GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, one of the foremost contemporary dance companies in Europe and the largest in the Nordic region, Göteborgsoperans Danskompani is truly a company of today. With access to legendary choreographers as well as some of the most interesting new generation of dance makers and artists, the dancers of Göteborgsoperans Danskompani contribute towards new expressions and the generation of new exciting art forms. The company is made up of 39 dancers from 17 countries and is directed by Adolphe Binder. ”Our artistic vision and work is about taking aesthetic and physical risks, as well as breaking down the barriers to our public and those between dance and other art forms, between art and life.” ADOLPHE BINDER
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.
There are many worlds within us. Worlds to flee to, worlds to dream about, worlds to learn to cope with for survival. In the 2014/2015 dance season, we will be exploring this Magic Land. If what we believed was true turned out to be an illusion, what then does it mean if we change perspective? What do we discover if, instead of looking from the inside out, we look from the outside in? Which realities do we carry within ourselves? How can our inner worlds and a new perspective help us progress through life?
Intuition, spirituality, science and a world-view undergoing change. GöteborgsOperans Danskompani is joining with some of the foremost choreographers of our times in examining our consciousness and its possibilities.
GöteborgsOperans Danskompani continues the dialogue with the movements in today's society. In the 2013/2014 season, the company is taking a step out into the unknown. Through its artistic work the dance company explores new spiritual and scientific horizons.
What is there beyond science and beliefs? Mankind's search for something greater than itself is universal. Faith and science have been the foundation of our values, in all eras and in all cultures. New observations and discoveries have repeatedly revolutionised the world-view of contemporary society. Maybe we have still only scraped the surface as regards the understanding of our existence. As yet, we have not understood the greatest mystery of all -- our consciousness.
Under the artistic direction of Adolphe Binder, all the works and projects during the 2012/2013 dance season are based on a single overriding theme: Homeland & Risk Zones. Using a combination of very different perspectives, our guest choreographers examine subjects such as belonging, roots, identity, alienation and nostalgia for home. It is about the space between deep-seated trust and unknown territory -- and the consequences of living in a globalised world. The distinctive character and soul of Gothenburg play a significant role in the repertoire, as does the music, performed by The Göteborg Opera Orchestra, live bands and DJs.