While we are sleeping

The performance while we are sleeping by Toyboys is in the intersection between dance and dance theatre. The performance presents people who are confused come to their own sexual orientation and identity. This is done in a both humorously and serious manner.


(Objekt ID 1887)
Object type Production
Premiere September 24, 2002
Produced by Toyboys
Audience Youth, Adults (from 15)
Expressions Multidisciplinary, Dance
Running period September 24, 2002  

Toyboys wishes with this performance to show the importance of everything being possible, all identities being available and important. while we are sleeping also is about our dreams, in sleeping and awake condition. What kind of dreams do we have for our lives? Do we implement them or suppress them?

Besides being performed in Oslo, while we are sleeping has been presented at Moderna dansteatern in Stockholm, Carte Blanche in Bergen and Haugesund Theatre, plus in Havana, Cuba.

while we are sleeping was supported by Arts Council Norway, The Fund for Performing Artists and the municipality of Bergen.

Name Role
Terje Tjøme Mossige – Choreography
Ulf Nilseng – Choreography
Olav Myrtvedt – Stage design
Kai Rennes – Video/Film
Morten Pettersen – Sound design
Jean Vincent Kerebel – Lighting design
Terje Tjøme Mossige – Dancer
Ulf Nilseng – Dancer
Kim Sølve – Photo
Cathe Sjøblom – Producer
Performance dates
September 24, 2002 – Opening night
Press coverage

Annette Mürer, 25.09.2002, Dagbladet [Oslo]:
"While we are sleeping is witty, sensitive and revealing. The company lets its dream dance free. Vulnerably they present sleeping bodies, tensions blowing forth, dreams awakening. They play with masculine body clichés so revealing that this is guaranteed to be the performance finance acrobats and control men with leader courses and "body language seminars" will never dare to enter. Toyboys seduce us."

Anna Ångstrøm, 29.04.2003, Svenska Dagbladet:
"Is it when we put our heads on our pillows and let go of the control of daily lives our true selves step forward? Toyboys tests the idea when inviting the audience to a dizzying physical role play in the world of dreams. Imaginary and real borders are trespassed in a sort of sliding flight of identity, in which the archetypical techniques of dance is ironically looked upon. The result is intimate, absurd, poetic and raw, with all the loving and humorous presence a relaxed relationship to one's own body can give. After this interpretation of dreams one is prepared to meet one's self in whatever shape the self may appear."