Valley (2019)

Over the last year Mike Rijnierse worked with choreographer Marina Mascarell and set designer Ludmila Rodrigues for the light and stage concept of “Valley”, a commissioned dance piece produced by GöteborgsOperan. The piece explores the notion of performativity, investigating how culture and nowadays social media dictate behavior, social roles and our expectations.

The stage and lights form an morphing architecture, drifting, emerging and collapsing in synergy with the choreography. The dance, the sound, the lightening were meticulously researched and crafted together inside the studios of GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Valley is on show now until April 14th 2019 at Goteborgs Operan.

Photo: Lennart Sjöberg

“Spanish choreographer Marina Mascarell creates political, intimate dance poetry with a fine attention to detail. Dagens Nyheter’s review of Mongrel (2015), her first work for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, ran: A single body with harmoniously sweeping and airy swirling movements.”


In “Valley” the choreographer tackles a timeless issue: life as performance. Daily life follows a script in which we all play different roles. We do it so well that in the end life itself becomes a show, both for those who observe us and for ourselves. To further illustrate this  theme, Marina Mascarell  invited architect Ludmila Rodrigues and multimedia artist Mike Rijnierse, for together creating theatrical rooms of light.

Photo: Lennart Sjöberg

Photo: Lennart Sjöberg

Photo: Lennart Sjöberg

Photo: Lennart Sjöberg

Photo: Lennart Sjöberg


Choreography: Marina Mascarell

Music: Ben Frost

Set design: Ludmila Rodrigues

Lighting design: Mike Rijnierse

Costume design: Daphna Munz

Sound design: Daniel Rejmer

Dramaturgy: Riikka Laakso

Choreography assistant: Nina Botkay


GöteborgsOperans Danskompani

Benjamin Behrends

Takuya Fujisawa

Toby Kassell

Maxime Lachaume

Emilie Leriche

Michael Munoz

Waldean Nelson

Dorotea Saykaly

Duncan C Schultz

Satoko Takahashi

Danielle de Vries

Ingeborg Zackariassen



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