Laughter in the Dark

Performance Theatre

Nabokov's novel Laughter in the Dark (1938) tells a simple story of deception and desire. It is so simple that one can surrender themselves to the work’s use of illusions, movement, shadow play and arresting sound and music.

In this production, art forms are brought together in a work with perception as a witness to a classic deception. The work is based on the novel of the same name by Vladmir Nabokov. An extraordinary team of highly-respected international artists is brought together from film, music, dance and the visual arts.

Music Nils Frahm, a mesmerising German pianist and composer, who has worked with names like Danish Efterklang. Choreography Mette Ingvartsen, who is known for taking simple ideas to the extreme with her ground-breaking choreography and performance. Script Mogens Rukov, who is referred to as “his grey eminence” in Danish film. His credits include screenplays for Lars Von Trier’s The Idiots and Thomas Vinterbergs The Party. Direction and concept Kirsten Dehlholm, who directs and doses the sensory impressions so that the audience receives an intense and inspiring experience.

All speaks to the mind and the senses.

Running time : 90 mins


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  • 2015-11-28 00:00:00 2015-11-29 00:00:00 - RomaEuropa Festival 2015, Rome - Italy
  • 2014-10-04 00:00:00 2014-10-05 00:00:00 - TEART festival, Minsk - Belarus
  • 2014-09-28 00:00:00 2014-09-29 00:00:00 - SIRENOS festival, Vilnius - Lithuania
  • 2014-05-03 00:00:00 2014-05-24 00:00:00 - Repulique, Studio Stage, Copenhagen - Denmark


Performers : Albinus Thomas Mørk / Klaus Tange, Rex Johannes Lilleøre, Margot Clara Fasting Prebensen
Live music : Nils Frahm / August Rosenbaum

Direction, concept : Kirsten Dehlholm
Manuscript : Mogens Rukov, Kirsten Dehlholm
Choreography :Mette Ingvartsen
Music: Nils Frahm
Light design : Jesper Kongshaug
Sound design : Kristian Hverring
Set design : Kirsten Dehlholm, Adalsteinn Stefansson
Costume design : Henrik Vibskov

Production Hotel Pro Forma, Republique
Co-production : Hotel Pro Forma, Republique, Sirenos Festival, TEART
With support from Bikubenfonden, Oticonfonden, Toyotafonden, Beckettfonden and the Goethe Institute.