Homeland & Risk Zones. Contemporary, credibility, curiosity, diversity, recognition, identity.
Driven by their inquisitive nature, humans have a deep-seated need to discover and explore. But whoever wants to discover new lands must have the courage to lose sight of the shore. And once the coast disappears in the horizon, what happens then to the need to belong, to have roots and to feel safe?
Relinquishing an environment or place that is familiar and secure to engage with something new and alien is a sign of the times. Some people are forced into it, others choose it of their own volition. Whether it takes the form of migration, asylum or tourism, this journey is part of what forms our identity. This increasing internationalisation is also reflected in the modern and multicultural seaport of Gothenburg and in GöteborgsOperans Danskompani – in itself a “global town” with dancers from all over the world.
What is “home” to you today? Is it a feeling rather than a place? Is it where the heart is? Or where you live now? Is it a song on the radio, somewhere inside you or the lost paradise of childhood? Is it a place within four walls or a sensuous natural experience, a country or a group of people similar to you? And these risk zones – the unknown, maybe threatening – where are they, and how can you approach them without fear?
Under the artistic direction of Adolphe binder, all the works and projects during the 2012/2013 dance season are based on a single overriding theme: Homeland & Risk Zones. Using a combination of very different perspectives, our guest choreographers examine subjects such as belonging, roots, identity, alienation and nostalgia for home. It is about the space between deep-seated trust and unknown territory – and the consequences of living in a globalised world. The distinctive character and soul of Gothenburg play a significant role in the repertoire, as does the music, performed by The Göteborg Opera Orchestra, live bands and DJs.
In the 2012/2013 season we celebrate the beautiful, the strange, the quirky, the miraculous, the real and the surreal. New ground is explored and art forms combined in the universes – each and every one of them unique – created from the muse GöteborgsOperans Danskompani. The works are the fruit of choreographers, musicians and artists whose art knows no frontiers and who dare to venture into the unknown, question received genres, open up hidden doors and enter into the space between body and stage. Among them we find the Israeli Sharon Eyal, Guy Weizman from the Netherlands, the Belgian Franck Chartier and Fernando Melo from Brazil. Many of the season’s choreographers are visiting Sweden for the first time and together we will be taking some artistic and physical risks and make walls come tumbling down.
In spring 2013 we will celebrate the centenary of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring with two of the foremost versions for the dance stage: Canadian choreographer Marie Chouinard’s The Rite of Spring and Le Sacre du Printemps created by Tanztheater Wuppertal’s legendary Pina Bausch.
As our dance company gains increasing recognition abroad (during the season it will be attending the prestigious Bruges festival, as well as the Nordic Culture Festival in Washington, to mention but two), it is becoming still more accessible in its home city of Gothenburg. Alongside the productions on The Göteborg Opera’s stages and its international tours, the dancers will also be seen in some more unexpected places inside and outside of the opera house. Last year’s season already saw a makeover of The Göteborg Opera foyer in the form of the night-time meeting point known as After Dance Party, a recurring event that attracted many dance enthusiasts and music lovers. During the 2012/2013 season more works and offshoot projects will bring the modern dance art form to out-of-house “stages”, including the Museum of World Culture and private residences. We experiment with new production forms by promoting cooperation with international groups, arts foundations, the Dance and Teater Festival and various parts of our own neighborhood. This venture is just as important in terms of inspiration for the art form as it is for our work in reaching out to a wider public.
Contemporary, credible, inquisitive, varied and recognizable – these are the attributes we hope our productions embody. In the final analysis, the events on stage and in our theme Homeland & Risk Zones serve as reflections of us all. Welcome to this dance season – keep your eyes and your heart open!
Or, as Marcel Proust put it: “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”
The following dance programmes will premiere at The Göteborg Opera during the 2012/2013 season:
During the season, the dancers of GöteborgsOperans Danskompani will show up at the most unexpected places: in open air, in museums, at clubs and perhaps even in your home. Keep your eyes open and check www.opera.se regularly. Here are some of our plans for the season:
We are all dancers!
Get ready to dance with the dance company! At the end of summer, you have the chance to be part of a big dance-mob! Keep your eyes open and don’t miss out. Let’s get the city dancing!
37° / Suburbia
A number of homes in the Gothenburg suburbs will be transformed into temporary local stages by dancers from the company and their guests. This is a chance to experience a number of performances exploring the outsider looking in. You can’t get any closer.
NUdans 2013 May 25th - 26th, the Small Stage
Graduate students from professional dance educations collaborate on new works created specially for them by choreographers/dancers from GöteborgsOperans Danskompani.
After Dance Party
During our previous season, The Göteborg Opera’s beautiful foyer was taken over by After Dance Party. This recurring, popular event attracted loads of dancing people enjoying the atmosphere and the live music. This will continue during the 2012/2013 season.
GöteborgsOperans Danskompani continues to tour the world. At the time of writing, there are invitations from Germany, Thailand, Norway, Belgium, USA and the Netherlands, which we are trying to fit into our dance company’s schedule in between performances at The Göteborg Opera and in the city.