In the chaotic and complex now, “Øy” (Island) attempts to escape reality on the hunt for alternative narratives about the underdog. The quiet do-nothings. Those we don't yet know anything about.

In a hybrid between a spa resort and a fantasy battlefield, relationships between isolation, growth, vandalism and quiet oblivion are explored. We are witness to a passive-aggressive inner landscape characterized by seemingly meaningless rituals. The performance is also an exploration of the island as a poetic metaphor for repression and alienation. Water and stone become focal elements, and together with experimental pop duo Smerz’s evocative soundscape inspired by muscles and guitars, horror and romance, they set the framework for the searching characters exploration of an inner and outer stage space.
Ole Martin Meland’s choreographic work is intuitive, direct and unpolished. He is one of the most experienced dancers in Carte Blanche, and has choreographed several works, including “Brother” for the company in 2013, as well as commissioned works for Groteska Theater Krakow, Iceland Dance Company and Oslo Danse Ensemble.

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.


Ole Martin Meland

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

Lighting design
Silje Grimstad

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

PR photo
Tale Hendnes

Guro Rimeslåtten, Irene Vesterhus Theisen, Mathias Stoltenberg, Timothy Bartlett, Aslak Aune Nygård, Dawid Lorenc, Anne Lise Rønne, Lin Van Kaam, Ole Martin Meland

World premiere
6 March 2020