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Creation by Damien Jalet

‘Frenzied pace with minute precision.’ — Göteborgs-Posten
‘Daringly coordinated ... reminiscent of leaves caught in a hurricane, or the tail of a paper kite whipped by the wind.’ — Svenska Dagbladet
‘Jalet’s interplay with the elements unleashes a longing for freedom, light and spring.’ — Borås Tidning


In Damien Jalet’s most recent creation for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, life and dance hang by a delicate thread. With unstoppable, relentless fluidity and joyful emergency, Kites pulls its audience in a vortex of complex patterns and movements at the crossroad between cutting sharp precision and ecstatic abandon. An extremely physical reflection on the fleeting, fragile yet powerful nature of life, hanging on a thread like a kite surfing on unpredictable currents.


Choreography Damien Jalet
Associate choreographer Aimilios Arapoglou
Composer Mark Pritchard
Composer and sound design Dorian Concept
Text Théo Casciani
Stage design Jim Hodges, Carlos Marques da Cruz
Costume design Jean-Paul Lespagnard
Lighting design Fabiana Piccioli
Video design Sander Loonen
Video design assistant Jessy Laurent

Additional wind-harp recordings by Ralf Kleemann


Running time 35 mins
Dancers 16
World premiere 18 March 2022, Göteborg Opera

Created in collaboration with the dancers from GöteborgsOperans Danskompani.

Photos from Kites

In photo:  Frida Dam Seidel|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