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26 May - 09 June 2021
Opening performance

The American Moth

Theatre Dance Digital
World premiere
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​What’s loved and what is lost? The 2021 Bergen International Festival opens with an international co-production by Alan Lucien Øyen and his company winter guests. 

The American Moth is a hybrid, multi-medial performance combining dance, theatre in multiple languages and cinematic live video.

Featuring an extraordinary cast, including the legendary Liv Ullmann, The American Moth is a poetic exploration of the sympathies and resentments at play in inter-generational relationships – what's loved and what's lost, experience, memory, time. But leaping between hearts from old to young and back again, love is never alone, fear leaps alongside it. 

Undeniably influenced by the ongoing global pandemic, The American Moth reveals a series of personal stories in a stripped-down, confessional format. Amid the lies and labours of an increasingly confused world, an ancient demon grows stronger. A shared anxiety, while causing us to huddle together, threatens to tear us apart. 

Using state-of-the-art film cameras with cinematic lenses, director and choreographer Alan Lucien Øyen and his company winter guests push the envelope on live-video in a theatrical context, bringing the audience up-close and intimate and presenting cinematic intensity on stage. The text and choreography is developed in collaboration with the performers. 

The American Moth will open the 2021 Bergen International Festival before presenting at both National Theatre and Concert Hall, Taipei and The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. 


The event is filmed. Cameras can be an inconvenience to the audience at the venue. No admittance after the doors close, 5 mins before the event begins. Any distribution, copying and downloading of video content is strictly forbidden.

The performance Taylor Mac – A 24-Decade History of Popular Music was previously announced as the opening performance for the 2021 Bergen International Festival. This performance has now been postponed until 2022.

The Bergen International Festival is carried out in accordance with the government's and local authorities' current requirements and guidelines for COVID-19. Read more here.

Digital pass or ticket holder? Watch the event here.

Click to watch a teaser video. Alan Lucien Øyen (photo: Massimo Leardini). Photo at top: Annika Ostwald/winter guests



​1 h 30 min


At the venue
Standard: 860
Senior: 774
Under 30/student: 190
BT Fordel: 645

Digital event
Standard: 250
Under 30/Student: 150
BT Fordel: 180
Household: 400

Digital pass or ticket holder? Watch the event here.


​Multiple languages


    • Alan Lucien Øyen direction, choreography, script
    • Alexandre Desplat music
    • Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra 
    • Solrey musical director, conductor
    • Romain Allender musical assistant
    • Andrew Wale script
    • Martin Flack set and lighting design
    • Gunnar Innvær sound design
    • M12 Kultur camera production
    • Annika Ostwald senior project manager
    • Liv Ullmann, Tom Remlov, Yvonne Øyen, Andrew Wale, Lee-Yuan Tu, Olivia Ancona, Douglas Letheren, Meng-Ke Wu, Zander Constant cast

Produced by

winter guests / Alan Lucien Øyen​

A co-production with Bergen International Festival, Bergen, The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Washington D.C., The National Theatre and Concert Hall, Taipei, The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Oslo and Internationaal Theatre Amsterdam, Amsterdam.

Supported by

​H. Westfal-Larsen og Hustru Anna Westfal-Larsens Almennyttige Fond



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