The performance

Life is miserable. Yes, indeed. Where can we find comfort and relief from its misery? SALVE REGINA is an associative journey through different eras. A fantastical time travel that anchors and agitates – through power and impotence, feudalism and individualism. The title of the performance refers to the Marian hymn which, for thousands of years, has offered comfort and hope to those who need it. And still, we need it.

SALVE REGINA was originally a co-production between Jo Strømgren Kompani and Oslo Dance Ensemble. As ODE ceased its operations soon after the premiere of SALVE, the show is now a JSK production. SALVE’s creation was also greatly compromised by the pandemic outbreak, as with so many other artistic endeavours around the world. Seen through this lens of global misery, SALVE is given an added dimension. The need for comfort and relief remain universally relevant, and as necessary as ever.

Premiere: Dansens Hus, Oslo, Norway, December 9th, 2017.
Duration: 60 min, no intermission

A co-production with Oslo Dance Ensemble.


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Previously touring

Norway, Poland, Russian Federation, Switzerland


Choreography, scenography: Jo Strømgren
Original cast: Ellen Lindblad, Henriette Hamli, Mariama Slåttøy, Ariella Casu, Mikael Rønne, Matteo Carvone, Jubal Battisti
New cast 2022: Ellen Lindblad, Henriette Hamli (Angela Dematté), Nora Svendsgård, Mikael Rønne, Jakub Medrzycki, Jon Filip Fahlstrøm (Jason Kittelberger)
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
Photos: Erik Berg
Promo film: Tale Hendnes/Dansens Hus Oslo
Supported by: Arts Council Norway