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The world-famous dance company Batsheva Dance Company promises an unforgettable dance experience with a work choreographed by Ohad Naharin – one of most exciting and original choreographers within contemporary dance of today. British Katie Mitchell transforms the theatre into a cinema experience. Belgian Theatre Company Ultima Vez takes you on a poignant love story with a mix of experimental music and classical narrative tradition. And the performing arts star Marlene Monteiro Freitas offers a grotesque dance experience. During ten days in August, you will experience dance, circus, theatre and magnificent performing arts from around the world.


The choreographer Arkadi Zaides from Tel Aviv also participates in the Festival Conference. Foto: Gadi Dagon

Tuesday 23/8 at 17.30, Wednesday 24/8 at 17.30
Högskolan för scen och musik / Gothenburg
– Dance –


Choreography and dance: Arkadi Zaides

The choreographer Arkadi Zaides is attending the festival, presenting the acclaimed performance Archive based on documentary video recordings depicting the conflicts on the West Bank.

Foto: Fouad Nafili

Friday 26/8 at 18.00, Saturday 27/8 at 18.00
Atalante / Gothenburg
– Dance –

En Alerte

Choreography and dance: Taoufiq Izeddiou

In a dance solo, choreographer and dancer Taoufiq Izeddiou depict mankind’s natural inclination towards the divine. Join in on a spiritual journey about our world and its fragility.

Street Dance Collective Twisted Feet from Gothenburg invites dancers from all over the world to a night at Stora Teatern. Foto: Peter Lloyd

Sunday 21/8 at 18.00
Stora Teatern / Gothenburg
– Dance –

GBG Dance Festival

Twisted Feet & Community X

Along with street dance collective Twisted Feet, dancers from Sweden and abroad working in breaking, voguing, locking and contemporary are gathered. For one night, Stora Teatern is transformed into an urban dance palace with performances and battles as some of the most exciting artists in street dance takes the stage.

Photo: Uupi Tirronen

Sunday 21/8 at 16.00, Monday 22/8 at 17.30
Atalante / Gothenburg
– Dance –


Choreography and dance: Marlene Monteiro Freitas and Andreas Merk

Marlene Monteiro Freitas is from Kap Verde and is considered on of the most talented choreographers of her generation.

Jaguar is both a dance and a manipulated theatre play where the artists act like puppets that are put in the hands of someone else. Presented with the collaboration of German dancer Andres Merk.

Marlene Monteiro Freitas will visit the festival with two new pieces. Don´t miss Of Ivory and Flesh at Folkteatern.

Batsheva Dance Company is one of the world's leading dance companies. Photo: Gadi Dagon

Thursday 25/8 at 19.30, Vara Konserthus / Vara
Saturday 27/8 at 20.00, GöteborgsOperan / Gothenburg
– Dance –

Last Work

Batsheva Dance Company

Choreography: Ohad Naharin

We welcome back one of the world’s leading dance companies Batsheva Dance Company with their new piece Last Work. Led by one of the most exciting, visionary and original choreographers who continue to push the boundaries of contemporary dance worldwide, Ohad Naharin.

In Last Work, Ohad Naharin and Batsheva Dance Company go to the dark side in a politically electrified act of protest. They explore the body’s motion as the most humane, stirring expression of performing arts and synthesize the infinite spectrum of emotions and sentiment into performance.

Photo: Pierre Planchenault

Wednesday 24/8 at 17.30, Thursday 25/8 at 20.30
Folkteatern / Gothenburg
– Dance –

Of Ivory and Flesh

Choreography: Marlene Monteiro Freitas

Of Ivory and Flesh is a grotesque dance performance with percussion based music and terrified figures, constantly moving to the music. Actors and musicians and transformed into statues, puppets and figures from music boxes.

Marlene Monteiro Freitas is from Kap Verde and is considered on of the most talented choreographers of her generation. Marlene Monteiro Freitas will visit the festival with two new pieces. Don´t miss Jaguar at Atalante on August 21 and 22.

Belgian Ultima Vez is one of Europe's top dance companies. Photo: Danny Willems

Friday 26/8 at 20.00
Stora Teatern / Gothenburg
– Dance –

Speak low if you speak love …

Ultima Vez

Choreography: Wim Vandekeybus

Speak low if you speak love … is a fascinating mix of experimental music and classic storytelling that influence and challenge each other in dark and naked love stories. The dance company Ultima Vez, from the Netherlands, was founded by the choreographer, director and filmmaker Wim Vandekeybus. They are considered one of Europe’s sharpest and most influential dance companies.


Photo: Jeremy Abrahams

Thursday 25/8 at 18.30, Friday 26/8 at 18.00
Backa Teater / Göteborg
– Theatre –


Dead Centre

Regi: Bush Moukarzel

Dead Centre is a young theatre company from Dublin, using a playful and unique expression with a dramaturgical twist, bringing fourth new narratives from what already been told.

Suite N° 2 är ett teaterkörverk regisserad av Joris Lacoste Foto: Bea Borgers

Monday 22/8 at 20.30
Folkteatern / Göteborg
– Theatre –

Suite N° 2

Encyclopédie de la Parole

Direction: Joris Lacoste

Suite N° 2 is a theatre and choir piece for five voices in 16 different languages. The performance is pieced together by texts, fragments and stories, forming a very precise meditation on our times.

Languages: English, Japanese, French, Arab, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Croatian, Lingala, Chinese, Danish, Sanskrit, Ourdou – with English surtitles.

