Alan Lucien ØyenWinter GuestsThéâtre de la FeuilleLow Kee Hong

Alan Lucien Øyen (Norway)

Alan is one of the most exciting up-and coming artists in Norway today, whose work as writer, director and choreographer has been highly acclaimed in his home country and abroad.

Alan graduated as a dancer from the State school of Art in Oslo in 2001, but quickly turned to choreographing and staging his own works. By 2006 he’d already established his own company winter guests, an ensemble of highly skilled performers, writing, staging and touring theatrical works in English for the international stage.

Alan has won several awards, both for his choreographic works as well as his theatre productions. Most recently, “Coelacanth” - a 5.5 hour long play, co-written by British playwright and director Andrew Wale, won him the prestigious HEDDA Award,(Norwegian Theatre Awards), for Best Original Play, as well as three other nominations including Best Director and Best Play.

As Artist in Residence with the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, Alan is given the space and freedom for himself and his company Winter Guests, to make groundbreaking theatre and dance performances in the stunning new Norwegian Opera House.

Winter Guests

Winter Guests is an international touring company performing works by Alan Lucien Øyen from Bergen, Norway.

Winter Guests tells stories of the contemporary world with words, video, music and movement. The works are often based on real life experiences, including original text, transcribed recordings and improvisations. The company often inserts its own reality into the subject matter of the piece - resulting in rich, eccentric and entertaining performances in a constantly shifting format. 

Described as "sincere and emotive", the performances have won several awards and engaged audiences and critics alike. In 2014 they won the HEDDA award, the most distinguished award for theatre in Norway, in the category best written stage-play, for their epic 5.5 hour long play Coelacanth. The piece also earned them nominations for best play and best director.

Winter Guests is closely associated with BIT-teatergarasjen, and as of January 2013 Alan Lucien Øyen has been Artist in Residence at the new Norwegian Opera House in Oslo, a commitment that extends to winter guests as a company.

The company is currently involved in a series of productions premiering 2015/16, among them Simulacrum. The work features 75-year-old Japanese flamenco legend Shoji Kojima in a polyphonic theatrical event that mixes opera, contemporary dance, Flamenco and Kabuki. Alan Lucien Øyen also continues to create commissioned work ranging from dance to film and theatre.

Winter Guests receives annual funding from The Norwegian Arts Council and The City of Bergen.

Théâtre de la Feuille

Founded in 2010 in Paris, France, Théâtre de la Feuille is now creatively based in Hong Kong.  Artistic Director Ata Wong was one of the few Chinese that completed the two-year program and Le Laboratoire d'Etude du Mouvement at École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. He also worked on productions by world famous theatre masters such as Peter Brook and Michael Brown.

Théâtre de la Feuille integrates Jacques Lecoq method from the West and artistic traditions from the East as foundation to create diverse productions, many of which have toured around the world. Recent works include, L'Orphelin (performed in France, Italy, Croatia, Hong Kong and Tai Pei Fringe Festival), I Want Euthanasia (performed in Beijing Nanluoguxiang Theatre Arts Festival and Tai Pei Fringe Festival), and L'Orphelin 2.0 (Beijing Fringe Festival, International Theatre Olympic Festival in Xi’an, Guangzhou Opera House, one of 10 selected programs performed at Zhongshan Culture and Art Centre 10-year anniversary celebration, Wuzhen Theatre Festival and Hong Kong).

Low Kee Hong (Hong Kong)

Kee Hong is currently Head of Artistic Development (Theatre) at the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Hong Kong SAR China.
 
He was the Artistic Director and General Manager of the Singapore Arts Festival from 2009 to 2012. Organised by the National Arts Council Singapore, the Festival played an important symbiotic and catalytic role in the development of the artistic and cultural life of Singapore.  The Festival saw its turning point in 2010 as it embarked on a new phase of development under the leadership of Kee Hong. Key changes and initiatives include turning this international arts platform into a Creation and People’s Festival and a year-long participation program, ‘com.mune’ to sustain the Festival’s engagement with the public beyond individual shows staged during the Festival period.
 
Formerly, Kee Hong was the General Manager of the Singapore Biennale, developing it from its inception in 2006 to the largest international contemporary visual arts platform in Singapore. As part of Singapore Biennale, Kee Hong was also actively involved in curating and serving as consultant to property developers in commissioning iconic permanent public art projects. Clients include Far East Organization for Orchard Central and Sino Land for Fullerton Heritage.