The performance

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 is a co-production between Oslo Dance Ensemble and Jo Strømgren Kompani. Both companies have their established distinctive character, but if you take the best of both and mix it, maybe the audience can have the best of both worlds? And maybe even more.

SALVE REGINA also marks new ambitions for Oslo Dance Ensemble. For the first time, a full-evening performance is produced with both the time and the will to immerse in a uniform expression. The collaboration with Jo Strømgren Kompani also means that the ensemble is launching itself internationally for the first time.

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.


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The seven dancers are sharp and precise in all movements.

VG, Norway

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 touring

Colombia, Norway, Switzerland


Choreography, scenography: Jo Strømgren
Original cast: Ellen Lindblad, Henriette Hamli, Mariama Slåttøy, Ariella Casu, Mikael Rønne, Matteo Carvone, Jubal Battisti
2019 cast: Mariama Slåttøy, Mikael Rønne, Matteo Carvone, Jubal Battisti, Vilde Viktoria Madsen, Vânia Doutel Vaz, Angela Dematté
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