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The Norwegian national company of contemporary dance


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

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.


Artistic Director: Annabelle Bonnéry | General Manager: Tone Tjemsland | Communication Director: Birthe Skotheim | Production & Planning Director: Tora de Zwart Rørholt | Rehearsal Director: Shlomi Ruimi | Turnésjef: Gulli Kr. Sekse | Sales & Marketing Assistant: Jonas Sharif Hordvik | Adminstrative Secretary: Mona Igland | Technical Director: Jeroen Tjeerd de Groot | Chief Electrician: Robert Roespel | Head of Sound: Gunnar Innvær | Stage & Tour Manager: Jan Tore Solberg | Lighting Technician: Thomas Bruvik |Sound Technician: Leif Herland | Head of Costumes: Indrani Balgobin | Dresser: Renate Rolland | Seamstress/Dresser: Krishna Biscardi | Modeler/Tailor: Martina Wilhelms Housekeeping: Benigne Nizigiyimana & Davin Iratunga | PR-, Press-, Prosess photos & Video: Tale Hendnes | Thanks: KODE ved direktør Petter Snare