Kalokagathia, 29. February - 03. March

29. February - 03. March

Speculative and spectacular glamour.

  • Duration70 min
  • Price360
  • StageMain stage

Dates & times

In Kalokagathia, contemporary dance is mixed with references to, among other things, the gallery space, the concert arena, the awards ceremony and the fashion show. The ancient Greek term kalokagathia (kalos "beautiful", kai "and" and agathos "good") – originating from Aristotle – describes the connection between moral greatness and a beautiful appearance. The expression creates an ideal that is about physical and psychological beauty being the same - the beautiful is also good. This is a poisonous fact that has accompanied the Western mindset from ancient times to the present day.

Choreographer Jonas Øren is interested in investigating the link between beauty and goodness and asks what the general idea of the beautiful and valuable in society has done to the way we move. How do ideas of success and beauty choreograph people? Why are we drawn to the cultivation of ideals, cynicism and all that is superficial? In the performance, scenarios are staged that depict contemporary and popular culture's portrayal of the beautiful and spectacular through typical ideas of success and glamour.

Background material


  • Choreography, text and artistic direction

    Jonas Øren

  • Dance

    Ulf Nilseng
    Jessica Lauren Elizabeth Taylor
    Ayesha Jordan
    Helge Freiberg
    Jonas Øren

  • Composer

    Mats Høstaker

  • Songs and lyrics

    Maya Vik

  • Lighting design

    Yasin Gyltepe

  • Costumes and scenography

    Anne Karine Thorbjørnsen

  • Sound engineer

    Ragnhild Nelvik Bruseth

  • Producer

    Ingeborg Husbyn Aarsand

  • Outer eye

    Camara Lundestad Joof

  • Photo

    Trine Hirsdal

  • Illustration

    Nik Gundersen

Strobe light and smoke is used during the performance.

Dansens Hus, DansiT, Regional Arena for Samtidsdans (RAS)
Supported by: Sprang Landsdelscene, Dansekunst i Østfold og Østfold Internasjonale Teater, Bergen Dansesenter
Funded by: Arts and Culture Norway, Fund for Performing Artists