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11 shades of Jante. Two choreographers interpret The Jante Law and the theme of the dance season: All together now/A common sense.  Both creations involve spoken dialogue and live music.


Creation by Marina Mascarell

“…a collective work with perfect pitch…the attention to detail is pure love”Borås tidning
“everything rotates in the flow which they fill with magical energy”Göteborgs-Posten
“The dancers are impeccable”Svenska Dagbladet

Spanish Marina Mascarell’s Mongrel is poetic, political, intimate and explores the meaning of “The Stranger”. Who is the stranger, and why don’t we welcome the strangers into our lives?  

By not staying too long in any one place, Marina Mascarell has created her own style without being overly influenced by other artists. After a dancing career which has included NDT 1 and 2 and Cedar Lake in New York, she now works as an international choreographer. Her works are available at companies such as Scapino and Geneva Ballet and in the spring of 2016 also at Skåne's Dance Theatre. Marina Mascarell is also active as resident choreographer at Korzo Theater Productions in The Hague.

Choreographer Marina Mascarell talks about her creation ”Mongrel”

soft cell 

Creation by Constanza Macras

soft cell, trailer
“A high-energy stage collage”Dagens NYheter
“The dancers sing like angels!”Dagens Nyheter
“…as borderless, fluid and fragmentary as the present”Borås Tidning

Please note: strobe lighting is used during the performance of soft cell, and periods of high volume also occur in this piece.

Constanza Macras from Argentina is an award-winning choreographer creating raw, physical theatre, often with a sense of humour. In her works, she unites artists and ideas from all over the world around topics such as consumption, identity, migration, segregation and cultural clashes. Her creation is called soft cell and explores the concept of “The Marriage” – the small society within your walls. 

Constanza is the resident choreographer at the legendary theatre Schaubühne in Berlin. Her production Hell on Earth opened the 2010 Göteborgs Dans & Teater Festival here at The Göteborg Opera. 

Choreographer Constanza Macras talks about her creation ”soft cell”

These two choreographers’ expressions are very different from each other, but both are community-driven and interested in the tension between the individual and the collective.

what is the law of Jante?

The cultural expression The Law of Jante (Jantelagen in Swedish) first appeared in Danish-Norwegian author Aksel Sandemose’s book A Fugitive Crosses His Tracks (1933). The law consists of ten rules which, characterized by village mentality, sums up the mechanisms of envy and jealousy.

It is an expression still used in Scandinavia to negatively describe an attitude of distrust for originality and individual success – a mindset that actively discourages personal achievement, and prefers instead uniformity within the group:

1.    You’re not to think you are anything special.
2.    You’re not to think you are as good as we are.
3.    You’re not to think you are smarter than we are.
4.    You’re not to convince yourself that you are better than we are.
5.    You’re not to think you know more than we do.
6.    You’re not to think you are more important than we are.
7.    You’re not to think you are good at anything.
8.    You’re not to laugh at us.
9.    You’re not to think anyone cares about you.
10.    You’re not to think you can teach us anything.

The Jante Law also has a eleventh rule, called “the penal code of Jante”: 

11.    Perhaps you don’t think we know a few things about you?

The Almost Nearly Perfect is a part of GIBCA Extended, part of Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art.


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