Story, story, die.

Story, story, die.


With a cast of 7 extraordinary dancers – Story, story, die. looks at the interdependency between li...

AMERICA ep. 3 - SuperAmateur

AMERICA ep. 3 - SuperAmateur


“What a vast screen one could fill if there were no edits…” For the final installment in their Amer...

AMERICA - Ep. 2 Pychopatriot

AMERICA - Ep. 2 Pychopatriot


America’s got a story. And it’s sticking to it. But where’s it written down? Where is the ‘Great Am...




Simulacrum weaves together the true histories of two extraordinary dancers – to create a semi-ficti...

Jingle Horse! A Christmas Special

Jingle Horse! A Christmas Special


Jingle Horse is Winter Guests’ first direct collaboration with the Norwegian Opera and Ballet, and ...


Coelacanth [see,lu-canth]


With Coelacanth we present our biggest and most ambitious project ever - an epic 5,5 hour theatrica...




Mum and Dad – It all begins with them. During our childhood, our parents’ experiences and choices b...




Multi-medial two act play for three performers Essentially a piece about longing and coming to term...

What's not to love?

What's not to love?


Drawing on references from cinema, television and theatre, “What’s Not to Love?” utilises many expr...


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"Story, story, die." premiers!

winter guests is thrilled for the world premier of their new creation Story, story, die. May 25th at Dansens Hus, Olso. With an amazing cast of 7 international dancers, rehearsing across 4 countries and 2 continents, they are eager to bring this piece to an audience.  

Don't miss seeing it May 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th at Dansens Hus in Oslo!

It will then open Julidans Festival Amsterdam July 2nd and 3rd and close Tanz im August Festival in Berlin August 29th, 30th and 31st.    

Stay tuned for more touring throughout 2020/21.

Bon Voyage, Bob at Sadler's Wells!

Alan's piece Bon Voyage, Bob for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch is at Sadler's Wells this weekend! It is a huge honor to be one of the first two choreographers commissioned to create a full-length piece for this legendary company. It has gained a lot of attention since it's premier in June 2018 - Don't miss seeing it!

Check out Alan's recent interview about this work for The Stage.

Alan in Asia!

Alan is spending the winter in Asia, conducting research and meeting with colleagues for new projects premiering in 2020/2021! He is very excited for these future collaborations - one with West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong and one at the National Theater & Concert Hall in Taiwan. He will end this trip as part of the Norwegian delegation at TPAMS in Tokyo.

Top Five in Japan!

Japan Times has chosen Simulacrum as one of their top five best new productions in 2018!
Simulacrum is described as “a gem of aesthetic staging”, with Shoji Kojima and Daniel Proietto “contrasting and complementing each other exquisitely”!
We are so proud and honored of this recognition. Bringing Simulacrum “home” to Japan was an important moment and certainly one of the highlights of 2018.

Tis the Season!

Jingle Horse! - A Christmas Special is back for its third year at the Oslo Opera House! winter guests teams up with dancers from the Norwegian National Ballet to bring you an evening of all the joys and tribulations of Christmas - a perfect way to kick off the holiday season playing December 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th!

Dream on, Baby Premiers at Oktoberdance

Dream on, baby - winter guests production with ESC ungdomskompani premieres this Saturday, October 20th, 2018 at 7:30pm at Røkeriet USF as part of BIT Oktoberdans!

Exploring the fine line between childhood and adulthood...between dreams and reality - Don't miss seeing these amazing talented young women! 


The Hamlet Complex Opens

Alan and winter guests company members have been hitting the ground running preparing for the September 14th premier of The Hamlet Complex at the main stage of Oslo Opera House. Five winter guests actors join the dancers of the Norwegian National Ballet along with members of the Children's Choir and the Ballet School on Åsmund Færavaag's spectacular set to tackle the themes of Shakespeare's most produced play. Complete with new music written by Henrik Skram and performed by the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra, this epic piece gives fresh perspective to a legendary tale.

Running through October 1st at Oslo Opera House 

NEUES STÜCK II at Volksbühne, Berlin

Alan and winter guests company members premier Neues Stück II with the renowned Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch! After runs at the Opera House in Wuppertal and Oslo, Neues Stück II continue its European tour to legendary Volksbühne, Berlin and the festival Tanz im August. 

