DRIVING THE BLUES AWAY – AN INFO COMEDY

What connects Toblerone to Bill Gates, waterbeds, orange juice, Coca-Cola, the Virgin Mary, and Immanuel Kant?

Olof Olsson takes you on a mind-bending trip of comic infotainment.

Driving the Blues Away is an info comedy racing through the histories of art, chocolate, cola-drinks, personal computers, philosophy, and theology. Along the way there’s a romantic melodrama – where Olof’s almost partner is seduced by an ultra famous software entrepreneur in the tax-free shop of Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Airport. The whole thing is steeped in Olof’s twisted love of language: “Our language and the world are not always hooked up one-to-one. It’s a mess, and that makes us nervous. But it’s a funny mess.”

PEOPLE SAY:
‘It’s mindblowing’ – Tanja Jordan
‘It’s a must see’ – Michael Thouber
‘It’s top notch’  – T.S. Høeg
‘My belly hurts from laughter’ – Monika Lipšic

THE PRESS SAYS:
‘I leave it elevated’ – Line Rosenvinge, Børsen
‘A supernova of stream of consciousness’ – Kim Kilde, Kopenhagen
‘Olof Olsson is a star’ – Michael Jeppesen, Information
‘Highly intelligent’ – Martina Scherf, Süddeutsche Zeitung

There’s no better way to drive the blues away, than Driving the Blues Away.

EUROPEAN TOUR  2019–2020
FRIDAY 06 DECEMBER, 20.30, KÖLN, at Temporary Gallery
TUESDAY 10 DECEMBER, 20.00, BRUXELLES, at Viktorija & Christian’s
SUNDAY 15 DECEMBER, 18.30, BERLIN, at Gruentaler9, Grüntalerstraße 9, 13357
WEDNESDAY 15 JANUARY, 20.00, PRAHA, at The Solution, Vinoradská 122
SATURDAY 18 JANUARY, 20.00, WIEN, at Kohlenrutsche,  Am Tabor 29
SATURDAY 25 JANUARY, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Kirkegaards Antikvariat
WEDNESDAY 29 JANUARY, 18.30, AARHUS, at Kunsthal Aarhus – FREE ENTRANCE
WEDNESDAY 04 MARCH, 17.00, TALLINN, at the Academy of Arts – FREE ENTRANCE
THURSDAY 12 MARCH, GOTHENBURG, at Valand – FREE ENTRANCE

Tickets: 10 € (including 2 Cuba Libres)
Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes (including a 15 minute break)
Bookings and contact: olof@olof.cc

Driving the Blues Away has been performed in Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The script is continuously refined.

The performances take place in theatres, night clubs, art spaces, apartments, and whatever else that’s imaginable and suitable. The Copenhagen performances are often held in Olof’s apartment on Østerbro. You will always get full info of where to go when you book. Since the size of the venues vary a lot, so do the number of available seats. So in some cases the performances are sold out as quickly as you’re able to pronounce the word phenomenological.

PAST PERFORMANCES:

2011
TUESDAY 25 OCTOBER, 20.00 KØBENAVN, at Griffenfeldtgades Akademi
FRIDAY 18 NOVEMBER, 16.00 VILNIUS, at the National Gallery of Art
SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER, 20.00, BERLIN, at Air Berlin Alexanderplatz

2012
FRIDAY 20 JANUARY, 18.00, TALLINN, at KUMU Art Museum
SATURDAY 09 JUNE, 15.00, KASSEL, in Karlsaue
TUESDAY 26 JUNE, 18.00, HOLBÆK Kunsthøjskole
FRIDAY 20 JULY, 17.00, KASSEL, at Hugenottenhaus
WEDNESDAY 15 AUGUST, 20.00, BERLIN, at Picture Berlin
SUNDAY 2 SEPTEMBER, 18.00, KØBENHAVN, at Copenhagen Art Festival, Caféteatret

2013 
WEDNESDAY 27 FEBRUARY, 20.00, ZÜRICH, at Corner College
SATURDAY 16 MARCH, 20.00, AMSTERDAM, at Rijksakademie
FRIDAY 22 MARCH, 08.00, GENTOFTE, at Aurehøj Gymnasium
SUNDAY 19 MAY, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Hitparaden, Pumpehuset

