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In memoriam

Premiere 19 September.

Dance. How is a memory formed? What makes an impression and what is forgotten? In dance performance ‘In memoriam’, three choreographers give three different answers.

Watch a clip from the performance.

The three choreographers.

Stijn Celis.
Stijn Celis
Cristina Caprioli
Cristina Caprioli
Johan Inger
Johan Inger

Stijn Celis (b. 1964) grew up in Zaire, moved to Belgium in 1972 and trained to become a dancer at the Koninglijk Ballet School in Antwerp. Today he lives in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. In 1982 he became employed at the Royal Ballet in Flanders, four years later he moved on to the Zürich Ballet, then to Zürich Modern Dance Company and from 1992 to the Ballet de Grand Theatre de Genève, where he also began his career as a choreographer.

Christina Caprioli was born in Italy and after many years of work in Europe and the US, she developed a significant artistic profile and is today rated as one of our foremost Swedish choreographers. Her choreographies have been widely acclaimed on both national and international stages as has her teaching. Christina Caprioli runs the dance company ccap, which is the prerequisite, the core and continuity for her work, and where she has produced over 30 productions over the last 15 years.

Johan Inger, choreographer and scenographer, was born in Stockholm and trained at Kungliga Teaterns Balettelevskola (The Royal Theatre’s Ballet School) and at the National Ballet School in Canada. In 1985 he became employed at Kungliga Baletten (The Royal Ballet) in Stockholm where he was appointed soloist in 1989. In 1990 he became engaged in Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) in Holland where he performed leading roles in works of, among others, Jirí Kylián, Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin and Mats Ek.

School performance 25 September at 12 noon.

World premiere.

Your Passion is Pure Joy to Me by Stijn Celis.

Movements towards Trust and Consolation

In our time there is probably no rock star that has grappled quite as much with the question of trust and consolation as the Australian singer and guitarist Nick Cave. His songs consistently revolve around the question of whether or not consolation is possible after one has lived through and survived the most diverse catastrophes, from the great worldwide ones to those that are highly personal and private.

With Nick Cave the question of faith is not so much a question of the existence of God. In his songs it is much more a matter of how one can live with one’s memories without being broken, of how, in spite of all the heavy memories, one is able to recreate and retrieve a belief in life.

/ Armin Kerber, dramaturgist for Stijn Celis Your Passion is Pure Joy to Me.
(Excerpt from the programme for In Memoriam.)

God is in the House by Nick Cave.

We’ve laid the cables and wires

We’ve split the wood and stoked the fires

We’ve lit our town so there is no

Place for crime to hide

Our little church is painted white

And in the safety of the night

We all go quiet as a mouse

For the word is out 

God is in the house

God is in the house

God is in the house

No cause for worry now

God is in the house

See a film of the rehearsal.

World premiere.

Slope by Cristina Caprioli

Cristina Caprioli is one of Sweden’s foremost choreographers and is a guest now for the first time at GöteborgsOperan. The production Slope is an incline, a gliding away from the place, an inevitable disappearance, the memory of a persistent movement and of the artist Sol LeWitt. The dance is engulfed in Jens Sethzman’s beautiful lighting and scenography.

See a film of the rehearsal.

Empty House by Johan Inger.

Johan Inger created Empty House for Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) in 2002. The work is based on the memory of a time and place, how to find the strength to leave a situation and the confrontation that results from making the move. Johan Inger was previously artistic director of Cullbergbaletten and is now in-house choreographer for NDT.

See a film of the rehearsal.


  • Genre: Dance
  • Season: 2009/2010
  • First show: 19 Sep 2009
  • Last show: 21 Oct 2009
  • Location:

    Main Stage

  • Length: 2 h 30 min. incl. interval. Interval after approx. 50 min.
  • Info:The Göteborg Opera Main Stage


Empty House
Choeography and Set Design   Johan Inger
Music   Felix Lajkó
Costume Design   Mylla Ek
Lighting Design   Erik Berglund
Your passion is pure joy to me
Dramaturgy   Armin Kerber
Music   Pierre Boulez, Nick Cave, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Krysztof Penderecki.
Costume Design   Chatherine Voeffray
Lighting Design   Erik Berglund
Choreography and Costume Design   Cristina Caprioli
Music   Alva Noto
Lighting and Set Design   Jens Sethzman