2015 Fringe Festival: There by Jo Strømgren Kompani of Norway

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 6:00pm - Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 5:00pm
140 N. Columbus Blvd Philadelphia, PA 19106 Corner of Columbus Blvd and Race Street
United States

The groundbreaking company’s most popular show features former Soviet Union dissidents stranded on a journey between East and West.

In an interzonal holding area with wooden shipping crates—perhaps a warehouse, perhaps the hull of a ship—they wrestle, they dance, they sing, they yearn for what they’ve lost. By turns Vaudevillian, poetic, and balletic, There is a work of dance–theater about choosing the unknown or going back to what you came from.

In the aftermath of the Soviet Union’s dissolution, these dissidents are haunted by the music of their past, a link to their former culture and citizenship, which they by turns rejoice and fight against. They have no music for the future. Existential doubt becomes a heartbreaking reality, and wild mood swings rule the atmosphere of human insecurity, creating wonderfully absurd scenarios matched by the wistful longings of a new home.

There is performed in an invented “Sovietic” language, the company’s trademark nonsensensical dialogue that sounds like a real language but isn’t.

3 by Strømgren at the 2015 Fringe Festival: Special retrospective of the Jo Strømgren Kompani features The Border, There, and the all-new A Doll’s House. Catch this unique opportunity to see the breadth of work from Scandinavia’s most innovative performing arts company.

 9/9/2015 9/12/2015 Sept 9 at 6pm, Sept 10 at 9pm, Sept 11 at 6pm, Sept 12 at 5pm

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