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"… every moment holds a delight." Göteborgs-Posten
"Top flight dancing." Göteborgs-Posten
"The future is already here." This is a remark from delighted critic after the world premiere of these creations last season. The word spread and the auditorium filled. 7,500 visitors managed to see Homeland?. Here's a new chance!
The challenges and temptations of a life in exile are explorede in Mama, I’m Coming Home. Rock songs are dressed up in unexpected oriental harmonies by a live band.
Live music also plays an important role in Untitled Black. Here DJ Ori Lichtik's music blends with the dancers' movements. It's lively, abstract and thoroughly musical. This is choreography for a young century: pared-down, intelligent while also being mystical and magical.
Mama, I'm Coming Home
Dance performance by Guy Weizman and Roni Haver
Mama, I’m Coming Home by Guy Weizman/Roni Haver confronts us through social reflection, humor and dynamic vocabulary. Raw and exciting in their approach, they explore the migrant body, soul and longing through a blend of dance, text, music and visuals. Live music performed on stage plays an important role. Mama, I’m Coming Home was created specifically for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani.
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Mama, I'm Coming Home
“Mama, I’m Coming Home is a piece about social identity, questions about the past, about belonging. About heimweh … but to where? A life consumed by memories of the magical world you left behind. But what about taking the responsibility and maturity to accept the new reality? A life formed on the continuum between dream and reality, between west and east, between the location of the soul and the location of the body.”
Guy Weizman, choreographer
Guy Weizman and Roni Haver, the inventive duo behind Mama, I’m Coming Home, are Israeli choreographers based in the Netherlands. The recurring theme is personal liberation of the individual in different political and social contexts. The movement vocabulary is innovative and raw and the result is often an intriguing, seductive and dynamic. In 2002, they founded Club Guy & Roni.
An interview with choreographer Guy Weizman
Interview with dancer Delphine Boutet
Guy Weizman, the choreographer behind Mama, I'm Coming Home, wanted the dancers to reflect upon what they felt home was for them.
Delphine Boutet carries home within her
After completing her training in Cannes, Delphine Boutet began working as a professional dancer with Ballet National de Marseille. Some years later, she moved to Gothenburg and is now a permanent member of GöteborgsOperans Danskompani.
"There are many of us here in Gothenburg who are far from home. It is a choice we have to make – to be close to work or close to family. The process when we were rehearsing Mama, I'm Coming Home had a big effect on me. The question of what – and where – home is for me in particular, has remained with me."
Being a dancer means constantly testing your ability. There is an audition before every premiere, and for the dancers it is important to show quickly what they are capable of and just who they could be on stage. That is when it is really important to carry your confidence, your home, within yourself.
"When we were rehearsing Mama, I'm Coming Home I was forced to find out where my roots were. For real. Because, if you don't have any roots, you can't grow either. I have left my country, my culture, my language. And people I love. I don't believe that I personally understood just how much I did miss "home". That was something that became increasingly clear to me as the rehearsals progressed. Of course, Guy had his own idea, his own story that he wanted to tell, but he was still keen to hear what thoughts we as dancers had about the theme. He talked a lot about our finding our own genuine emotion and not to put it on. You mustn't make a move until you know why, he said to us."
On one occasion, Delphine Boutet had the opportunity to see the performance as a member of the audience. She speaks of the strong impression the dance made on her. "It seemed clear that the dancers felt at home on the stage. It was as if they were in their own world, as if they were on a separate planet."
"When they moved backwards on stage I felt a strong pull. I wanted to accompany them to where they were going. To their homes."
In Mama … there's a live band on stage too. The musicians perform specially composed music that mixes well-known rock songs with oriental harmonies. Delphine Boutet speaks of how the vibrant music gives her energy. And because of the live music and because of all the people on stage, both dancers and musicians, every performance is unique.
"Sometimes I feel totally at home on the stage. But sometimes it is as if I am seeing myself from the outside. That isn't so good. I have to feel at home on the stage. Along with the others. Giving energy to the others. And getting it back. There, on the stage, you shouldn't think. You should just be. Just dance. And, of course, if it is to work you have to feel at home, both in your body and on the stage."
Hemland? has its revival premiere on 6 December 2013.
"I am longing to dance Hemland? again. Longing for the energy and the movement."
Dance performance by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar
Untitled Black by Sharon Eyal/Gai Behar is pure, multi-layered, emotional choreography. Through its atmospheric and futuristic movement, embedded in a structure of strong composition, it takes us into a fantastic parallel universe. Live music by DJ Ori Lichtik plays an important role. Untitled Black is created specifically for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani and eight dancers from Batsheva Dance Company.
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Sharon Eyal danced with Batsheva Dance Company from 1990 until 2008 and began choreographing within the framework of the company’s Batsheva Dancers Create project. She served as Associate Artistic Director of Batsheva between 2003-2004, and House Choreographer between 2005-2012. In 2009 Eyal began creating works for other dance companies around the world. Eyal is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2004 Ministry of Culture Award for young dance creators and the 2009 Landau Prize for the Performing Arts in the dance category. In 2008, she was named a Chosen Artist of the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation.
Between 1999-2005 Gai Behar produced live music and underground artistic events, alongside techno raves. This underground line included a wandering sound system and raves in deserted buildings, basements and parking lots, in which live performances and installations by plastic artists took part. As of 2005 Gai has been collaborating with Sharon Eyal.