The Outskirts.

Strømgren’s sometimes ingenious, sometimes laconic understatements give The Outskirts a poetic edge that verges between laughter and tears. The Outskirts is a harmonious production at the intersection between dance and theatre.

Dance performance by Jo Strømgren.

A smash hit. Strømgen’s The Outskirt is the best he ever got out of his brilliant brain”

This performance is an adaptation of Jo Strømgren’s stage play Placebo from 1999 and the last in a series of productions to employ glimpses into private rooms and documentary use of video film as its central concept. However, after Big Brother had shocked Sweden in 2000 and then Norway in 2001, and the reality element subsequently became a trend within both dance and theatre, he chose to explore opposite concept directions, including abstract language and creating fictional universes. The Outskirts is thus an encounter with Strømgren’s artistic past, and yet a completely fresh work with new content.

The Outskirts explores the grey area between confidence and doubt – where the safety of conformity has just begun to break apart to and reveal the unspoken fear of the abnormal – where we laugh loudly and mechanically and avert our gaze.

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Utkanten av Jo Strømgren Göteborgsoperan
(Landscape)Urban Jörén
Utkanten av Jo Strømgren Göteborgsoperan
(Landscape) Dan Langeborg and Micol MantiniUrban Jörén
Utkanten av Jo Strømgren Göteborgsoperan
(Portrait) Hildur ÓttarsdóttirUrban Jörén


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Choreography, text, direction, set- and light design: Jo Strømgren

Camille Saint-Saens: Danse Macabre
Orgel: Georges Montalba
Evert Taube: Den sköna Helen, Flickan i Peru
Umberto Giordano: From Andrea Chénier, Akt IV, “Come un bel dì dì maggio” Soloist: Jussi Björling Giacomo Puccini: From Manon Lescaut, Act I, ”Donna non vidi mai”. Soloists: Licia Albanese, Jussi Björling. Dirigent: Jonel Perlea Viljo Vesterinen, dragspel: Kivikin Polkka, Mandshurian Kukkuloilla, Sirkkojen Tanssi, Säkkijärven Polkka
Henryk Górecki: Euntes Ibant Et Flebant Med Chicago Symphony Chorus, Chicago Lyric Opera Chorus. Dirigent: John Nelson
Pjotr Leschenko: Tumano Na Duschje

Costume design: Bregje Van Balen
Worlds Premiere: World Premier 26 Februariy 2011 for The Göteborg Ballet
Length: 46 minutes
Dancers: 12

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