- 8–18 jan 2017, Main Stage.
- Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes, no interval.
- Choreography, Direction, Set Design and Text
- Alan Lucien Øyen
- Assistant Choreographer
- Daniel Proietto
- Dramaturgy and text
- Andrew Wale
- Costume design
- Stine Sjøgren
- Lighting design
- Martin Flack
- Sound design
- Gunnar Innvær
Ticket price: SEK 100–150. 3 performances. Runs until 18 January.
If we shadows have offended
A touching story about not wanting to grow up.
“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
Images from the production in 2015