A unique evening with two of the absolute masters of contemporary dance.

"… a phenomenal, world-class dance company …" Göteborgs-Posten
"Universe with wonderful poetry" Svenska Dagbladet
"Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Saburo Teshigawa bring global dance to life in Gothenburg" Göteborgs-Tidningen/Expressen
"… the dancers move like waves in a flow with no dots or commas" Borås Tidning
"Breathtaking and emotionally moving" Göteborgs-Posten
"Spirit is a magnificent venture …" Göteborgs-Posten


Dance performance 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.

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Sidi Larbi CherkaouiTilo Stengel

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. On tour the music is perforerad in a recorded version.

Photos from Noetic

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Bengt Wanselius
Bengt Wanselius
Bengt Wanselius

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

Konstaffisch av Antony Gormley

Poster art by Antony Gormley

Watch an interview with composer Szymon Brzóska


Dance performance 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."

Saburo Teshigawara
Saburo TeshigawaraNorifumi Inagaki

Metamorphosis, created for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, is also about controlling, and allowing oneself to be controlled.

Choral is floating in the air and contrasting with the dancers’ sometimes constrained bodies.

The recorded choral works that are played during the Metamorphosis performance include:

  • Olivier Messiaen: O sacrum convivium!, choral motet (1937), performed by Vox Clamantis, conductor: Jaan-Eik Tulve
  • Maurice Ravel: Soupir (Suck), the first of three songs from Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé (1913) transcribed by Clytus Gottwald for choir. Performed by Accentus Chamber Choir, conductor: Laurence Equilbey.

Photos from Metamorphosis

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Bengt Wanselius
Bengt Wanselius
Bengt Wanselius

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.


Choreography Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Original music Szymon Brzóska
Set design Antony Gormley
Costume design Les Hommes
Dramaturgy Adolphe Binder
Light design David Stokholm
Percussion Shogo Yoshii (live music)
Singer Miriam Andersén (recorded on tour)
Assistant Choreographer James O’Hara, Elias Lazaridis, Helder Seabra

World premiere 8 March 2014
GöteborgsOperans Danskompani
The Göteborg Opera Orchestra (Recorded on tour)

Length 55 min
Dancers 19


Choreography, Set, Costume, Light Design Saburo Teshigawara
Conductor Henrik Schaefer
Assistant Choreographer Rihoko Sato
Assistant Light Designer Hiroki Shimizu
Assistant Set Designer Kazuomi Kurosawa
Original Music & sound design Tim Wright
Music Olivier Messiaen, Maurice Ravel

World premiere March 8 2014
GöteborgsOperans Danskompani

Length 35 min
Dancers 12

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