Øy

a collaboration between Borealis and Carte Blanche bringing together experimental music and contemporary dance.

Russian hooligans, occult horror and idlers. For Øy (Island), an exciting first time collaboration between Borealis and Carte Blanche, dancer Ole Martin Meland once again turns choreographer and joins forces with the experimental pop duo Smerz, for a new commission for seven Carte Blanche dancers.

Ole Martin’s choreographic work revolves around existential questions. The physical language is direct and unpolished and for this new piece his peculiar choreographic style is merged with Smerz’ intense, catchy soundscapes. As Smerz, Catharina Stoltenberg and Henriette Motzfeldt have in recent years delivered an impressive contribution to the electronic music genre, and for Øy they embrace inspirations from horror and romance, muscles and guitars, chamber music and posh culture, and perform live as part of the work.

Øy is a collaboration between Borealis and Carte Blanche bringing together experimental music and contemporary dance. Stepping outside of the dance studio and concert hall, the performance enters one of the city’s landmark buildings – the museum KODE 2 – to fill its galleries with music and dance from some of Norway’s most dynamic and forward-thinking artists.

Øy is a co-commission from Carte Blanche – The Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance, and Borealis – a festival for experimental music.
Produced by Carte Blanche.
Presented in collaboration with KODE.

Music by Smerz commissioned with support from Arts Council Norway.

Choreography
Ole Martin Meland

Co-produced with
Borealis Festival – a festival for experimental music

Lighting design
Silje Grimstad

Composer
Smerz : Catharina Stoltenberg (Computer, CDJs & vocals), Henriette Motzfeldt (Computer, CDJs, vocals & violin)

PR photo
Andrew Amorim

World premiere
6 March 2020