Since training as a ballet dancer at the Royal Danish Ballet school, Ulrik Wivel has danced with the Royal Danish Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, Pacific North West Ballet and the New York City Ballet. He became a principal dancer in 1993 and ended his dancing career in 1998.
From 1998 Ulrik Wivel studied screenwriting at Columbia University, assisted on Paul Auster’s debut film Lulu on the Bridge, and made his debut as a director with the documentary film Dancer, which received a special mention at The Dance on Camera Film Festival in 2000. As a member of the Super 16-group he directed short films and in 2001 Staceyann Chin was released.
In 2003 Urge premiered followed by This is Me Walking in 2004, which was awarded the Robert prize for best short fiction film by The Danish Film Academy. In 2005 came The Bournonville School, Sanne, and I You Love, which won best short fiction at Odense Film Festival.
Both feature length films, Roskilde and Comeback was released in 2008, as well as a portrait of the Queen of Denmark, Dronningens Danmark, in 2010. At the Golden Prague Film Festival in 2014 Disportrait was awarded the Grand Prix and Czech Television Prize.
Ulrik Wivel also directs and develops commercial projects, his clients includes A.S. Roma/Nike, Uniqlo, Tryg, Maersk and Tuborg.