The acclaimed Norwegian dance-theatre company Jo Strømgren Kompani is presenting its two latest and well received performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 'The Department' is the very successful 2004 production, and this year’s 'The Hospital' has already toured both internationally and nationally to excellent reviews.
Jo Strømgren made his debut as a choreographer in 1994 with "Rechts-Links" after finishing his studies at the Norwegian National College of Ballet. Carte Blanche Dance Company in Bergen immediately engaged him for 3 years as a choreographer and dancer until he went freelance and started to create pieces for a large number of international companies (The Norwegian National Ballet, Ballet de l’Opera National du Rhin, Ballett Nürnberg, Bern Ballett, Wiener Statsopernballett, ABCDancecompany, Junior Ballet de Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris, IT Dansa Barcelona, Cloud Gate Ensemble, Helsinki Dance Company, Iceland Dance Company, Nyt Dansk Danseteater, Älvsborgsteaterns Dansekompani, Skånes Danseteater, Oslo Danse Ensemble, Repertory Dance Theatre Utah). Engagements as a theatre director has increased the last years and pure text theatre now occupies half of his time at different state theatres in Norway. Apart from concentrating on Ibsen pieces he has also been active as a scriptwriter.
Jo Strømgren’s freelance activity in 2005 involves ”The Nutcracker” with Vienna State Opera Ballet/Ballet de l’Opera National du Rhin, ”Last piece by anybody” with Ballet de l’Opera National du Rhin, ”Air” with Royal Danish Ballet, ”Kvart” with Ballet Junior Prague/The Norwegian College of Dance, ”Limbo” with Toshovteatret and “En gorilla søker hjem” with Trøndelag Teater.
JO STRØMGREN KOMPANI
Jo Strømgren Kompani was founded 1998 in Bergen, Norway. A repertory of 11 productions has been touring more than 35 countries, and about 80 performances are presented annually in collaboration with both steady and temporary co-producers. Acclaimed by audiences and critics and credited as innovative yet accessible, it has grown to become one of the most stable independent companies in Scandinavia. Artistic profile is described by extensive blend of genres, research on absurd humour, exploration of gibberish language techniques, the use of actors as dance performers, and a somewhat strange choice of themes. With layers of dark psychology underneath ambivalent wit, the audiences are invited to associate freely upon storylines and symbolism. In 2002 JSK also collaborated with Nordisk Film on the feature film “Destination Moscow”.
JSK’s activity in 2005 involves touring with “THE HOSPITAL” and “THE DEPARTMENT” to Riga, Kaliningrad, Klaipeda, Vilnius, Belgrade, Vienna, Bratislava, Praha, Bergen, Porsgrunn, Hankø, Edinburgh, Tallinn, Oslo, Gothemburgh, Bodø, Harstad, Tromsø, Kristiansand, Arendal, Malmoe, Dublin, Stavanger, Sandnes, Trondheim, Caen, Århus, Nøtterøy, Drammen, Molde and Vitebsk.
For reviews of 'The Hospital', please click here. For reviews of 'The Department', please click here.
5th August-7th August, 7pm,
8th August, 1.45pm
10th August-15th August, 7pm
17th August-22nd August, 7pm
24th August-25th August, 7pm
Place: Aurora Nova, Venue 8, St. Stephen Centre, St. Stephen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5AL
For more information, please visit Jo Strømgren Kompani's website, Aurora Nova's website or the Edinburgh Festival Fringe website.