FEBRUARY 21 - APRIL 15 2023

A double bill, inspired by the current state of the world and the new roaring twenties.

Roaring Twenties
Choreographer Pontus Lidberg presents Roaring Twenties, a work set to a refreshing mix of original jazz-tones and club-beats by Copenhagen based electronica duo Den Sorte Skole. We have all been subject to a difficult time. And there’s a tangible need for release. To be seen, to be touched, for the pleasure and importance of sharing. The original Roaring Twenties had many names: The Jazz Age, Les Années Folles, Goldene Zwanziger Jahre. It was the birthplace of new art and art-forms, perhaps especially in dance. Is the world on the verge of repeating The Roaring Twenties, where art and social life bubbled with euphoria, community, and joy of life after a year of global insecurity, fear, and isolation? Are we embarking on a whole new historical chapter – and if so, how do we roar in the 2020s? Pontus Lidberg explores these questions in the second part of the post-pandemic double bill.

The Hollow Men
The Hollow Men is created by renowned Norwegian choreographer Ina Christel Johannessen. Lack of political will to change is a recurring theme in Johannessen’s political works. During the performance the dancers explore the changes that the world is currently confronted with, inspired by the dark and dreamy 1925 poem by T.S. Eliot (also called The Hollow Men). Johannesen transfers Elliot’s view of society to our times, where climate change is imminent and the call for action has never been louder yet still widely ignored. Her call for action goes out not only to politicians and people in power, but to society as a whole – we are all hollow men.


WITH Danish Dance Theatre
LIGHT AND SET DESIGN Raphael Frisenvænge Solholm
MUSIC Den Sorte Skole
TAILOR Maria Ipsen

WITH Danish Dance Theatre
CHOREOGRAPHY Ina Christel Johannessen
LIGHT AND SET DESIGN Raphael Frisenvænge Solholm
MUSIC Tommy Jansen
TAILOR Maria Ipsen

The extract from The Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot is (c) the Estate of T.S. Eliot and is used with permission of Faber & Faber Limited.

DURATION 90 minutes including intermission

PROGRAM The programme is distributed free of charge on the day, but can also be downloaded via the following QR CODE:

Arne V. Schleschs Fond, Jyllands-Postens Fond, Dir. J.P. Lund og Hustru Vilhelmine født Bugge’s Legat, Ulla og Mogens Folmer Andersens Fond, Københavns Kommunes Scenekunstudvalg.


Ina Christel Johannessen (ICJ) is born and live in Oslo Norway. She finished her education in choreography at The National Academy of Performing Arts in Oslo and immediately started her career as choreographer. This has led her to more than 70 works. ICJ founded her company Zero Visibility Corp in 1996 and thrills audiences worldwide. Sydney Opera House, Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris, Sadler’s Wells in London, Place Des Arts in Montreal, Mercat de Flores in Barcelona, Movimentos in Wolfsburg and Belgrade Dance festival are some of the places the company has been invited to. Ina has also a long list commissions and additionally works for companies such as Ballet de Monte Carlo, Australian Dance Theater, CCDC Hong Kong, Cullberg Ballet, Gothenburg Opera Dance Company, Staatsteater am Gärtnerplatz/München, Iceland Dance Company, Helsinki Dance Company, Oldenburg Tanz Theatre, Scottish Dance Theatre and Royal Swedish Ballet. The close relationship with Carte Blanche (the Norwegian national company of contemporary dance) has also been significant, resulting in 14 full-evening works. Ina received the Critics Award for ‘Ambra’ created for Carte Blanche and Iceland Dance Company. ICJ has also created several works for the The Norwegian Opera & Ballett. Among them: ‘Scheherazade’, ‘Desolating Persephone’ and ‘Rite of Spring’ all of them performed with The Opera Orchestra. The last years Johannessen’s works have concentrated around the topic of the huge changes in nature, environment and climate. Her works is characterized by high energy in the physical movements merged with very poetic and often theatrical elements. She is very much involved in and cooperating on the creating of visual elements such as lighting and scenography which play crucial parts of her work as a whole.
Photo: Nora Angeltveit


Choreographer, filmmaker, dancer and recipient of a 2019 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Pontus Lidberg has firmly established himself as a creative and visionary artist, merging dance and film. As a choreographer for the stage, Lidberg has created works for dance companies including Paris Opera Ballet, New York City Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, Vienna Staatsoper Ballet, Les Ballets de MonteCarlo, Semperoper Ballet Dresden, Royal Swedish Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Le Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Acosta Danza, Balletboyz and Beijing Dance Theatre, as well as for his own concert group, Pontus Lidberg Dance. Pontus Lidberg Dance has been presented by New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival, the Havana International Ballet Festival, the Spoleto Festival, The Joyce Theater and the National Arts Center of Canada. His work Siren received a Villanueva Award from UNEAC, The National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba, as one of the best performances presented in Cuba in 2018. His film, The Rain, received numerous awards. The New York Times wrote “memorably, The Rain illustrates what filmed dance can say that staged dance cannot.” His film Labyrinth Within won Best Picture at the Dance on Camera Festival in 2012. He was nominated for a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) in Outstanding Visual Design, for his dance and film evening WITHIN – created during his 2012 tenure as Resident Artistic Director of Morphoses. The New York Times applauded this contemporary story ballet, “told without mime and driven by emotional and psychological textures… [Lidberg] sublimates the academic language of ballet, dissolving it into knotty partnering that manages, by and large, to avoid the churning clichés of much contemporary movement in the form. It is refreshing to see a ballet embracing the virtues of restraint.” His latest film Written On Water premiered in 2021 with showings at the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) in Canada and the Dance on Camera Festival in New York, as well as Cinemateket in Copenhagen. Raised in Stockholm, Sweden, Lidberg trained at the Royal Swedish Ballet School. He holds an MFA in Contemporary Performing Arts from the University of Gothenburg, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts. He is the Artistic Director of Danish Dance Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark.


21.02.23 – Randers Teater Canceled due to remodeling
22.02.23 – Kolding Teater
26.02.23 – Taastrup Teater & Musikhus 
28.02.23 – Odsherred Teater
01.03.23 – Vordingborg Teater 
02.03.23 – Kometen Hvidovre
07.03.23 – Rønne Teater 
10. 03.23 – Morsø Teater 
13.03.23 – Nykøbing Falster Teater 
14.03.23 – Kulturhuset Viften, Rødovre
15.03.23 – Furesø Teater, i Kulturhuset Galaksen, Værløse
16.03.23 – Herlev Teaterbio
22.03.23 – Vejle Musikteater 
23.03.23 – Stadttheater Flensburg
25.03.23 – Teater Momentum, Odense
29.03.23 – Hjørring Teater, Vendelbohus
30.03.23 – Aalborg Teater
31.03.23 – Aalborg Teater
11.04.23 – Slagelse Teater
13.04.23 – Musikhuset Esbjerg
14.04.23 – Viborg Teater 
15.04.23 – Kulturpavilionen, Grenaa