Photo: Gianmarco Bresadola

Saturday 20/8 at 20.00, Sunday 21/8 at 19.00
Göteborgs Stadsteater / Gothenburg
– Theatre –

The Forbidden Zone

Schaubühne Berlin. 
Text: Duncan Macmillan. Direction: Katie Mitchell

Katie Mitchell is one of Europe’s most inventive directors and has been acknowledged for her innovative stagings.

In addition to being a multimedia performance piece of the most epic kind, The Forbidden Zone provides us with a unique female perspective on war, referencing Virginia Woolf, Emma Goldman and Simone de Beauvoir.

Languages: Performed in English and German, with English subtitles

The Seagull and Other Birds with Pan Pan Theatre. Photo: Ros Kavanagh

Monday 22/8 at 18.00, Tuesday 23/8 at 20.00
Backa Teater / Gothenburg
– Theatre –

The Seagull and Other Birds

Pan Pan Theatre
Direction: Gavin Quinn

Theatre at its most entertaining! This is the result when the Irish theatre company tackles Anton Tjechov’s classic The Seagull. The offbeat Irish theatre-makers of Pan Pan Theatre felt that they could do what Chekhov can too, and asked a number of writers to write a piece about the difficult relationship. The group took the new texts and Chekhov’s and conjured up a remarkable, weird, captivating and brain-tingling brew.

Tre scenkonstnärer utmanas i att minnas varje dans de dansat genom livet i föreställningen Wallflower. Foto: Simon Banham

Saturday 27/8 at 19.00
Vitlycke Centre for Performing Arts / Tanum
– Theatre –



Regi: Richard Gregory

Quarantine is a unique voice in contemporary British theater, internationally renowned for their experimental take on performing arts. They are presented for the first time in Sweden with a dance marathon, the theatre piece Wallflower.


Photo: Jean-Pierre Estournet

Saturday 20/8 at 14.00 & 17.00, Sunday 21/8 at 14.00 & 17.00
Barnens Kulturkalas i Trädgårdsföreningen / Göteborg
– Circus –

Les Etoiles (The Stars)

Les Colporteurs
On stage: Agathe Olivier and Coline Rigo

For the 2016 Gothenburg Culture Festival, French rope-dance company Les Colporteurs will present two performances; Le Chas du Violon and Evohé – forming the performance Les Etoiles (The Stars). An uplifting yet down to earth performance reminding us that our lives balance on a thin thread.


The festival is proud to present Thierrées latest work La grenouille avait raison in an exclusive Scandinavian premiere at Stora Teatern. Photo: Hugues Anhes

Thursday 18/8 at 20.00, Friday 19/8 at 20.00
Stora Teatern / Gothenburg
– Circus – 

La Grenouille avait raison (The Toad Knew)

La Compagnie du Hanneton

By: James Thierrée

James Thierrée is a leading acrobat, musician, dancer, actor, mime artist and choreographer and hailed as one of the most creative contemporary circus performers in the world. His creations are magical dream-like spectacles that captivate charm and inspire the audience.

La grenouille avait raison is a show about siblings and their life together: children playing in a cellar, a father who blends into the decor, bright mother, a housekeeper named Marabout …

Thierrée promises a fabulous imaginary voyage.


Bild: Christer Lundahl

Several shows 20, 21, 22, 23, 24/8
Sagabiografen / Tjörn
– Performance –

An Elegy to the Medium of Film

By and with: Lundahl & Seitl

The interaction between artwork and viewer has always served as initial inspiration for the Swedish artistic duo Lundahl & Seitl. With An Elegy to the Medium of Film, they celebrate both the film as a medium and legendary filmmaker Andrej Tarkovskij. This interactive piece, where the audience is encouraged to create their own movie fantasy, takes place at Sagabion on Tjörn.

Photo: Florian Klaus

Wednesday 24/8 at 20.00, Thursday 25/8 at 18.30
Skogen / Gothenburg
– Performance –


Cecilie Ullerup Schmidt and Andreas Liebmann

Exodus is a performance concert, performed and created by the Liebmann-Schmidt family. It is a story about an actual trip to Sicily and an encounter with nine men fleeing from Nigeria. They trade songs and stories with each other, and a temporary friendship is born.

Photo: Laurie Anderson

Wednesday 24/8 at 20.00
Stora Teatern / Gothenburg
Performance / Music –

Language of the Future (Dear Jack)

By and with: Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson is one of the boldest and most creative pioneers to ever come out of the USA. Since the 1970’s she has created groundbreaking multimedia pieces, spanning every art form. For the Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival she will do a unique solo performance.

Photo: Phile Deprez

Friday 26/8 at 15.00, Saturday 27/8 at 15.00
Gothenburg Studios / Gothenburg
– Performance –


By and with: Sarah Vanhee

Sarah Vanhee’s works are famous for their radical way of erasing the borders between reality and fiction and for questioning social and artistic norms. Oblivion is a performance about everything Sarah Vanhee would have discarded during a year of her life.

The festival is presented in collaboration with GöteborgsOperan, Göteborgs Stadsteater, Backa Teater, Folkteatern, 3:e Våningen, Skogen, Atalante, Gothenburg studios Högskolan för Scen och Musik with Stora Teatern as the central hub and meeting place. As part of a new regional initiative, some performances will also be presented at various venues in Västra Götalandsregionen. These performances are presented in close collaboration with Vara Konserthus, Tjörns kommun and Vitlycke Centre for Performing Arts.

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