Outside a town is an abandoned and crumbling house. One day two persons appear from different directions. They stand on either side of the house and think "I can live here!" One is an old sailor who has finally gone ashore. The other is an orphaned little girl who has run away from the orphanage. The sailor limps through the door, the girl crawls through a window. They meet in the kitchen. None of them knows what to do, but both believe that they came first.
A co-production between Jo Strømgren Kompani and Mungo Park Theatre (DK) on the subject of Charles Darwin's controversial book.
Three actors shed different lights on the theory of evolution, mixing factual and fictional angles with a dash of filmatic freedom. Every piece of classic literature has been dramatised in theatre, so why not this book as well? It challenged science and religion in 1859 and is still the source of major conflicts around the world today. It is perhaps more relevant than ever.
Munch and Van Gogh -
the Scream of the Sunflower.
A co-production between Jo Strømgren Kompani, Ulrike Quade, Nordland Visual Theatre, and Oldenburgisches Staatstheater.
In a popular television show historical persons come to life. Stalin and Shostakovich were previously candidates. In this episode the contemporaries Munch and Van Gogh are confronted with the present. This is after all the year when Munch was born 150 years ago and the Van Gogh Museum has existed 40 years. That means a lot of commercial importance. However, the artists refuse to conform to the rules of the game.
Van Gogh: _I often think: you can stick your Sunflower-print, made-in-China ballpoint pen right up your ass._
Munch: _Cheers Vincent. I like you._
A co-production between Jo Strømgren Kompani and Polish Dance Theatre (PL).
An evening of contemporary dance to popular Polish music from previous decades, associated with the mid-life crisis of a woman. This blend of nostalgia, retrospective scrutiny, and a fearful gaze at the future is also the celebration of Polish Dance Theatre’s 40th aniversary. The production is part of a long-term collaboration between the two companies, triggered by JSK’s continuous presence in Poland thoughout the years.
A man and a woman share a workplace. Mutual respect is a virtue, but, beneath the surface, a territorial war is taking place. Perhaps even more is at stake, like the discovery of emotional addiction. To each other, to the game itself, or a vicious mix of both as is often the case between the sexes.
Ping Pong is not just a sport. It’s a philosophy. The intellectual recipe is a mix of Yin and Yang, Heaven and Hell, Stephen Hawking and Uri Geller, with a dash of Kahlil Gibran and Bruce Lee on top.
A society of sworn coffee drinkers in Europe gather for their daily ritual. However, the harmony is broken by an horrific incident – the discovery of a used teabag. As the investigations into a possible Asian infiltration unfold, one question is inevitable. How far are they willing to go in order to track the unpatriotic traitor down and bring this evil act to justice?
The performance delves into the physical routine of the greatest game on earth and elevates the aesthetic aspects of its insanity. It comments the artificial conflict between the "common sports" and the "eloquent arts" as well as the pride and prejudice surrounding the concept of working-class football and upper-class ballet.
Where does art end and politics start? And who draws the fine line? A Nobel Prize winner finds himself in the white-out isolation of psychiatric scrutiny, accused of national treason. Where did he slip? After 60 years of hatred, shame and distrust, there has still been no reconciliation.
Co-production with ULRIKE QUADE PRODUCTIONS and NORDLAND VISUAL THEATRE.
A lonely pianist on one side of the wall.
A couple with domestic problems on the other.
They can hear each other.
THE NEIGHBOUR is a film about man and woman, about single people, about the chance to start over again, about chances that are long gone. It is also a film about how music affects us, and how we affect music.
In a remote valley, three nuns are serving time in a small convent. Their spirit is about to reach rock bottom. Lack of signs from above is not making it easy. Nor is the lack of bread and water. Keeping track of the holy truth is a hard assignment – and even harder when you are hungry.
Four patriotic women have joined a secret experiment as volunteers. Even though the laboratory is warm and cozy, and at times filled with nice music, there is a growing concern - something is not quite right. Actually, something must be completely wrong.
