Icon, trailer

A co-production between GöteborgsOperans Danskompani and Eastman

”’Icon’ is the year’s greatest, most sumptuous dance experience”DAGENS NYHETER
”Masterful, gracious dance”BORÅS TIDNING
”...it is wonderfully elegant”Svenska dagbladet
”...a gorgeous musical landscape”ALBA.NU

Icons. Religious leaders, politicians, pop stars, role models. We create them, reproduce them, worship them. All until the next regime, culture or trend takes over and replaces them with new ones. Why do we do this? Why do we feel the need to create icons - and destroy the ones we no longer worship? What happens within us when we build them up, and then witness their downfall?

Icon features 17 dancers moving in clay. 3.5 tons of clay, to be more precise. Is this even possible? During the autumn, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani and the Belgian ensemble Eastman will find the answer to this question, together with the choreographer, two clay masters and the artist Antony Gormley. 

Interview with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Icon is a creation by the multi-award winning SIDI LARBI CHERKAOUI, the creator of 2014’s Noetic – one of GöteborgsOperans Danskompani’s most resounding successes of all time. For Icon, dancers from his own company, Eastman, will also take the stage. Just as for Noetic, he has chosen to collaborate with the world-renowned sculptor ANTONY GORMLEY, who accounts for the scenography: 3.5 tonnes of clay.

Bringing together art forms, cultures and traditions into a coherent whole can be seen as something of a calling card for Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. To specially-composed music, performed live by musicians and singers from Italy and Japan, the dancers interact with the clay in sophisticated, almost ritual patterns. An experience steeped in both mysticism and naturalism.

Antony Gormley meets the dancers


Choreography – Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Scenography – Antony Gormley
Costume design – Jan-Jan van Essche
Lighting Design – David Stokholm
Dramaturgy – Antonio Cuenca Ruiz
Assistant choreographer – Jason Kittelberger
Clay Masters – Matilda Haggärde, Joel Stuart-Beck

Live musicians
Song and traditional japanese pick instrument (sanshin) – Anna Sato
Song and harp – Patrizia Bovi
Percussion, guitar and piano – Gabriele Miracle
Traditional japanese flutes (shinobue) and percussion (taiko) – Kazunari Abe
Traditional korean string instruments (geomungo and yanggeum), Amami intrument (tatégoto) – Woojae Park

World premiere at The Göteborg Opera, 21 October 2016

Length – 65 minutes
Dancers – 18 (12 from GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, 6 from Eastman)

Eastman logo

deSingel International Arts Campus, Antwerp - De Munt/La Monnaie, Brussels - Sadler’s Wells, London - Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxemburg - La Villette, Paris - Movimentos Festwochen der Autostadt, Wolfsburg - Migros Culture Percentage Dance Festival Steps Zürich.

Eastman is supported by the Flemish Government and BNP Paribas Foundation.

For agents

Click here to download the technical rider for double-bill: Icon & Noetic

Press photos

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Film of entire performance

To access a film of the entire performance, please send an email request to danskompani@opera.se


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