2021 – Danish Dance Theatre // TWO LIONS AND A CASTLE (Dance)

Photocredit: Raphael Frisenvænge Solholm

THE SHOW : TWO LIONS AND A CASTLE

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.

Duration : 60 min

THE COMPANY : Danish Dance Theatre

Danish Dance Theatre was founded in 1981 by the English/Norwegian choreographer and pioneer Randi Patterson, in collaboration with Anette Abildgaard, Ingrid Buchholtz, Mikala Barnekow and soon after, Warren Spears. At that time, the company was named ‘New Danish Dance Theatre.’

Since 2018, Pontus Lidberg has been the company’s Artistic Director and will continue Danish Dance Theatre’s vision of combining the classical arts with the modern. Today, Danish Dance Theatre is the foremost contemporary dance company in Denmark, as well as the largest. The company is composed of hand-picked dancers from all over the world.

The repertoire spans from large stage productions at The Royal Danish Theatre, to open-air events such as Copenhagen Summer Dance at Ofelia Plads and Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus. Danish Dance Theatre also does an extensive amount of both national and international touring.

INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY

To strengthen their international profile, Danish Dance Theatre aim to increase the number of performances internationally as well as the coverage in international press and media. Partners are essential in current times and in the performing arts field. They look for venues that would like to present their existing repertory but also for partners and co-producers to start a dialogue with. 

PITCHING AT CPH STAGE INTERNATIONAL DAYS :

  • Pitching in-person at Betty Nansen/Edison scenen: 3. June 11.30am – 01.00pm CET

PLAYING AT CPH STAGE :

  • Friday 28th May 8.00pm
  • Saturday 29th May 5.00pm
  • Saturday 29th May 8.00pm
  • Friday 04th June 8.00pm
  • Saturday 05th June 5.00pm
  • Saturday 05th June 8.00pm

LANGUAGE

English, Danish

AGE TARGET

+ 12

WEBSITE

https://www.danskdanseteater.dk/?language=da

CONTACT PERSON

Pontus Lidberg, pontus@danskdanseteater.dk

CREDITS

SHOW:

Choreography: Roy Assaf

Artistic Associates: Ariel Freedman, Avshalom Latucha

Dancers & Co-creators: Dansk Danseteater’s dansers

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, LAK Studios

Music: Mikkel Larsen, LAK Studios, Danish folk songs, “Tamechom” by Kristin Bjerkestrand

Words: Roy Assaf, Jessica Anne Lyall, Ariel Freedman

Text “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)

VIDEO:

Trailer Video: Omid ZareI

Trailer Sound: LAK Studios

Filmed and Edited by: Søren Meisner

Sound: Søren Knud Christensen

Producer: Karen Toftegaard

Production manager: Ditte Drehn

Producer’s assistant: Lucie Auréjac

Pitch curated and produced by CPH STAGE.

Pitch is prepared and presented in collaboration with The Development Platform for Performing Arts and Supported by The Danish Arts Foundation.