Published 22 November 2012
In an evening filled with humour, dance and spoken dialogue, two works, highly acclaimed by audience and critics alike, are being presented for the first time: La La Land by Alexander Ekman/Mehdi Walerski and The Outskirts by Jo Strømgren, together at The Göteborg Opera. In addition, they will be joined by a new work: Tending to Fall by Fernando Melo. Crazy Mixmas continues to examine this season's theme – Homeland & Risk Zones – about belonging and identity.
Tending to Fall
Tending to Fall is a new work by Fernando Melo, dancer and choreographer with GöteborgsOperans Danskompani. The work is about the deeply human aspect of passing on knowledge and retaining customs that have their origins in the past. Nine dancers, a boy soprano and one more child perform in the work.
Tending to Fall is the third time that Fernando Melo has collaborated with opera director, stage designer and costume creator Patrick Kinmonth. In 2010, they created the dance The Guest House and, in 2011, Fountain for the State Theatre in Munich, both of which gained great critical acclaim.
The music in Tending to Fall has been composed by Patrick Kinmonth and is performed by a percussionist.
The Outskirts is a burlesque piece of dance drama by Norwegian choreographer Jo Strømgren, beloved for his humorous, subtle performances. The time in The Outskirts is 1964, the place is neither in the countryside nor in the town, but somewhere in-between. The Outskirts, a grey zone, a suburb populated by colourful characters. The starting point for the story is when a stranger arrives in this place.
The music in The Outskirts is just as colourful as the characters in this crazy story in which Nordic post-war angst blossoms to the music of Puccini as well as Evert Taube and Camille Saint-Saens.
La La Land
Alexander Ekman and Medhi Walerski take us to La La Land, a place where a group of people are to be found, using various choreographic and therapeutic exercises to find themselves. The two choreographers blend dance and spoken dialogue, giving an unerring, humorous portrayal of the human struggle towards development.
The music is a collage of influences including Chopin, Puccini and Akron/Family. Since its world première in 2010 La La land has been a highly praised part of the dance company's touring programme.
Please contact Jenny Jernberg, Press Officer at The Göteborg Opera for further information and review tickets, at email@example.com or on +46 (0)31 10 80 35.
Dance programme by Fernando Melo, Jo Strømgren and Alexander Ekman/Medhi Walerski Première: Thursday 6 December 2012 at 7.00 pm
Six performances up to and including Wednesday 2 January 2013
Tending to Fall
Choreography: Fernando Melo
Stage and costume design: Patrick Kinmonth
Assistant choreographer: Stephan Laks
Music: Patrick Kinmonth
Musical arrangement: Bernard Matracki
Lighting design: David Stokholm
Percussion: Fredrik Duvling/Fredrik Tiger
Boy soprano: Philip Holmberg
Children: Theo Lundell Dancers: Anna Altes, Jubal Battisti, Matthew Foley, Chiaki Horita, Fan Luo, Moritz Ostruschnjak, Lotem Regev, Satoko Takahashi, Danielle de Vries
Choreography, script, direction, stage design, lighting design and video: Jo Strømgren Costume design: Bregje van Balen
Music: Evert Taube, Giacomo Puccini, Camille Saint-Saëns, Viljo Vesterinen et al.
Dancers: Angelina Allen, Susanna Caldegren, Delphine Boutet, Jérôme Delbey, Andrzej Glosniak, Toby Kassell, Janine Koertge, Dan Langeborg, Micol Mantini, Hildur Óttarsdóttir, Heather Telford, David Wilde
La la land
Choreography, stage design, costume design: Alexander Ekman/Medhi Walerski
Music: Frėdėric Chopin, W A Mozart, Vincenzo Bellini, Akron/Family, Bernard Matracki et al.
Lighting design: Joakim Brink
Pianist: Bernard Matracki
Dancers: Delphine Boutet, Jérôme Delbey, Roderick George, Andrzej Glosniak, Chiaki Horita, Toby Kassell, Janine Koertge, Dan Langeborg, Kyoko Matsumoto, Fernando Melo, Mattias Olaison, Hildur Óttarsdóttir, Mattias Suneson, Josefin Swedberg, Harumi Terayama, Heather Telford, Danielle de Vries, David Wilde