2014
MONDAY 20 JANUARY, 11.00, KØBENHAVN, at Vera
THURSDAY 23 OCTOBER, 20.00, BUCAREST, at Salonul de Proiecte
WEDNESDAY 05 NOVEMBER, 20.00, BUDAPEST, at Trafo
TUESDAY 09 DECEMBER, 20.00, KRAKÓW, at The Academy of Fine Arts

2015
TUESDAY 24 FEBRUARY, 16.00, FU-BERLIN, at Institut für Deutsche und NL Philologie
SATURDAY 14 NOVEMBER, 19.30, AALBORG, Hitparaden, Platform 4

FRIDAY 27 NOVEMBER, 20.00 TALLINN, Tallinn Art Hall
SUNDAY 06 DECEMBER, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, Skibbroen 4

2016
FRIDAY 12 FEBRUARY, 16.00, REYKJAVIK, at the Iceland Academy of the Arts
TUESDAY, 05 APRIL, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s
TUESDAY, 12 APRIL, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s
TUESDAY, 19 APRIL, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s
TUESDAY, 26 APRIL, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s – SOLD OUT
TUESDAY, 03 MAY, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s
TUESDAY, 10 MAY, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s – SOLD OUT
TUESDAY, 17 MAY, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s – SOLD OUT
TUESDAY, 24 MAY, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s – SOLD OUT
TUESDAY, 31 MAY, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s – SOLD OUT
TUESDAY, 07 JUNE, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s – SOLD OUT
TUESDAY, 14 JUNE, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s – SOLD OUT
TUESDAY, 21 JUNE, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s
TUESDAY, 28 JUNE, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s – SOLD OUT
TUESDAY, 30 AUGUST, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s – SOLD OUT
TUESDAY, 06 SEPTEMBER, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s
TUESDAY, 13 SEPTEMBER, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s – SOLD OUT
TUESDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s
TUESDAY 27 SEPTEMBER, 20.00, ÅRHUS, at Trine’s–SOLD OUT
THURSDAY 29 SEPTEMBER, 20.00, VEJLE, at Claus’s – SOLD OUT
SATURDAY 01 OCTOBER, 20.00, KÖLN, at Aneta’s–SOLD OUT
THURSDAY 06 OCTOBER, 20.00, WARSZAWA, at Curie City
FRIDAY 07 OCTOBER, 20.00, WARSZAWA, at Curie City
TUESDAY 11 OCTOBER, 21.00, PRAHA, at The Solution–SOLD OUT
WEDNESDAY 12 OCTOBER, 20.00, WIEN, at WTKB Studios
THURSDAY 20 OCTOBER, 20.00, ZÜRICH, at Margit’s–SOLD OUT
SATURDAY, 22 OCTOBER, 20.00, SALZBURG, at Kantine mit
MONDAY 24 OCTOBER, 20.00, OFFENBACH AM MAIN, at Eric’s
TUESDAY 25 OCTOBER, 20.00, KØBENHAVN at Olof’s  TOUR FINALE
TUESDAY 01 NOVEMBER, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s
TUESDAY 08 NOVEMBER, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at the Royal Academy
SATURDAY 12 NOVEMBER, 19.00, KØBENHAVN, at Thomas’s – SOLD OUT
TUESDAY 15 NOVEMBER, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s – SOLD OUT
TUESDAY 22 NOVEMBER, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s – SOLD OUT
TUESDAY, 29 NOVEMBER, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s – SOLD OUT
TUESDAY, 06 DECEMBER, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s – SOLD OUT
TUESDAY, 13 DECEMBER, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s – SOLD OUT
TUESDAY, 20 DECEMBER, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s – SOLD OUT
TUESDAY, 27 DECEMBER, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s – SOLD OUT
THURSDAY, 29 DECEMBER, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s – EXTRA – SOLD OUT

