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Damien Jalet & Noetic

Skid by Damien Jalet och Noetic by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

GöteborgsOperans Danskompani’s international reputation continues to grow. Take the chance to experience a performance in their home theatre, of Noetic one of their most critically-acclaimed works, in combination with Skid, a world premiere which defies gravity.


Creation by Damien Jalet

Skid, trailer
Mats Bäcker

Every existence is pulled between a desire to rise and a fear of falling. Naked we are pulled into the world. In that very moment, the struggle against gravity begins. In Skid, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani is united in the struggle against gravity – and in the courage of letting go. 

The stage floor in Damien Jalet’s Skid is on a 34-degree incline, which heads straight into the orchestra pit. The human relationship to gravity and the resistance and abandonment bound to it is what sets the 16 dancers in motion. When the floor is on such a steep incline, objects fall and continue to accelerate unless something stops them. Empty clothing left behind immediately slides away. This new landscape of physical possibilities creates a chain reaction of physical and emotional events - dangerous, humorous, moving.

“Everything the dancers do will be different. They will have to learn how to move in this environment, which we have seven weeks to explore. How can we tame this space? What physical story lines will be drawn through the relationship between the bodies and the slope? The human body becomes the crossroad between will, collapse and resilience where alterity is often the only comfort against the call of the void”, says Damien Jalet. 

An interview with choreographer Damien Jalet about Skid
Damien Jalet

Set and costume design are always essential elements of Damien Jalet’s creations. The slope in Skid has been created by New York artist Jim Hodges, while the playful and multi-functional costumes have been created by fashion designer Jean-Paul Lespagnard. Austrian composer Christian Fennesz provides the emotional electro-acoustic music.

Damien Jalet is a multi-award-winning French-Belgian choreographer and dancer, whose highly acclaimed creations are close collaborations between choreography, costume design, art, set design and music. He has often collaborated with choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Noetic, Icon). His latest latest creation, thr(o)ugh was nominated for the prestigious Der Faust award, as well as Tanz magazine’s annual critics poll for “Best choreographer” and “Production of the year”. 

Physical introduction
12 Nov at 4.45-5.30pm and/or Thur 16 Nov at 5.45-6.30pm , Small stage.

The physical introduction is presented in English.
Free entry with ticket, limited number of places (60 max).
Please note that there is no regular introduction when we have a physical introduction.

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Read more about our physical introductions below.

After performance talk
12 November, approx. 8.30-9pm

After the performance of Damien Jalet & Noetic on 12 November there is an open discussion with the dancers, Rehearsal Directors and Katrín Hall, the Artistic Director for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani.


Creation by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

"Universe with wonderful poetry."Svenska dagbladet

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Noetic entwines mind and body in a flow of intricate details. Mankind structures its existence down to the smallest units, while under the surface harbouring a constant longing to discover what lies beyond these suffocating rules. Sometimes mechanical, sometimes flowing, the dancers build, change and demolish reality. The music, composed especially for the Göteborg Opera Orchestra by Szymon Brzóska, is a fantastic blend of orchestral passages, percussion, Japanese violin, flute and superb vocal solos. Since its world premiere in 2014, Noetic has been a huge success for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani on stages all over the world.

Trailer for Noetic (recorded 2014)

Physical introduction
12 Nov at 4.45-5.30 pm and/or Thur 16 Nov at 5.45-6.30 pm , Small stage.

The physical introduction is in English.

Please note, when we have a physical introduction the regular spoken introduction is cancelled.

GöteborgsOperans Danskompani now offers the participatory format of physical introduction to all interested in deepening their insight into the company’s performances.

Open for everyone, these 1 hour physical explorations are a way of entering and experiencing various choreographic approaches, movement principles and aesthetic signatures. The physical engagement of audience members allows for a different perceptual contact with the performance, inviting the participants to connect and experiment within the physical (rather than just the visual) perspectives various works embody.

Led by the dancers of the company, Physical Introductions extend the performing space into a participatory, experiential environment, creating possibilities for a multitude of personal sensory insights and exchanges. Comfortable clothes and shoes advisable but not obligatory.

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Watch a film clip about Physical Introductions with Professor Ingo Diehl

The format is created and practiced by the MA Contemporary Dance Education (MA CoDE) at Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main. With the aim to remain in close collaboration and to foster further development of the format it is handed over by Prof. Ingo Diehl and Anja Bornsek for facilitation purposes to GöteborgsOperans Danskompani.


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