A performance where dance and live music meet. Special guests Autumn 2017: Motorpsycho, Bergen Philarmonic Orchestra, Organ Night. Previous: Anneli Drecker, Motorpsycho, Susanna, Alain Franco, Hemmelig Tempo and Thea Hjelmeland.

by carte blanche is a performance created by the whole company. By removing the choreographer, we challenge the practice and tradition of the contemporary dance performance and open up for new interpretations of both concept and aesthetics.

The dancers stage themselves, having worked their way towards an agreement through a constant process of negotiation and acceptance. This intricate agreement meets the different musical guests we have invited to perform with us live on stage. These meetings generate performances where the fusion of two artistic expressions create unique stage moments.

The dancers and the artists have met just hours prior to the performance.

Along with the performance, all our audiences receive our Magazine #2, an artistic written supplement to the performance. This edition is about sysstems of governance. Read it here!

Come join us for an immersion into the immediate!


June 6th 2016 Grieghallen
June 10th 2016 Stavanger Konserthus

For the Bergen International Festival, we have invited the intriguing crossover artist Anneli Drecker, whom for more than 25 years has given the audience goose bumps with her unearthly voice. 17 years old, Drecker left her hometown, Tromsø, in search of a career with the pop-group Bel Canto in Brussels. Pioneering the electronica genre, Bel Canto impressed and influenced a whole generation music lovers in Norway in the 90-ties. Anneli Drecker collaborated with renowned Röyksopp for ten years, in addition to her work with several solo projects. In 2015 she released the album Rocks and Straws nationally and internationally. In this performance with Carte Blanche during the Bergen International Festival we will hear brand new songs, tailored for this particular occasion.





27 & 28 January 2016 The Norwegian Opera & Ballet, Oslo
4 & 5 February 2016 Studio Bergen
13 & 13 October 2017 Trøndelag Teater, Trondheim

The spark to what should become Motorpsycho was the meeting between the two teens Hans Magnus «Snah» Ryan and Bent Sæther and their meeting in Steinkjer and later in Trondheim in the 80’s. This lead to their first demo, recorded in January 1990, as well as extensive touring. Next, the album Lobotomizer was made in Oslo followed by being signed by the indie label Voices Of Wonder and later EMI. Today, Motorpsycho consist of Bent Sæther (bass, vocal), Hans Magnus «Snah» Ryan (guitar, vocal) as well as Thomas Järmyr (drums). Over the many years of the band’s existence, it has collaborated with many different artists such as Deathprod, Anneli Drecker, Baard Slagsvold, Jaga Jazzist, Stings Unlimited and Ståle Storløkken, as well as with orchestras and with other artistic expressions. Likewise, the artist Kim Hjortøy designs their album covers. Motorpsycho’s music is an experimental mix of psychedelic rock, normal rock, jazz, metal and punk. With so many different collaborators and unique project, it is difficult to place the band in one genre, from the grunge sounding Timothy’s Monster to the country-sounding Tussler. The performance and album The Death Defying Unicorn with Ståle Storløkken, Ola Kvernberg, The Trondheim Soloists and Trondheim Jazz Orchestra was performed at the Opera’s main stage and the commissioned piece For Folk Flest with Storløkken and the chamber chorus Aurum performed in the Nidaros Doom, shows the wide specter of the band’s musical and artistic expressions. Motorpsycho has several musical and cultural awards, amongst them, three Norwegian “Grammy’s” the Spellemann prize for the genre rock, pop and hard rock, as well as the Trondheim culture prize. The band are still, after 25 years, looking for the perfect music. In by carte blanche Motorpsycho and Carte Blanche will create a room together and search for the perfect moments that may occur when two different but equally equitable artistic expressions meet.





