Ulf Nilseng is a Norwegian dancer and choreographer based in Oslo. Ulf started off as a dancer, working and touring both nationally and abroad with several influential choreographers in the years 1995 – 2010. In the same period, he created his first work, «Terrengløp» (1999), in collaboration with video artist Kai Rennes.

In 2002, he founded the company TOYBOYS together with Terje Tjøme Mossige, and in the period 2002 – 2013 they created ten performances revolving around the term queer. Their performances were known for a mixture of humor and gravity, challenging the limits of normal behavior. The duo parted in 2013, both artists continuing to work with their own projects.

With Performance On Falling (2015) and Be-longing (2016), Ulf continues to explore the concept of queer, bringing forth a personal, imaginative and physical dance that investigates power, language, prejudice and the experience of being an outsider. The work underlines certain experiences connected to such things as the concept of falling, as in «Performance On Falling», and to be a part of, or not be a part of, a community, language, or a common space, like in «Be-longing».

In 2015 Ulf was granted three years of funding from The Norwegian Arts Council, to make a trilogy of dance, which aim to examine the relation between queer and religion. The work «Goes Religious», consists of three parts, a trio, a duet and a solo, and will be presented in 2018, 2019 and 2020.


Ulf goes Religious part 1 (2018). Choreographer and dancer Ulf Nilseng and his crew explores religion and sexual identity in this trilogy. On stage is the male dancers Stian Danielsen and Sudesh Adhana and musician and composer Sjur Miljeteig, together with Ulf Nilseng. The production has its world premier at Bærum Kulturhus in Oslo the 26th of January 2018. Duration 60 mins.

Forestilling om Fall – Performance on Falling (2015) is a production with one male dancer and one female actor. On stage is Ulf Nilseng and Ulla Broch. Involves musician and composer Sjur Miljeteig. The production had its world premier at Dansens Hus in Oslo in February 2015 and has performed in Mexico and Cuba.
Duration 60 mins.

Be-longing (2016) is a production with one male dancer and one male actor, music by Sjur Miljeteig, which is performed live by the composer, and video work by artist Kai Rennes. Be-longing had its world première at Dansens Hus in November 2016 and will go on tour in Sweden, Mexico and Cuba in January 2017.
Duration 55 mins.