It was a new world that met Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui when he moved to New York in 2009. There is much to deal with when coming to a new continent: loneliness, freedom, new possibilities, new barriers – all of which are ingredients for art.
Orbo Novo (‘The New World’) was originally created for New York's Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, but now has Norwegian legs to dance upon. Norway's third national dance company, Nagelhus Schia Productions, has taken on Cherkaoui's challenge, making Orbo Novo its first full-evening performance.
The fourteen dancers frolic with acrobatic choreography and spectacular scenography, while the music is created by Polish composer Szymon Brzóska. On stage there are physical barriers that can confine, be moved and be pushed. Borders never disappear. The performance was created in a more hopeful United States in 2009, but in today's political climate takes on a different kind of topicality. Perhaps, it has become even more relevant?
NB! Dependent on final stage format, additional seating may be added at the front of the stalls after initial ticket sales begin. In this case, tickets for these seats will be made available.