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Wonderland/ Wasteland

Dance. Down the rabbit hole. It’s surreal and realistic, weird and wonderful, poetic and untamed – all at the same time.

”A visual dance masterpiece” Borås Tidning
”Wasteland affects with strong imagery and extraordinary dancers...” Svenska Dagbladet
"Here the principles of lust and desire rule - all bodily and sensory limitations, begone" Göteborgs-Tidning/Expressen

A's Adventures

Creation by ANTON LACHKY

In A’s Adventures, Brussels-based choreographer Anton Lachky takes us on a journey into the realm of the subconscious, where emotional states we don’t know or don’t dare to know explode into view. In this fantastical world, where the poetic and sublime converge, a group of characters emerge through intense, fast paced physicality and a series of bizarre and wondrous events. The Göteborg Opera Orchestra plays Mozart, Bach and Haydn under the direction of Max Renne. Mezzo soprano Lena Haselmann sings and dances on stage together with GöteborgsOperans Danskompani.

Anton Lachkyis one of the founders of the Les SlovaKs Dance Collective in Brussels and has been running his own company since 2012.

Anton Lachky Foto timea maday kinga
Anton Lachky

Watch a film clip from A's Adventures

Music in A´s Adventures:

Mozart: "Va, va l'error mio palesa" from Mitridate, re di Ponto
Haydn: Symphony no 92 (Oxford), movement 4 – Presto
Drigo: "Notturno d’amore" from I milliono d’ Arlecchino (Info: Recorded music with singer Beniamino Gigli played from a grammophone on stage)
Porpora: "In braccio a mille furie" from Semiramide riconosciuta
Mozart: Symphony no 34 KV 338 movement 3: Finale – Allegro vivace
Bach: Partita nr 2 BWV 1004, 4th movement: Gigue. (Recorded music played by Isabelle Faust)
Caccini: Amarilli mia bella
Mozart: "Venga pur" from Mitridate, re di Ponto
Matracki: Apassionato Delirioso (Info: newly composed music by Bernard Matracki - performed live on stage)

Watch an interview with choreographer Anton Lachky

"When it comes to 'A's Adventures', I was first interested in having a green hill on stage, inspired as I was by 'Alice in Wonderland'. With water, trees and rabbit holes. But along the way, the green knoll turned into a mountain of marble, which turned into a white mountain – which was transformed into the iceberg now visible on stage." Kristin Torp, Set and Costume Designer

A photo gallery from both A's Adventures and Wasteland:



In Wasteland, Norwegian Ina Christel Johannessen has a whole different approach to the wonderland theme, when she depicts our escalating consumption. A wasteland created of what we leave behind in pursuit of our dreams. In an abandoned and decayed place – perhaps an old warehouse – the dancers interact with both set design and music. Belgian duo Stray Dogs perform live from their album Wasteland.

In Norway, Ina Christel Johannessen runs the Oslo-based company Zero Visibility Corp.

Ina Christel Johannessen porträtt foto Tin Poppe
Ina Christel Johannessen

Watch a film clip from Wasteland

An interview with choreographer Ina Christel Johannessen

“In 2011, we spent a week in a freezing, deconsecrated church to record sounds made of waste we had found in the church’s basement – metal, wooden and stone objects that had been thrown away or forgotten. From these raw materials we composed music that eventually resulted in our album Wasteland." Stray Dogs, on their music in Wasteland

Stray Dogs' album, also called "Wasteland", is available for purchase in the OperaShop in the foyer. The package includes a vinyl disc, CD and download code for a digital copy.

Bakground image inspired by
Edin Bajrićs Mirror (2009)


  • Genre: Dance
  • Season: 2014/2015
  • premiere: 20 Sep 2014
  • Last show: 26 Oct 2014
  • Location:

    Main Stage

  • Length: 2 hours and 45 minutes, including 1 interval.

A’s Adventures

Choreography   Anton Lachky
Conductor   Max Renne
Set and Costume Design   Kristin Torp
Lighting Design   Kyrre Heldal Karlsen
Singer   Lena Haselmann
Choreography Assistant   Eleonore Valere
Extra   Jonnie Strömberg
Pianist   Bernard Matracki
Dancers   Anna Altès
   Delphine Boutet
   Jenna Fakhoury
   Mai Lisa Guinoo
   Ekaterina Shushakova
   Danielle de Vries
   Ingeborg Zackariassen
   Arika Yamada
   Jim De Block
   Nigel Campbell
   Simone Deriu
   Andrzej Glosniak
   Pascal Marty
   Jonathan Savage
   Oleg Stepanov
   Lee-Yuan Tu
The Göteborg Opera Orchestra


Choreography   Ina Christel Johannessen
Music written and performed by   Stray Dogs
Set and Costume Design   Kristin Torp
Lighting Design   Kyrre Heldal Karlsen
Choreography Assistants   Camilla Spidsoe, Pia Elton, Line Tørmoen
Dancers   Astrid Boons
   Maria Chiara Mezzadri
   Janine Koertge
   Dorotea Saykaly
   Satoko Takahashi
   Heather Telford
   Jérôme Delbey
   Matthew Foley
   Erik Johansson
   Toby Kassell
   Maxime Lachaume
   Fan Luo
   Ján Špoták
   David Wilde