Death and the fruity highway to hell/heaven

Dansekapellet, Bispebjerg Torv 1, Cph NV; May 30-June 14; 40-135kr.

Choreographer Kasper Ravnhøj is afraid of death. Terrified, in fact. 

But he has a history of creating dance pieces for his Mute Comp physical theater company about serious issues that scare him, as he says, about "how we make life more complicated". And, through the past topics have been far more concrete – weapons drugs sex trafficking – and he admittedly still "doesn't know what death is", he felt that death was the next frontier, if you will. 

Plume Wine, Highway, Lemon, months in the making, is that production. In preparation, Ravhøj read many different religious texts, but he found this particular then much more difficult to research than those about which he has choreographed in the past. 

"It's difficult to dance in a garden of paradise", he says. "There's no drama. It will be more abstract than that."

And if Mute Comp's past performances are any indication, there will be drama in Plume Wine, Highway, Lemon. The troup, founded in 1999 by Ravnhøj and Jacob Stage, is known for its expression of abstract concepts through dance but also for a style many call "crash dance", which is characterised by dynamic movement, physical risk and quite a bit of hitting the floor. 

At leat Ravnhøj – and his dancers, hopefully – aren't afraid of that.