Masculine Mysteries

Masculine Mysteries (1996) by Jo Strømgren Kompani was a piece about love, friendship and communication. A story about two friends who meet; one of them has recently met a woman, the other has just been abandoned. As it turns out the woman, of course, is the same. And the masculine mystery is no longer so mysterious. This was the first production made by the company, produced on a shoestring.

Information

(Objekt ID 5256)
Object type Production
Premiere October 11, 1996
Produced by Jo Strømgren Kompani
Coproducers BIT Teatergarasjen, Dansens Hus - Stockholm
In collaboration with The Norwegian Touring Theatre (Riksteatret)
Audience Adults
Expressions Dance, Theatre, Music, Puppetry, Movie, Contemporary dance
Running period October 11, 1996  
Duration 60 minutes, no interval
Website Jo Strømgren Kompani

Requirements to venue

Minimum stage width 8m
Minimum stage depth 8m
Blackout Yes
Rigging time 600 minutes
Downrigging time 60 minutes
More

Masculine Mysteries by Jo Strømgren Kompani introduced the audience to a mosaic of different expressions: Dance, theatre, music, puppets and film.

Masculine Mysteries by Jo Strømgren Kompani was also a personal meeting point between two old friends, one who became a dancer, another who became a musician. And naturally exchanging years of study in separate fields.

Masculine Mysteries by Jo Strømgren Kompani was awarded Special Prize of Honour, International Fadjr Festival, Iran, 2000.

Touring: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Lithuania, Germany, South Africa, Iran.

Source:

Jo Strømgren Kompani, jskompani.no, 08.08.2010, http://jskompani.no/productions/1

Contributors
Name Role
Anja Garbarek – Text
Erlend Loe – Text
Jo Strømgren – Direction
Jo Strømgren – Choreography
Bergmund Waal Skaslien – Music
Stephan Østensen – Stage design
Katrine Nylund – Costume design
Gaute Gjøl Dahle – Video/Film
Petter Nyquist – Video/Film
Lars Årdal – Sound design
Stephen Rolfe – Lighting design
Line Tørmoen – Actor (på film)
Bergmund Waal Skaslien – Performer
Jo Strømgren – Performer
Anja Garbarek – Voiceover
Erlend Loe – Voiceover
Katrine Nylund – Puppet maker
Stephan Østensen – Props
Frode Breivik – Sound technician
Jo Strømgren – Producer
Performance dates
March 8, 2000Oslo Nye Centralteatret – Show
October 17, 1999 20:00 – BIT Teatergarasjen , Oktoberdans – Show
October 16, 1999 20:00 – BIT Teatergarasjen , Oktoberdans – Show
October 2, 1998Storsalen – Tour Premiere
March 29, 1998 Olavshallen, Lille sal – Show
March 29, 1998 Olavshallen, Lille sal – Show
March 1, 1998Lille scene (Vika) – Show
February 8, 1998 19:00 – BIT Teatergarasjen – Show
February 7, 1998 19:00 – BIT Teatergarasjen – Show
February 6, 1998 19:00 – BIT Teatergarasjen – Show
February 4, 1998 21:00 – BIT Teatergarasjen – Show
February 17, 1997Lille scene (Vika) – Show
October 13, 1996BIT Teatergarasjen , Oktoberdans – Show
October 12, 1996BIT Teatergarasjen , Oktoberdans – Show
October 11, 1996BIT Teatergarasjen , Oktoberdans – Worldwide premiere
Festivals
Oktoberdans October 11, 1996
Press coverage

Writer and date unknown, Päevaleht [Estonia]:
"During the third New Dance Days Festival a theatre bomb landed at the Von Krahl Theatre. Masculine Mysteries demonstrated top class dance technique and a flow of fantasy."

Writer and date unknown, Dagens Nyheter [Sweden]:
A performance so filled with humour and everyday insight that I immediately cling these two men to my heart."