Alan Lucien Øyen is one of the most exciting up-and-coming artists in Norway today, whose work as writer, director and choreographer has been highly acclaimed in his home country and abroad.
He graduated as a dancer from the State school of Art in Oslo in 2001, but quickly turned to choreographing and staging his own works. By 2006 he had already established his own company winter guests, an ensemble of highly skilled performers, writing, staging and touring theatrical works in English for the international stage.
winter guests tells stories of the contemporary world with words, video, music and movement. The works are often based on real life experiences, including original text, transcribed recordings and improvisations. The company often inserts its own reality into the subject matter of the piece resulting in rich, eccentric, and entertaining performances in a constantly shifting format.
The artist has won several awards, both for his choreographic works as well as his theater productions. Most recently, Coelacanth – a six hour long play, co-written by British playwright and director Andrew Wale – won him the prestigious HEDDA Award (Norwegian Theater Awards) for Best Original Play, as well as three other nominations including Best Director and Best Play.
As an artist-in-residence with the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, he is given the space and freedom for himself and his company winter guests, to make groundbreaking theater and dance performances in the new Norwegian Opera House. This residency was made possible with support from the General Consulate of Norway.
Alan Lucien Øyen will begin the second phase of pre-production for a new work with international touring company company winter guests. Performing works by Øyen, winter guests tells stories of the contemporary world with words, video, music, and movement.