"Devastatingly beautiful"


"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

Scenography assistant: Olga Regitze Dyrløv Høegh

Vocals & dancers: Melis Jaatinen, Yared Tilahun Cederlund, Klara Ek, Kenzo Kusuda, Arash Azarbad, Linda Blomqvist, Joanna Holewa Chrona, Risa Kojima

Norrlandsoperan  choir                                                               

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.