Subverting the dark heart of black metal culture with feminist sorcery

Lost and Found Productions: Witch Club Satan (2022)

Black metal – Norway’s biggest musical export – is much more than just a genre. It’s a rich, vibrant Nordic subculture, full of theatricality, musical violence and subtlety, but extremely male-dominated, with a tinge of genuine danger and public notoriety including murder and church burnings.

Addressing all these, as well as the genre’s male bias, Witch Club Satan is a neo-feminist black metal performance in four acts – a musical, dramatic ritual. It's a story about women, witches and ancient cries. About blood, fire and soil. The performance involves actors and the audience itself in a staged ritual where the transformative potential of theatre and music is explored and tested.

Lost and Found Productions was founded by Nikoline Spjelkavik and Victoria Fredrikke Schou Røising in 2016. The performing arts duo create original performances where the meeting between music and theater is constantly explored. The show, and band, have been created together with writer Johanna Holt Kleive.

Witch Club Satan. Photo: André Tribbensee.

Script, music, actors

Johanna Holt Kleive, Victoria Fredrikke Schou Røising, Nikoline Spjelkavik

Scenography

Mari Lassen-Bergsten Kamsvaag

Costumes

Mari Lassen-Bergsten Kamsvaag, Anne Kari Spjelkavik

Video scenography

Lost and Found Productions & Martin Losvik

Sound

Sindre Nicolaisen

Lighting design

Tord Eliassen

Lighting and AV

Sander Einarsen Moen

Musical direction

Øystein Elle, Magnus Børmark, Torgeir Vassvik, Nikan Siyanor (Confess)

Mentor

Jørn Stubberud/Necrobutcher

Production

Lost and Found Productions

In collaboration with

Be Loud written in collaboration with Nikan Siyanor

In collaboration with

Black Box teater

Co-producers

Figurteatret i Nordland, Festspillene i Nord-Norge, Rosendal Teater, BIT Teatergarasjen and Black Box Teater

Supported by

Kulturrådet, Fond for lyd og bilde, FFUK, Dramatikkens Hus