- 7–9 jun 2019, Main Stage.
Grand Finale, 7 June
- Hofesh Shechter
- Set and Costumes
- Tom Scutt
- Musical collaborators
- Nell Catchpole & Yaron Engler
- Design Assistant
- Rosie Elnile
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!
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.
Small festival pass, SEK 500
With the small festival pass you choose 2 from the 3 main stage productions (see above).
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.
"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
Opening party - GöteborgsOperans Dance Festival
Foyer, 9.15 – 11.00 pm
More info to come!
Gaga/people - class with Ohad Naharin
Idrottshögskolan, Skånegatan 14B, 12.30 – 1.30 pm
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.
”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
Photos from Sacre (2017)
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.