12 songs. 12 soundscapes. 12 landscapes. 1 planet.

9 Nov 2017 at 20:00
10 Nov 2017 at 15:00
10 Nov 2017 at 20:00
11 Nov 2017 at 15:00
11 Nov 2017 at 20:00

Filmby Aarhus, Studio 1
8000 Aarhus C

Hotel Pro Forma’s Reumert-awarded, internationally acclaimed and beautiful performance NEOARCTIC is shown for a limited audience as a part of Aarhus 2017 – European Capital of Culture.

Humans as a natural force
NEOARCTIC is a poetically, musically and visually urging opera about the new geological age that we are in the midst of: The Anthropocene. An era that is characterized by the human being interfering with the ecosystem in an unprecedented extent. Humans have become a natural force that causes rapid, often unintended changes on our planet.

An open artistic statement

NEOARCTIC views the ruins and uprisings of the modern world. A world where new forms of life and landscapes arise and where constant changes are stitched together in a large complex symbiosis. The performance is neither romantic nor nostalgic. Based on 2.5 years of research, it provides an open artistic statement for a climate debate, which is otherwise characterized by scientific arguments.

Twelve breathtaking sceneries

Scenically, NEOARCTIC produces twelve landscapes of music, sound, light and image. Here, twelve singers find themselves in a world between material and intangible processes. They sing, whisper, shout, and conjure rhythmic repeated sound images, while melodic music and experimental electronic music gently weave together. Beautiful melodies arise and disappear. Breathtaking scenes ask: Where do we come from? Where are we going? How far can we go?

Production Hotel Pro Forma
Co-produced as a collaboration between Hotel Pro Forma, Latvian Radio Choir and Riga Russian Theatre

On stage Latvian Radio Choir
Conductor Kaspars Putnins
Concept Hotel Pro Forma
Director Kirsten Dehlholm
Music Andy Stott, Krists Auznieks
Text Sjón
Light design Jesper Kongshaug
Set design, director’s assistant Anne Mette Fisker Langkjer
Video design Adam Ryde Ankarfeldt, Magnus Pind Bjerre
Sound design Kristian Hverring
Costume design Wali Mohammed Barrech
Video design and set design assistant Fabian Nyberg
Objects and space Hotel Pro Forma

Photos by Andreas Sommer

Presentation by Kirsten Dehlholm

Aarhus 2017 is proud to have supported the creation of this unique and important work, and we are delighted for Kirsten and the company that they have been honored with a Reumert award.

Juliana Engberg, Programdirector, Aarhus 2017


NEOARCTIC is an apocalyptic narrative, but the apocalypse is beautiful, too. The performance tells about the beauty of the world which we must preserve. I think this beauty can make us want to live and change our way of living so that we don’t become powerless. NEOARCTIC also reveils new beauties, as what is doomed can give space for new opportunities.Kirsten Dehlholm, Artistic Director of Hotel Pro Forma and Stage Director of NEOARCTIC

Reviewers about NEOARCTIC


Intense and meaningful

Ungt Teaterblod

One of the most successful and well-prepared performances that I’ve ever seen


Rarely are you so well entertained by the mixing of the human voice and electronical synthetic sounds

Magasinet KBH

A visual surplus and precision of another world


An unforgettable and transgressing experience


Mercilessly beautiful

Reumert-winner: Performance Art Work of the Year

NEOARCTIC is supported by