2017
SATURDAY 14 JANUARY, 18.00, SOPOT, the National Gallery of Art
MONDAY 16 JANUARY, 20.00,  BERLIN, at Janine’s,
Köpenickerstraße 146/147, Hinterhaus, 4. Stock, Kreuzberg, 10997 Berlin
THURSDAY 19 JANUARY, 19.30, PRAHA, at Aren’sDobrovského 20/666, 170 00 Praha
FRIDAY 20 JANUARY, 20.00, LEIPZIG, at Lutz’s,
Naumburger Straße 40, 2. Hinterfhof, 04229 Leipzig
FRIDAY 27 JANUARY, 11.00, BOLOGNA, at Museo Cere
SATURDAY 28 JANUARY, 17.00, BOLOGNA, at Museo Cere
TUESDAY 31 JANUARY, 20.00, WIEN, at Sofie’s,
Jungstraße 158-170/11/R1, Ecke Jungstraße/Schönngasse
THURSDAY 02 FEBRUARY, 18.00, KARLSRUHE, at Hochschule für Gestaltung
TUESDAY 14 FEBRUARY, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s
TUESDAY 21 FEBRUARY, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s  – SOLD OUT
THURSDAY 23 FEBRUARY, 20.00, VEJLE, at Kristian’s
SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY, 20.00, AARHUS, at SPANIEN19C
MONDAY 27 FEBRUARY, 20.00, BERLIN, at Lotte’s
TUESDAY 28 MARCH, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s
TUESDAY 20 JUNE, 19.00, MUENCHEN, at Lothringer 13
TUESDAY 22 AUGUST, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s  –  SOLD OUT
TUESDAY 29 AUGUST, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s
WEDNESDAY 30 AUGUST, 16.00 KOLDING, Trapholt       
SATURDAY 02 SEPTEMBER, 20.00 KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s  –  SOLD OUT
TUESDAY 05 SEPTEMBER, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s
TUESDAY 12 SEPTEMBER, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s
TUESDAY 19 SEPTEMBER, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s
TUESDAY 26 SEPTEMBER, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s
SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER, 14.00, AARHUS, Kunsthal Aarhus  –  FREE ENTRANCE
TUESDAY 03 OCTOBER, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s
TUESDAY 10 OCTOBER, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s
FRIDAY 13 OCTOBER, 21.00, MUENCHEN, Fotodoks Festival, Lothringer 13
WEDNESDAY 25 OCTOBER, 17.00, KØBENHAVN, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Nyhavn 2
WEDNESDAY 1 NOVEMBER, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s  –  SOLD OUT
MONDAY 13 NOVEMBER, 19.00, PRAHA, Futura Project/Karlin Studios
THURSDAY 23 NOVEMBER, 20.00, BRUSSEL/BRUXELLES, That Might Be Right
SATURDAY 25 NOVEMBER, 20.00, PARIS, at Hampus & Joachim’s
SATURDAY 02 DECEMBER, 19.00, LONDON, HACKNEY, at Christian & Regine’s
THURSDAY 07 DECEMBER, 17.30, ARNHEM, Werkplaats Typografie
SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER, 20.00, BERLIN, at Jörn’s  –  SOLD OUT
THURSDAY 14 DECEMBER, 14.00, COPENHAGEN UNIVERSITY, Roland Bar
TUESDAY 19 DECEMBER, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s  –  SOLD OUT
WEDNESDAY 20 DECEMBER, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s – EXTRA – SOLD OUT
THURSDAY 21 DECEMBER, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s – EXTRA
TUESDAY 26 DECEMBER, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s  –  SOLD OUT

2018
TUESDAY 09 JANUARY, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s – SOLD OUT
TUESDAY 16 JANUARY, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s  –  SOLD OUT
TUESDAY 23 JANUARY, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s  –  SOLD OUT
THURSDAY 25 JANUARY, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s  –  EXTRA  –  SOLD OUT
MONDAY 29 JANUARY, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s  –  EXTRA  –  SOLD OUT
TUESDAY 30 JANUARY, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s  –  SOLD OUT
WEDNESDAY 31 JANUARY, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s  –  EXTRA – SOLD OUT
MONDAY 05 FEBRUARY, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s  –  EXTRA  – SOLD OUT
TUESDAY 06 FEBRUARY, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s  –  EXTRA  –  SOLD OUT
THURSDAY 08 FEBRUARY, 20.00, KØBENHAVN, at Olof’s  –  EXTRA  –  SOLD OUT
SATURDAY 17 NOVEMBER, 16.00 VILNIUS, at the National Gallery of Art

2019
THURSDAY 24 OCTOBER, 19.00, KØBENHAVN, at Skjold Contemporary – SOLD OUT