- New Artistic Director at The Royal Swedish Opera

photo: Anita Watkins

Director, playwright and librettist Michael Cavanagh succeeds Birgitta Svendén as Artistic Director of The Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm (SE). He will take office after the summer of 2021. Birgitta Svendén will remain as CEO until 2022. Michael Cavanagh has made 150 productions at over 30 opera houses in Canada, the United States and Europe. At the Royal Swedish Opera, he has directed NIXON IN CHINA and AIDA, two productions that have been hailed by both audiences and the media.

- From the first moment, I have loved working in The Royal Swedish Opera's beautiful and historic opera house where I had many wonderful experiences with soloists, choir, orchestra, team, other employees and audience. They are truly unique in the world, says Michael Cavanagh. Read more here.
 - Presenting the new piece SEVEN DUETS in March 2021

photo: Erik Berg

SEVEN DUETS premieres at Bærum Kulturhus (NO) 11-13 March 2021. SEVEN DUETS reflects on the duet as a concept to examine variations of both tenderness, conflict and helplessness between two people. The dancerly duet is a returning trope in Ingun Bjørnsgaard's work, explored in a way that opposes seamless interaction to depict the complexity of human intimacy in its both wavering and alluring forms and fragments of movement. SEVEN DUETS brings together alienation and longing for life in a choreographic language that opens up to the viewer's own narrative. The performance embraces the melancholy agony and illnesses derived from a painterly fin de siècle ambiance, from which also Edvard Munch's female bird of prey, Harpy, emerges. In a first time collaboration with award winning fashion designer Michael Olestad as costume designer.Co-produced with Bærum Kulturhus.

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 - REALNESS goes digital!
Photo:Anne-Sylvie Bonnet

Nagelhus Schia Productions is streaming a full performance for the first time! In collaboration with the film company M12, advanced camera equipment is used to create a vivid and artistic encounter between stage art and film.

REALNESS is a sarcastic parody by the internationally renowned choreographer Daniel Proietto. Playing with the format of reality TV competition shows, REALNESS forces us to look beyond the extravagant facade and confront our own prejudices and decadence.In this dark comedy the audience will be confronted with very important topics such as racism, bullying, abuse of power and manipulation. Proietto wishes to raise awareness on these relevant issues of our time and speak about their place in the entertainment industry. More

REALNESS will be streamed online on 3 and 4 February 2021. Stay tuned by following the company on Facebook or visit the website nsproductions.no.

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 - Art must go on!

photo:  Dasha Zorkina

Taneli Törmä's 12-month long international residency program has not been easy to organize in the year 2020 because of Covid-19. But the artistic directors, Taneli Törmä and Eleni Pierides, are more than happy that it was still made possible. ART MUST GO ON! They presented all 12 dance projects which were planned.

The last residency is organized in collaboration with the Kokkola City Theater. Artists Emma Tricard (FR) and Niklas Blomberg (FI) work with their artistic process UNTIL FUTURE NEVER COMES that combines dance, circus, live music, speech, and sound art with a punk attitude. Due to current restrictions, Emma Tricard takes part in the process remotely, and the artistic presentation is carried out online. The working group is completed with Helsinki-based musicians and performers, Heidi Finnberg and Milla Lahtinen. 18 Dec 2020 at 18:00 there will be a digital choreography and artist talk online. More info here.

Find out more about Taneli Törmä / LOCATION X at madeintheweb.com
 - A new work will premiere in February
photo: Klara G

Swedish choreographer Björn Säfsten researches the concept of contemporary dance in I SJÄLVA VERKET, his new co-production with Riksteatern/The Swedish National Theatre opening 17 Feb 2021. A popular scientific, autobiographical and arbitrary all knowing performance about something everybody does but no one knows what it is: dance!

