NONcompany is a project-based, multidisciplinary performing arts group based in Bergen, Norway. The company consists of artists from different fields including theatre, design, film, sound and music. With a consistent core, other members of the group change depending on the projects and forms of expression they work with at any given time. The company aims at exploring new viewpoints and perspectives on our surroundings, and the time we live in, through experiments with hybrids of form and genres.
Through the years NONcompany has developed a characteristic style by largely placing the aesthetic elements on equal footing, and working from a conceptual approach in collective processes. We mostly create our scenic and technical effects ourselves, with a ”hands on” approach. What you see is what you get, though often in surprising ways. Due to this, the company’s aesthetic is often described as technological romanticism.
Our works have an international profile and we often create performances in English or in multiple versions when text is our main device. Many of NONcompany’s projects have partly been created and staged abroad and at international festivals.
Currently in NONcompany: Lise Risom Olsen (artistic director), Lena Lundsten Buchacz, Hans Skogen, Morten Pettersen, Øyvind B. Lyse and Tone Myklatun (administrative director).
In 2002 actress and theatre maker Lise Risom Olsen gathered a group of artists to create a performance based on «Cunts Going Knowhere», a text for theatre by Hjoerdis Lehre. In collaboration with two artists from the music scene in Bergen, Pedro Carmona Alvarez and Heidi Marie Vestrheim, they made a performance where the text was both sung in pop songs, delivered as spoken words and performed as scenes. The music was made in collaboration with sound designer / elecronical musician Kjetil Aabøe, and interior designer Lena Lundsten Buchacz and lighting designer Hans Skogen created the setting and atmosphere. The result was a pop-theatre performance that reached a wide audience.
Kjetil, Lena, Hans and Lise continued to work together under the name NONcompany. The group has created performances since.
In their projects NONcompany has collaborated with actors, performers, musicians, writers, poets, singers, filmmakers, photographers, designers and many others.
NONcompany has also created a row of side projects such as concerts, readings, happenings and smaller performances. These projects are sometimes part of a research, sometimes experiments to try out elements for bigger projects, and sometimes totally independent creations.