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  • 23 jan26 feb 2021, Main Stage.
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    12 Songs

    Choreography and set design
    Kenneth Kvarnström
    Conductor and musical arrangement
    Hans Ek
    Singer
    Ane Brun
    Musician
    Martin Hederos
    Musician
    Josefin Runsteen
    Musician
    Ola Winkler
    Costume design
    Astrid Olsson
    Lighting design
    David Stokholm
    GöteborgsOperans Danskompani

    Contemporary Dance

    Choreography, music, costume design
    Hofesh Shechter
    Set design
    Mylla Ek
    Costume design
    Osnat Kelner
    Lighting design
    Tom Visser
    Assistants to the choreographer
    Bruno Guillore, Chris Evans, Attila Ronai
    GöteborgsOperans Danskompani

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12 Songs +

Ane Brun in a world premiere with GöteborgsOperans Danskompani and the Göteborg Opera Orchestra.

Creation by Kenneth Kvarnström, revival by Hofesh Shechter.

12 Songs + forms a complete evening programme, with Kenneth Kvarnström’s new piece 12 songs in combination with the bombastic, wildly entertaining Contemporary Dance by Hofesh Shechter (“Irresistible”, Borås Tidning, 2018), which fills the Main Stage with an intense club atmosphere.

12 songs
Creation by Kenneth Kvarnström

“One of the most sensitive, responsive, multifaceted, enlightening and ever-exciting voices of our time”Sonic Magazine
“It’s impossible to resist Ane Brun's stunning voice. It infuses your whole body with warmth.”GAFFA
“A stellar songwriter”The Arts Desk, UK

With 12 Songs, choreographer Kenneth Kvarnström presents Ane Brun’s music in an innovative guise. In a close collaboration with the artist herself, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, the Göteborg Opera Orchestra and guest musicians, he creates a dazzling new work for our Main Stage. A flourishing ornament that unites the serious with the ridiculous in a mix of dance cascades, poetry, universal human longing and joyful curiosity.

Since her debut in 2003, the Stockholm-based Norwegian singer has gained a large following in Scandinavia and the rest of the world. A multiple award winner, Ane Brun has made numerous acclaimed stage appearances with symphony orchestras. She has performed at sold-out stadiums as well as in connection to the Nobel Prize ceremony. In fall 2020, Ane Brun is releasing two new albums – her first studio recordings with original music in five years. “12 Songs” will be the first chance in a long time to hear Ane Brun live before she embarks on a European tour.

Kenneth Kvarnström, from Finland, is one of the Nordic region’s most successful choreographers. After several years as the dance director of such cultural institutions as Dansens Hus and Kulturhuset Stadsteatern in Stockholm, he has returned to working as a freelance choreographer. Infused with subtle surprises, his choreography speaks a clear language where a musical flow of movement is interwoven with sung lyrics.

In his new hybrid stage production for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, he resumes collaboration with fashion and costume designer Astrid Olsson, whose stage creations are an experience in their own right. The costumes crescendo in pace with the twelve songs, developing from minimalist to extravagant creations.

12 Songs forms a complete evening programme in combination with a revival of Contemporary Dance by Hofesh Shechter.

Contemporary Dance
Creation by Hofesh Shechter

”Irrestistable”Borås Tidning, 2018
Trailer, Contemporary dance

"Contemporary Dance" - Hofesh Shechter’s first creation for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani - serves up an intense clubbing experience mixed with ironic references to music videos.

About ten years ago, the Israeli-born British Hofesh Shechter went from being an almost unknown choreographer to one that filled the greatest dance stages in the UK. Today, he is one of the world’s most celebrated choreographers – impossible to predict but with an unmistakable style. His works are anarchistic, explosive physical and virtuosic. At the same time, they are tender and vibrant. He blends satire with profoundness, chaos with order and primal animal power with human desire.

‘Contemporary Dance’ had it's world premiere in 2018. It fills the stage with tremendous amounts of intense energy. The rhythmic, ferociously pulsating and captivating music has been composed by the choreographer himself.

Introductions

Don’t forget that we offer introductions on the Small Stage before all dance performances (except premieres and guest performances). 

Spoken introductions shed light on the work and the choreographic process. They start 1 hour before the performance and last about 20 minutes. Free admission, limited number of places.

Physical introductions are held on selected occasions. Here you can gain deeper insight into the performance you are about to see by watching and trying out movement together with dancers from the company and other audience members. Physical introductions start 1 hour and 15 minutes before the performance and last around 45 minutes.

More information about the upcoming introductions will be published on this page as the premiere approaches.

Upcoming shows

January 2021

Sat 23/1
18:00
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Thu 28/1
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Sun 31/1
18:00
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February 2021

Wed 3/2
19:00
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Sun 7/2
18:00
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Thu 11/2
19:00
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Wed 17/2
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Fri 26/2
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