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Dance. Jo Strømgren Invites Death to a dance. Wim Vandekeybus revives the legend of Oedipus.

When two of the most challenging choreographers of contemporary dance create new works on the theme of decadence, anything can happen.

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Decadence is the uniting theme for two new creations, starting with the idea that we build our lives by reaching for that which is right and that which is perfect. Even so we can suddenly and seemingly illogically destroy everything through destructive and irrational behaviour.

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Jo Strømgren is an established Norwegian choreographer and well-known internationally. He has a wealth of experience from theatre to modern dance and now creates this, his first work for an institution in Sweden.

The Belgian filmmaker and choreographer, Wim Vandekeybus, has in his characteristic style played an influential role in the development of modern European dramatic art. In his time he has been well-known for his work with film, photography, choreography and music.


  • Genre: Dance
  • Season: 2008/2009
  • First show: 28 Feb 2009
  • Last show: 3 Apr 2009
  • Location:

    Main Stage

  • Length: approx. 2 h 35 min. incl. ibterval
  • Introduction:1 hour before performance (not on premieres), on the Small stage. Limited number of places.
  • Info:Göteborg Opera Main Stage


Choeography, Set Design, Light Design   Jo Strømgren
Music   Zarah Leander
Costume   Bregje Van Balen
Sound Design   Lars Årdal
Black Biist
Choreography, director   Wim Vandekeybus
Music   Charo Calvo, Nine Inch Nails, Peter Pop, Omar A. Rodrìgez-Lopez
Set Design   Johan Daenen, Wim Vandekeybus
Costume   Isabelle Lhoas
Light Design   Alban Rouge, Wim Vandekeybus
Sound Design   Benjamin Dandoy


   Angelina Allen
   Therese Fredriksson
   Annika Lindquist
   Micol Mantini
   Heather Telford
   Anandi Vinken
   Lea Yanai
   Ingeborg Zackariassen
   Israel Aloni
   Kristoffer Arfvidson
   Jérôme Delbey
   Erik Johansson
   Toby Kassell
   Sonny Koroschetz
   Patrick Migas
   Rayco Cano-Cortes
   Aviad Arik Herman
   Tim Liljequist
   Ellah Nagli
   Daniel Yaregal
Black Biist
Narrator   Andrzej Glosniak
Madam   Hlín Diego Hjálmarsdóttir
Soldier   Hokuto Kodama
Sister   Janine Koertge
Tyrant   Dan Langeborg
Soldier   Paul Pui Wo Lee
The Sphinx's heart   Annika Lindquist
Spider, Soldier   Fernando Melo
Monerd, Sister   Monica Milocco
Tim~esieas   Timo Nieminen
Laios   Peter Pop
Kreonmatt   Mattias Suneson
Tim~esieas' lover   Satoko Takahashi
Giant, Knight   Erik Johansson
Giant, Knight   Sonny Koroschetz
Sphinx, Dream sequence, Folk lore
Israel Aloni
Therese Fredriksson
Toby Kassell
Micol Mantini
Patrick Migas
Heatehr Telford
Ingeborg Zackariassen
Lean Yanai