• Dance
  • 2425 nov 2017, Main Stage.
  • Ensemble


    Damien Jalet
    Composer and Sound design
    Christian Fennesz
    Set design
    Jim Hodges
    Set design
    Carlos Marques da Cruz
    Costume design
    Jean Paul Lespagnard
    Lighting design
    Joakim Brink
    Assistant Choreographer
    Aimilios Arapoglou
    GöteborgsOperans Danskompani


    Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
    Set design
    Antony Gormley
    Costume design
    Jan-Jan Van Essche
    Light design
    David Stokholm
    Antonio Cuenca Ruiz
    Clay master
    Matilda Haggärde
    Song and traditional japanese pick instrument (sanshin)
    Anna Sato
    Song and harp
    Patrizia Bovi
    Percussion, guitar and piano
    Gabriele Miracle
    Traditional Japanese flutes (shinobue) and percussion (taiko)
    Kazunari Abe
    Traditional Korean string instruments (geomungo and yanggeum)
    Woojae Park
    GöteborgsOperans Danskompani
    Dancers from Eastman
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Damien Jalet & Icon

Dance program by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet

Icons, live music and 3.5 tonnes of clay

Cult figures, authority figures, religious leaders. We create our icons, grant them power, worship them. Until the next regime or culture sweeps in with its own icons, leaving our former idols to be swiftly forgotten. What happens to us and our society as we build our icons – and demolish them?

Just as for Noetic (2014), Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui has chosen for Icon to collaborate with the world-renowned sculptor Antony Gormley, who accounts for the scenography: 3.5 tonnes of clay. To specially commissioned music, performed on stage by musicians and singers from Italy, Japan and Korea, the dancers interact with the clay in sophisticated, almost ritual patterns. A powerful and wonderful experience.

Icon had its world premiere at the Göteborg Opera in the autumn 2016 and is a co-production between GöteborgsOperans Danskompani and Eastman. Ever since its first staging in Gothenburg, Icon has gained international recognition for the dance company from around Europe.

The evening begins in the same way as for the Noetic double-bill, with the new creation of internationally renowned choreographer Damien Jalet, Skid.

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November 2017

Fri 24/11
Main Stage 
Sat 25/11
Main Stage 
Last performance

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