29 & 30 January 2016 The Norwegian Opera & Ballet, Oslo
16 & 17 February 2016 Studio Bergen

The artist Susanna is the woman behind «Susanna and the Magical Orchestra»// Susanna // Susanna Wallumrød. She has been releasing music for the past ten years through independent record companies such as Rune Grammofon and Grappa Musikkforlag. Since 2011 she has been releasing music through her own record company. Susanna is known for her personal interpretations of well known songs from bands like AC/DC, Dolly Parton, Thin Lizzy and ABBA. She also has some very strong original songs, and she has added melody to poems by the Norwegian poet Gunvor Hofmo. Ten albums so far – all well received both in Norway and internationally. Her releases from 2013 and 2014 in collaboration with Ensemble neoN and Jenny Hval, respectively, both won the norwegian music award «Spellemannsprisen» in the open category. Susanna has been composing music to order for Ladyfest, Telemarksfestivalen and Henie Onstad’s exhibition «Vi lever på en stjerne (We live on a star)». She has also been collaborating with Tuva L. Syvertsen, Stian Westerhus, Jenny hval, Dutch Jessica Sligter, Swiss Giovanna Pessi, American Bonnie «Prince» Billy and British John Paul Jones. Susanna received the «Gammleng»-award for her meritorious participation by phonogram releases in the open class in 2012. In the collaboration with Carte Blanche, Susanna will be playing in trio format, and in to playing the piano and singing, she will be bringing along with her Helge Sten on the guitar and Fredrik Wallumrød on drums and vocal.




12 & 13 February 2016 Studio Bergen

Alain Franco was born in Antwerp, but now resides in Brussels and Berlin. He graduated with a degree in piano and music theory in Belgium and Tel-Aviv, and later obtained a post-master degree at the Ircam-Ehess institute of Paris in 20th century Musicology. His genuine interest for Contemporary Music and Art (both as pianist and Conductor) resulted primarily in collaborations with leading ensembles and musicians in Europe, among these ensemble modern, ictus ensemble, Liege philharmonic orchestra, lyon opera orchstra, brussels opera chamber orchestra. This lead to artistic collaborations with performers, choreographers and theater directors such as Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Meg Stuart,Thomas Plischke, Kattrin Deufert, Romeo Castellucci, Isabelle Schad, Benjamin Vandewalle, Arkadi Zaides, Daniel Linehan. He is currently lecturing and curating at the P.A.R.T.S Research Cycle in Brussels, and he is also working both as a performer and music dramaturg on several projects.




9 & 10 February 2016 Studio Bergen

Hemmelig Tempo (translated: Secret Tempo) is a sound research trio consisting of Professor Waffel (Eugene Guribye), Doktor Døv (Gunnnar Innvær) and Professor Fokuda (Håvard Pedersen). For more than 10 years, they have devised self-made instruments, mechanical gadgets and electric circuitry in the laboratory. They present their sound experiments to the public in the form of concerts, videos, installations, as well as dance and theatre in collaboration with other participants from various artistic fields. This has resulted in an expression on the borderline between science, performance, improvisation, satire and Avant Garde sound art. Sound art is often viewed as a serious art form, but Hemmelig Tempo lets satire shine through from just beneath the surface. For the Ekko-Festival in 2008 the group made an installation (“Do we really need musicians?”) where children’s toys and robots constituted a sort of perpetual band that mechanically “triggered” various electronic sound modules. In the video “Unlikely Trios” they presented a series of implausible trios such as a piece for waffle iron, portable radio receiver and stylophone, and accordion, cake box and walkie-talkie. They have also released music on the renowned French label Musea where Hemmelig Tempo released the album “Who Put John Cage on the Guest List?” Their upcoming disc “Are You Part of Some Kind of Cult?” Is reportedly a concept album about a fictional island community where residents worship pseudo-science.




19 & 20 February 2016 Studio Bergen

With great presence and passion, Thea Hjelmeland creates her own musical universe; a hint of flamenco and fado, sparks from Balkan and Bollywood, a sprinkle of emotions from jazz and Norwegian folk tunes, all mixed with outstanding pop tunes. With her on-stage is her regular companion, percussionist Peter Baden.

All in Carte Blanche

Per Roar

Lighting design
Jens Sethzman

Costume design
Indrani Balgobin

Guro Rimeslåtten, Caroline Eckly, Nuria Navarra Vilasalò, Sara Enrich Bertran, Irene Vesterhus Theisen, Miryam Gracia Mariblanca**, Ole Martin Meland, Mathias Stoltenberg, Hugo Marmelada, Jack Lorentzen/Harald Beharie, Christopher Flinder Petersen, Dawid Lorenc