winter guests | Norway
Director and Choreographer | Alan Lucien Øyen
Performers | Shōji Kōjima, Daniel Proietto
Creative Associate/Text | Andrew Wale
Set Design | Åsmund Faravaag, Andy Cavatorta
Lighting Designer | Martin Flack
Sound Designer | Gunnar Innvær
Kabuki choreographer & music for
"Natsue", Act 2 | Fujima Kanjuro
Drawing inspiration from many sources, this dramatic work is based on the real-life experiences of its two legendary dancers. Eighty-year-old Shōji Kojima migrated to Spain from Japan to become a master of Flamenco. Argentina-born Daniel Proietto left for Japan to study the female role of Kabuki. Both relate in having started life in adversity and together, they create a stirring encounter of remarkable personal and intercultural complexity. These two award-winning dancers examine the role that memory, passion, identity and mortality play in the making of art and the artist. What transpires is a sincere tale that is transforming and mesmerizing.
Choreographed by Alan Lucien Øyen, one of Norway’s most exciting artists, and chosen by Japan Times as one of the best new productions of 2018, this visceral, multi-disciplinary performance will immerse you in theatre, dance, memory and ritual.
Norwegian Embassy in Ottawa and and The Japan Foundation, Toronto
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
The Norwegian Opera and Ballet
The Norwegian Arts Council
Photography © Erik Berg