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The Border

In The Border (2011) was a theatre production by Jo Strømgren Kompani and The Arctic Theatre. The production was performed in The Arctic Theatre's venue Scene Øst, and as a visiting performance in many different Norwegian towns and other countries.

Jo Strømgren directed it.

After being performed in the counties of Troms and Finnmark, the cast was changed.


(Objekt ID 26114)
Object type Production
Premiere September 1, 2011
Produced by Jo Strømgren Kompani, The Arctic Theatre
Coproducers Kilden Theatre
Audience Adults, Youth
Keywords Contemporary dance, Dance theatre
Running period September 1, 2011  
Duration 60 minutes
Website Jo Strømgren Kompani, Hålogaland Teater

Requirements to venue

Blackout Yes

In The Border, a man and a woman share a workplace. Mutual respect is a virtue, but, beneath the surface, a territorial war is taking place. Perhaps even more is at stake, like the discovery of emotional addiction. To each other, to the game itself, or a vicious mix of both as is often the case between the sexes.

With a bit of imagination, yet another level of understanding is possible. Could this troublesome coexistence resemble a classic border dispute between two nations?

The Border was made in collaboration between Jo Strømgren Kompani and one of the northernmost institutional theatres in the world - Hålogaland Theatre in Tromsø. Even though the full panoramic view to the border dispute hotspot of the Arctic region adds a specific relevance, the theme is universal to the core. Border conflicts exist everywhere.

The Border by Jo Strømgren Kompani was supported by Arts Council Norway and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs/MFA (travel grant/performing arts).


The Arctic Theatre, ht.tr.no, 02.10.2012, http://www.ht.tr.no/index.php/theatre/showview?iShowID=268 / halogalandteater.no, 10.08.2017., http://halogalandteater.no/produksjon/2010/grensen

Jo Strømgren Kompani, press release, 2.09.2015

Jo Strømgren Kompani, jskompani.no, 05.01.2012 http://jskompani.no/productions/23

Contributors (15)
Name Role
Jo Strømgren – Script
Jo Strømgren – Direction
Jo Strømgren – Choreography
Jo Strømgren – Stage design
Jo Strømgren – Costume design
Lars Årdal – Sound design
Stephen Rolfe – Lighting design
Sigrid Edvardsson – Dancer
Jørn Fuller-Gee – Dancer (Originalcast)
Jo Strømgren (from 2012) – Dancer
Ivar Örn Sverrisson – Dancer
Ida Holten Worsøe – Dancer (Originalcast)
Sakari Viika – Photo
Knut Bry – Photo
Sunniva Steine – Producer
Festivals (6)
FringeArts September 9, 2015
Vinterlys January 27, 2013
Showbox Navember 27, 2012
MOT September 22, 2012
Stamsund Teaterfestival May 31, 2012
TanzTranzit April 29, 2012
Press coverage

Writer and date unknown, Artsmart [South Africa]:
"Excellent production that resonates on many levels."