Creation by Christine Gouzelis and Paul Blackman
In Continuim, choreographers Paul Blackman and Christine Gouzelis explore life’s circularity, rapidity, fears and how we overcome them. Days gone past and memories of other times flash by at a pace that keeps us riveted to our seats. Continuim was created at the Göteborg Opera in autumn 2020, but its world premiere was cancelled due to the pandemic.
Paul Blackman and Christine Gouzelis run the Jukstapoz dance company in Athens. The duo’s works are rich in contrast, ranging from serious to playfully absurd. With chaos and harmony as central themes, they astound the audience with new perspectives. Continuim, the duo’s first work for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, is a fast-moving work that playfully explores the concept of time. Aided by an unusual set design, the dancers weave together different occurrences, allowing us to relive episodes, explore alternative chains of events and rebuild fragmentary memories. Is it possible to create a better history and a better future?
”Continuim evolves around human natures ability to adapt within forever changing circumstances. In honouring beauty, vulnerability and destruction, the dancers are continuously interrupted by the unstoppable force of time. Time is our playground, as we try to re-make or unravel history.”
— Paul Blackman and Christine Gouzelis
Please note that during Continuim, there will be a brief period of flashing light (not a strobe).