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S & S

Hypnotic dance for the curious. A dance program by Sang Jijia and Sharon Eyal.

S & S are two creations that weave together movement, light and sound into a distinctive and engrossing world premiere. 

“S & S confirms the dance company’s leading position with two exquisitely executed, contrasting performances”Svenska Dagbladet
“Both shows, brilliant and intense”Dagens Nyheter
“The audience attending the premiere held its breath, and then delivered a rousing standing ovation. ‘GöteborgsOperans Danskompani has done it again!’ ”Swedish Radio, Culture News
“GöteborgsOperans Danskompani once again, gets the highest possible marks”Göteborgs-Posten

As it were

Creation by Sang Jijia

As it were, trailer
“Incredibly beautiful and melancholy”Svenska Dagbladet
“Beautiful. Just, beautiful”Dagens Nyheter

According to Chinese philosophy, silence contains as much meaning as what is uttered; for calligraphy and other pictorial arts, the negative space between brushstrokes is as important as what the brushstrokes represent – this emptiness contains the essence. So relates Tibetan-Chinese choreographer Sang Jijia.

Sang Jijia
Cao Xuefeng

As it were, Sang Jijia's first creation for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, is about communication – about the joy of getting through to someone else, but also about everything that gets lost or is misunderstood. As humans, we share the same space but are detached from one another. We know what we want to say, but intentions can become confused.

One by one, sheets of black tissue slowly float down to the stage from above. The dancers’ movements create white negative spaces within the black. Sometimes, the unspoken says more than the spoken.

Sang Jijia is known for his alluring creations that combine astounding physical dance with an emotional touch, often reinforced by video projections and multimedia. He has been a dancer and assistant choreographer to the legendary William Forsythe, and today is a well-established and in-demand name in Asia.

Studio rehearsals for As it were


Creation by Sharon Eyal

Autodance, trailer
“Gorgeous, disturbing and sensual”Svenska Dagbladet
“A unique, tight team effort... both exquisitely intelligent and entertaining”Dagens Nyheter
“Meticulously chiselled movement”Culture News, Swedish Radio
“Dance as a complete organism, exquisite, wonderful”Göteborgs-Posten
“Like a charging tank, both organic and heavily mechanical, both collectivistic, and highly individualistic”GT/Expressen
“Dazzling, hypnotic, seductive”Borås Tidning

Sharon Eyal
Camilla Simonson

Extravagant and minimalistic. Collective and individual. Private and universal. Autodance is prize-winning Israeli choreographer Sharon Eyal's second creation for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, which she says has been created from pure movement. The dancers appear non-gendered, their accentuated legs making them resemble powerful centaurs. Autodance seamlessly integrates dance, techno and technique; sometimes explosive, sometimes sublime. A visual, emotional, well-structured and highly aesthetic whole.

Sharon Eyal has created a stream of critically acclaimed works for prominent dance companies over the last ten years, with Gai Behar as co-creator. Their Untitled Black (2012), created for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani (an excerpt was shown at Melodifestivalen 2017) is one such example where Eyal’s creation swept the audience away to a parallel universe – minimalist, intelligent and mysterious. 

Autodance will feature hypnotic dance with an uncompromising attitude, set to Ori Lichtik's pulsing music.


“There is no narrative here, no naturalism, and the dancers move incessantly on the brink: of what the body can endure; of what the soul can feel; of a dream world, full of mysteries. The dense emotional atmosphere of these pieces feels almost expressionistic, except that these feelings are not interior, and their expression is not natural and “free,” but written in the bodies of the dancers and their strictly ordered arrangement.”

This quote about Autodance is drawn from the evening's programme, which can be purchased in the OperaShop, or in the foyer for SEK 40.

Rehearsals for Autodance

Physical introductions

GöteborgsOperans Danskompani now offers the participatory format of physical introduction to all interested in deepening their insight into the company’s performances. Physical introductions are held in English.

Open for everyone, these 1 hour physical explorations are a way of entering and experiencing various choreographic approaches, movement principles and aesthetic signatures. The physical engagement of audience members allows for a different perceptual contact with the performance, inviting the participants to connect and experiment within the physical (rather than just the visual) perspectives various works embody.

Led by the dancers of the company, physical introductions extend the performing space into a participatory, experiential environment, creating possibilities for a multitude of personal sensorial insights and exchanges. We invite all the interested participants to join us. Comfortable clothes and shoes advisable but not obligatory. 

Free entry with ticket, limited number of places - max. 60 people per occasion.

Book your physical introduction ticket here

Dates for the physical introductions for S & S:

  • Wednesday 7 March, 5.45–6.30pm
  • Sunday 18 March, 4.45–5.30pm
  • Sunday 25 March, 4.45–5.30pm
  • Wednesday 28 March, 5.45–6.30pm

Watch a video physical introductions
The format is created and practiced by the MA Contemporary Dance Education (MA CoDE) at Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main. With the aim to remain in close collaboration and to foster further development of the format it is handed over by Prof. Ingo Diehl and Anja Bornsek for facilitation puposes to GöteborgsOperans Danskompani.
Rehearsals for Autodance


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