Check out the press below! 

New York Times 


Westdeutsche Zeitung

Neues Stück II // Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch // Opera House Wuppertal // Wuppertal, Germany

June 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th

Neues Stück II // Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch // Volksbühne // Berlin, Germany

August 31st, September 1st, 2nd.

Wilhelmsens Opera og Ballett Award!

Congratulations to Alan who was given the Wilhelmsens Opera og Ballettpris Award! He is very honored and humbled and winter guests could not be more proud! The award itself was presented on the 5th of October at the Oslo Opera House with a Gala in honor of the award winners. With the award comes a 400.000 Kroner scholarship. 

Check out the moment they surprised him here!

Simulacrum in Japan!

winter guests just wrapped up a truly amazing week in Shizuoka Japan! 

We were deeply honored to bring Simulacrum back to its roots of inspiration and be able to be a part of the World Theater Festival Shizuoka 2018 at the breathtaking Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (SPAC), where just steps outside you are met with views of Mount Fuji! 

With packed audiences, including The Art Council of Japan, we were in awe of the generosity and hospitality of the SPAC and its director Mr. Satoshi Miyagi.


Timelapse opened on October 25th, 2015 at the Oslo Opera House celebrating the passing of the “future date” from the 1985 film Back to the Future. A poetic piece examining the concept of time, looks both to the past and the future of dance, braiding together movement with text in a spectacular set-design by long time winter guests set-designer Åsmund Færavaag.

After a welcomed reception to standing ovations in 2015, we are thrilled to bring back this piece to the main stage of The Norwegian Opera and Ballet. In this years remount premiering March 15th Alan will join this stellar group of dancers and perform the speaking role!

Timelapse // The Norwegian Opera and Ballet, Oslo, NO
March 15th, 17th, 21st, 23rd, April 4th, 5th, 7th, 9th, 11th, 12th


Théâtre National de Chaillot presents another two works by Alan Lucien Øyen / winter guests!

After a very successful run of Simulacrum, Théâtre National de Chaillot now brings both And... Carolyn, and KODAK (Göteborgsoperan) to their beautiful venue this January.

Théâtre National de Chaillot, one of France’s five national theaters, and the first to focus on dance is one of the most prestigious and historically important venues in Paris.

16th January, 2018: And... Carolyn, (Norwegian National Ballet) based on sound excepts from Sam Mendes’ film American Beauty is presented as part of a curated Nordic event dedicated to dance and cinema. Two dancers from the Norwegian National Ballet opens the festival.

25th, 26th, 27th January 2018: KODAK (Göteborgsoperan), performed by ten dancers from GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, a cinematic piece enveloped in mist through which the icons of American pop culture emerge.

Sinnerman returns to the London Colisuem!

"Daniel Proietto danced like a demon in the spiralling exhuberance of Sinnerman (music Nina Simone) with choreography by Alan Lucien Øyen and a costume so sparkly it could have been a light show.'"- Debra Craine, The Times

As part of Men in Motion Daniel Proietto will perform “…Sinnerman, aferociously demanding solo by Alan Lucien Øyen (Clement Crisp, Financial Times). Men in Motion pays homage to the great dancers and choreographers of the past and showcases some of the most exciting artists at work today.

22 Nov- 23 Nov 2017

“So what would cause the 2014 public to gasp in surprise? Daniel Proietto’s glittering body stocking, that’s what. The shocked intake of breath was audible when he walked on stage, and an atmosphere of high anticipation crackled through London’s Coliseum.”- Steward Who, gaystarnews

Théâtre National de Chaillot, will present three works by Alan Lucien Øyen / winter guests in their 2017/2018 season!

Théâtre National de Chaillot, one of France’s five national theaters, and the first to focus on dance is one of the most prestigious and historically important venues in Paris.  Alan Lucien Øyen  / winter guests is thrilled to present three of their most acclaimed pieces in one season:

7th, 8th November, 2017: Simulacrum, a meeting of Flamenco and Kabuki across cultures and ages. 

16th January, 2018: …and Carolyn, based on sound excepts from Sam Mendes’ film American Beauty is presented as part of a curated Nordic event dedicated to dance and cinema.

