18-20 May - 20:00 h (Local Time)

Photo: Andreas Beetz


Choreography: Noetic
Choreographer: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Music: Szymon Brzóska
Vocals: Miriam Andersén
Percussion, harp: Tsubasa Hori
Choreographic duration: approx. 55 minutes

Choreography: Icon (German premiere)
Choreographer: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Music, vocals and sanshin: Anna Sato
Music and vocals: Patrizia Bovi
Music and percussion: Gabriele Miracle
Music (shinobue) and percussion (taiko): Kazunari Abe
Musician, traditional Korean string instruments: Woojae Park
Duration: approx. 65 minutes

Icon is a production of the GöteborgsOperans Danskompani with EASTMAN in coproduction with the Movimentos Festival, deSingel International Arts Campus – Antwerp, De Munt/La Monnaie – Brussels, Sadler's Wells – London, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, La Villette – Paris, Migros Culture Percentage Dance Festival Steps – Zürich
Total duration: approx. 2 hours 40 minutes (incl. one 40-minute intermission)

Performances on 18, 19 and 20 May 2017 at 20:00h in the KraftWerk

Introduction with Bernd Kauffmann and Jürgen Wilcke on 18 May 2017 at 19:15h in the KraftWerk


GöteborgsOperans Danskompani is notable for its technical and artistic eclecticism. The company's accomplished dancers breathe life into the distinctive styles of works by choreographers as diverse as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Saburo Teshigawara and Marie Chouinard and imbue even abstract dance languages with eloquence and passion.
In January 2010 Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui founded his company Eastman, a literal translation of his Arabic surname. Based in Antwerp, Eastman forms the central point for the many different projects and collaborations in which Cherkaoui is involved in the fields of dance, theater, opera and other forms of performance.

The Icelandic dancer and choreographer Katrín Hall took over as Artistic Director of GöteborgsOperans Danskompani in August 2016. Hall began her career as a dancer with the Iceland Dance Company and performed in Germany with Tanzforum Cologne. She was Artistic Director of the Iceland Dance Company from 1996 to 2012.

The choreographer and dancer of Flemish-Moroccan descent is known for his cross-cultural productions representing elemental issues: With a light but unmistakable touch, he explores subjects like immigration, alienation and consumer behavior, refashioning some of the fundamental questions of human existence into dance. He has created 20 choreographies including the internationally acclaimed trilogy consisting of Foi, Myth and Babel (words) about the constellation of issues surrounding language, nationality, identity and religion. Cherkaoui has been associated with Sadler's Wells Theatre in London since 2008 and has served as Artistic Director of the Belgian Ballet Vlaanderen since 2015.?



In Noetic, Cherkaoui shows how we create structures for ourselves and our fellow human beings; structures that construct, change and deconstruct reality. Noetic is a modern philosophical concept that encompasses forms of epistemology and the theory of consciousness. The dancers move in Noetic with seemingly mechanical, automated movements in the set designed by visual artist Antony Gormley. Steel bands are the material that allows the dancers to construct spaces with lines, arcs, loops and spheres and to extend and enlarge their own movements. Szymon Brzóska composed an original "soundtrack" recorded by the Göteborg Opera Orchestra under conductor Henrik Schaefer. The dance music also incorporates sounds of traditional Japanese music.

We create our own icons – religious leaders, politicians, pop stars, or social role models. We invest them with power, but we also tear them down, replacing them with new ones. This idea of creation and destruction became the leitmotif for Cherkaoui's choreography Icon, symbolized by 3.5 tons of clay – a substance both malleable and ephemeral, in and with which the dancers interact ritualistically on the stage. The sculptor Antony Gormley and the ensemble studied the material, exploring its earth-bound quality and its use throughout history and in the arts. The choreography Icon conveys an experience steeped in both mysticism and naturalism and accompanied by culturally multi-tonal music from Italy, Japan and South Korea.