The almost nearly perfect

The Almost Nearly Perfect is a part of GIBCA Extended, part of Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art.


11 shades of Jante. Two choreographers interpret The Jante Law and the theme of the dance season: All together now / A common sense

Constanza Macras from Buenos Aires is an award-winning choreographer whose style is raw, physical theatre. In her works, she unites artists and ideas from all over the world around topics such as consumption, identity, migration, segregation and cultural clashes. Constanza Macras is the resident choreographer at the legendary theatre Schaubühne in Berlin. Her production Hell on Earth opened the 2010 Göteborgs Dans & Teater Festival at The Göteborg Opera.

Spanish Marina Mascarell is our next choreographer. Her works are poetic, political, intimate and socially political. After a dancing career which has included NDT 1 and 2 and Cedar Lake in New York, she now works as an international choreographer. By not staying too long in any one place, she has created her own style without being overly influenced by other artists. Her works are available at companies such as Scapino and Geneva Ballet and in the spring of 2015 also at Skåne’s Dance Theatre. Marina Mascarell is also active as resident choreographer at Korzo Theater Productions in The Hague.

These two womens’ expressions are very different from each other, but both are community-driven and interested in the tension between the individual and the collective. Musicians with specially written music will participate in both works.


The cultural term The Jante Law first appeared in Danish-Norwegian author Aksel Sandemose’s book A Fugitive Crosses His Tracks (1933). The law consists of ten rules which, characterized by village mentality, sums up the mechanisms of envy and jealousy:

01 You’re not to think you are anything special.
02 You’re not to think you are as good as we are.
03 You’re not to think you are smarter than we are.
04 You’re not to convince yourself that you are better than we are.
05 You’re not to think you know more than we do.
06 You’re not to think you are more important than we are.
07 You’re not to think you are good at anything.
08 You’re not to laugh at us.
09 You’re not to think anyone cares about you.
10 You’re not to think you can teach us anything.

The Jante Law also has a eleventh rule, called ”the penal code of Jante”:

11 Perhaps you don’t think we know a few things about you?


All photos (C) Mats Bäcker


October 2015
Sat 17/10 – Thu 22/10 – Sun 25/10 – Tue 27/10

November 2015
Sat 7/11 – Sun 8/11 – Wed 11/11 – Sat 14/11 – Fri 20/11 – Sun 22/11 – Thu 26/11

December 2015
Wed 2/12


Choreographer: Constanza Macras
Composer and performing musician: Almut Lustig
Dramaturge: Tamara Saphir
Set design: graa hverdag as/Kristin Torp
Costume design: Daphna Munz
Lighting design: Sérgio Pessanha
Video design: Manuel Osterholt

Singer, Actor and Performer: Crista Alfaiate
Percussionist: Mattias Breitlow
Choreography assistant: Nikoletta Fisher

From / with Dancers: Jenna Fakhoury, Therese Fredriksson, Mai Lisa Guinoo, Janine Koertge, Maria Chiara Mezzadri, Satoko Takahashi, Ingeborg Zackariassen, Jim De Block, Simone Deriu, Takuya Fujisawa, Pascal Marty, Michael Munoz, Jonathan Savage, Ján Špoták, Oleg Stepanov

Production Management: Göteborgs Opera
Production Management DorkyPark Berlin: Katharina Wallisch
Production Office DorkyPark Berlin: René Dombrowski