Inger & Øyen
Two world premieres by Nordic choreographers.
Creation by Johan Inger and Alan Lucien Øyen
Two acclaimed Nordic choreographers each present a new work created for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani. Although very different, the choreographers both share a down-to-earth humanism and a dreamlike portrayal of universal human hopes.
Swedish choreographer Johan Inger has created works for some forty top dance companies worldwide, and has been both artistic director of the Cullberg Ballet and house choreographer at Nederlands Dans Theater. His latest work in Gothenburg was the suggestive Falter (2010) involving nine dancers and 64 ropes. His Carmen – awarded a Benois de la Danse (the dance world’s equivalent to an Oscar) – was performed here as a guest performance by the Spanish National Dance Company in spring 2018. Now he presents a new work inspired by the dancers’ creativity and individual artistry.
Alan Lucien Øyen is an award-winning director, choreographer and playwright who is in high demand. He has his own company, Winter Guests, is resident choreographer at the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, and creates commissioned works for the likes of the Paris Opera Ballet and the Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal. His first work for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani was the gripping If We Shadows Have Offended in which the dancers also shone as actors and singers. “Enormously impressive”, wrote the DN newspaper, while SvD’s critic pronounced: “Imagination can’t answer life’s big questions, but it can make them infinitely beautiful.” The following year he created Kodak for the company, another dance/drama hybrid which straddles fantasy and reality.
Alan’s work has the uncanny ability to transport you through time and space to a magical world, alive with intoxicating dance. In his delicate stories, illusion always prevails over reality, we catch glimpses of ourselves and of death’s interconnectedness with life.
Before all dance performances (except premieres and guest performances) you have the opportunity to attend an introductory presentation on the Small Stage.
Our spoken presentations shed light on the work and the choreographic process. They start 1 hour before the performance and last about 20 minutes. Free admission, limited seating.
Physical introductions are held on selected occasions. Here you will gain a deeper insight into the performance by watching and trying out dance moves with dancers from the company and other visitors who share your curiosity. Physical introductions start 1 hour and 15 minutes before the performance and last around 45 minutes.