Weird coins and strange customs. Amiable hospitality and charming accents. And an immense variety of souvenirs to bring home. But are you being fooled? What really lurks behind an indigenous smile? An American anthropologist and four Europeans, supposedly imported from Slovakia provide the answers.
A group of diplomats are trying to maintain a consulate. The front looks bad, the inside is worse, and neutral politeness is long forgotten. But in a world of mental fatigue and worn hopes, a ray of light can sometimes appear – the tiny seed of love. This requires, unfortunately, a domestic diplomacy far beyond their consular talents.
Co-production with REYKJAVIK CITY THEATRE.
The remains of a popular music orchestra are suffering from a serious hangover somewhere deep in the Finnish woods. The lead singer has left for a solo career in the big city and all they can do is wait and hope for her return. Money has run out, bottles are empty, and the desire to sing is long gone. If a miracle should happen, the timing could not be better.
What's really going on around the North Pole? For centuries, this spot has been the regular meeting point during weekends for Inuits from the different Arctic corners sharing gossip and news. This is a well kept secret that hasn’t reached the rest of the world yet. But it is now time to reveal the truth as we join in on a weekend singalong chillout.
In a remote hospital in Iceland, three nurses try to endure the lack of patients by injuring then treating each other, performing their duties on themselves as an alternative to the real thing. Not a healthy activity, but it passes the time and at least something is happening. A military chopper is constantly passing overhead, revealing a far simpler explanation for their problems.
Four hardcore bureaucrats have for long been stuck in an office deep inside a government department. Secret message deliveries and bleeping lamps control their daily chores and the outside world has become nothing but a blurred memory. But they manage. Until one strange day when the smell of freshly baked bread fills the air.
A provincial theatre troupe in the former Soviet Union has ambitions of performing in Moscow. A sugar-smuggling pact with the mafia was supposed to make their dream come true, but endless circles in muddy outskirts are starting to rise doubts about the deal. Time has come for radical decisions and serious sacrifices.
Four characters enter a journey to pursue the last white spot still left on the map - Papua New Guinea. The trip becomes increasingly delusive. Their search for exoticism is revealed more and more as a substitute for their own lack of identity. The hollow anticlimax is a fact even long before arrival. Not a happy end, actually.
Contemporary composer Walter Hölle is staying in the house of Vesna and Milan to finish his Kopfschmerz-sonata. But just the sight of the piano gives him panic attacks. The daughter of the house, Jelena, tries to inspire him. The tide turns only when the stranger Harald unexpectedly arrives from Turkey with some unbelievable news concerning Walter's past.
A green emerald in the eternally blue Atlantic Sea, a pocketful of mysterious cliffs and juicy grass slopes with bearded locals and windblown sheep - welcome to The Faroe Islands. But what 's really going on out there? Can we trust travel agencies and polite historians? Sometimes we simply need an anthropologist to decode customs and rituals of savage indigenous tribes.
Four dissidents from the former Soviet Union are stranded in the interzonal area between East and West. Nostalgia, psychological malfunctions, and desperate social needs create a far from harmonious atmosphere. But the essential question remains - should they continue towards the unknown or should they go back to what they know?
An orphan baby ends up in the hands of an engineer team specialized in academic education. We follow him from infancy through different stages of educational process, until laboratory exodus into society as a seemingly successful grown-up. The result proves to be highly uncertain. Science may not match reality. Or the other way round.
Three paralyzed parachutists descend into a desert landscape. Suffering from amnesia and urban confusion they try to create a logic in their new situation. How did they get there? And why? And what about that Biblical bush appearing? The quest for a purpose gets even more complicated with the arrival of a woman. And later presumably a local arab.
Two friends are stuck in a dirty shed somewhere far away from home. They have been hiding from the police for ten long years, refusing to acknowledge the crime they once committed. Mental malfunctions and signs of fatigue are however starting to appear. Time has come for them confess, admit, and repent their actions. Overdue, yes, but also too late?
A piece about love, friendship and communication. A story about two friends who meet; one of them has recently met a woman, the other has just been abandoned. It turns out, of course to be the same woman. And the masculine mystery is no longer so mysterious. The initial production of the company, produced on a shoestring but with buckets of charm.