Lisa Nielsen


Lisa Nielsen has danced classical principal roles such as Clara in Bjørn's The Nutcracker and Olga in Cranko's Onegin, as well as main roles in modern ballets like Juliet in Espejord and Støvind's Romeo and Juliet – a modern love story and Siss in Støvind's The Ice Palace, a role created specifically for her.

NRK wrote of the latter: «She is like the wind; she represents youthful, childish joy … Siss carries the narrative of the performance, and she does it with ease … Lisa Nielsen manages to communicate the development of her character. This is necessary in this type of performance: that and charisma. Nielsen has it all.»

She has danced prominent roles in modern ballets by choreographers such as Forsythe (including Limb's Theorem), Kylián (including Tar and Feathers, Petite Mort and Sweet Dreams), Duato and León & Lightfoot. Contemporary choreographers like Goecke and Bjørnsgaard have created roles for her, and in autumn 2013 she danced the lead role in Scarlett's Vespertine. Other key classical roles include Amor in Nureyevs' Don Quixote, Hermia in Sund's A Midsummer Night's Dream and the Bluebird pas de deux in Petipa's Sleeping Beauty

Nielsen trained at the Grand Theatre Student Ballet School in her home town of Gothenburg and at The Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm. She joined The Norwegian National Ballet in 1994, and has also danced at the Royal Swedish Opera, The Göteborg Opera, the Pittsburgh Ballet and the Maximum Dance Theatre, USA.

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