TWO LIONS AND A CASTLE
TWO LIONS AND A CASTLE
NB THE SHOWS IN JANUARY ARE CANCELLED DUE TO COVID19.
Meet one of Israel’s most prominent choreographers
A desperate mermaid, women galloping in slow motion, silly songs and Spanish rhythms
Two Lions and a Castle is a new work by Israeli choreographer Roy Assaf, a master of combining the outlandish with the serious. In his first work for Danish Dance Theatre, we meet several wacky characters in a collage of satirical vignettes, drawn from Assaf’s personal experiences of encountering Denmark and Danishness. 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.
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
Music: Mikkel Larsen, Danish folk song, "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
DANISH DANCE THEATRE’S UPCOMING PERFORMANCES AND AUDIENCE SAFETY FOR NEXT SEASON
When we re-open the theatre for audience members, we will take a number of precautions to support the general recommendations regarding hygiene, physical distance, etc.
The recommendations from the authorities are constantly updated and we will follow the applicable rules and recommendations at all times. If it were to happen that we cannot carry through with a performance, then all audience members who have purchased a ticket will receive a refund. One can therefore safely purchase tickets for our upcoming season.
Take care of yourselves – we look forward to seeing you in the theatre!
Operaens Takkelloft / The Royal Theatre
8pm or 5pm