Poetic imagery, both dark and light, that comes from a deep philosophical wellspring.
Paula Citron, Globe and Mail, Canada, October 2004
Superbly skilled performers … Beckett with a dash of Dada … Danish choreographer Kitt Johnson is an ace at wringing more from less.
Michael Crabb, National Post, Canada, October 2004
An inexplicable delight … superbly disciplined movers … performing with such slow deliberation and intense concentration that the viewer remained glued to what was happening.
William Littler, Toronto Star, Canada, October 2004
The latest production by Denmark’s leading performer Kitt Johnson turned out to be a quietly wonderful experience… Itzik Gabay delighted the audience with his physical charm, Samuel Gustavsson created the necessary fuss and fretted over the lemons, while Karl Stets was a real circus magician who conjured up a dangerous snake out of a piece of rope… a weird and silent world… playful in a Zen sort of way.
Charlotte Christensen, ballet-tanz, Germany, May 2004
The Lemonkeepers accentuated a unique artistic understanding of the theatrical space and an exceptional ability of renewing the language of choreography…. elements of circus and catchpenny shows brought into the world of choreography turned out to be a wonderful and very personal interpretation of Cirque Nouveau. The audience was driven into a restless universe which balanced on the border between madness and genius, with humour as the eternal redeemer… a conspicuous performance which manifests Kitt Johnson as one of the most remarkable choreographers at present.
Kitt Westh, Teater 1, Denmark, April 2004
Poetry, humour and a formidable bite are delicately harmonised in Kitt Johnson’s entertaining existential chamber piece… an almost surrealistic version of the old (Danish) joke: there are two men sitting on a raft etc… a Beckett-like space for exploration of life’s eternal ground rules – with boredom and death as stowaways. A universe which composer Sture Ericson nails with a resounding mix of distant, jarring deep-sea echoes, distorted noise and electrical guitar riffs with a sound of the prairies like in a Morricone western… the three performers’ skilled play with mime, kinesics and supreme artistery is a delight. Johnson’s lemondance is no bitter pill. It is chock-full with vitamins … This is great art!
Majbrit Hjelmsbo, Weekendavisen, Denmark, February 2004
Poetic theatre fun. The energy of the movements flowed through the bodies, and from performer to performer, whilst the blue rope became a snake in the lemon paradise and a pair of plaits on a shaved head… original and surprising stage magic… of hushed presence and trifles.
Erik Aschengreen, Berlingske Tidende, Denmark, February 2004
A little piece of absurd theatre in the best Beckettian style.
Henrik Lyding, Jyllandsposten, Denmark, February 2004
There can be no doubt that Johnson is one of the most industrious and original stagers of dance in these dry times … one of her specialities is the way in which her cutting of the scenes makes us think and sense in new ways.
Janus Kodal, Politiken, Denmark, February 2004
The Lemonkeepers is beautiful and harmonious… working with subtle insights and their quietly exquisite presentation. It is a performance for warmth, and hearty fun. Artistically brilliant in concept and presentation.
Knud Cornelius, Frederiksborg Amts Avis, Denmark, February 2004
The Lemonkeepers is a metaphysical play with movement, light as a feather, deep as a parable. Humour is the main thread, philanthropy itself the password. The Dadaistic tone of Cirque Nouveau unites with a uniquely physical timing… Sture Ericson’s suggestive sound is inherent in this well turned performance… superbly complemented by Mogens Kjempff’s fantastic light setting… The Lemonkeepers is something of a miracle… one you want to see again.
Charlotte Christensen, Danstidningen, Sweden, February 2004
Photo: Per Morten Abrahamsen
Performers: Itzik Gabay, Karl Stets, Samuel Gustavsson