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The Göteborg Opera 18th & 23rd of May

Performances and party at the Gothenburg Opera as the Göteborgs Dans & Teater Festival opens on the 18th of May. The opening party includes the Göteborg Ballet performing Falter by Johan Inger and Your Passion is Pure Joy to Me by Stijn Celis on the Main stage.

On the 23rd of May, you can see Jérôme Delbeys I shall die in Florence at 20:00 on the Gothenburg Opera Small stage. After the show you can meet the artists.

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Your Passion is Pure Joy to Me

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I shall die in Florence


Opening party 18th of May
Main stage

Your Passion is Pure Joy to Me

Opening party 18th of May
Main stage

I shall die in florence

Performance 23rd of May
Small stage

Falter Göteborgs Operan Koreograf Johan Inger

Johan Inger takes us on an explorative journey from chaos to order with nine dancers, 64 ropes and music from, among others, Alva Noto. His suggestive Falter moves from the fleeting to the permanent; from frenzy to a peaceful calm. The former artistic director for the Cullberg Ballet and current resident choreographer at Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) has created his first production exclusively for The Göteborg Ballet.

Johan Inger made his breakthrough as a choreographer in 1995 after a very successful dancing career including time spent with Kungliga Baletten in Stockholm and Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT). Inger’s choreographies have won awards in the Netherlands, Scotland and Italy. Between 2003 and 2008 he was the artistic director of Cullbergbaletten and in 2006 he was awarded the Birgit Cullberg scholarship. Since autumn 2009 he has been in-house choreographer for NDT

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Movements towards Trust and Consolation

In our time there is probably no rock star that has grappled quite as much with the question of trust and consolation as the Australian singer and guitarist Nick Cave. His songs consistently revolve around the question of whether or not consolation is possible after one has lived through and survived the most diverse catastrophes, from the great worldwide ones to those that are highly personal and private.

With Nick Cave the question of faith is not so much a question of the existence of God. In his songs it is much more a matter of how one can live with one’s memories without being broken, of how, in spite of all the heavy memories, one is able to recreate and retrieve a belief in life.

/ Armin Kerber, dramaturgist for Stijn Celis Your Passion is Pure Joy to Me. (Excerpt from the programme for In Memoriam.)

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The thought of death unites us human beings. It frightens us, awakens us and makes us aware of life's transience. But above all, it reminds us of the value of caring for life and each other. It is the personal meetings that make us who we are. It is said that life passes in review within us when we die. Who are the ones we will meet when we leave this life?

In this emotional and highly personal piece Jérôme Delbey - choreographer and dancer in The Göteborg Ballet - explores our soul's relationship to life, death and life thereafter. With the butterfly as a symbol of metamorphosis, he seeks with the dancers help the answer to one of humanity's oldest questions: What happens to the soul in the moment of death?

/ Jérôme Delbey

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Johan Inger
Johan Inger
Stijn Celis.
Stijn Celis
Jérôme Delbey

Johan Inger, choreographer and scenographer, was born in Stockholm and trained at Kungliga Teaterns Balettelevskola (The Royal Theatre’s Ballet School) and at the National Ballet School in Canada. In 1985 he became employed at Kungliga Baletten (The Royal Ballet) in Stockholm where he was appointed soloist in 1989. In 1990 he became engaged in Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) in Holland where he performed leading roles in works of, among others, Jirí Kylián, Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin and Mats Ek.

Stijn Celis (b. 1964) grew up in Zaire, moved to Belgium in 1972 and trained to become a dancer at the Koninglijk Ballet School in Antwerp. Today he lives in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. In 1982 he became employed at the Royal Ballet in Flanders, four years later he moved on to the Zürich Ballet, then to Zürich Modern Dance Company and from 1992 to the Ballet de Grand Theatre de Genève, where he also began his career as a choreographer.

Jérôme Delbey was born in 1975 in Croix (France). He began his dance training in his hometown at the Ecole nationale de danse in Tourcoing. He also studied three years at the Ecole supérieure d´arts appliqués et du textile in Roubaix and, in 1993, graduated with a degree in applied arts. He then joined the Jeune ballet international in the Ecole supérieure de danse Rosella Hightower in Cannes (France). After 11 years in Germany with the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe and the Theater Regensburg, Jérôme was engaged in 2006 by The Göteborg Ballet.

In addition to creating several works for workshops and freelance projects he choreographed Mauvais Anges for The Göteborg Ballet in 2007, which was awarded with the Scapino Production Price at the 22nd International Choreography Competition in Hannover (Germany) in 2008 and the 3rd Price at the Cross Connection International Choreography Competition in Copenhagen (Denmark). He is also the choreographer of Skin for the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, 2009, and Soldat, 2010, with dancer Erik Johansson.


  • Genre: Dance
  • Season: 2011/2012
  • First show: 18 May 2012
  • Last show: 23 May 2012
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Your Passion is Pure Joy to Me

Dancers   Micol Mantini
Satoko Takahashi
   Chiaki Horita
Jérôme Delbey
   Moritz Ostruschnjak
   Erik Johansson

I shall die in Florence

Choreographer   Jérôme Delbey
Dancers   Therese Fredriksson
Janine Koertge
   Heather Telford
   Susanna Caldegren
Percivale Perks
Jac Carlsson