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An evening of ballet in two parts with works by Fernando Melo and Örjan Andersson.
Music by Terterjan and Shostakovich, with the Göteborg Opera Orchestra.

Who is watching whom? When someone sees you, you exist. Sometimes it feels more comfortable to watch than to be watched. In ”Boxman” Fernando Melo plays with the concept of identity. Melo is fascinated by anonymous outsiders in the crowded masses, and how our behaviour changes when we are unobserved, or believe that we are unobserved. To capture these ideas in musical form, he has chosen music from the former Soviet Union, composed during the experimental, aleatory (by random selection) musical period. The music of the Armenian, Awet Terterjan, does not retain a steady pulse, but places demands on, and allows a degree of freedom of interpretation to both the dancers and the Göteborg Opera Orchestra, creating the atmosphere of the fringes of electronic music. This is a World Première.

The music of the evening’s second ballet, ”Red”, also originates from the former Soviet Union, but is of a completely different character and is allowed to stray outside the Soviet borders. The beautiful string quartets of Dimitri Shostakovich provide the inspiration for a triptych of ballets, of which “Red” is the first, by the prize-winning and internationally acclaimed choreographer, Örjan Andersson. This ballet, danced to the cruelly dramatic and beautiful music of String Quartet No. 8, and performed for the first time by the Göteborg Opera Ballet, has undergone a number of changes since its première performance at the Netherlands Dance Theatre in 2001.


B Tommy Andersson

GöteborgsOperans Orkester
GöteborgsOperans Balett

Boxman - Värlspremiär
Musik - Awet Terterjan
Koreografi - Fernando Melo
Scenografi och kostym - Markus Pysall
Ljusdesign - Ellen Ruge

Röd/Quartet #8
Musik - Dmitrij Sjostakovitj
Koreografi - Örjan Andersson
Scenografi och ljusdesign - Jens Sethzman
Kostym - Nina Sandström


  • Genre: Dance
  • Season: 2007/2008
  • First show: 23 Feb 2008
  • Last show: 13 Apr 2008
  • Location:

    Main Stage

  • Length: 2 h 15 min incl. interval
  • Introduction:1 hour before performance (not on premieres), on the Small stage. Limited number of places.
  • Info:Göteborg Opera Main Stage