Two shows by Danish artists will have their UK premieres in a mini-showcase at London’s Gate Theatre.
Fix&Foxy’s Land Without Dreams will run from 14 November to 7 December 2019, followed by performance artist Anika Barkan’s We Open Our Mouth – And Listen from 17 to 21 December – “an edgy alternative to the traditional Christmas show”.
After the popularity of Danish film and TV such as Scandi-Noir dramas Borgen and The Killing, the Gate is offering a glimpse of Scandinavian contemporary theatre and performance which is described as “provocative, challenging, mischievous and funny but, overall, intellectually thrilling”.
Land Without Dreams is a hopeful, funny and courageous play that challenges us to think about ourselves, our possibilities and our future, especially in the context of climate change. It was written and directed by Tue Biering, with Sophie H Smith’s translation directed in London by Lise Lauenblad, with sound design by Janus Jensen.
It will be performed by Temi Wilkey, co-founder of PECS – The Drag King Collective and writer of The High Table that is coming to London’s Bush Theatre in February 2020. Fix&Foxy, a multi-award-winning experimental theatre company based in Denmark, originally staged Land Without Dreams last year in Copenhagen.
We Open Our Mouth – And Listen is billed as “an intimate performance concert”, written and performed by Danish performance-maker Anika Barkan.
In a “raw, playful and heart-warming” performance that is part-gig and part-theatre, the show examines with gentle humour and optimism what it takes to reawaken our connection to the world.
With live music from Mika Forsling, the performance aims to raise questions about apathy, individualism, community and whether we still have something to fight for, together.
Gates artistic director Ellen McDougall said: “One of the most thrilling aspects of running the Gate is being able to bring cutting-edge international theatre-makers to make work for our intimate space, and to introduce them to a London audience.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be presenting the work of Tue Biering and Lise Lauenblad of Danish theatre company Fix&Foxy. Fix&Foxy’s work spans popular culture – past productions include adaptations of Friends and Pretty Woman – with a playful and rigorous examination of social and political questions. Land Without Dreams is a joyful investigation of how we think about the future.
“Following that, I’m delighted to be able to invite Anika Barkan, another Danish artist with their show, We Open Our Mouth – And Listen as a ‘Gate Guest’ this December. This gig-theatre show about solidarity and togetherness is a heart-warming piece that will provide an edgy alternative to the traditional Christmas show.”GATE THEATRE WEBSITE