Origin of Species

A co-production between Mungo Park and Jo Strømgren Kompani (NO) on the subject of Charles Darwin´s controversial book.

The year is 1832 and the brig HMS Beagle is headed for the Galapagos Islands. On board is Charles Darwin, on the voyage of his life about to change the world. Three actors shed different lights on the theory of evolution, mixing factual and fictional angles with a dash of filmatic freedom.

The adventurous 22-year old Charles had agreed to keep Captain FitzRoy company, and made notes of new discoveries in wildlife and geography in wide-eyed amazement. On the almost five-year long journey around the world he developed his theories on the origin of species – a theory that would revolutionise our entire worldview. But his findings clashed with the Biblical interpretation and led to loud discussions in the captain’s cab.

Every piece of classic literature has been dramatised in theatre, so why not this book as well? It challenged science and religion in 1859 and is still the source of major conflicts around the world today. It is perhaps more relevant than ever.


Director, choreographer: Jo Strømgren
Cast: Mungo Park ensemble
Costumes: Katrine Bunton
Lighting design: Jacob Rasmussen
Sound design: Rasmus Overgaard Hansen
Assistant director: Nukaka Coster-Waldau
Co-production: Mungo Park and Jo Strømgren Kompani