With its unfailing power and capacity to touch hearts and explore relevant themes, dance has a given place in the contemporary world. GöteborgsOperans Danskompani is on a continuous quest to break new, innovative ground. We aim to be rebels with the courage to challenge, choose unexpected routes and move boundaries. We start each creative process from zero without knowing where it will take us. That’s the beauty of our unique world premieres – both for us and for you as the audience.
In collaboration with the world's leading choreographers and artistic teams, we create dance art without compromise. In this process, we always allow room for new exciting artistic voices. Every individual dancer in the company contributes their extraordinary artistry and unique identity to create a unified whole – a sophisticated rebel.
It requires an intricate balance to continuously develop the art form while attracting new audience members to the world of contemporary dance. In recent seasons we’ve been delighted to see the Göteborg Opera’s audience numbers steadily grow, proving that our work and dedication are paying off. The warmth, enthusiasm and engagement of our audiences is palpable, both among regular visitors and new audience members. And it is equally important for us to connect with audiences in Västra Götaland, where the much-requested Ministry for Unresolved Feelings will go on tour during the 2020/2021 season.
But you have our dance company right on your doorstep, dear local audience. Often you don’t even have to queue to get a ticket! When we tour Europe and the rest of the world, our dance performances are frequently sold out down to the last seat. And the international press heaps praise upon our wonderful dancers and top-quality productions.
Last season, audiences had several opportunities to enjoy the magic of GöteborgsOperans Danskompani from their living room sofa, for instance in the SVT documentary “3,5 ton lera på dansturné” (3 and a half tonnes of clay on tour) which followed the dance company’s European tour with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Icon, and in Thom Yorke, Paul Thomas Anderson and Damien Jalet’s Grammy-nominated music film Anima on Netflix.
For the 2020/2021 season, we welcome several of the Nordic region's leading choreographers back to The Göteborg Opera.
The season’s first world premiere is a double bill of two dance works – one by Norwegian multi-genius Jo Strømgren, and the other by Athens-based choreographer duo Christine Gouzelis and Paul Blackman, who Gothenburg audiences will encounter for the first time. We finally welcome back the Finnish dancer and choreographer Kenneth Kvarnström, this time with a pioneering piece accompanied by live music, created and performed by one of the Nordic region’s foremost artists. In our spring world premiere Norwegian Alan Lucien Øyen and Swede Johan Inger return to the Main Stage. Øyen's stories are full of empathy and human qualities. Award-winning celebrity Johan Inger will create a new multifaceted work for the company – the first since 2010. There will also be a revival premiere of acclaimed Contemporary Dance by Hofesh Shechter.
We continue passionately pursuing our quest to bring you the most exciting, touching and pioneering dance works on offer today. We sincerely hope you will join us on this exciting journey.
We look forward to seeing you here!
Artistic Director for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani