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Revival Premiere 8 January 2017

If we shadows have offended

A touching story about not wanting to grow up.

Trailer from the production in 2015
“An elegant and clever, comical and evocative equilibrium between acting and movement”Dagens Nyheter, 2015
”The imagination does not provide answers to the big questions, but can make them infinitely exquisite”SVENSKA DAGBLADET, 2015

In this theatre and dance performance by the Norwegian Alan Lucien Øyen, the dancers excel as actors in a touching story about nostalgia, being lost and the consequences of not wanting to grow up. The creation takes inspiration from both the Peter Pan syndrome and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Peter Pan’s Tinkerbell asks us to clap our hands to believe, and Shakespeare’s Puck asks us to do the same – to turn all that happened into a dream. We may pretend, but memories will always catch up in the end. 

If we shadows have offended was created for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, and had its world premiere in the spring of 2015.

”My pieces are often about our fear of death. A fear which becomes more intense when your own parents are dead and you're next in line. We also live in a society where many people are afraid to grow up. If we shadows have offended has grown out of my wish to explore the Peter-Pan complex: what does it mean to never grow up?”Alan Lucien Øyen
Alan Lucien Øyen reads from an original piece he wrote as inspiration for ’If we shadows have offended’
The cast talk about the work in progress, 2015


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