World premiere 15 March 2019
  • Dance
  • 15 mar14 apr 2019, Main Stage.
  • Ensemble

    New creation by Marina Mascarell

    Choreography
    Marina Mascarell
    Music
    Ben Frost
    Set design
    Ludmila Rodrigues
    Costume design
    Daphna Munz
    Lighting design
    Mike Rijnierse
    Choreography assistant
    Nina Botkay
    GöteboergsOperans Danskompani

    New creation by Hofesh Shechter

    Choreography & music
    Hofesh Shechter
    Set and costume design
    Mylla Ek
    Lighting design
    Tom Visser
    GöteboergsOperans Danskompani

Tickets released 12pm, 25 Sept

Life’s a show

A luminous world premiere which combines the political, intimate poetry of Marina Mascarell with the explosive energy from the unpredictable Hofesh Shechter.


Marina Mascarell
Mats Bäcker

Spanish choreographer Marina Mascarell creates political, intimate dance poetry with a fine attention to detail. Dagens Nyheter’s review of Mongrel (2015), her first work for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, ran: “A single body with harmoniously sweeping and airy swirling movements.”

This season she will tackle a timeless issue: life as performance. Daily life follows a script in which we all play different roles. We do it so well that in the end life itself becomes a show, both for those who observe us and for ourselves. To further illustrate this  theme, Marina Mascarell will collaborate with architect Ludmila Rodrigues and multimedia artist Mike Rijnierse, who together will create theatrical rooms of light.

Hofesh Schechter
Hugo Glendinning

In the space of less than six months in 2007, the Israeli/British choreographer Hofesh Shechter went from being virtually unknown to filling the biggest dance theatres in the UK. Today he is one of the world’s most celebrated choreographers – impossible to predict but with an unmistakable style.

His choreography is anarchic, explosive and masterful – yet also tender, compassionate and vibrant. He blends satire with depth, chaos with order and primal animal drives with human longing.

Hofesh Shechter is based at Sadler’s Wells in London, runs his own company and often composes the music for his works himself – muted, dense soundscapes, pulsating with wild energy. He has also choreographed for theatre, television, opera and musicals, including Broadway, as well as for the Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera House. This will be his first work for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani.

“Having met the dancers for an introductory exchange, I found them to be of the most talented and adaptable group of dancers on the planet. It is so rare to meet a group of dancers and have an instant click with them. It both excites me and scares me what we might be able to do together. I look forward to pushing their physicality and having them push my creativity to new places,” says Hofesh.

Introduction to the performance
The Small Stage, 1 hr before each performance (except the premiere)

Take the opportunity to learn more about the performance and get insight into the story and the background. Introductions take place either on our Small Stage an hour before opera and dance performances (but are not held before premieres, guest performances or dance performances which have a physical introduction).

Introductions do not cost anything extra, use your performance ticket to enter. Introduction take about 20 minutes and are presented in Swedish. They are popular, so come early to make sure you get a seat!

Your Choice

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As a subscriber at the Göteborg Opera you’ll get access to many special offers and discounts from us and our partners as well as the ability to change the performance date on your tickets, since rebooking protection is included for all subscribers.

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World premiere 15 March 2019
10 performances, runs until 14 April.

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Upcoming shows

March 2019

Fri 15/3
19:00
Main Stage 
World premiere
Tickets released 12pm, 25 Sept
Wed 20/3
19:00
Main Stage 
Tickets released 12pm, 25 Sept
Fri 22/3
19:00
Main Stage 
Tickets released 12pm, 25 Sept
Tue 26/3
19:00
Main Stage 
Pensioner discount
Tickets released 12pm, 25 Sept
Thu 28/3
19:00
Main Stage 
Tickets released 12pm, 25 Sept
Sat 30/3
18:00
Main Stage 
Tickets released 12pm, 25 Sept

April 2019

Thu 4/4
19:00
Main Stage 
Pensioner discount
Tickets released 12pm, 25 Sept
Sun 7/4
18:00
Main Stage 
Tickets released 12pm, 25 Sept
Wed 10/4
19:00
Main Stage 
Tickets released 12pm, 25 Sept
Sun 14/4
18:00
Main Stage 
Last performance
Tickets released 12pm, 25 Sept

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