30something explores the coming-of-age story through the lens of mid-career performers approaching mid-life crises. It combines the narrative of a high school dance with the meta- narrative of four dancers that have worked together for years trying to grasp where their careers will take them past their 30’s. The text for the piece is composed from hours of recorded conversations Gabel had with friends and colleagues. It covers everything from performer’s nightmares about ill-fitting costumes to climate change as a super-object. The actors perform an in-ear performance approach to the text with contemporary dance to make a humorous and engaging melodrama.


Concept Tale Dolven and Gabel Eiben

Performed by Tale Dolven, Carlos Garbin, Inga Hákonardóttir, Clinton Stringer

Music Carlos Garbin

Text Gabel Eiben in conversation with Ross Cowan, Tale Dolven, Inga Hákonardóttir, Tarek Halaby, Luis Ramirez Muñoz, Mary Tuomanen, Clinton Stringer, Katie Vickers

Production Tale Dolven and Gabel Eiben

Coproduction IMIR Scenekunst

Support Norwegian Cultural Council, Workspace Brussels, Dramatikkenshus Oslo, de Vlaamse Gemeenschap

Residencies workspacebrussels, IMIR Scenekunst, Dramatikkenshus Oslo, Fieldworks