• Black Box teater
  • Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival
  • 5–14 March 2020
  • Performances, installations, talks,
    seminars and festival club
  • The Followers of Ø
  • «To arms! To arms!» – an affirmative Oratory
  • Monday 9,21.00


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. 

Since its founding, 17 filmed episodes have been created under the title Ø. These will be possible to experience at Vega Scene during the festival. Ever since Ø conquered the internet, a group of viewing enthusiasts, a gang of idealized audience members, a true cult of precariat-proletariat of chosen ones that go under the name of “The Followers of Ø” has gathered together from all over the world. Former audience members of Ø have tried to interpret the world. Now, the task is to change it. At Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival,  they will have their first – and only – performance of The Followers of Ø: «To arms! To arms!» – an affirmative Oratory at Kulturkirken Jakob, commissioned by 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.

  • Soloists from The Norwegian Opra: Trond Reinholdtsen, Snorre Hvamen, Kai Johnsen, Tobias Schülke, Øystein Hvamen Rasmussen, Harald Kolaas, Fredrik Floen
  • Militant feminist’s basso continou punk band: Jennifer Torrence, timpani and cymbals; Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen, drum set; Anders Førisdal, rock’n roll bass guitar
  • Affirmative Choir: Sosialistisk kor i Oslo
  • Voices of counterrevolutionary Doubt and Depression:
  • Nordic Voices: Tone E. Braaten, Ingrid Hanken, Ebba Rydh, Per Kristian Amundrød, Frank Havrøy, Rolf Magne Asser
  • The Olsäter Multiculti Philharmonic Orchestra: Astrid Solberg, Duoni Liu, John Andrew Wilhite-Hannisdal
  • Church Organ: Lazy Linda
  • Kitsch-saxophone special guest appearance: Josh Spear
  • Spectacular 39-channel sound design: Christian Obermayer
  • Crazy light show & moving heads improvisation:Sebastian Schmiedl
  • Metaphorically laden pyrotechniques: Olav Hanto
  • Co-production: The Norwegian Opra, Konsertserien Periferien, Black Box teater / Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival (Oslo)
  • Supported by: Arts Council Norway
  • Commissioned by: Konsertserien Periferien

Duration: 2,5 hours (approx.)

In collaboration with 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!