The Arrival

Teater Rio Rose

A moving story about being foreign – and about belonging.

What leads a man to put everything behind him, and travel alone to a foreign country where everything is unknown, loneliness overwhelming and the future uncertain?

Shaun Tan’s graphic novel The Arrival follows a man, as he escapes to a world where everything is different. In Teater Rio Rose’s beautiful performance, the 449 pages of the book form a poetic film which is accompanied by live music.

The music is composed by the acknowledged Danish musician Thomas Clausen, who together with the talented accordion Francesco Calì constitute the two man band of the performance.


Date and time

Nov. 1 at 19 (sold out)
Nov. 2 at 19* (sold out)

* Avoid dinner bustle: Enjoy a nice bowl of soup with toppings and bread before this performance, upon preorder – only 50 dkk. The soup is served between 18.00-18.30. 


An almost whispering tale of belonging.

  • Age group:

    Adults and young papole from 14 years
  • Duration:

    70 min.
  • Artist/Illustrator

    Shaun Tan
  • Cast and musicians

    Pianist Thomas Clausen
    Accordion Francesco Calì
  • Directors

    Tove Bornhøft
    Jonas Wagner
  • Scenographer

    Tove Bornhøft
  • Film Editor

    Jonas Wagner
  • Composer

    Thomas Clausen
  • Sound and Light Designer

    Søren Kyed


Accessibility conditions

The theatre is on ground floor and easy to access. Please do contact us in advance, if you are a wheelchair user and visit us to experience a performance. Then we can find the best seat for you.

Unfortunately, a few performances are not accessible by wheelchair – in that case it will be mentioned under ‘Info’ on the specific performance page on this website.

Parking conditions

It is possible to park in short distance from the theatre – against a fee. Read more and see our parking map.