choreography: Jo Strømgren | performers: Mikkel Are Olsenlund, Jan Nicolai Wesnes, Sverre Magnus Heidenberg, Jon Filip Fahlstrøm | props: Stephan Østensen, Jo Strømgren | costume design: Jo Strømgren | lighting design: Stephen Rolfe | sound design: Lars Årdal | music: Flugschädel, Jørgen Knudsen | support: Art Council Norway | collaborators: Riksteatret, SPENN.NO, Norsk Scenekunstbruk | original producers: Black Box Teater, BIT Teatergarasjen | original premiere: Bergen, Norway, Autumn 1997 | new premiere: 2009 | awards: Norwegian Critics Award 1998, Scandinavian selection for Bagnolet 1998.
A Dance Tribute to the Art of Football premiered back in 1997, and was remade in 2009 with a brand new cast of four young dancers, the show has been performed all over the world, for both a young and adult audience. A Dance Tribute to the Art of Football deals with the phenomena of football, the greatest game on earth. The performance delves into the physical routine of the sport and elevates the aesthetic aspects of its insanity. It is likewise a political comment to the artificial conflict of choice between the “common sports” and the “eloquent arts” as well as a kick to the pride and prejudice surrounding the concept of working‐class football and upper‐class ballet. The piece erases all lines of demarcation and shines a spotlight on the similarities; the sheer entertainment and the arousing physical excitement.