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BUD/Sovaco de Cobra

World premiere
Past events:

A double bill from Carte Blanche, the Norwegian national company of contemporary dance.

In mellomland, artistic director Annabelle Bonnéry has engaged two up and coming choreographers from the same generation to create a two-part full evening for Carte Blanche. Five and nine dancers meet choreographers Roza Moshtaghi and Lander Patrick in a double bill that presents Norwegian and international contemporary dance on the same stage. 

The starting point for BUD is "waiting", and in the performance choreographer Roza Moshtaghi explores how we can experience a story about "waiting" and expectations associated with being in this mysterious state. The performers go through different scenarios of waiting, stopping and suspending. The enigmatic figures are dressed in costumes that borders on installations, making BUD's scenic waiting room a strong visual experience with five of the company's dancers.

In Sovaco de Cobra (English: the snake's armpit) by Lander Patrick, we are invited into a world where social rules must give way to the rules of a game. Using the angle of chess – informed by his fascination with the duality of this strategic and warlike game – Patrick creates an energetic performance where new rules emerge, and the pieces of the game are challenged. Sovaco de Cobra is made for nine of Carte Blanche's dancers who throw themselves into the game with warmth and vitality. The performance is full of virtuosity, and sharp and crisp movements; and the dancers orient themselves in a whirlwind of rhythms, tempo, and playfulness. 

Roza Moshtaghi is an Iranian choreographer and performer who lives and works in Oslo. Her practice deals with the narratives of desire generated through the process of adapting or reacting to systems and structures. Her last three pieces are LIMBO (2021), Bouncing Narratives (2019) and Only Forever (2018).  

Lander Patrick, born in Brazil, grew up in Portugal and is based in Lisbon. He has won several awards, and the production Adorabilis (2017) which he created with his regular collaborator Jonas Lopes won the Aerowaves Priority Company in 2017.  

Image: dancers Nadege Kubwayo, Lin van Kaam (photo: Sjur Pollen)


Part two of mellomland Sovaco de Cobra (60 min) – is unfortunately cancelled Wednesday 01 June due to illness. Part one, BUD (55 min), will be presented as planned. Everyone who has purchased tickets to the performance will be contacted. The performances 02 and 03 June will go as planned.

Please note that the performance contains strobe lighting and scenes that some viewers may find disturbing. Contact the Festival by calling 55 21 06 30 if you need more information. 



​2 h 45 min incl. interval


Standard: 380
Senior: 342
Under 30/student: 190 
FiB Fordel until 13 April: 266
FiB Fordel from 14 April: 304
BT Fordel: 285



    • Roza Moshtaghi choreography
    • Thomas Schaupp dramaturgy
    • Ronak Moshtaghi installation and costumes
    • Thomas Bruvik light design
    • Lykourgos Porfyris composer
    • Irene Vesterhus Theisen, Daniel Mariblanca, Ole Martin Meland, Aslak Aune Nygård, Anne Lise Rønne dancers

    Sovaco de Cobra

    • Lander Patrick choreography
    • Jonas Lopes dramaturgy
    • Leander Patrick costume concept
    • Rui Daniel light design
    • Mestre André composer
    • Noam Eidelman Shatil, Caroline Eckly, Dawid Lorenc, Tilly Sordat, Lin van Kaam, Max Makowski, Mathias Stoltenberg, Adrian Bartczak, Nadege Kubwayo dancers


​Carte Blanche, the Norwegian national company of contemporary dance


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