The starting point for the creation of the work Mongrel was the Janteloven, where the fictitious code of behavior is presented as part of the Scandinavian identity. A behavior that choreographer and new artistic director of Danish Dance Theatre Marina Mascarell recognizes from her own Spanish culture.
“We have all felt the weight of our culture, the invisible law that standardizes us. However, we are also part of the oppression. Unfortunately, envy and fear of the unknown are part of human idiosyncrasy, and we all know that fear and violence are eternal companions,” Marina explains.
Mongrel shows a closed community formed by individuals who, in their loneliness, dream of being liberated from the invisible border and suffocating homogeneity. An explosive release of repressed emotions fighting against an oppressive culture and mediocrity.
The music is an original composition by Spanish composer and cello player Yamila Ríos. The strings of the cello, along with a prominent percussion and electronic sound, are the protagonists of this composition.
Mongrel premiered in October 2015 at the Göteborg Opera as an original work for the GöteborgsOperans Danskompani. Audience and critics’ reactions were positive: “A single body with harmonious sweeping and airy, swirling movements.” (Dagens Nyheter).
Mongrel was nominated by the Barcelona Critics’ Awards 2016 for Best International Performance, Best Choreography and Best Set Design.
CREDITS & INFORMATION
DIRECTOR Marina Mascarell
CHOREOGRAPHY Marina Mascarell & Danish Dance Theater’s dancers
MUSIC Yamila Ríos
COMPANY Danish Dance Theater
SCENOGRAPHY Kristin Torp
DRAMATURGY Bodil Persson
PHOTO Mats Bäcker / GöteborgsOperans Danskompani
Normal price: 210 kr. plus fee – 220 kr.
Children and young people under 25 years: 140 kr. plus fee 150 kr.
TIME & PLACE
Takkelloftet, The Royal Opera House, January 17-29, 2024
ACCESSIBILITY We have a limited number of wheelchair spaces for each performance. To book a wheelchair space and a companion, please contact Teaterbilletter’s ticket center: firstname.lastname@example.org / tel. +45 70 20 20 20 96 – weekdays 10-14 (Monday 10-16). Remember to bring a companion card for the performance.