How individual are we, really? And to what extent are the choices we make our own? THE BREAKDOWN is a tribute to both reason and imagination, featuring an actor and a dancer, a table with a stack of old encyclopedias, and enough whiskey to carry the thoughts as far as necessary.
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The Ministry of Unresolved Feelings has scarce resources but an important mission. The caseworkers are responsible for solving problems that no other agencies can remedy. The paper stacks in the incoming tray grow ever higher, but a surprisingly high number of applicants have their cases reviewed.
Jo Strømgren Kompani and Anja Garbarek in an exiting collaboration comissioned by Bergen International Festival. THE ROAD IS JUST A SURFACE is a music-based theatre work which explores the experience of being trapped in an emotionally locked life situation and the longing for moving on from that place.
In a remote hospital, three nurses try to endure the lack of patients by injuring then treating each other, performing their duties on themselves as an alternative to the real thing. Not a healthy activity, but it passes the time. A military chopper is constantly passing overhead, revealing a far simpler explanation for their problems.
Life can be miserable. Indeed. Where do we seek comfort and relief? SALVE REGINA is an associative journey through different periods of time. An imaginative time travel through anchoring and agitation, power and impotence, feudalism and individualism. The title refers to the Maria hymn, which for thousands of years has given hope and comfort for those who need it. And we still do.
THE VIRUS takes place in a near future where something has gone terribly wrong. The source of the misery is found in a small desolate bunker: a machine that is infecting the world with a horrible virus. A small team sees the opportunity to solve the problem and give the world a restart, and an android is hired for the dangerous mission. But it turns out that even machines can have their own will, conscience and not least a very charming personality.
Four dissidents from the former Soviet Union are stranded in the interzonal area between East and West. In the far from harmonious atmosphere the essential question remains – should they continue towards the unknown or should they go back to what they know?
“The Door” aims to portray fundamental human features through a naivistic and associative scrutiny of a group of people separated by a wall. Everything seems more interesting on the other side and a narrow door becomes the important threshold of change. But as in life itself, people are never satisfied with what they have and the search for something better becomes an endless quest.
Outside a town is an abandoned house. One day two persons appear from different directions. They stand on either side of the house and think “I can live here!” One is an old sailor who has finally gone ashore. The other is a little girl who has run away from the orphanage.
The performance delves into the physical routine of football and elevates the aesthetic aspects of its insanity. It comments the difference between “common sports” and “eloquent arts”, likewise the concept of working-class football and upper-class ballet.
Few people in the fashion business have been as prolific and influential as Coco Chanel. But in one aspect, she may have been more ahead of her time than expected. Her staging of her own person and life story is no longer considered cynical nor questionable – today her career building strategies are almost basic knowledge for anyone who wants to climb ladders, be it in business or social life.
A new dance movie by Jo Strømgren and Stein Roger Bull, following up the Rose d’Or winning “Neighbour”. Featuring cellist Truls Mørk and collaborating dance companies 420PEOPLE (Prague) and KAGE (Melbourne).
Ping Pong is not just a sport. It’s a philosophy. The intellectual recipe is a mix of Yin and Yang, Heaven and Hell, Stephen Hawking and Uri Geller, with a dash of Kahlil Gibran and Bruce Lee on top.
Restrictions, tensions, explosions. Nora and Torvald Helmer, Fru Linde, Krogstad, Doctor Rank. Jo Strømgren recreates Henrik Ibsen’s most famous play about trust and kinship, debt and lies, envy and love with a raucous cast of American actors. Taking respectfully irreverent liberties with the script, pared down to essence, this Doll’s House revels in the emotional and moral battles in their full glory – the essence of a play that will be forever contemporary.
”Life is like a book, they say. But life is written on thousands of loose sheets. You can tell a story and say it is the truth. But it’s a matter of choice. Of deciding which papers in which order. Our story is one of these.” Co-production with Polish Dance Theatre.
Where does art end and politics start? A Nobel Prize winner is isolated for psychiatric scrutiny, accused of national treason. After 60 years of hatred, shame and distrust, there has still been no reconciliation.
Co-production with Ulrike Quade and Nordland Visual Theatre.
A man and a woman share a workplace. Mutual respect is a virtue but beneath the surface a territorial war is taking place. And the discovery of emotional addiction. To each other, to the game itself, or a vicious mix of both.
A society of sworn coffee drinkers in Europe gather for their daily ritual. But harmony is broken by the discovery of a used teabag, probably Asian. How far are they willing to go in order to track the unpatriotic traitor down and bring this evil act to justice?
Four hardcore bureaucrats have for long been stuck in an office deep inside a government department. Secret message deliveries and bleeping lamps control their daily chores and the outside world has become nothing but a blurred memory. But they manage. Until one strange day when the smell of freshly baked bread fills the air.
A lonely pianist on one side of a wall.
A couple with domestic problems on the other.
They can hear each other.
This is a film about singles and couples, about the chance to start over again, about how music affects us and how we affect music.
A provincial theatre troupe in the former Soviet Union has ambitions of performing in Moscow. A sugar-smuggling pact with the mafia was supposed to make their dream come true, but endless circles in muddy outskirts are starting to rise doubts about the deal. Time has come for radical decisions and serious sacrifices.
Jo Strømgren Kompani offers a great variety of workshops, both for trained performers and amateurs. The workshops are led by experienced members of the company, who will challenge the participants’ boundaries and maybe take them outside their comfort zone. We can promise that all our workshops are filled with exciting tasks, exploration of movement and language, and a lot of fun!