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Great reviews and international interest for THE BREAKDOWN

The Breakdown premiered January 30th at The Norwegian Opera and Ballet, Oslo. Since then it has received great reviews from Norwegian critics!

“Powerful”, “humorous”, “intelligent”, “bravura”, “quirky”, “raw”, “ingenious” and “upcoming classic” are some of the words used by the critics to describe the performance.

Carte Blanche, Zero Visibility Corp. and JSK all had world premieres in January, and through a joint collaboration we were able to welcome 35 international artistic directors and festival programers!

Dagsavisen critic Mode Steinkjer gives the performance 5 of 6 stars and writes:

“The Breakdown" is minimalistic in format, but the content is lush and rich and energetically taken care of by a stage personality with lit mood and cutting-edge expertise in laconic humor, and not least a dancer who out mostly contributes to the notes in the vividness of the dry-whitish text.

Kjersti Juul from Vårt Land states that:

“A blissful blend of crazy logic and sometimes dark comedy. In The Breakdown, we also recognize the Strømgren signature: Dance where pure elegance and classic, aesthetic quality have to give way to fun inventions and more expressive movements."

“Vilde Viktoria Madsen has a body that oozes strength and offers dance with attention to detail.”

Jonas Øren from Shakespeare Tidsskrift is especially impressed by actor and co-writer Kate Pendry’s performance:

“Despite a tightly packed script, Pendry manages to deliver this as a monologue in a particularly solid way. She acts as storyteller (par excellence) in addition to jumping between different roles in the different women’s histories. So this is done with bravura. There is no doubt that she has been involved in the development of the script, which is delivered strong and nuanced from start to finish.”

The show is available for touring.
Photo: Jubal Battisti