Commissioned stage for Gothenburg’s Opera Dance Company, directed by Marina Mascarell. Premiered on March 15th, 2019 at GöteborgsOperan, Sweden.

“A daring and consistent creation on the human condition. From beginning to end it makes formidable use of both dancers and the stage.”
Dagens Nyheter

The stage was conceived as a morphing topology, where layers of felt are folded, shifted and transformed by the haptic play of twelve dancers. The concept was developed in synergy with the lighting design by Mike Rijnierse.

scale model (concept) for Valley

The wool felt (100% merino wool) raises a sense of intimacy, intersecting architecture and tactile experience. The set becomes a place for sensual exploration, in which touch and smell are consciously experienced. The plasticity of the stage supports the dramaturgy of the choreography, highlighting the agency of the twelve actors – a process of metamorphosis that is also lived by each of their characters.

Valley, set design

“The sophisticated scenography of Ludmila Rodrigues is here illustrated in the form of a gigantic origami made out of felt layers. The highly atmospheric music, composed by electronic music producer Ben Frost, provides the audience with an enhanced experience of captivating mysticism.” – GöteborgsOperan (booklet)

“The undulating choreography with hints of trauma and apocalyptic passages is the result of 18 months of research. Marina Mascarell studied how humans allow information technology to control and distract them to the point of memory change. “We all tend to follow a manuscript and play our roles until life itself becomes a spectacle. Both for the onlookers and ourselves.” (Mascarell) – GöteborgsOperan


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

Performers Operans Danskompani: 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