The Göteborg Opera Dance festival

7–9 June 2019
  • Dance
  • 79 jun 2019, Main Stage.
  • Ensemble

    Grand Finale, 7 June

    Hofesh Shechter
    Set and Costumes
    Tom Scutt
    Musical collaborators
    Nell Catchpole & Yaron Engler
    Design Assistant
    Rosie Elnile

    Sacre, 8 June

    Roy Assaf
    Igor Stravinskij
    Set design
    Michal Inditzky, Hagai Weinblum
    Costume design
    Angharad Mathews
    Lighting design
    Omer Shizaf
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The Göteborg Opera Dance festival

7–9 June 2019

The spring season will be rounded off with a Dance Festival including Roy Assaf’s Sacre (2 x Rite of spring) , Jo Strømgren’s Ministeriet för olösta känslor with GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, a guest performance of Grand finale with the Hofesh Shechter Company, a concert with Ólafur Arnalds, workshops, seminars and discussions. Celebrate the art of dance with us!

To see the program for a specific day, choose day below:
7 June
8 June
9 June

Large festival pass, SEK 600

 Included in them large festival pass; Grand Finale with Hofesh Shechter Company, Sacre with GöteborgsOperans Danskomani and the concert with Ólafur Arnalds.

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Small festival pass, SEK 500

With the small festival pass you choose 2  from the 3 main stage productions (see above).

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 7 June

The Ministry of Unresolved Feelings, by Jo Strømgren

Small Stage 5.00 – 6.00 pm

A delightful mix of absurd humour and painful sincerity is Norwegian choreographer Jo Strømgren’s calling-card. One moment he has us cringing and barely daring to peer between our fingers, the next we are roaring with laughter. He creates ”The Ministry of Unresolved Feelings” for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, which is aimed at a teenage and young adult audience. The creation is a part of GöteborgsOperan Skapa Dance, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani's creative activities for participation and learning.

Jo Strømgren has previously created Herzschmerz (2009) and Utkanten (2011) for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani.

Trailer: The Ministry of Unresolved Feelings
"A completely wonderful show"SR Culture News

Artist Talk with Hofesh Shechter

Foyer, 6.15 – 6.45pm

Katrín Hall, artistic director of the GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, talks to choreographer Hofesh Shechter before the performance of his work ”Grand finale”. The conversation is in English.

Grand Finale, performed by Hofesh Shechter Company

Main Stage, 7.00 – 9.15pm, incl. interval

Hofesh Shechter, who created the success ”Contemporary dance”  in this spring's premiere ”Life's a show”, returns for this magnificent guest performance together with his own, acclaimed company. ”Grand finale” won the prestigious dance magazine Tanz award for Production of the year 2018/2019 with the motivation ”Humanity's Apocalypse and Idolatry - a dance manifesto for the twentieth century.”

With live music.

★★★★ ‘a wild waltz for the end of time … [Grand Finale] ranks among Shechter’s most sophisticated creations’The Guardian
★★★★ ‘The ultimate dance macabre […] Hofesh Shechter’s existential anguish and his often beautiful choreography fight to the death’The Observer
Grand Finale, trailer

Opening party - GöteborgsOperans Dance Festival

Foyer, 9.15  11.00 pm

More info to come!


 8 June

Gaga/people - class with Ohad Naharin

Idrottshögskolan, Skånegatan 14B,  12.30  1.30 pm

Ohad Naharin leading a Gaga/people in Tel Aviv

An experience for life! Try the world-famous movement language Gaga in an open class led by Ohad Naharin himself. Gaga connects people to pleasure, groove, and effort while strengthening and invigorating the body. Gaga/people classes are open to people over the age of 16, regardless of background in dance or movement. No previous dance experience is needed. Come in comfortable clothes. Read more about Gaga.

The proceeds from this special class go straight to Berättarministeriet, in accordance with Ohad Naharin's wishes. Berättarministeriet is a non-profit and non-partisan foundation working to make Sweden a country where all children and youth master the written word and have the means to actively participate in society. Read more about Berättarministeriet. 

Max 2 tickets/person. Limited availability.

Meet the Ministry

Small Stage, 12.30 – 1.30pm

Exciting presentation of young people's exploration of contemporary dance. From September 2018 to June 2019, 15 young participants from different parts of Gothenburg have explored contemporary dance together with GöteborgsOperans Danskompani in "Meet the Ministry". During the Gothenburg Opera Dance Festival, the participants invite you to an interactive presentation where they, with stories, video and choreography, let you take part in their journey. Here you can read more about the project.

