We want to wish all our friends, collaborators, audiences and colleagues a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 2016 has been a great year for us, and we are now excited to soon kick off 2017! We already have a lot of exciting plans lined up for the spring.
In 2016 we have:
- Performed 145 performances, divided on 10 different productions.
- Visited 10 countries and 17 cities outside Norway.
- 81 performances in Norway for more than 12 000 audience members, of which over 8000 were children and teenagers.
Now we are ready for 2017!
This spring we will premiere a brand new Jo Strømgren Kompani and Ulrike Quade Company co-production, Coco. This is the third collaboration between the two companies and a sought-after continuation of the particular style we have created together, featuring hyper-realistic puppets, portrayal of historical people, intriguing walks between documentaric facts and provocative insinuations, and a great dash of wild imaginative theatre. As a master of illusion Coco Chanel consistently chose to mythologize herself. The performance Coco seeks to investigate the influence fashion has on our society. How a costume becomes a body and how a body becomes a puppet.
Coco will tour the Nederlands in the spring and have its Norwegian premiere at The Norwegian Opera & Ballet in October.
As reality is tangering theatre, illusion seems to become the new truth.
Perhaps this is where puppets can help us.
After all they are the masters of illusion.
Of other confirmed projects in 2017 we can mention a school tour at The Faroe Islands with The Kitchen in April, and A Doll’s House returns to Norway in June to perform both at Arctic Arts Festival in Harstad and at The Norwegian Opera & Ballet.
In the autumn our 2016 premiere The Virus will embark on a Norwegian tour, visiting a number of cities and culture venues all over Norway. This tour will also include performances for schools, and we still have some available dates in October/November 2017.
For more details about our touring plans in 2017, see our full touring list.