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12 songs +

World premiere / revival 23 January
  • Dance
  • 23 jan26 feb 2021, Main Stage.
  • Ensemble

    12 Songs

    Choreography and set design
    Kenneth Kvarnström
    Conductor and musical arrangement
    Hans Ek
    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 +

A staged artwork with voice and movement.

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

With 12 Songs, choreographer Kenneth Kvarnström presents well-known popular music in an innovative guise. In a close collaboration with one of the Nordic Region’s leading musicians, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, The Göteborg Opera Orchestra and guest musicians, he creates a dazzling new work for our Main Stage. An flourishing ornament that unites the serious with the ridiculous in a mix of dance cascades, poetry, universal human longing and joyful curiosity. The secret guest artist’s identity will be revealed on opera.se in the end of the summer. So keep your eyes peeled!

Kenneth Kvarnström, from Finland, is one of the Nordic region’s most successful choreographers. After several years as the 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. 

Contemporary Dance
Creation by Hofesh Shechter

”Irrestistable”Borås Tidning, 2018
Trailer, Contemporary dance

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.

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Upcoming shows

January 2021

Sat 23/1
18:00
Main Stage 
Premiere
Thu 28/1
19:00
Main Stage 
Pensioner discount
Sun 31/1
18:00
Main Stage 

February 2021

Wed 3/2
19:00
Main Stage 
Ticket release 30 Sept
Ticket release 30 Sept
Sun 7/2
18:00
Main Stage 
Ticket release 30 Sept
Ticket release 30 Sept
Thu 11/2
19:00
Main Stage 
Ticket release 30 Sept
Ticket release 30 Sept
Wed 17/2
19:00
Main Stage 
Ticket release 30 Sept
Ticket release 30 Sept
Fri 26/2
19:00
Main Stage 
Ticket release 30 Sept
Ticket release 30 Sept

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