"An absolutely fantastic performance ... this is nothing like anything else"
Swedish Radio, P4.
"A genuine, professional teamwork with high artistic ambitions."
"Norrlandsoperan really dared to experiment!"
"Bach's wonderful music gets a mysterious framing"
Commissioned from: Norrlandsoperan
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach
Concept/choreography/direction: Jon R Skulberg
Conductor/musical arrangements: Olof Boman
Composition new music: Siri Jennefelt and Thomas Jennefelt
Set design: Maja Ziska
Lighting design: Kerstin Weimers
Costume design: Bente Rolandsdotter
Dramaturgy: Birgit Berndt
Vocals & dancers: Melis Jaatinen, Yared Tilahun Cederlund, Klara Ek, Kenzo Kusuda, Arash Azarbad, Linda Blomqvist, Joanna Holewa Chrona, Risa Kojima
Norrlandsoperan Symphony orchestra
‘We - an unknown opera of Bach?’ is about the human dimension of a collective and how to reject the hierarchy between individual and collective - a choir and a soloist. How the individual is only legitimized by the collective. The project is a universal investigation and a democratic interpretation of ‘the sacred’ in Bach's music.
In ´We - an unknown opera of Bach?´ we will search for a movement language where different bodies can co-exist and be cohesive. Not by performing, or repeating gestures in unison, but by creating collective awareness around the potential of each body – in their abilities and limitations. The choir, dancers, and soloists, will create a holistic image in motion in unison with the music and light – an image that will oscillate between the known and the unknown. The everyday and the transcendent.