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BalletX Brings Jo Strømgren to Philly

Magazine article Pointe

BalletX Brings Jo Strømgren to Philly

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Jo Stromgren may not be a household name for stateside balletomanes (yet), but his work has been performed by dozens of dance, theater and opera companies throughout Europe. He's currently the associate choreographer at Norwegian National Ballet and directs his own dance-theater troupe. Jo Stromgren Kompani. Pointe spoke with this major force in European dance before his February 10 premiere at Philadelphia's BalletX.

How would you characterize your work?

I like the term "cinematic" and the idea of taking people on a journey. You have to get the pitch and the main characters within the first few minutes. The audience has to understand, and once they get comfortable in their seats you can take them somewhere really strange.

How do you bring your ideas to life?

Early on in my career, I thought the art business meant saying something about life and death. But as I got older. I realized that I needed to simplify. …

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