Where do the movements in contemporary dance come from, how can they be interpreted and is there a right way to understand dance? These are some of the questions the award-winning choreographer and dancer Björn Säfsten has been asked when meeting audiences and workshop participants. An attempt to answer these questions was to create a new piece - I SJÄLVA VERKET. Säfsten Produktion is supported by Kulturrådet and Stockholms Stad.

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- Presenting the film THESE WALLS about the lockdown in Melbourne (AU)
photo: Megan van de

When the world was thrust into chaos, due to the emergence of the Coronavirus, many cities and countries enforced lockdowns in an attempt to control the Covid-19 pandemic. In Victoria, in Australia, Melbourne's metropolitan area went into the tightest and longest lockdown in the world. Twelve residents of Darebin, in the north of the city, volunteered to document elements of their reality during lockdown. This is part of their story. Watch the film THESE WALLS here.

THESE WALLS is part of the Movement Diaries Film project which is supported by the Darebin City Council's Community Grants Program. Concept and artistic direction by Israel Aloni. Filmmaker is Jacob Edmonds, soundtrack by Sascha Budimski, visual art and community engagement by Megan van de.

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 - Re-staging a classic
photo: Sören Vilks

Claire Parsons Co. is looking forward to re-staging a newer version of the classic A SMALLER SWAN LAKE. Instead of the gracious swans we might be expecting from this classical ballet, other figures appear on stage, ready to spread their wings, dance on a silver lake and find the best steps for birds in formation. An audience and critical success, A SMALLER SWAN LAKE is a delightful mix of dance, talking and circus in a commissioned work for The Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm (SE) and a family performance suitable to all from 4 years. A SMALLER SWAN LAKE premiered in November 2018 and is now finally returning to perform once again. Available for touring fall 2021 and onwards.

”A tender and wilful take on Tchaikovsky’s classic tale” Svenska Dagbladet (SE)
”A SMALLER SWAN LAKE presents 45 minutes of pure movement joy” Expressen (SE)"

Read more about Claire Parsons Co. at madeintheweb.com
- Mezzo features MORPHED and BORROWED LIGHT
photo: Mikki Kunttu

TSC's works return to Mezzo TV. The global culture channel will show recordings of MORPHED and BORROWED LIGHT  till 25 Dec 2020. Both works, filmed at Chaillot in Paris and directed by Louise Narboni, were first broadcast on the channel in 2018 and last seen there this March. Mezzo broadcasts its content, focused on classical music and dance, in 60 countries to 28 million subscribers.

Tero Saarinen's KULLERVO the Kalevala-themed co-production with the Finnish National Opera and Ballet has received a remarkable online audience this year. The piece has been viewed by a total of 32,000 people – 18,000 in Finland and 14,000 abroad – from April to October via Yle Areena and Stage24. KULLERVO was also available on Arte and the #HomeWithEU campaign in the US.

Learn more about Tero Saarinen Company at madeintheweb.com
Premiering a new piece in February
photo: Ingrid Olterman Dance

The last few months have been filled with performances for the young audience for Ingrid Olterman Dans. In November and December the company received a total of 50 bookings. The performances were adapted to prevailing conditions and performed for a smaller sized audience outdoors and in schools.

The company is now rehearsing and working on their next piece BLUDDERBLAD, with one male dancer and one female percussionist. BLUDDERBLAD, is based on a philosophical research together with children who are five years old. The company wants to investigate everyone's equal value through objects from nature and stories made up by children. The premiere will be at the end of February 2021. For more information visit the website.

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- Unmasking the modern predator
photo: Anne Huebertz

THE SOUL CATCHER tours to Det Frie Felts Festival in Copenhagen (DK) 20 Jan 2021. THE SOUL CATCHER is a seductive and deeply disturbing performance about psychological abuse, manipulation and power - in a powerful mix of performance, dance, spoken word and electronic music. THE SOUL CATCHER is produced by Kassandra Production in a co-production with theatre Bora Bora.

