Dance. Successful with audiences and critics alike, La La Land and The Outskirts return, accompanied by a creation by Fernando Melo. Premiere December 6th at 7pm.
In a playful programme of dance that includes irony, eccentricity and spoken dialogue, La La Land and The Outskirts are returning. Both have been created specially for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, and both have had an enthusiastic reception from critics and audience alike. They are now being performed together for the first time. In Crazy Mixmas they will be in the company of Tending to Fall, a creation by Fernando Melo.
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La La Land
Dance piece by Alexander Ekman and Medhi Walerski
The intoxicating joy of La La Land has, ever since its world premiere in 2010, been a highly praised part of the dance company's touring programme.
Welcome to the right hemisphere of your brain! Welcome to no-man´s land and Nirvana: La La Land investigates what happens when the here and now is the only reality.
In Ekman/Walerski's playful La La Land we meet a group of people on a self-help course. They use therapeutic exercises to try to find ways of becoming "better people". The two choreographers blend dance and spoken dialogue, giving an unerring, humorous portrayal of the human struggle towards development. The music is a collage of influences including Chopin, Puccini and Akron/Family.
"Great dance art – yes, absolutely unforgettable." Dagens Nyheter
"Fun, surprising and enjoyable." Göteborgs-Posten
"A homage to play and the imagination." Svenska Dagbladet
"A great smile spreads through the audience." Göteborgs-Tidningen
Dance piece by Jo Strømgren
Strømgren's The Outskirts (2011) drew the following comment, among others, from the critics: “A real hit. Strømgren’s The Outskirts is the best thing to come from his ingenious mind.”
In his own characteristic way, Strømgren cross-pollinates dance with theatre, and seriousness with absurd humour, this time in a slightly grotesque urban atmosphere. Strømgren's genial, sometimes laconic, understatements give The Outskirts a poetic depth somewhere between laughter and tears.
“Immensely successful. Strømgren’s The Outskirts is the best thing to emerge from that ingenious mind of his.” nummer.se
"It is great fun to look through a large pane of glass at the activities of the Gustafsson couple." Svenska Dagbladet
"A good laugh worth having!" Göteborg Daily
Tending to Fall
Creation by Fernando Melo
This evening a creation by Fernando Melo spans the space between the playful La la land and The Outskirts: Tending to Fall about humanity's tendency to pass on knowledge and retain customs originating in the past. Tending to Fall is the third time Fernando Melo has collaborated with opera director, stage designer and costume creator Patrick Kinmonth. In 2010, they created the dance The Guest House and, in 2011, Fountain for the State Theatre in Munich, both of which gained critical acclaim. The music in Tending to Fall is composed by Patrick Kinmonth.
Fernando Melo's early thoughts about the work:
Nothing is permanent apart from change. The transience of everything around us creates an impression of conclusion, death or non-existence. However, traditions appear to be humanity's legacy and can be given expression through art, culture, concepts of belief, literature, architecture etc. Tending to Fall is a performance inspired by the very human endeavour to pass on skills and keep hold of inherited customs.