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...




With self-hatred as a jumping-off point, “FLAWED” looks at the contemptuous and critical dialogue w...



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!

winter guests is at CINARS!

Annika and Alan will both be at CINARS in Montreal, Nov 12th-17th and are looking forward to meeting old and new friends! Come visit them in booth #224 and hear about new projects on the horizon – including a new winter guests premier at Dansen Hus, Oslo come May, 2019. All details will be given at the Norway Now Pitch session happening Nov 14th at 21:00 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Room Saint Pierre. 

Tbilisi - Here we come!

winter guests is excited to once again perform Simulacrum – this time as part of the GIFT Festival (Georgian International Festival of Arts in Tbilisi). They are honored to be among so many great artists at such a great festival.

Kabuki meets Flamenco - Don't miss seeing this amazing piece Nov 12th and 13th!

"Dream on, baby" - Oktoberdans

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! 


winter guests goes to Seoul for PAMS!

Annika, our Senior Project Manager, heads to South Korea for PAMS (Performing Arts Market) from October 8th-13th! Come visit and hear about winter guests current and future projects! We will be at at the Performing Arts Hub Norway (PAHN) Booth #46 along with other Nordic artists - Hope to see many of you there! 

More information about PAMS here

Wilhelmsens Opera og Ballettpris 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!

The Hamlet Complex Premiers!

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 


Alan and winter guests company members premier Neues Stück II with the renowned Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch! After a week-run at the Opera House Wuppertal, Neues Stück II will begin its European tour at the Oslo Opera House where Alan and winter guests are Artists-in-Residence. 

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 // Oslo Opera House // Oslo, Norway

June 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th

The Hamlet Complex Begins!

winter guests just finished a day at the Oslo Opera House working with the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra conducted by Matt Dunkley. Featuring new music written by Henrik Skra, this kicked off the preparation for their new production The Hamlet Complex premiering Sept 14th at the Oslo Opera House.

The Hamley Complex // Oslo Opera House, Oslo, NO

Sept 14th, 15th, 19th, 20th, 22nd, 26th, 28th, 29th and October 1st



winter guests with ESC Youth Company

winter guests company members have begun the process of creating their co-production with ESC Ungdomskompani. This will be presented as part of Oktoberdans, the International Dance Festival in Bergen. We couldn’t be more impressed and honored to be working with such a talented group of young women!

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


Call for Actors/Dancers!!!!

Alan Lucien Øyen and winter guests will be at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Canada from July 2nd - July 28th developing our next show, The Hamlet Complex.
They are looking for 3 actors and 12 dancers to take part in this month long residency located at this stunning campus for the arts in the Rocky Mountains. Selected participants have all costs of the program covered including meals and accommodation.

For more information and to apply:

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.

Jingle Horse! – A Christmas Special returns to The Oslo Opera House!

“I can promise a Christmas performance in the best sense of the word, not only a festive atmosphere but also dignified, not only playful but with lots of melancholy.” – Øyen

In 2015 Jingle Horse! was winter guests’ first direct collaboration with The Norwegian Opera & Ballet.

What happens when a bunch of world-weary actors (all with a rather complicated relationship to the festive season) are asked to create a Christmas show in collaboration with a handful of overworked dancers from the Norwegian National Ballet?

In the ensuing chaos, dancers talk until they’re blue in the face, actors dance like their lives depended on it and (despite a marked lack of talent) everyone sings for Jesus… but hey, it’s Christmas!!!

6 Dec- 14 Dec 2017   More info / tickets.

 "The ensemble acting of winter guests is so strong it would carry any kind of text you could imagine.” DAGSAVISEN, (NO)

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.