Every  existence is pulled between a desire to rise and a fear of falling. We fall asleep , we fall  in love , contractions pull us out of the maternal cocoon to confront  the hard laws of a terrestrial invisible force.


In Skid , human  relationship to gravity , and the poetic of resistance and abandonment bound to it,  sets the dancers in motion . Between verticality and horizontality , Skid is performed on 34 degrees inclined platform diving right  in the orchestra pit . The set  is itself inspired by the measurement of earth’s  gravitional acceleration measurement  : 9.8 meters/s2. . Only two entrance/exit : above and under, the dancers are drawing physical story lines between appearance and vanishing.


Every movement of this choreographic exploration  is created from the limits and new possibilities the slope offers.

At times epic, dangerous , humorous or moving , skid creates a new landscape of physical possibilities , creating a chain reaction of physical and emotional  events .

The human body becomes the crossroad between  will,  resistance, collapse and resilience where the relationship with others is  often the only comfort against the call of the void.


 The slope in Skid has been created by New York artist Jim Hodges and Carlos Marques da Cruz, while the playful and multi-functional costumes have been created by fashion designer Jean-Paul Lespagnard. Austrian composer Christian Fennesz provides the emotional electro-acoustic music, and lights by Joakim Brink blurs further  audience’s  perceptions of verticality by multiplying the numbers of the dancers with stark elongated shadows .


Choreography  : Damien Jalet

Set design : Jim Hodges with Carlos Marques da Cruz

Music  : Fennesz (with loops from Malher), additional music by Marihiko Hara

Costumes : Jean Paul Lespagnard

Lights : Joakim Brick

Choreographic advisor and guest dancer : Aimilios Arapoglou

Performed and produced by Gothenburg dance company

Artistic director : Katrin Hall



Press quotes


“A work of art that will make your chin drop in front of unprecedented dance” Alba

“Absolutely wonderful to watch... Skid succeeds in reinventing the form of a dance ‘s main material : gravity” Dagens Nyheter

“Death defying dance” Boras Tidning

“Dancers bring a new perspective on their art . Breathtaking” Gotenborg post

“The ending where a naked and vulnerable life forces itself out, and up, grabs me so much that I am almost crying .. Swedish national radio


Next performances


Gothenburg  Opera: 9,13,17 and 23 rd of January 2019


Paris Chaillot : 31 of january , 1st and second of February 2019


Madrid theatros del Canal :  25 and 26 th of april


Pamplona: 30th of april