Choreography by Anne Holck Ekenes, Pia Holden and Hélène Blackburn
Composed by Sverre Indris Joner
Lighting design by Joakim Brink
Dramaturg Kjell Moberg
Join us at 7PM for a pre-show discussion with Panta Rei Dance Theatre Executive Director Anne Ekenes as she shares the inspiration and creative process behind this new work. Pre-show access included with the purchase of a ticket.
Set to a live score by Norwegian musician and composer Sverre Indris Joner, Lullaby explores the modern evolution of masculinity, contrasting explosive aggression with vulnerability. Three young, dynamic and committed male dancers take a journey through friendship, rivalry and raw masculinity juxtaposed with the melodies of lullabies. Panta Rei from Oslo, Norway is known for their fast-paced, colorful, and theatrical choreography.
This season’s dance series is sponsored by the SHS Foundation.
Lullaby has been co-produced by Scenekunst Østfold with support from Nodre Aker Bydel, Oslo, Norway.
The tour is funded by Arts Council Norway, the Fund for Performing Artists, The Norwegian Arts Hub and Norwegian Minstry of Foreign Affairs and Norwegian Consulate General New York.
Panta Rei Dance Theatre is based in Oslo, Norway. The company is known for fast-paced colourful dance theatre performances that are accessible to a wide range of audiences in a variety of theatrical and no-theatrical spaces.
PRD was established in 2000 and in that time has created eleven productions and led numerous dance projects. PRD presented 103 performances for over 12,000 audience members in 2015 alone. The same year they held 168 workshops for over 3,880 children and young adults, a level of activity that is set to continue over the coming years.
Gareth Mole has danced with Panta Rei Dance Theatre since 2016. He holds a BA and MA from London Contemporary Dance School, and is currently also dancing for the Royal Opera House in the UK, Eddie Peake, Kneehigh Theatre Company, Alexander Whitley Dance Company, Peter Darling & Ellen Kane, Yukkio Masu Dance, James Cousins Company, Lynn Page, Cathy Waller Company and Renaud Wiser Company. He has previously danced with a.o. National Dance Company Wales, Kerry Nicholls Dance and Jonathan Lunn.
Johnny Autin has danced with Panta Rei Dance Theatre since 2014. He holds a Diploma of Choreographic Studies in Contemporary Dance and Ballet from the National Conservatoire of Poitiers, France. He is currently based in Birmingham, UK, where he is artistic director and manager for Autin Dance Theatre. He has worked with companies and choreographers such as: 2Faced Dance Company, Darshan Singh Buhler and Balbir Singh Dance Company
Matias Rønningen has danced with Panta Rei Dance Theatre since 2011. He holds a BA in Classical Ballet from Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Matias is a dancer with the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet. He has also worked with choreographers such as: Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt, Heine Avdal & Yukiko Shinozaki, Kari Hoaas and Eivind Seljeseth.
Emery Cardas, cellist, was born in Genoa, Italy in 1961. After receiving his diploma at the Conservatory in Naples, Italy, he studied at the Music Academy in Vienna with Tobias Kühne, and at Indiana University in Bloomington with Janos Starker. For many years he played in the Christopher Quartet with his three brothers, coached among others by Hatto Beyerle, Rostislay Dubminsky, and Leonard Bernstein. He has held the principal cello position in Naples (Italy), Barcelona (Spain), Bergen (Norway), and is currently Principal cellist in the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in Oslo. He is an active chamber musician and teacher.
Sverre Indris Joner has worked with Panta Rei Dance Theatre as a composer and musician in the performance Lullaby since 2014. Sverre is a Norwegian composer, musician, and former actor. He is a pioneer within the field of latin american music in Norway. His musical education is from the University of Oslo and Concervatorio Cervantez in Havanna, Cuba. Sverre started his musical career in 1979, with the afro-reggae band Destiny, and has since founded and played in a number of constellations. He has composed and arranged music for numerous movies, theatre plays and CD-recordings.