What Was Must Die - Samba


TARGET GROUP: Adults, Teenagers

VARIGHED: Approx. 50 minutes

The space between us
Welcome to the blood-red imagination of the porker! A samba arena, a show ring, a hotbed, a pigsty.
A circus of festivities, fellowships, secrets and seduction.
SAMBA is raw. SAMBA is urban. SAMBA pulsates. SAMBA is sensual. SAMBA is dastardly deeds and connectedness. SAMBA is everything that arises in the space between us. SAMBA gets under our skin, behind our masks, into the ring; it embodies and makes space for everything we are. Nothing is clear-cut: not the cutest piglet or the hunkiest boar.
With our snouts in the trough and our tails in the air we will grub deep into the mire and hurl ourselves into the human fellowship with all the misunderstandings, compromises and balancing acts that entails, tiptoeing on piggy toes through the mud in a world of pork.

In SAMBA the audience is seated close to the circular arena. They are thus part of the set, which also features a suspension bridge, chairs, hay and mud. Live music is performed by the composer, who also happens to be a dancer. “Pig”, the main character, guides and leads you through all the awfulness and vanity of the show.

WHAT WAS MUST DIE Samba premiered at Dansekapellet in Copenhagen 10 September 2020.

“SAMBA embraces the animal in us with tenderness, intelligence and humour. The show also confirms UPPERCUT DANSETEATER as the liveliest dance company in Denmark right now.”

“SAMBA is a bold production that asks the right questions and leaves you enchanted, pensive and fairly blown away. Pretty unforgettable.”

Stephanie Thomasen

Alexander Skjold Henriksen


Johan Kølkjær


Betina Rex

Peter Bodholdt Løkke

Lukas Larsen

Alessandro Sousa Perira
Linn Fletcher
Mark Philip
Stephanie Thomasen



WHAT WAS MUST DIE Samba is produced with support from The Danish Arts Council, The Augustinus Foundation, The Knud Højgaard Foundation and The William Demant Foundation