Alan Lucien Øyen
Director, choreographer, author and performer Alan Lucien Øyen has created the ballets In a tin house when it rains (2010), Dead to the World (2009) and Petrushka, for the Norwegian National Ballet. The latter represented his debut in the Main House in 2013. Since then he has been attached to the Norwegian National Ballet as in-house choreographer.
He began his career as a dancer, joining Carte Blanche after graduating from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts in 2001, before moving on to Amanda Miller's Pretty Ugly Dance Company in Cologne. Three years later he began to write, choreograph and stage his own work, establishing his own company, Winter Guests, in 2006. The company has since toured 15 countries on three continents. It also receives funding from Arts Council Norway.
To date Øyen has created 20 works for the stage, including seven commissions for ballet and dance companies both at home and abroad. He has won many awards, including three first prizes for choreography, and in 2011 he was awarded the title of Artist of the Year by the City of Bergen. His theatre production Coelacanth, which premiered at the Bergen International Festival in 2013 and had its Oslo premiere at the Oslo Opera House in the same autumn, won the Hedda Award for best play text and was nominated in four categories. In 2014 he made a film based on the play Avenida corrientes.