25th, 26th, 27th January 2018: KODAK (Göteborgsoperan), performed by ten dancers from GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, cinematic piece enveloped in mist through which the icons of American pop culture emerge.

Alan with Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch!

Alan will be one of the first two artists to create a new full-length piece for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

The work will première in Wuppertal on June 2nd 2018 as part of Adolphe Binder's first season as Artistic Director.

"It's an absolute privilege to be allowed to create together with the inspirational artists that are the legacy of Pina Bausch. I'm entirely humbled by this incredible honor."

- Alan Lucien Øyen

Opening the Bergen International Festival!

For the second year running winter guests was responsible for the Opening Ceremony of the Bergen International festival. This years event was written and hosted by Andrew Wale together with Suzie Davies, and directed by Alan Øyen.

The event was very well received and particular credit was given to the conceptual choice of using last years criticism towards the festival as satire during this years Opening ceremony. The Bergen Newspapers called it "a turnaround with surgical precision".

New York Theatre Workshop!

In August 2016 Alan Lucien Øyen and Andrew Wale will spend a week at New York Theatre Workshop Dartmouth Residency to continue working on AMERICA - Ep. 2 Psychopatriot.

Award-winning New York Theatre Workshop is both a laboratory for theatrical exploration and producer of plays that expand the boundaries of theatrical form and address the critical issues of our times.

New York Theatre Workshop

Residency at The Clarice

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland has invited winter guests /Alan Lucien Øyen for a month-long creation residency during summer 2016 to complete ”Simulacrum”.

The Clarice has provided winter guests with excellent premises, and a great opportunity to produce and show new work in the States, and to make new contacts in the field.

The Clarice

The Watermill Center

Winter guests / Alan Lucien Øyen has been selected to participate at a one-month residency program summer 2016 at Robert Wilson´s Watermill Center to work on the new text for the upcoming theatre work AMERICA –Ep. 2 -Psychopatriot. As a part of their residency at Watermill, Alan Lucien Øyen and Andrew Wale will present a staged reading of AMERICA Ep.2 – Psychopatriot.

The Watermill Centre

New York Networking

We're excited to be back in NYC and be part of Satellite Meeting organised by the Performing Arts Hub Norway and FuturePerfect. The 5-days delegate meeting is from January 11 till 17, involving meetings, tour of venues, workshops and performances.

We will be talking with U.S partners specifically about our upcoming project Simulacrum.

Nick Knight films Sinnerman!

Nick Knight films Sinnerman!

We are extremely honoured and proud that Legendary fashion photographer Nick Knight wanted to make a fashion film out of Sinnerman.

Knight first saw Sinnerman when it was presented Ivan Putrov’s Gala "Men in Motion" the London Coliseum last year.

Nick wanted to create the film as a celebration of the majesty of the male dancer - a sublime example of the possibilities of the body and the impact of the moving image.

Check out to see the film

Hedda Nominations for Big Fish!

COELACANT earned  Andrew Wale and Alan Lucien Øyen a Hedda Award for best play script 2014!

The Hedda Award is the most distinguised award for theatre in Norway, and our five and a half hour long epic also earned us nominations in the categories Best Supporting Actress, Best Director and Best Play! We are extatic and proud.

Big Story - Big Fish...

Big Story - Big Fish...

Presented over 5 and a half hours, with 12 musicians on stage and a strong international cast of dancers and actors, COELACANTH, is our biggest and most ambitious project ever.

Offering moving performances, exquisite dance, live music and a visually stunning set design, the play is a wild and humorous, but also unique, insight into the life behind the scenes of the theater.

Performing at at the New Norwegian Opera House in Oslo,

October 2013.

BASE FUNDING for winter guests!

BASE FUNDING for winter guests!

On March 27, 2012 winter guests received base funding from the Norwegian Arts Council.

As of 2012 the company will receive annual funding aimed towards developing winter guests as a production platform for the creation of innovate and exciting performances. This means not only a strong increase in annual funding, but enables us to fly by the seat of our pants, as the funds are not earmarked specific projects.

We feel proud and humbled with these news. And very, very excited!

Link to the Norwegian Arts Council.