winter guests – SIMULACRUM

Simulacrum, the new striking visual narrative and dance by Norwegian performing arts company Winter Guests, weaves together the real and fictional journeys, histories and desires of two actual dancers, both of whom left their countries of origin in search of “truth” and “authenticity”: Seventy-six year old Shōji Kojima migrated to Spain from Japan in 1966 at the age of 31 to become a master of Flamenco; and forty-six years later, a young 31 year-old contemporary Argentine dancer Daniel Proietto traveled to Japan via Norway to begin studying the Onnagata (the female role in Kabuki).

Simulacrum brings these two award-winning dancers together across geographical and cultural borders to examine the parts that memory, passion, identity and mortality play in the making of art and the artist. At a time in which culture increasingly flows across borders with unprecedented ease, and individuals are capable of negotiating complex encounters with dance forms and knowledge outside their cultures of birth, Simulacrum asks how are claims to authenticity made and by whom? What are the stakes?

With an original script by Alan Lucien Øyen and Andrew Wale (Hedda Award 2014), Simulacrum is an intensely visceral, multi-disciplinary performance incorporating the secretive, familial formality of Kabuki; the fierce, prideful energy of Flamenco, Opera and Contemporary dance. Simulacrum is a staged encounter of intercultural complexity and frustrated desire, a passionate stab in the dark at the reasons for making art.


Directed and choreographed by: Alan Lucien Øyen
Performer: Shôji Kôjima
Performer: Daniel Proietto
Creative Associate/text: Andrew Wale
Set design: Åsmund Færavaag, Andy Cavatorta
Lighting Design: Martin Flack
Sound Design: Gunnar Innvær
Kabuki choreography & music: Kanjuro Fujima
Illustrator: Nicole Skibola
Studio Assistance: Marina Litvinskaya, Yvette King, Michelle Chung, João Costa
Production: Winter Guests The Norwegian Opera and Ballett
Partners: House of Dance Oslo
Funding: The Norwegian Arts Council
Producing Partner and North American Management: FuturePerfect Productions

The Creation of Simulacrum was supported in part by a Creative Residency at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.


Capacity: 300 +
Stage: Proscenium
Running Time: 120min (with one intermission)
Availability: North American Tour 2017 and 2018 Seasons

Personnel (7)

Direction and Choreography: Alan Lucien Øyen
Performers: Shōji Kojima and Daniel Proietto

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Tour Dates and Availability

July 22, 2016 @ 6:00PM [Preview]
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
3800 College Park, MD 20742-1625 [map]

October 13 – 15, 2016 [Premiere]
Den Norske Opera & Ballett
Kirsten Flagstads Plass 1, 0150 Oslo, Norway [Map]

April 18, 19 & 20, 2017
CounterCurrent Festival
MATCH-BOX 2 3400 Main Street Houston, TX 77002 [MAP]



Additional Videos


Tech Rider

Light Plot


Interview with Daniel Proietto (Arts and Culture Texas)

Additional Materials

Train Window Projector (Video)