concept & choreography

Hooman Sharifi


performed by

Jennifer Dubreuil Houthemann, Núria Navarra Vilasaló, Christine Kjellberg, Sara Enrich Bertran, Irene Vesterhus Theisen, Christopher Flinder Petersen, Timothy Bartlett, Mathias Stoltenberg, Hugo Marmelada & Ole Martin Meland


lighting & set design

Jens Sethzman



Markus Eriksen Hernes



Mercedes Sosa - 'Balderrama'



Hooman Sharifi



50 minutes



Carte Blanche



Opéra de Dijon (FR)

How do collectives rise and fall? What is the function of the group’s lack of a common direction or of enormous individual wills pulling in opposite directions? What is the group’s method for surviving and coexisting?


Interested in social constructions and politics and in how people relate to each other, Hooman Sharifi adresses in Shadows Remain Silent social dynamics and the place of the individual in a collective machinery.

The group’s context is the here and now, the audience included. The group’s members try to create a common language for the audience to read and interpret. It is in this process that shared spaces can arise, since we are all in the here and now. Living in a society is a constant endeavour to create something together. The dance material in Shadows Remain Silent is as much the result of Sharifi’s many conversations with the dancers as of what has taken place on the dance floor. Sharifi has worked with each dancer individually and thereby forced them to observe the individuals in the group. The theme of the piece has been created on the basis of the group’s interaction and understanding of each other. Superlatives have been used to describe the piece, with both strongly positive and strongly negative connotations, ranging from «Gentle sensitivity and huge energy», «A new era in Norwegian performing arts» and «An inner resonance» to «An assault on the audience», «A series of uncomfortable silences»
and «Carte Blanche serves up contemporary dance without any dance».  The Norwegian-Iranian choreographer Hooman
Sharifi’s work is physical and powerful. It shifts between theatre, dance and visual art. Sharifi has a background in street dance and hip hop, and his work explores the feelings and structures that lie concealed behind hierarchies, violence, power and abuse.


Soft sensitivity and fierce energy. Marianne Lystrup Vårt Land

“Shadows Remain Silent” represents a change in Norwegian dance art. Sidsel Pape Scenekunst.no

Sharifi's performance challenges the limits of analysis and theories. Charlotte Myrbråten, Bergens Tidende

It is truly premiere-evenings like this that remain unforgettable …  Monica Emilie Herstad Kunstbevegelsen


The result is fortunate. Sharifi's project seems to be completed with “Shadows Remain Silent”.

With the help of Carte Blanche he has eventually managed to show what he want to express. Sidsel Pape Scenekunst.no




tour dates

21 April 2015

11 December 2014

5 December 2014

4 December 2014

20 January 2014

16 January 2014


Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam (NL) kick-off Julidans Festival

The Norwegian Opera & Ballet, Oslo (NO) (Ice Hot)

Studio Bergen, Bergen (NO)

Studio Bergen, Bergen (NO)

The Norwegian Opera & Ballet, Oslo (NO)

Opéra de Dijon, Dijon (FR) - premiere

Shadows Remain Silent

Hooman Sharifi