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Solo Echo

”Expansive, masterful dance”— Göteborgs-Posten

”Expansive, masterful dance”


“The ‘clou’ of the evening is Crystal Pite’s solo for seven dancers – a pearl”

Svenska Dagbladet

"The ending is so gripping and beautiful: everything slips away and in the end, we are left standing emptyhanded. And the snow continues to fall."

Swedish Radio (P1), Kulturnytt

Solo Echo, trailer

About Solo Echo

Love, loss and acceptance are at the heart of Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite’s stunning dance piece Solo Echo.

Crystal Pite is very selective about the dance companies she works with. In her first encounter with GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, she gives them Solo Echo, created in 2012 for the Nederlands Dans Theater, where she is associate choreographer.

Solo Echo was inspired by two sonatas for cello and piano by Johannes Brahms, and the poem "Lines for Winter" by Mark Strand. As in Strand’s poem, Solo Echo invokes winter, music, and the moving body to express something essential about acceptance and loss.

This summer, Crystal Pite was elected Choreographer of the Year by the prestigious Tanz Magazine. The motivation was:

“Whether in Paris, London, Zurich or Toronto, the Canadian choreographer transforms the crises of today into highly evocative dance forms; to works of art created in the spirit of humanity.”


Choreography and Costume Design – Crystal Pite
Stager – Eric Beauchesne
Set design – Jay Gower Taylor
Costume design – Crystal Pite, Joke Visser
Lighting design – Tom Visser
Assistant lighting designer – Loes Schakenbos


Recorded music – Johannes Brahms
Sonata for Cello and Piano in E Minor, Op. 38: I. Allegro non troppo
Sonata for Cello and Piano in F Major, Op. 99: II. Adagio Affettuoso
(Performed by Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax)


Dancers – 7
Running time – 30 min

World premiere: February 9, 2012, Lucent Danstheater, Den Haag.

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

Images from Solo Echo

En grupp dansare dansar på en mörk scen

Photographer:  Mats Bäcker