• Black Box teater
  • Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival
  • 5–14 March 2020
  • Performances, installations, talks,
    seminars and festival club
  • The Norwegian Opra
  • Ø (The complete episodes 1-17)
  • Saturday 7,13.00-23.00


World Premiere

bolk 1 13.00-16.00
Den Norske Opra: Ø – episode 1-6

bolk 2 16.00-20.30
Den Norske Opra: Ø episode 7-12

bolk 3 20.30-23.00
Den Norske Opra: Ø episode 13-17


The grand opening of the Norwegian Opera and Ballet in Oslo took place in 2007, but one might not be aware of its unknown younger sibling, The Norwegian Opra, founded in 2009 by Trond Reinholdtsen. In 2015 The Norwegian Opra relocated to the woods of Sweden, abandoned the idea of the audience and downscaled the opera apparatus in order to regain artistic freedom in isolation and concentration. 

Since its founding, 17 filmed episodes in a grand opera cycle named Ø have been created. This cycle follows an admittedly complicated, but nonetheless, continuous, narrative. For the first time in history, all 17 episodes will be screened. Welcome to the world premiere! The crew from Norwegian Opra and a hardcore German philosopher of music (engaging in hermeneutic affirmative live-analyses of the films) will set up a camp in front of the screen to contribute countless theatrical interventions, opra-manifestos, leitmotif-presentations, microwaved food, rave party and drunken mumbo-jumbo. The presentation is a collaboration with Vega Scene and Konsertserien Periferien. 

Trond Reinholdtsen is educated as a classical composer and singer. In his work, he is mixing references to lecture, documentary, performance and banality with his interest in narrative form, mathematical structure and communist propaganda.

  • With Trond Reinholdtsen, Snorre Hvamen, Kai Johnsen, Tobias Schülke, Øystein Hvamen Rasmussen, Harald Kolaas & special guest: Filosof Harry Lehmann direkt vom Land des Geistes, Deutschland.


Total duration: 10 hours

In English.

Presented in collaboration with Vega Scene and Konsertserien Periferien.

  • Black Box teater Publication 4 contains a text by Trond Reinholdtsen on The Norwegian Opra.


FRI KUNST: We had a talk with opra director Trond Reinholdtsen about his viewpoints on artistic freedom. Click to read!