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GöteborgsOperans Danskompani at Nordic Cool

Nordic Cool is under way right now at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in the United States. GöteborgsOperans Danskompani is the only Swedish dance company to be invited to the festival. Interest in the company has been growing ever greater in the United States and this will be their third tour to the US in a short time. On 15 and 16 March, the Passion program will be performed at the Eisenhower Theater, one of the Center's larger venues.

– The invitation to Nordic Cool is yet another proof that we are an international, innovative and significant dance company with a strong identity of our own. We are proud to be ambassadors for contemporary dance and to present our dance company outside Sweden, says Adolphe Binder, Artistic Director Dance at The Göteborg Opera.

GöteborgsOperans Danskompani had its big North American breakthrough in 2010 at the largest dance festival in the US - Jacob's Pillow Festival, and a highly acclaimed tour followed in 2012 to the cities of Portland and Chapel Hill. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, which is a national stage in the United States and leading cultural center, is the company's most prestigious invitation in the US so far. The selection to Nordic Cool was made by the Kennedy Center, which has prepared the festival for four years by combing the best in the Nordic region. It is the result of a collaboration between the Kennedy Center, the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Nordic Embassies in Washington, D.C. and arts and cultural institutions in the Nordic countries and in Greenland, Åland and the Faroe Islands.

Dance pieces in the Passion program: Beethoven's 32 Variations by Örjan Andersson (Sweden), OreloB by Kenneth Kvarnström (Finland) and Your Passion is Pure Joy to Me by Stijn Celis (Belgium) are part of the company's tour repertoire but have only been performed once before in this combination, at the festival in Bruges in December 2012. All works have been acclaimed by critics both in Sweden and internationally. Your Passion is Pure Joy to Me will have its US premiere at Nordic Cool. (For more information on the works see below / next pages)

In conjunction with Nordic Cool, dancers from the GöteborgsOperans Danskompani will also hold a master class at the Kennedy Center on Saturday, 16 March.

GöteborgsOperans Danskompani consists of 39 dancers from over 16 different countries. Thirteen of these are participating in Nordic Cool. One of the dancers involved in Nordic Cool is from the US and is now visiting the home country as a dancer with a Swedish company.

The program will be rehearsed from next week. For interviews, visits or further information please contact Jenny Jernberg, Press Officer at The Göteborg Opera +46 (0)31-10 80 35 / +46 (0)768-01 80 35 jenny.jernberg@opera.se

High-resolution press images from the program are available at http://sv.opera.se/press/bilder/passion-dansturne-nordic-cool-washington/ Press images of the dancers / artists on the tour: http://sv.opera.se/press/bilder/artister-dansturne-nordic-cool-washington-2013/

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