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12 songs +

Creations by Kenneth Kvarnström and Sharon Eyal

Ane Brun live on stage with GöteborgsOperans Danskompani and the Göteborg Opera Orchestra.

  • Length

    Weekdays approx 2 h 30 min, incl. 1 interval. Weekends: 70 min

  • Where

    Main Stage

  • Genre

    Dance

  • Price

    280-450 kr

  • Accessibility

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12 songs will be performed by itself on Saturday and Sundays, and as a double bill with Sharon Eyal’s SAABA on weekdays (both works will be presented on premiere night).

Kenneth Kvarnström is one of the Nordic region’s most successful choreographers. Israeli choreographer Sharon Eyal’s distinctive style has a hypnotic, pulsating power that is instantly recognisable to anyone who has ever experienced it.

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Do you want to learn more about the evening’s performance? Scroll down to read about our physical introductions (10, 15 & 16 Feb), After talk and verbal introductions.

12 songs

Creation by Kenneth Kvarnström

“One of the most sensitive, responsive, multifaceted, enlightening and ever-exciting voices of our time” Sonic Magazine
“It’s impossible to resist Ane Brun's stunning voice. It infuses your whole body with warmth.” GAFFA
“A stellar songwriter” The Arts Desk, UK

With 12 Songs, choreographer Kenneth Kvarnström presents Ane Brun’s music in an innovative guise. In a close collaboration with the artist herself, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, the Göteborg Opera Orchestra and guest musicians, he creates a dazzling new work for our Main Stage. A flourishing ornament that unites the serious with the ridiculous in a mix of dance cascades, poetry, universal human longing and joyful curiosity.

Since her debut in 2003, the Stockholm-based Norwegian singer has gained a large following in Scandinavia and the rest of the world. A multiple award winner, Ane Brun has made numerous acclaimed stage appearances with symphony orchestras. She has performed at sold-out stadiums as well as in connection to the Nobel Prize ceremony.  

Kenneth Kvarnström, from Finland, is one of the Nordic region’s most successful choreographers. After several years as the dance director of such cultural institutions as Dansens Hus and Kulturhuset Stadsteatern in Stockholm, he has returned to working as a freelance choreographer. Infused with subtle surprises, his choreography speaks a clear language where a musical flow of movement is interwoven with sung lyrics.

Costume Design by fashion and costume designer Astrid Olsson, whose stage creations are an experience in their own right. The costumes crescendo in pace with the twelve songs, developing from minimalist to extravagant.

Teaser 12 Songs

Photos from costume fitting

In photo:  Rachel McNamee, Astrid Olsson|Photographer:  Tilo Stengel

Music

In collaboration with
Ane Brun Publishing/Sony Music Publishing

Lamento della Ninfa/Oh Love
music Claudio Monteverdi
text Ane Brun
arrangement Hans Ek

One
text/music Ane Brun
arrangement Per Ekdahl

Sonnet 138: When My Love Swears That He Is Made of Truth
text William Shakespeare
music Ane Brun/ Johan Lindström
arrangement Johan Lindström

This voice
text Ane Brun
music Ane Brun/ Katharina Nuttall
arrangement Per Ekdahl

Lose my way
text Ane Brun
music Ane Brun/ Dustin O’Halloran
arrangement Hans Ek

Undertow
text/music Ane Brun
arrangement Johan Lindström

Du gråter så store tåra
text/music Ane Brun
arrangement Hans Ek

Shape of a heart
text/music Ane Brun
arrangement Hans Ek

The light from one
text Ane Brun
music Ane Brun/ Mistry Prashant
arrangement Martin Hederos

The last breath
text Ane Brun
music Ane Brun/ Johan Lindström
arrangement Johan Lindström

Directions
text/music Ane Brun
arrangement John Metcalfe

Take hold of me
text Ane Brun
music Ane Brun/ Martin Hederos/ Josefin Runsteen
arrangement Hans Ek

SAABA

Creation by Sharon Eyal

Curious about 12 Songs +?

Curious about 12 Songs +?

Digital introduction
Introductions
Physical introduction 10, 15 and 16 February
After talk 15 February

Introductions

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. Present your ticket for the performance for free admission to the introduction. Please note that introductions are presented in Swedish.

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

Bistro Menu

During 12 Songs +, the restaurant will serve the Opera Bar menu, but with seating in the restaurant.  

Please note, that the restaurant will be closed before the performances at 6pm 11 Feb., 3pm 19 Feb., and 3pm 25 Feb. The Café will be open as usual, and you’re welcome to eat in the restaurant after the performance

Read the Opera Bar menu and book a table here

Performance calendar

Please note: 12 songs will be performed by itself on Saturday and Sundays, and as a double bill with Sharon Eyal’s SAABA on weekdays (both works will be presented on premiere night).

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