Shadowland/ Neverland

Dance. The outskirts of your imagination. Dance programme by Michael Keegan-Dolan and Alan Lucien Øyen


World Premiere 14 March 2015

12 performances. Runs until 2 May


Shadowland

Creation by MICHAEL KEEGAN-DOLAN

In Shadowland, Irish choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan creates a response to the Torsåker witch trials, which took place in 1675 in Ångermanland, Sweden. In one single day, 57 women and 3 men were beheaded and then burned. Their alleged crime was abducting children to Blåkulla, the legendary meadow where the Devil held his earthly court.

Shadowland is being created exclusively for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani. In starting the rehearsals, January 2015, Michael Keegan-Dolan says:
“The events of 1675 continue to bear meaning for us today. The witch trials appear to be the last great settlement between Paganism and Christianity and a victory of patriarchal society over woman. Her function as high priestess, as wise old women – is declared criminal and punishable by death. However for a shadow to exist there must be a source of light and now more than ever, we are compelled to explore this light and celebrate its infinite nature.”

A band consisting of Ale Möller and four Nordic folk musicians will also be appearing live on stage as a part of the performance. The other musicians are: Henrik Cederblom, Sanna Eriksson, Larisa Ljungkrona and Guro Kvifte Nesheim.

Michael and his company, Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre, has been called the most provocative and original dance company in the world. His version of Le Sacre du Printemps (The Right of Spring) gained particular attention, staged in collaboration with English National Opera at The London Coliseum in 2009.

Michael Keegan-Dolan fotograf Richard Gilligan
Michael Keegan-DolanMelike Acar
"...for a shadow to exist there must be a source of light - and now more than ever, we are compelled to explore this light and celebrate its infinite nature." Michael Keegan-Dolan

Watch an interview with Michael where he talks about the inspiration behind Shadowland, and his hopes for the production.


Neverland

Creation by ALAN LUCIEN ØYEN

For Neverland, the Norwegian choreographer Alan Lucien Øyen has been inspired by Peter Pan and by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream – Puck with parallels to Peter. A strong wish to never grow up. A play in and about reality in a dreamscape. Alan Lucien Øyen has been called “the most interesting up-and-coming artist in Norway” – emotional and touching. He runs his own company, Winter Guests, and has choreographed creations for Skånes Dansteater as well as for the Norwegian National Ballet. He has been awarded numerous international prizes for his work.

Alan Lucien Øyen
Alan Lucien ØyenAlan Lucien Øyen

Watch a film clip of Alan reading a piece he wrote as inspiration for the creative process behind Neverland.

Programme

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March 2015

Information

Dance programme by MICHAEL KEEGAN-DOLAN and ALAN LUCIEN ØYEN

  • Genre: Dance
  • Season: 2014/2015
  • premiere: 14 Mar 2015
  • Last show: 2 May 2015
  • Location:

    Main Stage.

  • Length: 2 hours and 30 minutes incl. intermission

Choreography   Michael Keegan-Dolan
Assistant Choreographer   Rachel Poirier
Set design   Sabine Dargent
Costume design   Doey Lüthi
Light design   Adam Silverman
Musical director   Ale Möller
Musicians   Henrik Cederblom, Sanna Eriksson, Guro Kvifte Nesheim, Larisa Ljungkrona och Ale Möller
Music    Ny och gammal nordisk folkmusik
Children and extras
Dancers from GöteborgsOperans Danskompani   Astrid Boons
   Delphine Boutet
   Jenna Fakhoury
   Therese Fredriksson
   Mai Lisa Guinoo
   Maria Chiara Mezzadri
   Dorotea Saykaly
   Ekaterina Shushakova
   Danielle de Vries
   Arika Yamada

Choreography, set deign and text   Alan Lucien Øyen
Assistant Choreographer   Daniel Proietto
Costume design   Stine Sjøgren
Light design   Martin Flack
Sound design   Gunnar Innvaer
Actor   Kate Strong
Dancers from GöteborgsOperans Danskompani   Nigel Campbell
   Jim De Block
   Simone Deriu
   Matthew Foley
   Toby Kassell
   Maxime Lachaume
   Fan Luo
   Pascal Marty
   Jonathan Savage
   Ján Špoták
   Oleg Stepanov
   Lee-Yuan Tu
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