Commissioned stage design for Gothenburg’s Opera Dance Company, directed/choreographed by Marina Mascarell. Premiered on March 15th at GöteborgsOperan, Sweden. Season running until April 14th. Read more on opera.se.

“The gently undulating choreography, suggesting trauma and hints of apocalypse, is the result of 18 months of research. Marina Mascarell has studied how humans allow information technology to control and distract them to the point of memory change. We all tend to follow the manuscript of the masses and play our intended roles until life itself becomes a spectacle. Both for the onlookers and ourselves.”

Valley, set design

The stage was conceived as an ever changing landscape, where various layers of felt are sculpted, shifted and transformed by twelve dancers. The concept was developed in synergy with the light design by Mike Rijnierse. The malleability of the stage allows room for dramatic changes, highlighting the agency of the actors – a process of metamorphosis that is also lived by each of the twelve characters. The wool felt (100% merino wool) provokes a sense of intimacy. The set becomes a place for sensual exploration, in which the sense of touch and smell are elevated. Read more on: opera.se

open rehearsal on Feb 26th, 2019

Valley

Choreography: Marina Mascarell
Music: Ben Frost
Set design: Ludmila Rodrigues
Light design: Mike Rijnierse
Costume design: Daphna Munz
Sound design: Daniel Rejmer
Dramaturgy: Riikka Laakso
Choreography assistance: Nina Botkay

GöteborgsOperans Danskompani
Performers:
Benjamin Behrends
Takuya Fujisawa
Toby Kassell
Maxime Lachaume
Emilie Leriche
Michael Munoz
Waldean Nelson
Dorotea Saykaly
Duncan C Schultz
Satoko Takahashi
Danielle de Vries
Ingeborg Zackariassen

Cover photo by Lennart Sjöberg

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January 25, 2019