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26 May - 09 June 2021

Carte Blanche

But Then, We'll Disappear (I'd Prefer Not To)

World premiere from the Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance.

Canadian Frédérick Gravel is known for turning the structures of choreography upside down and often includes elements of rock and performance art in his expression. His background is from the vibrant arts community in Montreal, and he has established himself as one of the foremost exponents of the new, Canadian dance art.

For Gravel, the performance is only first created in the meeting between people. The stage becomes an arena for an artistic and social experiment where characters are built and erased in a battle against their own patterns. This resistance is at once both tragic and beautiful.

‘I view a choreographic idea as a melody, and my works can be compared to making a concert. I make music by the aid of dance. One might say that I compose lines that the dancers perform with their own voice, in their own key,’ he says.

Behind the title But Then, We'll Disappear (I'd Prefer Not To) hides a desire to emphasize the individual's role in a world full of contradictions where guilt and celebration are two sides of the same coin, in hopes that everything has a plan.

Photo: Bent René Synnevåg


​Events planned for the 2021 Bergen International Festival will be launched throughout the autumn and winter.

It is likely that plans for the 2021 Bergen International Festival will be affected by the pandemic. By launching performances and artists as they are confirmed, the Festival would like to draw attention to the work our wonderful artists do, while knowing that the final festival programme may look different.

The festival will follow the health authorities’ orders and recommendations, and wants to create safe conditions and the least possible inconvenience to our audience. Therefore, ticket sales will not start until the spring.



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    • Frédérick Gravel choreography, lighting design
    • Philippe Brault composer
    • Indrani Balgobin costumes
    • Ole Martin Meland, Caroline Eckly, Daniel Mariblanca, Mathias Stoltenberg, Dawid Lorenc, Irene Vesterhus Theisen, Aslak Aune Nygård, Tilly Sordat, Adrian Bartczak, Noam Eidelman Shatil, Guro Rimeslåtten, Karen Lynne Bjerknesli, Sebastian Biong, Timothy Bartlett dancers

​A co-production with

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