Ingrid Lorentzen, ballet director
Ingrid Lorentzen has been ballet director and head of the Norwegian National Ballet since August 2012. The company has almost 60 dancers in addition to ballet masters, teachers and administrative staff. Ingrid Lorentzen has responsibility for the repertoire and in spring 2013 will present her first season programme for 2013–2014.
Ingrid Lorentzen was a permanent dancer with the Norwegian National Ballet for 14 years, from 2000 as a soloist. She was a prominent performer of the classical repertoire, including the roles of Odette and Odile in Swan Lake, as well as in modern works by contemporary choreographers such as Jiří Kylián, Jo Strømgren, Sol León and Paul Lightfoot.She has also been involved in a number of artistic productions outside the Norwegian National Opera as choreographer, dancer and actor. She choreographed the theatre production of Romeo and Juliet at Trøndelag Teater and played a leading role in the film Little Miss Norway.
In 2001 Ingrid Lorentzen received a Critics Award for her performance in Kim Brandstrup’s work Place of Stone, and in 2004 she received Telenor’s culture award Grenseløs kommunikasjon (Communication Without Boundaries). She has been a member of Arts Council Norway and the Council’s Dance Committee, jury chairperson for the Dream Scholarship for the Norwegian Council for Schools of Music and Performing Arts, and a member of the Artistic Council for the Ballet Laboratory run by the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet.