Dance. A unique evening with two of the absolute masters of contemporary dance.
Creation by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Multiple award winning and constantly topical Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui creates Noetic, along with a distinguished team comprising sculptor Antony Gormley, fashion designer duo Les Hommes, and composer Szymon Brzóska. The creation explores man’s instinctive need to structure every detail of our existence, and our longing to break free of the rules and discover what lies beyond them. With at times mechanical, at times flowing, classical movements, the dancers construct, change and deconstruct reality.
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s roots are in the cultures of both Morocco and Central Europe. His artistic identity has been influenced by many years of involvement in the Belgian dance company Les Ballets C de la B, whose work belongs among the most exciting things to have happened within dance in recent decades.
Watch a film clip from rehearsals for Noetic
Cherkaoui is known for bringing together art forms, cultures and traditions. His dance company, Eastman, is attributed the title of European cultural ambassadors in 2013. The harmonic and emotional music in Noetic is composed for The Göteborg Opera Orchestra.
Watch an interview with choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Antony Gormley is widely acclaimed for his sculptures, installations and public artworks that investigate the relationship of the human body to space. His work has developed the potential opened up by sculpture in the seventies through a critical engagement with both his own body and those of others in a way that confronts fundamental questions of where human beings stand in relation to nature and the cosmos. Antony Gormley and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui have collaborated on three previous projects; Sutra, Babel and Zero Degrees. His set design for Noetic will give the dancers both bodily extensions and the constructive elements to create a potential architecture for individual and collective action.
Watch an interview with Antony Gormley
Poster art by Antony Gormley
Watch an interview with composer Szymon Brzóska
Creation by Saburo Teshigawara
Virtuoso Saburo Teshigawara – sculptor, poet, visual artist and “dance maker” – has received great honours for his choreographies and body installations both in his home country of Japan and internationally. Faithful to the culture of his homeland, Teshigawara is minimalist – everything he creates is aesthetic, beautiful and pared down. It is also spiritual and subtle.
His Metamorphosis, inspired by Kafka's novels, is an art work filled with pain and breathtaking beauty. At its centre is the body's constant changes, the cells' constant renewal – the metamorphosis: "Even when we believe we are completely still, our bodies are moving. That movement is life. To stop is to die. Life is like cycling – if you stop you lose your balance and fall over. Life is balance in motion."
Watch a film clip from rehearsals for Metamorphosis
Metamorphosis, created for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, is also about controlling, and allowing oneself to be controlled.
The Göteborg Opera Chorus also feature on stage, their ethereal voices contrasting with the dancers’ sometimes constrained bodies.
The works that The Göteborg Opera Chorus performs in Metamorphosis include:
- Olivier Messiaen: O sacrum convivium!, choral motet (1937)
- Maurice Ravel: Soupir (Suck), the first of three songs from Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé (1913) transcribed by Clytus Gottwald for a cappella choir.
Watch an interview with choreographer Saburo Teshigawara
Poster art by Saburo Teshigawara
In Spirit the choreographers are inspired from the theme of the season; Mind & Spirit where GöteborgsOperans Danskompani explores our consciousness and its possibilities. Reality beyond reality. Mind and spirit, body and energies challenge and force us to new discoveries.
Spirit will go on tour, the Iberan tour, on May-June 2014