As one of the foremost contemporary dance companies in Europe and the largest in the Nordic region, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani is truly a company of today. The company focuses on original and exclusive works, collaborates with both legendary choreographers and emerging stars, and contributes towards new expressions and emerging art forms. The company is made up of 38 dancers from all over the world. Katrín Hall (Iceland) is the company’s Artistic Director.
Icon, the Greek word for "image", is used today not only in connection with the sacred images of the Orthodox Church, but also for everything from pop stars to religious leaders. The icons are created, reproduced and admired until the next regime, culture or generation takes over and tears down the icons that were worshipped, in order to create their own monuments, works of art and idols.
Under the theme for 2016/2017: 'ICONS AND ICONOCLASM' GöteborgsOperans Danskompani shines the light on the human need to create icons - and the need to crush those that we no longer worship. Where does the need and the strong human urge to destroy come from? The guest choreographers and their teams look more closely at how people, through history, created and destroyed icons in order to build the identity of their time. Destruction has always been a tool in the assertion of religious, philosophical and political views.
In the 2015/2016 season, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani will focus on the concept of “I” and “we”. What meaning do they have today? How will they be defined in future? The specially invited choreographers will examine more closely what happens when the “I” becomes a “we” and develops collective behaviour and consciousness. The individual is pitted against the collective, the affinity to the group against the individual's sense of confinement. In structures that can silence, marginalise and oppress – even eliminate – anyone who thinks differently, “being equal” is suddenly defined as “being the same as everyone else”.
Throughout the season, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani will explore this theme together with some of today's most acclaimed choreographers and artists.