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
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.”
"...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.
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.
”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