Residencies

Alan Lucien Øyen

1 – 19 Apr 2019

"Story, story, die."


Through contemporary words and movements, Story, story, die. looks at the interdependency between lies and love: The things we do to be liked.

It explores how we constantly re-arrange everyday life into stories in an attempt to craft a desirable narrative – how we "lie" about ourselves and “stage” reality for each other - as we meet in person or through social media. Relentlessly seeking approval – a fast and fading "conditional" love, dependent on success and happiness.

The culture of narcissism among the current “Me” generation is stronger than ever. But the happiness we aspire to is fleeting. It’s stasis. We’re neither happy, nor sad; sated but not satisfied:

Please: Watch Me, Want Me, Hug Me,Hold Me, Hurt Me, Hate Me,Help Me, Hide Me, Stop Me, Try Me,Trust Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me,Catch Me, Keep Me, Remember Me,Call Me, Find Me, Fuck Me,Follow Me, Fake Me, Like Me,Love Me, Love Me, Love Me,Love Me, Love Me...

Biography


Alan is one of the most exciting artists from Norway today, whose work as writer, director and choreographer has been highly acclaimed in his home country and abroad. After graduating from the School of Art in Oslo, Alan danced with The Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance, Carte Blanche and Amanda Miller's company Pretty Ugly before establishing winter guests – an international multidisciplinary touring company.

Alan is currently artistic director of winter guests and Associated Artist with The Norwegian National Opera and Ballett. winter guests tells stories of the contemporary world with words, video, music and movement. The works are based on real-life experiences, including original text, transcribed recordings and improvisations - presenting their avant-garde theatre and dance in both independent venues and in the context of opera houses.

They have won several awards and gained international acclaim while touring more than 20 countries for performances and residencies at places such as Théâtre National de Chaillot, The Kennedy Centre, Sadlers’s Wells, The Watermill Center, New York Theatre Workshop and Banff Center for the Arts and Creativity, among others.

Besides his work for winter guests, Alan is commissioned to create work for companies world wide, including The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, Paris Opera, Gothenburg Opera's Dance Company, Det Norske Teatret and most recently the was one of the first two guest choreographers commissioned to create a full-length piece for the renowned Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch which is currently touring the world.

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