Wonderland: Weird & wonderful.
There are many worlds within us. Worlds to flee to, worlds to dream about, worlds to learn to cope with for survival. In the 2014/2015 dance season, we will be exploring this Magic Land.
Each dance season has its own theme – a theme that stands on its own and also links back to what has gone before. The dramaturgy is composed of pertinent topics that capture and explore the transformations, fears and dreams of the present.
Last season's theme, Mind & Spirit, concerned the fact that the reality we imagined we are living in has proven to be much more diverse. We really can’t be sure of anything.
Now we are taking that thought a step further – if what we believed was true turned out to be an illusion, what then does it mean if we change perspective? What do we discover if, instead of looking from the inside out, we look from the outside in? Which realities do we carry within ourselves? How can our inner worlds and a new perspective help us progress through life?
With Alice in Wonderland as a source of inspiration we are creating our own underworld, filled with wonders. Bad and good, realism and surrealism, humour and horror, Utopias and Dystopias all have a place in our Wonderland. The tales we tell are universal tales, regardless of whether they are beautiful or cruel.
The first dance premiere of the season bears the name Wonderland/Wasteland and comprises two world premieres created for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani.
Slovak choreographer Anton Lachky's surrealist A’s Adventures shows what is not visible in the looking-glass – from the looking-glass's perspective. The characters are twisted and humorous in the manner of the best comic strips. The second part of the programme has a rhythm all its own.
Norwegian choreographer Ina Christel Johannessen's avant-garde and socially critical Wasteland takes us down to the darkness of the coal mines and questions the stress of consumption today. Both creations are performed to live music – A’s Adventures together with The Göteborg Opera Orchestra and Wasteland with the Belgian duo Stray Dogs.
GöteborgsOperans Danskompani is an international company – visible far beyond Sweden's boundaries, with an international audience and an international language. Our repertoire consists mainly of creations specially made for us. When we have a premiere, we have a world premiere.
In spring 2015, we go on a breath-taking flight to the outskirts of the imagination with the world premiere of Shadowland/Neverland.
Irish choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan will create a new, provocative work for us: Shadowland. As the title of the work suggests, we will journey within a very dark part of our internal world, and of our own history. A gut wrenching witch hunt sets the scene that makes the witch project.
The program is shared with multimedia artist Alan Lucien Øyen (Norway), whose emotional and touching Neverland will be characterised by a strong wish never to grow up.
These four choreographers are all at the very hub of contemporary art. They are pioneering, internationally successful and award-winning. Each of them with a unique personal handwriting and a unique personal style.
That is something also possessed by the choreographers of Northern (de)Lights 2 – our platform for exciting contemporary northern dance art. For the 2014/2015 season, we have invited inspirational and adventurous choreographers who expand dance toward other forms of performing arts: film, theatre, video art…
We are also staging our own version of Stravinsky's stunning, ardent L’Oiseau de feu (The Firebird). About a hundred teenagers and elderly people take to the stage together with street dancers, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani and The Göteborg Opera Orchestra.
– Adolphe Binder, Artistic Director, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani