A BETTER PLACE / THE DOOR

The performance

There’s always something better on the other side, and this belief keeps us moving. Somewhere in Europe, a landmass divided by borders of nations, languages, religions and geographical barriers, the phenomenon of migration has always existed. It is a way to survive and a way to rebel, a possibility to restart a life but also – to burn the bridges and leave everything behind.

Using movement and dance, we travel through different historic periods and regions, just in order to see the patterns that have always existed, the reasons for migration and how it evolves, from nation to nation.

As humans we are always confined to given spaces. To our house, to our school, to our workplace, to our country, to the type of restaurants we can afford, to the one we love or pretend to love. It is wonderful to belong somewhere, especially if your neighbour can’t afford a restaurant at all. Such things make us smile. But when the other neighbour one day comes home with a canoe on the car roof, we immediately feel miserable. And when we detect that particular smile, we definitively want a canoe. Even if we hate nature.

“The door” aims to portray the most disappointing and destructive human features through a naivistic and associative look on a group of people separated by a wall. As everything always seems more interesting on the other side, a narrow door becomes the important threshold of change. But as one is never satisfied with what one has, the search for something better becomes an endless quest. Are we free-spirited individuals, maybe even charming and creative, or are we merely chained to our behaviour like Pavlov’s dogs?

Duration: 1,5 hours, no interval
Premiere: Vilnius, Lithuania, 5 October 2018
A co-production with the National Theater of Lithuania

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Upcoming tour dates

Oct 5 2018 Culture centre of Anykščiai, Vilnius, Lithuania
Oct 6 2018 Culture centre of Anykščiai, Vilnius, Lithuania
Oct 10 2018 Culture centre of Anykščiai, Vilnius, Lithuania
Oct 11 2018 Culture centre of Anykščiai, Vilnius, Lithuania
Oct 12 2018 Culture centre of Anykščiai, Vilnius, Lithuania
Oct 25 2018 Den Norske Opera og Ballett, Oslo, Norway
Oct 26 2018 Den Norske Opera og Ballett, Oslo, Norway
Oct 27 2018 Den Norske Opera og Ballett, Oslo, Norway
Oct 28 2018 Den Norske Opera og Ballett, Oslo, Norway
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Previously touring

Lithuania, Norway

Credits

Author, director and choreographer: Jo Strømgren
Director Assistant: Dominyka Skarbaliūtė, Giedrė Kriauĉionytė
Set Designer: Goda Palekaitė
Light Designer: Vilnius Vilutis
Designer Assistant: Sima Jundulaitė