De Utvalgte

Organisation typeArtist company
Main focusMultidisciplinary art, Theatre
WebsiteDe Utvalgte
ExpressionsMultidisciplinary, Theatre

About De Utvalgte

De Utvalgte is an independent group of stage performers, established in 1993 after the original crew of the group graduated from Nordisk Teaterskole (Nordic Theatre School) in Denmark.

De Utvalgte works with contemporary theatre, adding self-produced effects such as video, documentary material, text and music.

De Utvalgte seeks new expressions, but also new content in stage arts.

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In a diverse manner De Utvalgte’s productions have highlighted identity and the sense of belonging, or the lack of such.

What characterises the group's work is playing with contrasts, roles and identities and fiction and fact. The group combines expressions of humour and of tragedy, boldly mocking their own and others’ insufficiency.

The company member Boya Bøckman won the Hedda Award 2012 in the category of best visual design for The Art of Being Tamed by De Utvalgte.

The Hedda Jury gave the following reason:

"Stage design is often today the most exciting aspect of many productions, and whether the visual takes a minimalist or maximalist form, the stage image may add an exciting dimension of its own to the performance. At times this year's winner lets his particular talent be led by a chief stage design project, and successfully so. But the winner gets the award for having created a dizzyingly beautiful three-dimensional universe complementing and giving life to a text that is both simple and mysterious, into which the rich, diverse visual expression opens endlessly many free associations.

The best visual design award goes to Boya Bøckman for a theatrical (in the best possible sense of the word) video and light design for De Utvalgte's The Art of Being Tamed at Black Box Teater."

De Utvalgte's production The Art of Being Tamed won The Norwegian Critics' Award 2012.

Therese Bjørneboe delivered the award on behalf of The Norwegian Critics' Association, and said the following, among other things, in her speech:

"This year's Norwegian Critics' Award goes to the company De Utvalgte. They have for long deserved such an award. But with The Art of Being Tamed, with its world wide premiere at Black Box Teater last year, De Utvalgte demonstrated its ability to surprise - renewing and giving oneself new challenges - and through that, the artists made the theatre more unpredictable."

You can read the full speech at the webpage of The Norwegian Critics' Association (Norwegian only).

De Utvalgte won The Hedda Award 2013 in the special artistic achievement category.

The Hedda jury gave the following reason:

"Sometimes the whole is more than the sum of the parts. The winner of the special artistic achievement award has for a number of years excelled with its particular grip on performing arts and keeps challenging its own practice through entering themes reflecting social responsibility and artistic finesse. There is a clear necessity to honour this company's full artistic production, for its whole and the parts of it - the expansion of the dimensions of the performing space, the timeless issues. This year's special artistic achievement award goes to De Utvalgte."


De Utvalgte,, 21.08.2010,

The Hedda Award, 29.05.2012,

The Norwegian Critics' Association

The Hedda Award,, 10.06.2013,