online research and in depth preparation by the students is required as well as good understanding of English and motivation to take active part.
Poetry Slam – the fight club of poetry
In a poetry slam there is a different story behind each performer, that brings out a different and genuine reaction from each audience member. That is the core. A personal voice with a story to tell in front of an audience that wants to be left in awe.
A poetry slam is a competition, where people use their own voice, language and rhythm to get the audience to give them the highest score. But there is no one way to the highest score.
Is your story about personal struggle, the beauty of your life, or is it bigger than you? Will you be the voice of sexual, gender or racial identity? Is it a world scale story like being torn by war, or is it meta-metropolitan reflections like calling out baristas, as people who can make water run through coffee beans not rocket scientists? And how will your tell your story? Will you address the audience – through the qualities of poetry and literature (fine art, mainstream or street style); with an elaborate or almost non-existing performance (classic drama, Monthy Python surreal or even dark grotesque); or will you excel in rhetorical strategies (convince, persuade or word play); or will you rely on your musicality (rap, rhyme and rhythm).
In this class – we look for your personal voice of writing and performing (in any language you feel like) and then find the right style to bring your story to life.
Teacher: Author & poetry slam world cup contestant for Denmark Frank Langmack
The living line – with Louisiana
Lisbeth van Deurs
(Drawing course, Krogerup College / Louisiana Museum of Modern Art).
Drawing is essentiel when it comes to art. This course aims to give the student a basic understanding of art through drawing as a medium. It provides the participant with an oppertunity to really go into different tecniques via lots of drawing pratice as well as dialouge around sculptures and other art pieces currently exhibited in Louisiana.
The programme includes working from nature and from the figure. Taking a starting point in the artpieces in the different current exhibitions and the permanent collection in Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.
Working from live model, working from sculptures of Giacometti and printmaking from cobber plates is also a part of the programme. The course includes exercises from Louisians architecture too.
The sessions will take place At Krogerup College as well as in Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.
The people teaching the course are: Louisianas art historian Lisbeth van Deurs. Lisbeth graduated from London with a BA (HONS) degree in printmaking and later with an MA in drawing. And also Krogerups Malte Klagenberg, who graduated from Det Jyske Kunstakademi and the Royal art academy in Stockholm. Malte works with a wide variety of media and materials. Counting everything from sculpturing with sawdust to acid-paintings and comics.
Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst
The Great Christmas Lunch
Frederik Schack von Brockdorff
The Danish concept of ‘Christmas lunch’ is on one hand fantastic and on the other hand totally repulsive. We eat and drink until our bodies are almost exploding, and the normal moral rules of society are cancelled as everyone acts like crazies, cheats on their partners and makes copies of their asses in the office. It is orgies of overconsumption, food waste and decadence. But at the same time the Christmas lunch is a fantastic event. We break the everyday routine, we take a break from a stressful work life and we focus on good food and take our time to meet with friends and family to enjoy each other’s company in the dark winter months.
In this elective subject we will take the best elements of the traditional Christmas lunch and add the concept of sustainability. We will create our own Christmas Lunch from scratch and at the same time discuss aspects of Christmas and the concept of the Christmas lunch. We will use our own hands and make our own food and drinks as we will catch fishes in the sea, brew beers with a brew master, make our own pickels and bread, and hopefully kill a chicken. While we see the great Christmas lunch slowly evolve in our hands, we will discuss religious and sociologic aspects of Christmas and also talk about food production and the concept of orgies.
Note: There will be a small amount to pay for transport to the fishing boat and rental of fishing rods.
The Great Easter Celebration
Easter is one of the most important religious celebrations around the world. We celebrate it in various ways from the catholic parades in Rome, the beautiful alfombras in Latin America during semana santa and off course the semi-secular Easter lunch in Scandinavia. Like a lot of other celebrations, Easter has evolved into a mixture of old pagan traditions and Christian rituals. In this class, we will explore the different rituals, traditions and the storytelling of Easter while planning our own celebration.
We will brew our own beer and bake our own bread. We will make nice marinated herring and schnapps. We will visit a priest and discuss the relevance of rituals in modern society and the historical background of the Easter celebrations. We will also discuss how rituals are and ideological battlefield of different political and religious fraction in the strive for defining traditions and history. We will end it all by celebrating Easter at Krogerup Højskole.
NB: There will be a small student payment during the class for transport and materials.
Video on the move
Video on the move – cell phone video documentary
Have you realized the moviemaking potential you have in your pocket?
