Jo Strømgren Kompani

The mission of Jo Strømgren Kompani, established in 1998, is to produce and perform a wide range of innovative and inspiring pieces by Jo Strømgren for national and international touring.

The new home venue for JSK in Oslo is now the Opera House. A long term agreement ensures approximately 20 performances annually, both repertory and premieres. This coincides with Jo Strømgren's appointment as Associated Choreographer with The Norwegian National Ballet.

The identity of the company's pieces is shaped by the involvement of core members, whose input is instrumental in developing the repertory and give creative expression to the choreographic material. The company has been growing quickly and is today one of the major contemporary dance companies in Norway.

Information

(Objekt ID 269)
Object type Organization
Also known as JSK
Organization type Artist company, Production company
Main focus Multidisciplinary art, Dance, Education, Theatre, International work
Established October 15, 1998
Email mail@jskompani.no
Website Jo Strømgren Kompani
Expressions Multidisciplinary, Dance, Theatre

Contact information

Address Øvre Slottsgate 3, 0157 Oslo, Norway
Email mail@jskompani.no

Other information

Legal entity Foundation
Org nr. 980 233 464
Member of The Norwegian Association of Performing Arts/NAPA
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The philosophy of Jo Strømgren Kompani:

"A general pessimistic view of the world is the foundation of the company. Humanistic values and common sense seem to be disintegrating, both globally and domestically. The company is however well aware of theatre being a microscopic player in universal contexts, with virtually no significant influence on any larger matters. But the idea of making a contribution for the better is as valid as ever, if ever so marginal. The company therefore humbly defines its ambition as a fart-in-the-universe quest to pinpoint utterly sad human behaviour.

As residents of a rather small country, the company sees no point in communicating to only a local segment representing a large share of common viewpoints and opinions. The company is therefore dedicated to a global arena and determined to exploit tensions within international diversities.

The artistic ambition has always been to present intriguing contexts. Provocation most often leads to rejection and cuddling leads nowhere, but in between there are many ways of tricking people to see, admit and reflect upon uncomfortable and important issues. Universal communication across borders can often be seen as a utopian cliché, but the attempt and the possible achievement do not necessarily have to involve an artistic compromise. Geographical and cultural competence is necessary, as well as an intelligent approach to chosen subjects of scrutiny. Sharp edges can even become sharper if the inter-cultural effort is taken seriously. The company's success in 50 countries with controversial performances has proven this ambition to be legitimate.

The company does not follow a defined method, but seeks to assimilate existing techniques of storytelling and melt this together in a particular style where the personal viewpoint is given maximum priority. Message is more important than form. However, the company is dedicated to exploring new techniques absent in general theatre. As a consequence, the particular research on abstract languages has become somewhat of a company trademark.

The profile is of an independent company. The principle of being small but efficient is important. Likewise to maintain flexibility, ability to surprise, and not to forget the everlasting question of taking artistic risks. Increasing credibility and status in the international arena has given the company many a chance to become an institutional body. The negative sides of such firm and conventional establishment have however been rejected. Independency does not however imply any lack of professionalism and competence. Rather the contrary."

Source:

Jo Strømgren Kompani, jskompani.no, 01.08.2010, http://jskompani.no/eng/pages/8-philosophy

Venues
Co-productions
Title Premiere
The Ministry of Unresolved Feelings – October 13, 2021 – Göteborgsoperans Danskompani
CZTERDZIESCI – September 29, 2013 – Polish Dance Theatre
CZTERDZIESCI – June 5, 2013 – Polish Dance Theatre
The Neighbour – March 11, 2010 – Nordisk Film AS
The European Lesson – June 2, 2009 – FringeArts
The European Lesson – August 31, 2008 – FringeArts
Destination Moscow – August 2003 – Nordisk Film AS
Unreleased tracks
Contributors
Anne Cecilie Bodin Larsen – Manager (fra 2018)
Jo Strømgren – Artistic director
Sunniva Steine – Manager ( til 2018)
Åslaug Løseth Magnusson – Project Manager
Guri Glans – Production manager