De Utvalgte is an autonomous theater company that has made its mark during the last fifteen years by displaying a desire to seek new expression, but also new content in the stage arts.
De Utvalgte is a theater company founded in Oslo in 1994 after the group’s original lineup graduated at the Nordic School of Theatre in Denmark.
The company consists of Kari Holtan, Boya Bøckman, Torbjørn Davidsen, Anne Holtan, Morten Kippe, and link up with other artists as needed.
De Utvalgte deals with contemporary theater and their performances are moving in the borderland between theater, visual art and performance. They create a distinctive and multifaceted expression through the assembly of self-made instruments such as video, text, sound and music.
De Utvalgte has as the first in the world developed new technology that uses 3D film scenography and narratives.
The performances often have a cast consisting of people with and without acting experience. This adds a dimension to the play with roles and identities, authenticity and theatricality.
The company mixes the comic and the tragic in bold ridicule of their own and others’ inadequacies.
In 2014 received the Featured Norwegian Arts Council funding basis.
Special Artistic Achievement
Statement of the Jury:
Sometimes the whole is larger than the sum of its parts. The winners of the award for Special artistic achievement have for years distinguished themselves with a peculiar grip on the performing arts, and constantly challenge their own practice by moving into the themes that reflect both social and artistic finesse. We have registered a clear necessity to praise this company’s full oeuvre for both its entirety and parts of it – their stretching stage room dimensions, their questions of timeless character. This year’s award for Special artistic achievement goes to De Utvalgte who are always seeking new avenues in its stage language.
Best Visual Design
Statement of the Jury:
The scenography today is often the most exciting part of many productions, and whether the visual takes a minimalistic or maximalistic form, the visuals add a unique and exciting dimension to the performance. At times the winner of the year subordinates its special endowment the overarching scenographic project. But the winner gets the prize for having created a staggering beautiful three-dimensional universe that complements and embodies both a simple and enigmatic text, and with letting a rich and diverse imagery allow for infinite variety of associations.
From Therese Bjørneboe’s speech:
This year’s Critics’ Price for theater goes to the company De Utvalgte. They have deserved such an award for a long time. But with The Art of Being Tamed, which premiered at the Black Box Theatre last year, De Utvalgte demonstrated their ability to surprise – renew themselves and set themselves new challenges – and so does the theater more unpredictable.
Like few others, De Utvalgte succeed in taking the pulse of our times – and I hope that they will continue. De Utvalgte have changed the way we look at, and made their audience a little more critical and less naïve in relation to the contemporary “thirst for reality.”