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Here not here

Creation by Maxine Doyle and Es Devlin

”Exceptional to behold.” (Expressen)
”Doyle is an artist whose work has the potential to change people at their core.” (Expressen)
”Sometime so intense that tears well up in your eyes.” (Alba)
”Tingling 'wow' feeling.” (Borås Tidning)


Someone is missing.  Something is lost. Welcome to the maze! A poetic journey that will take over the whole opera house. Doyle and Devlin's unique collaboration Here not Here is a poetic journey of two parts.

For Here not here, Maxine Doyle, internationally renowned for her large-scale, site specific creations with Punchdrunk, collaborates with artist Es Devlin whose large scale sculptural installations have been shown in museums and galleries worldwide – on theatre, opera and concert stages (Bregenz, La Scala, Beyoncé, U2, The Weeknd) as well as the London and Rio de Janeiro Olympic ceremonies. This is their first collaboration.

Here not Here is created in close collaboration with the dancers in GöteborgsOperans Danskompani and has an original score by Australian composer Rachael Dease. Costume design by Bregje van Balen and light design by in-house Joakim Brink and David Stokholm.



CONCEPT Maxine Doyle, Es Devlin
COSTUME DESIGN Bregje van Balen
LIGHTING DESIGN David Stokholm, Joakim Brink


Dancers 16
Running time 60 mins
World premiere 21 January 2022, Göteborg Opera

Created in collaboration with the dancers from GöteborgsOperans Danskompani.

Am I Here, by Rachael Dease

Few who have experienced Here not here can have missed the track Am I Here, created and performed by the prize-winning and critically-acclaimed Australian artist Rachael Dease. The track has now been released internationally for free listening – which is a first for an original song composed specifically for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani.

Photos from the performance

In photo:  Joseba Yerro Izaguirre, Benjamin Behrends, Mai Lisa Guinoo, Hiroki Ichinose, Satoko Takahashi, Sabine Groenendijk, Duncan C Schultz, Danielle de Vries, Jesse Bechard, Rachel McNamee|Photographer:  Tilo Stengel

Agents, programmers for venues and festivals

For access to the programme, press photos or a video of the entire performance, please send an email request to danskompani@opera.se