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7–9 June 2019

The Göteborg Opera Dance Festival

7–9 June 2019

We round off the spring season with a dance festival including Roy Assaf’s Sacre (2 x Rite of spring), Jo Strømgren’s The Ministry for Unresolved Feelings with GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, a guest performance of Grand finale with the Hofesh Shechter Company, a concert with Ólafur Arnalds, workshops, seminars and discussions. Come celebrate the art of dance with us!

If you have a ticket to any of the shows on 7–9 June you have free access to all the events in the foyer. To see the full program for a specific day, choose from the list below:
7 June
8 June
9 June

Large festival pass, SEK 600

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

Buy the large festival pass

Small festival pass, SEK 500

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

Buy the small festival pass

Food and drink

Soft buns

We’ve made a special menu for the dance festival, consisting of light to medium mealsSoft buns, poké bowls, burgers, dumplings and more!


1 glass sparkling wine & 1 soft bun SEK 119  

Hamburger or pulled Oumph! burger (veg.) on a brioche bun, served with spicy cheddar cheese, bell pepper and tomato chutney, lettuce, tomato and parmesan fries, SEK 189

Read the whole menu here

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 7 June

The Ministry of Unresolved Feelings, by Jo Strømgren

Small Stage 5.006.00 pm

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

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

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

Separate ticket, 230 SEK

 Experience an excerpt from Skid in VR

Foyér 17.00-19.00

The stage floor in Damien Jalet’s "Skid" is on a 34-degree incline. This new landscape of physical possibilities creates a chain reaction of dangerous, humorous, moving events that have amazed  critics and audiences alike. Skid was created for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani 2017. This viewing is in cooperation with Visual Arena.

Included in all tickets. Maximum 10 people per viewing.

Artist Talk with Hofesh Shechter

Foyer, 6.15 – 6.45pm

Katrín Hall, the Artistic Director of the GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, interviews choreographer Hofesh Shechter before the performance of his work ”Grand finale”. The conversation will be held in English.

Included in all festival tickets.

Grand Finale, performed by Hofesh Shechter Company

Main Stage, 7.00 – 9.15pm, incl. interval

Hofesh Shechter, who created the success ”Contemporary Dance” for the spring premiere ”Life's a show”, returns for a 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.

Please note that you will experience stage smoke as well as high sound volumes during this performance. Sound levels are within allowed safety limits and are not dangerous, but some people may experience it as being unsettling.

★★★★ ‘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

Ticket for Grand finale SEK 350    Also available for purchase in a festival pass (see above)

Opening party

The Göteborg Opera Restaurant, 9.1511.00 pm

Opening party with DJ and mingle. End the first festival day with something tasty from our festival menu, a drink and a dance!

The party is open to those who have a ticket to any of the festival performances 7–9 June.


 8 June

Gaga/people - class with Ohad Naharin

Idrottshögskolan, Skånegatan 14B,  12.30  1.30 pm

Ohad Naharin leading a Gaga/people class 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. 

 Separate ticket, SEK 150. Limited availability.

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Meet the Ministry

Small Stage, 12.30–1.30pm

An 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 through stories, video and choreography, they let you take part in their journey. Read more about the project.

Free admission with separate ticket.

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Artist Talk with Ohad Naharin

Small stage, 2.30–3.15pm

Katrín Hall, Artistic Director of GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, interviews 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 admission. Limited availability.

Book release:
The Nature of Opera – a book in four elements.

The foyer, 3.30–4.15pm

In connection with the Göteborg Opera’s 25th anniversary, we release the new book “The Nature of Opera”. The book’s editor Astrid Pernille Hartmann talks about the roles of nature in both opera and dance together with the book’s essayists: Lis Hellström Sveningson, Camilla Lundberg, Martin Nyström, Johan Redin and Rut Pergament. Memories from dance sets and opera experiences are interspersed with thoughts about the four elements' presence in the performing arts.

Included in all festival tickets.

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 participate in physical forms of expression. Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended but not necessary. The introduction is led by dancers from GöteborgsOperans Danskompani.

Free admission with separate ticket.

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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. 

Ticket for Sacre SEK 350   Also available for purchase in a festival pass

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 After Talk

Small stage, 3.00–5.00pm
After Talk: 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 After Talk led by Anna Karlander. Free admission. No ticket needed.

Free admission with ticket. Limited availability.

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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.

Ticket for Ólafur Arnalds SEK 200-250  Also available for purchase in a festival pass

Film clip featuring Ólafur Arnalds

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