Norwegian National Ballet 2011/12 season

Norwegian National Ballet new season

Fireworks Photograph : Erik Berg

October 29—November 12
Swan Lake
This audience favorite is also perhaps the greatest challenge for a dancer. The double role of the good swan princess Odette and the evil magician’s daughter Odile is considered to be the most demanding for a dancer. This autumn, the Norwegian National Ballet’s ballerinas Yolanda Correa (Cuba), Clair Constant (Australia) and Maiko Nishino (Japan) will interpret the white and the black swan.

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November 17—20

With Vollmond, the legendary Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch visits Norway for the first time. The German choreographer Pina Bausch (1940—2009) revolutionized the world of dance with her theatrical style and its mix of surrealism, raw realism and sexual drama.

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Nutcracker ballet

Nutcracker Photograph : Erik Berg

November 26—December 22
The Nutcracker

Magic, dance from all corners of the world, ballerinas of all ages, and colourful costumes and Tchaikovsky’s fantastic music – The Nutcracker is a Christmas tradition for thousands, both young and old, with good reason.
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January 25—28

Carte Blanche: Object Constant

Rui Horta is back! In his third collaboration with Carte Blanche, Norway’s national company for contemporary dance, the award winning Portuguese choreographer brings his best known production, Object Constant, up to date. 

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Giselle ballet

Giselle Photograph : Erik Berg

January 28—February 17

The Norwegian National Ballet’s Giselle is based on the original choreography from 1841 and staged by the former prima ballerina at the American Ballet Theatre, Cynthia Harvey. Wrote Dance Europe in November 2009: Harvey’s ”first production of Giselle retained the essence of the ballet in a down-to-earth Romantic version. No frills or padding as she concentrated on the real thing. (…) [Richard] Suttie, a most gentlemanly Albrecht, treats his Giselle like a precious flower. [Maiko] Nishino blossoms in his love making the revelation of his deception a real tragedy. Her tantalizing balances and the lightness in her jump reinforce the ethereal quality that she carried through to the second act, where lingering arabesques were interwoven with flickering ronds de jambe and graceful ports de bras. This was a Giselle that desperately wanted to dance.”

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March 1—2
Rushes Plus
Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak Dance Company

The Israeli choreographers Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak bring with them some tasters from their rich repertoire, as well as the work Rushes, which was created by Inbal Pinto, Avshalom Pollak and Robby Barnett for the Pilobolus Dance Theater of America. Six eccentric characters and twelve dancing chairs are featured in a work described as an isolated community of crushed dreams.
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March 17—April 20
An Evening with Lightfoot and León
Nederlands Dans Theater’s new artistic director Paul Lightfoot and his partner in choreography, Sol León, have created some of the Norwegian National Ballet’s greatest successes. When the company finally presents a full evening with Lightfoot and León, it is with two Norway premieres – Safe As Houses and Same Difference – plus Shoot the Moon, which became a critics’ and audience favorite when it was performed in Oslo in 2010.

March 27—April 17
The Ice Palace – World Premiere
The Norwegian writer Tarjei Vesaas’ novel about Siss and Unn has become a modern favorite. It is a story about the transition from childhood to adulthood, about friendship and secrets, and about life and death. Now, choreographer and dancer Kristian Støvind tells the story through dance – both for and about young people.
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Cinderella ballet

Cinderella Photograph : Erik Berg

May 5—June 3, 2012


Love at first sight, good versus evil – all in a world full of fantasy and magic. The Norwegian National Ballet’s Cinderella presents the choreography by Ben Stevenson, danced to Prokofiev’s symphonic masterpiece interpreted by the Opera Orchestra with Music Director John Helmer Fiore as conductor.

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Wayne McGregor | Random Dance: F.A.R.

May 21—24
The age of Enlightenment as dance: Choreographer Wayne McGregor found his inspiration for F.A.R. in Ray Porter’s book Flesh in the Age of Reason, an 18th century journey of enlightenment in body and soul. Ten dancers challenge the distortions, sensuality and feeling of an age permeated by the search for knowledge – to the insistent, newly composed music by Ben Frost.
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The Ballet School Performance

June 20—23
Last year, the prior Ballet School student Gina Storm-Jensen was a Prix de Lausanne finalist, continuing on to study at London’s Royal Ballet School. She is one of many successful young dancers that have concluded ballet studies at the Ballet School of the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet. Each spring, some hundred dancers aged 8—16 present their own performance, with new choreography created for them – both modern and classic, and excerpts from the ballet classics.
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