June 2021 - January 2022




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A desperate 
mermaidwomen galloping in slow motion, silly songs and Spanish rhythms by Israeli choreographer Roy Assaf, a master of combining the outlandish with the serious.

In his first work for Danish Dance Theatrewe meet several wacky characters in a collage of satirical vignettesdrawn from the artist’s wish to create the ultimate and perfect show. It is not always easy.


Roy Assaf describes dance as a 'filter' to his own, internal world. His approach to his choreographic practice is intuitive. The work is created as an exchange between the dancers and himself. This method is built on mutual trust between the dancers and the choreographer and is crucial to the exchange of creative ideas.

Israel as a key to understanding

Roy Assaf’s works are grounded in the theatrical, with a distinct physical expression and sense of empathy. He is one of Israel's most sought-after choreographers with works created for companies including Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv and venues such as Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York. His Israeli background is key to understanding him as a choreographer. Contemporary dance has flourished in Israel since the 1990s, with internationally renowned choreographers including OhadNaharin and ItzikGalili. Roy Assaf has followed soon after. In previous works, he has dealt with difficult topics such as political oppression, gender, war and discrimination, usually with a humorous twist.


Thank you for the support: William Demant Fonden & Beckett Fondens

Choreography: Roy Assaf
Artistic Associates: Ariel Freedman, Avshalom Latucha
Dancers & Co-creators: Danish Dance Theatre's dancers
Light Design: Raphael Frisenvænge Solholm
Set Design: Raphael Frisenvænge Solholm & Roy Assaf
Costume design: Maria Ipsen & Roy Assaf
Music production, Editing & Sound Design: Mikkel Larsen, LAK Studios
Music: Mikkel Larsen, LAK Studios, Danish folk songs, "Tamechom" by Kristin Bjerkestrand
Words: Roy Assaf, Jessica Anne Lyall, Ariel Freedman
Joe the Mermaid: Emilie Leriche, Lucas Threefoot, Lukas Hartvig-Møller, Edward Pearce, Jessica Anne Lyall, Roy Assaf
Textual inspiration: Ohad Zehavi, "An Invitation to Perform", Bezalel Journal of Visual and Material Culture 1 (2014)
Film teaser: Omid Zarei


Time & Place: 

Operaens Takkelloft / The Royal Theatre
8pm or 5pm

ca. 1 hour