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Dance. A unique evening with two of the absolute masters of contemporary dance.

"… a phenomenal, world-class dance company …" Göteborgs-Posten
"Universe with wonderful poetry" Svenska Dagbladet
"Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Saburo Teshigawa bring global dance to life in Gothenburg" Göteborgs-Tidningen/Expressen
"… the dancers move like waves in a flow with no dots or commas" Borås Tidning
"Breathtaking and emotionally moving" Göteborgs-Posten
"Spirit is a magnificent venture …" Göteborgs-Posten


Creation by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Multiple award winning and constantly topical Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui creates Noetic, along with a distinguished team comprising sculptor Antony Gormley, fashion designer duo Les Hommes, and composer Szymon Brzóska. The creation explores man’s instinctive need to structure every detail of our existence, and our longing to break free of the rules and discover what lies beyond them. With at times mechanical, at times flowing, classical movements, the dancers construct, change and deconstruct reality.

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s roots are in the cultures of both Morocco and Central Europe. His artistic identity has been influenced by many years of involvement in the Belgian dance company Les Ballets C de la B, whose work belongs among the most exciting things to have happened within dance in recent decades.

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, koreograf
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, koreografTilo Stengel

Cherkaoui is known for bringing together art forms, cultures and traditions. His dance company, Eastman, is attributed the title of European cultural ambassadors in 2013. The harmonic and emotional music in Noetic is composed for The Göteborg Opera Orchestra.

Bengt Wanselius
Bengt Wanselius

Watch an interview with choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Antony Gormley is widely acclaimed for his sculptures, installations and public artworks that investigate the relationship of the human body to space. His work has developed the potential opened up by sculpture in the seventies through a critical engagement with both his own body and those of others in a way that confronts fundamental questions of where human beings stand in relation to nature and the cosmos. Antony Gormley and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui have collaborated on three previous projects; Sutra, Babel and Zero Degrees. His set design for Noetic will give the dancers both bodily extensions and the constructive elements to create a potential architecture for individual and collective action.

Watch an interview with Antony Gormley

Poster art by Antony Gormley

Poster art by Antony Gormley

Watch an interview with composer Szymon Brzóska


Creation by Saburo Teshigawara

Virtuoso Saburo Teshigawara – sculptor, poet, visual artist and “dance maker” – has received great honours for his choreographies and body installations both in his home country of Japan and internationally. Faithful to the culture of his homeland, Teshigawara is minimalist – everything he creates is aesthetic, beautiful and pared down. It is also spiritual and subtle.

His Metamorphosis, inspired by Kafka's novels, is an art work filled with pain and breathtaking beauty. At its centre is the body's constant changes, the cells' constant renewal – the metamorphosis: "Even when we believe we are completely still, our bodies are moving. That movement is life. To stop is to die. Life is like cycling – if you stop you lose your balance and fall over. Life is balance in motion."

Saburo Teshigawara, Koreograf
Saburo Teshigawara, KoreografNorifumi Inagaki

Metamorphosis, created for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, is also about controlling, and allowing oneself to be controlled.

The Göteborg Opera Chorus also feature on stage, their ethereal voices contrasting with the dancers’ sometimes constrained bodies.

The works that The Göteborg Opera Chorus performs in Metamorphosis include:

  • Olivier Messiaen: O sacrum convivium!, choral motet (1937)
  • Maurice Ravel: Soupir (Suck), the first of three songs from Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé (1913) transcribed by Clytus Gottwald for a cappella choir.
Bengt Wanselius
Bengt Wanselius

Watch an interview with choreographer Saburo Teshigawara

Poster art by Saburo Teshigawara

Poster art by Saburo Teshigawara

In Spirit the choreographers are inspired from the theme of the season; Mind & Spirit where GöteborgsOperans Danskompani explores our consciousness and its possibilities. Reality beyond reality. Mind and spirit, body and energies challenge and force us to new discoveries.

Spirit will go on tour, the Iberan tour, on May-June 2014


  • Genre: Dance
  • Season: 2013/2014
  • premiere: 8 Mar 2014
  • Last show: 12 Apr 2014
  • Location:

    Main Stage

  • Length: 2 hours and 10 minutes, including 1 interval.


Choreography   Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Composer   Szymon Brzóska
Conductor   Henrik Schaefer
Set Design   Antony Gormley
Costume Design   Les Hommes
Light Design   David Stokholm
Dramaturgy   Adolphe Binder
Percussion   Shogo Yoshii
Singer   Miriam Andersén
Assistant Choreographer   James O'Hara
Assistant Choreographer   Elias Lazaridis
Assistant Choreographer   Helder Seabra
GöteborgsOperans Danskompani
The Göteborg Opera Orchestra
Dancers   Anna Altès
   Delphine Boutet
   Brittanie Brown
   Therese Fredriksson
   Mai Lisa Guinoo
   Chiaki Horita
   Micol Mantini
   Anila Mazhari
   Harumi Terayama
   Heather Telford
   Arika Yamada
   Jubal Battisti
   Jim De Block
   Matthew Foley
   Aviad Arik Herman
   Erik Johansson
   Toby Kassell
   Fan Luo
   Lotem Regev
   Isaac Spencer


Choreography, Set, Costume, Light Design   Saburo Teshigawara
Conductor   Henrik Schaefer
Asst. Choreographer   Rihoko Sato
Assistant Light Designer   Hiroki Shimizu
Assistant Set Designer   Kazuomi Kurosawa
Original Score / Sound Design   Tim Wright
Music   Olivier Messiaen, Maurice Ravel
GöteborgsOperans Danskompani
The Göteborg Opera Chorus
Dancers   Astrid Boons
   Jenna Fakhoury
   Janine Koertge
   Maria Chiara Mezzadri
   Satoko Takahashi
   Danielle de Vries
   Ingeborg Zackariassen
   Maxime Lachaume
   Pascal Marty
   Ján Špoták
   Lee-Yuan Tu
   David Wilde


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