Life can be miserable. Indeed. Where do we seek comfort and relief? SALVE REGINA is an associative journey through different periods of time. An imaginative time travel through anchoring and agitation, power and impotence, feudalism and individualism. The title refers to the Maria hymn, which for thousands of years has given hope and comfort for those who need it. And we still do.
SALVE REGINA was a co-production between Jo Strømgren Kompani and Oslo Dance Ensemble. As the latter ceased to exist right after the premiere, it’s now a complete JSK production. Its birth was also compromised by the outbreak of Covid-19, but maybe this global misery adds yet another dimension to the piece. Although comfort and relief are universally relevant, the times ahead may prove it to be more necessary than ever.
Duration: 1 hour, no interval
Premiere: Dansens Hus, Oslo, Norway, December 9th, 2017.
New Premiere: Stadttheater Bern, Switzerland, February 1st, 2019.
A co-production with Oslo Dance Ensemble.
The seven dancers are sharp and precise in all movements.
Let’s hope this will not be the last time Jo Strømgren Kompani and Oslo Dance Ensemble get the opportunity to collaborate.Aftenposten, Norway
Previously touringColombia, Norway, Switzerland
Choreography, scenography: Jo Strømgren
Original cast: Ellen Lindblad, Henriette Hamli, Mariama Slåttøy, Ariella Casu, Mikael Rønne, Matteo Carvone, Jubal Battisti
Costume design: Bregje van Balen
Lighting design: Stephen Rolfe
Music: Claudio Monteverdi, Alessandro Scarlatti, Antonio Vivaldi, Jørgen Knudsen
Artistic director, Oslo Dance Ensemble: Merete Lingjærde
Costume production: Johanna Sutinen
Promo film: Tale Hendnes/Dansens Hus Oslo
Supported by: Arts Council Norway