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Creations by Damien Jalet and Alan Lucien Øyen

Masterful dance about the fantasies of life.

  • Length

    Ca. 2 hrs 25 mins, including interval

  • When

    18 Mar — 21 Apr 2022

  • Where

    Göteborg Opera, Main Stage

  • Genre


  • Price

    100–400 kr

  • Accessibility

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The power of nature, life and the body are centre stage in two new dance works that will see their world premiere in Gothenburg.

“Hypnotically beautiful” (SvD)
So beautiful” (Borås Tidning)
“An anthem to life” (SvD)
“Fizzing with playfulness and life-force” (Borås Tidning)

Two acclaimed and very contrasting choreographers will each create a new work for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani. Welcome to a dance evening in the border zone between dream and reality.


Creation by Damien Jalet

In Damien Jalet’s new 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.

The French-Belgian choreographer’s first work for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, Skid (2017), was an instant success when it had its world premiere in Gothenburg. Today it is in demand for guest performances worldwide. In this new work, Jalet largely collaborates with the same team: The set design is by New York artist Jim Hodges and the costume designer is Jean-Paul Lespagnard.

Damien Jalet is a multiple award-winning choreographer and dancer whose acclaimed works are characterised by a deep interplay between choreography, costume design, set design/art and music. He has collaborated closely for many years with choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (who choreographed Noetic, Icon, Stoic) and is acclaimed worldwide.


Photos from Kites

In photo:  Frida Dam Seidel|Photographer:  Tilo Stengel


Alan Lucien Øyen

Curious about the choreographers?

Curious about the choreographers?

Alan’s greeting (recorded 2020)
Kodak (2017), trailer
Skid (2017), interview
Skid (2017), trailer


Don’t forget that we offer introductions on the Small Stage before all dance performances (except premieres and guest performances).

Introductions shed light on the work and the choreographic process. They start 1 hour before the performance and last about 20 minutes. Free admission with a booked ticket.

Click here to book tickets and to read about our introductions, open rehearsals and post-performance events.

Physical introductions

Learn more about the piece and gain insight into the language of movement.

Physical introductions are participatory events. By taking part you’ll gain a deeper insight into the performance you are about to watch by engaging in simple movement, led by dancers from GöteborgsOperans Danskompani. Comfortable clothes are recommended, but not essential.

Free admission with a ticket, limited availability (Max 40 people per session).

Dates: 13 April, 21 April

Book a ticket to the physical introduction

A short film about physical introductions

The format is created and practiced by the MA Contemporary Dance Education (MA CoDE) at Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main. With the aim to remain in close collaboration and to foster further development of the format it is handed over by Prof. Ingo Diehl and Anja Bornsek for facilitation purposes to GöteborgsOperans Danskompani.