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JO STRØMGREN with “The Society” on tour



THE SOCIETY

JO STRØMGEN: THE SOCIETY on Tour, Foto: Knut Bry.

JO STRØMGEN: THE SOCIETY on Tour, Foto: Knut Bry.

A society of sworn coffee drinkers in Europe gather for their daily ritual. However, the harmony is broken by an horrific incident – the discovery of a used teabag. As the investigations into a possible Asian infiltration unfold, one question is inevitable. How far are they willing to go in order to track the unpatriotic traitor down and bring this evil act to justice?

The isolated conflict between drinkers of coffee and tea in a micro world is of course open for interpretation by audiences.JSK always tries to mirror the macro world by scrutinizing basic elements of contemporary phenomena. In our turbulent times the average citizen is, for example, ever more tempted to accept torture, the surpression of minorities, and other violent means in order to restore order and avoid a clash of civilizations.
These are potentially difficult themes, not only to discuss, but particularly to reflect in theatre. Much respect, cultural knowledge, and political insight is needed to provide credible standpoints in a international conflicts. But then again, one is also free to harass the seeds of such problems that are to be found universally

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JO STRØMGREN: THE SOCIETY, on tour. Foto: Knut Bry

JO STRØMGREN: THE SOCIETY, on tour. Foto: Knut Bry

The Society expertly straddles the fragile line between humor and horror.

New York Times, USA

It eats into your conscience, makes you laugh while you’re horrified, and edges the everyday world so far into fantasy that you doubt it can return. Nightmare has become the new reality.

Village Voice, USA

Strømgren combines good taste, plastic intuition, and kinetic wisdom.

El Pais, Spain

It was like watching a Norwegian Three Stooges on acid but it must have worked because I’ve been having flashbacks all morning.

Sunday Times, Australia

JO STRØMGREN: THE SOCIETY, on tour. Foto: Knut Bry

JO STRØMGREN: THE SOCIETY, on tour. Foto: Knut Bry

The Society is an on-the-dot precise study on why a tea bag can start a world war.

Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden

Language: Nonsensical French and some English
Touring: Lebanon, Palestine, Israel, Norway, Lithuania, USA, Canada, Spain, Sweden, Australia, Poland, Russia
Premiere: Beirut, Lebanon, May 2008

Date Venue
13/09 Lillestrøm Kultursenter, Lillestrøm, Norway TICKETS
24/09 Teater Ibsen, Skien, Norway TICKETS
04/10 Festival Internacional de teatro de Ourense
. Auditorio de Ourense, Ourense, Spain
TICKETS
06/10 Teatro Principal Antzokia, Vitoria, Spain
07/10 Teatro Principal Antzokia, Vitoria, Spain
11/10 Teatro Gayarre, Pamplona, Spain TICKETS
18/10 Four days in motion festival. Archa Theater, Prague, Czech Republic
21/10 NET Festival. Meyerhold Center, Moscow, Russia TICKETS
22/10 NET Festival. Meyerhold Center, Moscow, Russia TICKETS
26/10 Festival Internacional Cervantino, Leon, Mexico
27/10 Festival Internacional Cervantino, Leon, Mexico

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Jo Strømgren - Stressful rehearsal with Royal Danish Ballet. Foto: David Amzallaq

Jo Strømgren - Stressful rehearsal with Royal Danish Ballet. Foto: David Amzallaq

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