The ever-present smart phones, tablets and pocket cameras have made it possible to create videos in a quality most professional filmmakers only dreamt of 10 years ago. Even Oscar winning documentaries such as Burma VJ and Searching for Sugaman has used the smartphone camera in their pursuit for of great stories.
Now it is up to you to create the videos you want to see.
‘Video on the move’ opens the world of possibilities in making short documentary films with equipment that is readily available – and we start production on very first day! We are going to look at poetic travel documentaries and the possibilities of the documentary film, but most importantly: Through the course you will learn the technical basics of filmmaking, boost your skill to give and receive productive feedback on videos and of course produce a range of different videos.
Be ready to change the way you see the world through a camera lens and use video to document the exciting things of your life.
Recycle / Bicycle
Stinus Duch & Jonas Fogh
– Learn to fix, patch and design your own bike, as you help local refugees to a new way of transportation.
RECYCLE / BICYCLE is about giving you knowledge about the bike and its parts and how to fix it. We will disassemble a bike and put it together again. We will teach how to change broken parts and design the bikes from scratch, also we will teach how to make rough checks on bikes and their main parts. Bikes have pretty simple mechanics and parts, but a lot of people are afraid of getting in to fixing it them selves. They don’t know about the parts and how everything works.
We will teach you how to fix your own bike and give you the knowledge needed about the parts of the bike to do so. We spend way too much money on bike shops, especially in the bigger cities where bikes are the main transportation for most youth. The bikes are worn out too quickly, and that can make bikes an expensive way of transportation, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
That’s why we want to teach how to fix all these issues making sure that you will save a lot of money in the future. The class will also include an element of social responsibility. We will in partnership with Fredensborg/Humlebæk police get free bikes. We will fix these bikes in the class and make them ready for usage. Then we will give them to the local asylum centre. The refugees will also participate in the class.
The two teachers are Jonas Fogh and Stinus Duch. We both fix bikes in our own work shop in Nordvest in our spare time and have fixed and sold more than 100 bikes through the last years. We have great experience and see great value in up-cycling (giving back value to what was worthless before) and work with recycling parts and materials for our charming bikes.
Sing out loud
If you want to be good at using your voice, this is is the course for you!
Express yourself through song. You will learn about voice technique and breathing, and how to use your voice correctly and in a free way. We will form a vocal group and sing many different kinds of songs, both in unison and in part harmony, in Danish and in other languages. We’ll sing pop, rock, jazz, songs, barbershop, African songs and small classical choir arrangements.
Social entrepreneurship in a box
Henny Hagerup & Lorena Torres
Are you motivated by a desire to see the world as it can be, and not as it is?
Then join us as we explore Social Entrepreneurship: a fashionable – and perhaps also confusing – term. For what do we understand by the two words ‘social’ and ‘entrepreneurship’? And how does one become a social entrepreneur?
In this course we will navigate alongside discussions and reflections upon the topic – which includes case-studies, video screenings, visits from experts (social entrepreneurs, artists & technological innovators) and excursions. Together we will generate a creative studio where we’ll start working on our own social initiatives and where you’ll be able to unchain your passion for change.
Together we will:
● Discuss the complexity of societal challenges and dig deep into the issue you want to solve;
● Explore how alternative approaches, inspired by the arts, mixed media & technological innovations, can build new strategies and foster social transformation;
● Learn how to develop a social business plan and showcase your social initiative to fellow students. It is expected that each individual group will prepare a pitch and a prototype of their social initiative (product, website, app etc).
This ‘box’ is designed to strengthen your creative intelligence as well as your organisational and entrepreneurial skills – giving you the basics needed to kickstart your own social initiative.
Expected transport fees for excursions: approx. 200DKK
Mia Toftdahl Olesen
It is said that the essential part of yoga is finding balance between body and mind. But what does this actually mean? And how does eating in silence, saying OM, putting your legs behind your head, locating your energy centers in your body and breathing through your nose have anything to do with finding balance? This is what we will discover together in this class.
With yoga as our overall focus we will also immerse ourselves in breathing exercises, meditation and mindfulness. Yoga is yin and yang, our two opposites in life – darkness and light, masculine and feminine. But why do we according to yoga need both in our lives? And can these ancient yoga texts actually teach us something today, being part of a modern and fast-paced society with a thousand things on our to-do list?
We will move our bodies, sit in silence, and have discussions on everything from ancient yoga philosophy – to how we find more flexibility in our shoulders and balance on our toes. The class will take place on our yoga mats, in nature, on mediation cushions, and in group discussions. And maybe over time you will find ways for yoga to help create a little more inner peace for YOU.
The class is for all levels – whether you have never stepped foot on a yoga mat before or already have a daily yoga practice.