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, 71 people were beheaded and then burned. Most were women, a couple of men and also four children. 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.”

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.

Ale Möller Foto Thorn Ullberg
Ale Möller

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.


If we shadows have offended

Creation by ALAN LUCIEN ØYEN

For If we shadows have offended, the Norwegian choreographer Alan Lucien Øyen has been inspired by the Peter Pan-complex and by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The creation is a nostalgic flashback to the 1980s, with a strong wish to never grow up. About, the choreographer says, "grown up men who don't want to 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
”My pieces are often about our fear of death. A fear which becomes more intense when your own parents are dead and you're next in line. We also live in a society where many people are afraid to grow up. Neverland has grown out of my wish to explore the Peter-Pan complex: what does it mean to never grow up?” Alan Lucien Øyen

Watch a film clip of Alan reading a piece he wrote as inspiration for the creative process behind If we shadows have offended.


A film clip from rehearsals for If we shadows have offended, featuring actor Kate Strong

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
  • Info:We would like to inform viewers that this performance contains an opening scene that some viewers may find disturbing and that smoke from herbal cigarettes are used in both pieces.

Shadowland

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
   Erik Johansson
   Maria Chiara Mezzadri
   Ekaterina Shushakova
   Danielle de Vries
   Arika Yamada
   Dorotea Saykaly

If we shadows have offended

Choreography, set deign and text   Alan Lucien Øyen
Assistant Choreographer   Daniel Proietto
Dramarurgy and text   Andrew Wale
Costume design   Stine Sjøgren
Light design   Martin Flack
Sound design   Gunnar Innvær
Guest artist   Kate Strong
Dancers from GöteborgsOperans Danskompani   Angelina Allen
   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
Text and choreography has been developed with input from and in close collaboration with the dancers.
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