Free admission with ticket. Limited availability.

Artist Talk with Ohad Naharin

Small stage, 2.30 – 3.15pm

Katrín Hall, artistic director of GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, talks to the choreographer and gaga icon Ohad Naharin about gaga and his work "Naharin's Virus", which GöteborgsOperans Danskompani will present in autumn 2019. A unique opportunity to hear the legendary choreographer live.

Free entry. Limited amount of places - first come first served.

Physical introduction: Sacre

Small stage, 4.30 – 5.15pm

Get to know the dance work "Sacre" by Roy Assaf and get an insight into the language of dance! In a physical introduction, you try and participate in physical forms of expression. Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended but not necessary. The introductions are led by dancers from GöteborgsOperans Danskompani.

Free admission with ticket. Limited availability.

Sacre, by Roy Assaf

Main Stage, 6.00 – 7.45pm

Multi-award winning Israeli choreographer Roy Assaf is well-known for his gender perspective on dance. His raving Sacre – performed to Stravinsky’s explosive The Rite of Spring – is performed by an all-female and all-male cast; 2 x Rite of Spring! It seduces, entertains and eludes, ending in an surprising sacrifice. With the Göteborgs Opera Orchestra performing Stravinsky's music live on stage. 

Sacre, trailer from the 2017 production
”The dancers are superbly precise and exquisitely provocative”Dagens Nyheter
“Delightful slots of humour”Göteborgs-Posten
”The dancers’ gaze, expression and interaction are perfect”Svenska Dagbladet

9 June

Lunch Beat GBG - Brunch Beat

Foyer, 2.00 – 3.00pm

Kick off the last day of the dance festival by joining us for an hour of dancing in the Göteborg Opera's beautiful foyer, when Lunch Beat Göteborg organizes a Brunch Beat!

The lunch beat concept has taken the world by storm with an hour of dancing at lunch. A lunch with focus on movement and health at various cool places in town. Lunch Beats' fantastic DJ E-1000 will delivers a great set of remix hits that will have you jumping for joy in no time.

Re-charge your energy after the dancing by having a tasty brunch in the Göteborg Opera Restaurant, which during the festival offers a special menu with small and mid-sized dishes.

Free entry, no ticket needed.

3D International, previews and panel discussion

Small stage, 3.00 – 5.00pm
Panel discussion: 5.00
– 5.30pm

Eight dancers from GöteborgsOperans Danskompani have choreographed one work each. One of these works in progress will eventually be selected and included in the international dance collaboration 3D International. Here you get a unique opportunity to see all the works and experience how some of our skilled dancers are as choreographers.

Immediately after the performance you get the opportunity to hear the dancers themselves talk about their work in a panel discussion led by Anna Karlander.

Free admission with ticket. Limited amount of tickets.

Concert: Ólafur Arnalds 

Main Stage, 6.00 – 7.40pm

We promise you an epic concert when the Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds visits GöteborgsOperan.

Arnalds is considered one of the most successful composers in the world today. He has sold out venues like the Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican in London, and has been awarded “Best Live Act” by BBC Radio 1. “Weightless”, “Daydreaming” and “Brilliant” are words that have been used to describe his seamless transition between musical genres. He is equally at home in dance music – where he forms half of the techno-duo Kiasmos – as in classical music – where he has collaborated with artists such as pianist Alice Sarah Ott and composer Niels Frahm. Ólafur has also composed music for several soundtracks, such as “The Hunger Games” “Life in a Fishbowl” and the BAFTA-winning music in the TV-series “Broadchurch”.

In August last year he released his fourth solo album, “re:member”. The album contains all elements of his musical influences: symphonic compositions, experimental soundscapes, soundtrack, pop and electronica.

Film clip featuring Ólafur Arnalds

Upcoming shows

June 2019

Fri 7/6
Small Stage 
The Ministry of Unresolved Feelings
Fri 7/6
Main Stage 
Grand Finale
Sat 8/6
Small Stage 
Meet the Ministry
Sat 8/6
Idrottshögskolans sporthall, G... 
Gaga/people class with Ohad Naharin
Sat 8/6
Small Stage 
Physical introduction - Sacre
Sat 8/6
Sun 9/6
Small Stage 
3D International, presentation
Sun 9/6
Main Stage 
Ólafur Arnalds

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