Noetic explores man’s instinctive need to structure every detail of our existence, and our longing to break free of the rules and discover what lies beyond them. The dancer´s movements in Noetic are mechanical and automated in appearance. Larbi wants to show the audience how we create structure for and to one another. They build, change and deconstruct reality.
The word "noetic" comes from the Greek word noetikos which means "intuitive mind" or "inner ability". Edgar Mitchell, the American astronaut, who founded The Institute of Noetic Sciences dedicated to research the role of consciousness in human evolution, revived the use of the word.
The set is designed by widely acclaimed artist Antony Gormley. It will give the dancers both bodily extensions and the constructive elements to create a potential architecture for individual and collective action. The harmonic and emotional music is composed by Szymon Brzóska for the Göteborg Opera Orchestra led by Henrik Schaefer. Percussionist Shogo Yoshii brings a flavor of traditional Japanese music to the creation. Miriam Andersén, Swedish singer and "riksspelman" will take part in Noetic as a vocal soloist. Costume design by Belgian fashion design team Les Hommes.