The press wrote:
"The performance is sharp and unsentimental. It is a mix of performance, dance, spoken words and seasoned with hard electronic music. The three actors do not compromise their expression but deliver a solid performance. The performance fully lives up to my high expectations , which over time I got to the creator of the work, Annika B. Lewis and also got a great gift at the top of the hat, as the theme was both presented as autofiction and fantastic portrayed. Bravo for courage and artistic pondus.” – Kulturnyt (DK)

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 - Presenting a hybrid between dance and exhibition
illustration: Pedro Gómez-Egaña

In February, Carte Blanche brings to life an immersive installation built and choreographed by the visual artist Pedro Gómez-Egaña and presented at the KODE museum's Tårnsalen in Bergen (NO) as part of a large scale solo presentation by the artist. The company's 14 dancers perform in a hybrid between performance, visual art and dance. The exhibition as a whole includes immersive installations spanning two floors at KODE 4. SOLIDS plays with our sense of space and challenges our notions of safety and history. The last time Carte Blanche visited KODE was with the dance performance ØY, an energetic and youthful mix of concert and dance. When Carte Blanche and Gómez-Egaña take over KODE 4, the result will be a hybrid between dance and exhibition that is both immersive and extraordinary. Premiere 18 Feb 2020.

NOROROCA Spring tour 2021 in Norway:
21 Jan 2021Hamar Kulturhus, Hamar, 26 Jan 2021 Teatret Vårt, Molde, 29 Jan 2021 Kimen kulturhus, Stjørdal, 4 feb 2021 Sandnes kulturhus9 Feb 2021Festiviteten, Haugesund. For more info and tickets visit carteblanche.no.

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 - Sharing a memory
photo: Ingrid Hu

Live performances are on pause. However creativity does not stop. Until we can meet each other live again - SU-EN Butoh Company presents visual and artistic material in the frame of THE WINDOW PROJECT.

As we are moving towards the darkest day of the year here in northern hemisphere, SU-EN Butoh Company wishes to share the project LIGHT/DARK from 2018, produced in collaboration with artist Ingrid Hu (UK/TW). Choreography by SU-EN and light installation by Ingrid Hu. The video edit is 11 minutes long. Just a click away.... here.

"In Praise of Darkness. Darkness drinks all the colours. And shapes are visible because they are more dark than the surrounding. Stillness, all is quiet.Darkness clams everything down."

A selection of SU-EN Butoh Company performances through stills and video is available on the artist´s website.

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 - Summarizing 2020
photo: Tale Hendnes

As reaction to Covid-19, Jo Strømgren Kompani created CORONA SESSIONS, a series of 30 art films based on improvised meetings between artists. What a rewarding way to continue communicating and presenting art in the midst of these challenging times, with a total of 235 000 views! JSK was also able to present work live, latest THE ROAD IS JUST A SURFACE at Hamar Kulturhus in November.

Since the first lock-down, almost 70 performances were cancelled this year. Amongst these were SALVE REGINA at the prestigious Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogotá in Colombia, COCO CHANEL at Centro de Las Artesi in Santiago, Chile and a new premiere of the iconic piece THERE at The Norwegian Opera House.

Jo Strømgren Kompani started off the year by premiering THE BREAKDOWN at The Norwegian Opera and Ballet in Oslo in January, receiving great reviews and huge international interest. THE TIRED MAN has been performed at Palác Akropolis Theatre in Prague in February and been on an extensive national tour.

The international co-production THE DOOR received great reviews after performing at Teatro del Soho Caixabank in Málaga, Spain in February. Jo Strømgren was handed the prestigious Golden Stage Cross for Choreographer of the year for THE DOOR, a Lithuanian theatre award.THE KITCHEN performed one out of a five-week school tour of Northern-Norway in March.

JSK is planning for several guest performances and a new dance piece to premiere fall 2021, see more here.

Find out more about Jo Strømgren Kompani at madeintheweb.com
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