A Dance Tribute to Ping Pong

Premiére date17 Nov. 2011
Produced byJo Strømgren Kompani
CoproducersDansens Hus, The Norwegian Touring Theatre (Riksteatret)
AudienceAdults, Youth
LanguageEnglish, French and Norwegian
ExpressionsDance, Contemporary dance, Dance theatre, Puppetry
Running period17 Nov. 2011  
DurationApproximately an hour
WebsiteJo Strømgren Kompani

About A Dance Tribute to Ping Pong

A Dance Tribute to Ping Pong (2011) by Jo Strømgren Kompani is an independent continuation of the peculiar symbiosis of sport and dance JSK developed in 1997 with A Dance Tribute to the Art of Football.

Ping Pong is not just a sport. It's a philosophy. The intellectual recipe is a mix of Yin and Yang, Heaven and Hell, Stephen Hawking and Uri Geller, with a dash of Khalil Gibran and Bruce Lee on top.

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A Dance Tribute to Ping Pong by Jo Strømgren Kompani has been on the sketch board for almost a decade, in search for the right moment where the company can be sure of sufficient time and resources to take the potential further.

The new production approaches popular cultural references and represents the more pure dance style of the company. In addition, puppet theatre is particularly present this time, along with a voiceover in badly spoken English.

The show's storyboard have deliberate similarities to the average American B-film script - a team of bleach white youngsters are taught Eastern philosophy in record time and take ping pong to a transcendental level. The thematic grey zone is deliberately grey - bouncing between disrespectful blasphemy at worst and charming naivety at best.

Touring: France, Norway

Supported by: the Arts Council Norway, spenn.no and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs/MFA (travel grant/performing arts).


Jo Strømgren Kompani, jskompani.no, 13.12.2011, http://jskompani.no/productions/22