Dance performance by Marina Mascarell

…a collective work with perfect pitch…the attention to detail is pure love.
– Borås Tidning
Marina Mascarell. Photo: Marlous van der Sloot

Spanish Marina Mascarell’s Mongrel is a creation evolving around the paradoxical human need for both independence and belonging. Building on the Scandinavian idea of the imaginary “Jante Law” (the first rule being “You’re not to think you are anything special”), Mascarell’s creation explores the meaning of “the stranger”. With commissioned music pulsating with the dancers’ movements, Mongrel is an organically visual synergy – poetic, intimate and political.

I want to convey a collective experience that encourages each one of us to question our attitude towards strangers and society. We’re so afraid of questioning things and changing our perceptions, but it’s something we have to do in order to grow as people. The stranger, the newcomer, brings new ideas that can change us and help us develop. So why do we punish the newcomer instead of embracing her?
— Marina Mascarell


Direction & choreography – Marina Mascarell
Composers – Chris Lancaster, Yamila Ríos
Sound Design – Yamila Ríos
Dramaturgy – Bodil Persson
Set and Costume Design – Kristin Torp
Lighting Design – Loes Schakenbos
Musicians – Chris Lancaster, Yamila Ríos, Maths Tärneberg
Text – Jérôme Delbey, Toby Kassell, Marina Mascarell

World premiere 17 october 2015

GöteborgsOperans Danskompani

Length – 65 min
Dancers 12 – (5 female, 7 male)

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