Premiere 30th of September

Rena Butler makes her European debut with Norrdans

If you can see your own shadow, is it also a part of you?

The critically acclaimed American choreographer Rena Butler makes her European debut with Norrdans. The piece Cave is based on The Allegory of the Cave by Plato, conveyed through physical and strong dance as a story about prejudice and preconceived notions, about decolonization and new knowledge.

Although more than 2,000 years have passed since Plato’s Allegory of the Cave was created, the subject is as relevant now as it was back then. It is with clairvoyance and artistic finesse that Butler grasps the subject and applies it to our contemporary time.

Originally from Chicago, IL, Rena Butler has previously performed with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, AIM by Kyle Abraham, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, David Dorfman Dance, Manuel Vignoulle/M-Motions, Kevin Wynn Collection, and Pasos Con Sabor Salsa Dance Company. She is a recipient of the 2019 Princess Grace Foundation Award for Choreography.

Butler has created works for various companies and institutions, including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, BalletX, Whim W’him, Boston Dance Theater, TedXChicago Virtual Salon 3.0: Design Your Life, Charlotte Ballet, The Juilliard School, Gibney Company, for famed ballerina Michaela DePrince, and more. She has served as an adjunct professor for New York University Tisch School of the Arts for Dance, and currently serves on the Artistic Advisory Council for Dancewave NYC.

Rena is currently Gibney Company's inaugural Choreographic Associate, and the featured cover story for Dance Magazine's November 2021 issue.

Chang Liu 
Leila Verlinden
Sam Huczkowski
Lander Casier
Kevin Julianto
Damini Gairola
Courtney Mazeika
Arūnas Mozūraitis 

Choreographer: Rena Butler
Composer: Darryl Hoffman
Costume Designer: David Gehrt
Set and Light Design: Sofia Linde, Hannele Philipson
Dramaturge: Rebecka Berchtold
Rehearsal Director: Shumpei Nemoto