Alan Lucien Øyen

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Alan Lucien Øyen

Alan Lucien Øyen is a choreographer, writer, and director from Bergen, Norway.[1] He is the founder and artistic director of the company winter guests.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Øyen grew up in Bergen, Norway. Starting at age two, Øyen spent his childhood attending plays. This early exposure to theater heavily influenced his decision to pursue a career in the performing arts.[3] His father, Yngvar Øyen, was a dresser at the Den Nationale Scen,[3] the largest and oldest theater in Bergen, where playwright Henrik Ibsen once served as artistic director.[4]

Early career[edit]

After graduating, Øyen joined contemporary dance company, Carte Blanche. He went on to dance for Amanda Miller's Pretty Ugly Dance Company in Cologne, Germany.[5] In 2008 and 2012 he returned to Norway to create commissioned works for Carte Blanche.


Winter Guests[edit]

Øyen founded Winter Guests – an international company performing works in English, often using meta-devices – in 2006. They have produced over a dozen original works and toured in over 15 countries.[6] Since 2009, he has co-written works with British-born actor and director Andrew Wale[7] In 2014, Winter Guests won the Hedda Award for "Best Stage Text", for their 5.5 hour-long Coelacanth,[6] which also received nominations for "Best Production of the Year", "Best Director" (for Øyen), and for "Best Supporting Actress" (for company member, Yvonne Øyen.[8] In 2016, Winter Guests was Artist-in-Residence at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center in Long Island, New York.[9]

Commissions and Other Work[edit]

Øyen has been an Artist-in-Residence with the Norwegian Opera and Ballet since 2013, where he often creates works.[as of?]

Known for combining dance, theater and text, Øyen has been commissioned to make many works across Europe. In 2015, he created Timelapse at the Norwegian National Ballet,[10] and, for the Gothenburg Opera in Sweden, If We Shadows Have Offended[11][12] Further to this, he directed the stage play, Stort og Stygt by Olaug Nillsen at Den Nationale Scene[13] in Norway.

In 2017, Øyen directed Lars Norén's Som Lauvet i Vallombrosa at Det Norske Teatret,[14] and created Kodak for the Gothenburg Opera.[15]

Øyen will create an original work for the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, scheduled to premiere in the summer of 2018.[16]


Winter Guests[edit]

  • America 3, SuperAmateur, Dansens Hus Oslo, 2017.[17]
  • Am. ep.2 Psychopatriot, Dansens Hus, Oslo, 2016.[18]
  • Simulacrum, CounterCurrent Festival 2017[19] and The Clarice Smith Centre for Performing Art, MD, USA 2016.
  • Jingle Horse, The Norwegian Opera and Ballet, 2015.[20]
  • Coelacanth, The Norwegian Opera and Ballet, Bergen International Festival, 2013.[21]
  • Lilly and George, Bærum kulturhus, BIT teatergarasjen, Norway 2012.[22]
  • Bird in Magic Rain… House of Dance, Norway in 2011 and Kennedy Center in 2013.[23]
  • FLAWED, La Comedie de Caen, France, House of Dance, Norway 2011.
  • AVENIDA CORRIENTES, Oktoberdans Festival, BIT-teatergarasjen, Norway, 2010.
  • AMERICA – Visions of love, BIT-teatergarasjen, Norway, CODA-Oslo – House of dance, Norway, 2009.
  • …and Carolyn, Ballettgesellschaft, Wettbeverb, Hannover, Germany, 2008.
  • What's not to love? BIT-teatergarasjen, Norway, DeVir CAPA, Portugal, 2007.

Commissioned works[edit]

  • Som Lauvet i Vallombrosa, Det Norske Teatret, Norway, 2017.
  • Stort og Stygt by Olaug Nillsen, Den Nationale Scene, Norway, 2016.
  • KODAK, The Gothenburg Opera, Sweden, 2016.
  • Timelapse, The Norwegian National Ballet, 2015.
  • If we shadows have offended. The Gothenburg Opera, Sweden, 2015.
  • Petrushka, The Norwegian National Ballet, Norway, 2013.[24]
  • FICTION, Carte Blanche, Natl. contemporary dance company, Norway, 2012.[25]
  • In a tin house when it rains, The Norwegian National Ballet, Norway, 2010.[24]
  • Endless, Icelandic dance company, Iceland, 2010.
  • Dead to the world, The Norwegian National Ballet, Norway, 2009.[26]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "Sceneweb". Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  2. ^ "Sceneweb". (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  3. ^ a b "Ei tid som ikkje finst • Det Norske Teatret". Det Norske Teatret (in Norwegian Nynorsk). Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  4. ^ "Henrik Ibsen – Norsk biografisk leksikon". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2017-06-08.
  5. ^ "Alan Lucien Øyen \ Den Norske Opera & Ballett". Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  6. ^ a b "Alan Lucien Øyen \ Den Norske Opera & Ballett". Retrieved 2017-06-08.
  7. ^ "Sceneweb". Retrieved 2017-06-08.
  8. ^ "Sceneweb". Retrieved 2017-06-08.
  9. ^ "Alan Lucien Øyen – The Watermill Center". 25 December 2015. Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  10. ^ "Alan Lucien Øyen gjør det igjen | KULTURSPEILET". KULTURSPEILET (in Norwegian Bokmål). 2015-10-24. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  11. ^ "If we shadows have offended | The Göteborg Opera". Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  12. ^ "Icon | The Göteborg Opera". Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  13. ^ "Stort og stygt". DNS. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  14. ^ "Som lauvet i Vallombrosa • Det Norske Teatret". Det Norske Teatret (in Norwegian Nynorsk). Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  15. ^ "Kodak | The Göteborg Opera". Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  16. ^ "Tanztheater Wuppertal – Pina Bausch". (in German). Retrieved 2017-06-14.
  17. ^ Carlsen, Neue Design Studio + Fred (2017-10-19). "America Ep. 3: SuperAmateur – Dansens Hus". (in Norwegian Bokmål). Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  18. ^ Carlsen, Neue Design Studio + Fred (2017-06-08). "America Ep. 2 – Psychopatriot – Dansens Hus". (in Norwegian Bokmål). Retrieved 2017-06-08.
  19. ^ "winter guests – CounterCurrent". CounterCurrent. Retrieved 2017-06-08.
  20. ^ "Jingle Horse! – a Christmas Special \ Den Norske Opera & Ballett". Retrieved 2017-06-08.
  21. ^ "Skuespill | Operaen | Alan Lucien Øyen | winter guests \ Den Norske Opera and Ballett". (in Norwegian Bokmål). Retrieved 2017-06-08.
  22. ^ "Sceneweb". Retrieved 2017-06-08.
  23. ^ Wren, Celia; Wren, Celia (2013-02-21). "At Kennedy Center, 'Bird in Magic Rain with Tears' is intriguingly enigmatic". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-06-08.
  24. ^ a b "Alan Lucien Øyen \ Den Norske Opera & Ballett". Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  25. ^ "Sceneweb". Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  26. ^ Chern, C. J.; Beutler, E. (January 1976). "Biochemical and electrophoretic studies of erythrocyte pyridoxine kinase in white and black Americans". American Journal of Human Genetics. 28 (1): 9–17. ISSN 0002-9297. PMC 1684914. PMID 2009.