The Arrival

Premiére date2 Nov. 1999
Produced byJo Strømgren Kompani, Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre)
ExpressionsDance, Contemporary dance, Theatre, Dance theatre
Running period2 Nov. 1999  
Duration60 minutes
WebsiteJo Strømgren Kompani

About The Arrival

The Arrival (1999) by Jo Strømgren Kompani: Three paralyzed parachutists descend into a desert landscape. Suffering from amnesia and urban confusion they try to create a logic in their new situation.

How did they get there? And why? And what about that Biblical bush appearing? The quest for a purpose gets even more complicated with the arrival of a woman. And later presumably a local Arab.

The Arrival was in 2001 restaged and co-produced by in Älvsborgsteaterns Dansekompani in Uddevalla with extensive touring in Sweden.

There are no plans for further performances.

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Press review

Writer and date unknown, Dagbladet [Oslo, Norway]:
"It is full of fantastic fantasy, fascinating dynamics, rich in associations and originality."

Writer and date unknown, Adresseavisen [Trondheim, Norway]:
"The performance contains both the absurd and the bizarre, the sincere and the lyrical – one laughs, gets provoked and touched."

More about The Arrival

In The Arrival by Jo Strømgren Kompani the desert was a complete nothingness where life in itself was absurd. A place for existential questions, a place for dissolution and damnation, and a place for observations upon civilisation. A classic metaphor in many art forms, so to speak.

The Arrival played with these metaphors, and also with the time period where the metaphor was particularly strong. The existentialists of the 1950es were both cool and hopelessly blindfolded in any attempt to give chaos a humanistic face.

The show did not enter into existential depth, but circled around contemporary confusion regardless of time or period. Cartoon-like logic and a visual density proved to take the company to yet another level of associative communication.

Touring: Norway, Sweden, Lithuania.

Supported by: the Arts Council Norway and the municipality of Bergen.


Jo Strømgren Kompani,, 08.08.2010,