Swedish premiere/ World premiere 11 Oct 2019
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Contagious dance. Virus/Love will be an intense evening of dance. What is real? What’s pretend? And what does it even matter anyway?

Dance creation by Ohad Naharin & Roni Haver/Guy Weizman

Naharin’s Virus

Creation by Ohad Naharin

Trailer for Naharin’s Virus, as performed by Batsheva Dance Company in Chaillot, 2015.

Video director Tommy Pascal / Video production, Bel Air Media

The starting point of "Naharin’s Virus” the text ”Publikumsbeschimpfung” (Offending the Audience) by the Austrian playwright Peter Handke. It's an aesthetic manifesto beautifully embedded in virtuosic dance and rich classical, Arabic and techno music. Göteborgs­Operans Danskompani is the first dance company besides Batsheva (where Ohad Naharin was director 1990-2018) which has been allowed to perform the piece. This is the dance company’s third collaboration with Naharin. Previous collaborations were the acclaimed dance production Max and Decadance Gothenburg.

Several languages are spoken during the performance of "Naharin’s Virus". Some parts will have Swedish surtitles.


Creation by Roni Haver/Guy Weizman

The second piece of the evening is titled Love. Wildly aesthetic and alive, it too has been inspired by Handke’s work. This time, the inspiration comes from his film with Wim Wenders, "The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez", portraying various visions of love by men and women.

Amazing lover, perfect parent, amusing friend and understanding soulmate. Sexy, too! Is that even possible? Can any one person be all of those things? Love is a portrait of love in the millennial generation, characterized by endless choices and a fear of missing out. It’s a frenzied pursuit of love as a cure for loneliness in a superficial world, where everything has a price. Roni Haver and Guy Weizman ("Director of the Year" in the Netherlands 2018) have previously danced with Ohad Naharin’s Batsheva Dance Company. Today, they run their dance company Club Guy & Roni, from which several of their dancers have been selected to participate in this performance with our company.

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Verbal introductions

All dance performances (except premieres and guest performances) begin with an introduction. These ordinary, verbal introductions give you interesting information about the creation, and start 1 hour before the performance. They last about 20 minutes and are held on the Small Stage. 

Free admission, limited seating.

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. The physical introduction for Virus/Love is based on the choreography in Guy & Roni's work "Love".

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 admission with ticket, limited number of places – max. 60 people per occasion.

Dates for the physical introductions:

  •     15/10 - 17.45–18.30
  •     27/10 - 16.45–17.30
  •     2/11 - 16.45–17.30
  •     14/11 - 17.45–18.30

8 performances

#GOvirus, #GOlove

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October 2019

Fri 11/10
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Tue 15/10
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Thu 24/10
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Sun 27/10
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Tue 29/10
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November 2019

Sat 2/11
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Sun 10/11
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