Published 7 September 2009

In Memoriam

Press premiere Tuesday 15 September at 14.30
Premiere Saturday 19 September at 18.00

GöteborgsOperan’s Ballet opens the season of 2009/2010 with In Memoriam. In this dance triple we will receive as our guests for the first time the Swedish choreographer Cristina Caprioli and the Belgian choreographer Stijn Celis. They will each create a new production for the company. Added to these we have Johan Inger’s Empty House from 2002.

Cristina Caprioli was born in Italy and has a background of several years of work and experience in Europe and the US. After 15 years in Sweden she is considered today to be one of our foremost Swedish choreographers. Cristina Caprioli leads the dance company ccap, for whom she has produced over 30 works during the last 15 years. As of March 2008 she is a professor of choreography at Danshögskolan (The University College of Dance) in Stockholm. She describes her work Slope that will have its world premiere at GöteborgsOperan as “a slope, a sliding away beyond place, an inevitable disappearance, the memory of an insistent movement and of the artist Sol Le Witt”. The dance is enhanced by Jens Sethzman’s beautiful lighting and scenography.

Stijn Celis is a choreographer and a scenographer and has, for example, created works for Ballet Gulbenkian, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Cullbergbaletten and Ballet Nürnberg. He was creative director for Bern Ballett between the years 2004 and 2007. In the world premiere Your Passion is Pure Joy to Me Nick Caves’ music plays a central part. In the same way as the singer asks himself in his texts just how it is possible to live with painful memories, Stijn Celis has seven dancers, moving with an obstinate expression, exploring the possibility of finding hope and consolation after traumatic experiences.

Johan Inger created Empty House for Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) in 2002. The work has its starting point in the memory of a time and place, in how one can find the strength to leave a situation and in the inevitable confrontation that arises when one makes this move. Johan Inger had his breakthrough as a choreographer in 1995, after a very successful dance career at Kungliga Baletten in Stockholm and NDT, to mention a couple of milestones. His choreographies have won prizes in Holland, Scotland and Italy and are danced today by dance companies throughout the world. Johan Inger was creative director for Cullbergbaletten for five years. As of autumn 2009 he is in-house choreographer for NDT.

Welcome to the press premiere of In Memoriam on Tuesday 15 September at 14.30. We will be showing a part of Cristina Caprioli’s Slope on the Stora stage. For interviews, please contact the undersigned. Assembly at the stage door at 14.25. Read more about In Memoriam.

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