World Premiere: Göteborgsoperan, Sat 17 Oct 2015 (Performances: 17, 22, 25, 27 Oct; 7, 8, 11, 14, 20, 22, 26 Nov; 2 Dec 2015)

Choreography: Marina Mascarell
Music: Yamila Rios, Chris Lancaster
Performers: Ekaterina Shushakova, Dorotea Saykaly, Astrid Boons, Anna Ozerskaia, Arika Yamada, Jérôme Delbey, Toby Kassell, Waldean Nelson, Maxime Lachaume, Luo Fan, Lee Yuan Tu, Florian Teatiu, Delphine Boutet.
Dramaturgy: Bodil Persson
Assistant Choreographer: Pascale Mosselmans Ismaily, James O’Hara
Lights: Loes Schakenbos
Production Göteborgsoperan, program “The Almost Nearly Perfect”, 11 shades of Jante. Choreographer inerpret The Jante Law and the theme of the dance season: All togeether now / A common sense.

What is the law of Jante?

The cultural expression The Law of Jante (Jantelagen in Swedish) first appeared in Danish-Norwegian author Aksel Sandemose’s book A Fugitive Crosses His Tracks (1933). The law consists of ten rules which, characterized by village mentality, sums up the mechanisms of envy and jealousy.

It is an expression still used in Scandinavia to negatively describe an attitude of distrust for originality and individual success – a mindset that actively discourages personal achievement, and prefers instead uniformity within the group:

1.    You’re not to think you are anything special.
2.    You’re not to think you are as good as we are.
3.    You’re not to think you are smarter than we are.
4.    You’re not to convince yourself that you are better than we are.
5.    You’re not to think you know more than we do.
6.    You’re not to think you are more important than we are.
7.    You’re not to think you are good at anything.
8.    You’re not to laugh at us.
9.    You’re not to think anyone cares about you.
10.    You’re not to think you can teach us anything.

The Jante Law also has a eleventh rule, called “the penal code of Jante”:

11.    Perhaps you don’t think we know a few things about you?