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6. April–5. May
Main Stage
2 h 40 min / 2 breaks

A playful evening of ballet set to baroque music

Four exciting choreographers interpret music by the Baroque masters. Enjoy the dancers of the Norwegian National Ballet performing alongside the musicians of Barokksolistene.

Cina Espejord, Melissa Hough and Garrett Smith have each created a new work, while Liam Scarlett's strikingly beautiful Vespertine returns for another outing.

Baroque dance in 2019

Past meets present as these rising young choreographers take inspiration from the music of the Baroque period. All four choreographers have in common that they create works that, each in their own way, bring classical ballet into the present. All of them are dancers turned choreographers whose works are performed in many different countries.

Sought-after choreographers

Liam Scarlett's Vespertine was created for the Norwegian National Ballet in 2013. Scarlett was inspired by the music of Arcangelo Corelli to create an abstract, sensual work against a backdrop of hanging chandeliers. It wasn't long before the work was in demand overseas; the Norwegian National Ballet danced it in Baden-Baden, and it was later performed by both the Atlanta Ballet and Ballet Nice. Now it returns to the stage on which it was created.

Espejord, Hough and Smith have all created ballets for the Norwegian National Ballet in the past. You may remember Ibsen's Ghosts, which was created by Espejord in collaboration with Marit Moum Aune. Or perhaps Hough's reworking of Sleeping Beauty in the production Sleepless Beauty, which was called Epic Short. Garrett Smith has created works for the Norwegian National Ballet 2 and the House of Choreography, and he kicked off 2017 with a premiere for none other than the Bolshoi Ballet.

  • Free introduction in Norwegian one hour before the performance

Artistic team and cast

  • Choreography Vespertine
    Liam Scarlett
  • Choreography
    Cina Espejord, Melissa Hough, Garret Smith
  • Music
    Bjarte Eike, Jon Balke, John Dowland, Arcangelo Corelli, Francesco Geminiani, Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi...
  • Sound design
    Jon Balke
  • Lighting design Vespertine
    Michael Hulls
  • Lighting design Espejord, Hough, Smith
    Paul Vidar Sævarang
  • Costume design Vespertine
    Liam Scarlett
  • Costume design Espejord
    Sunniva Østerbø
  • Costume design Hough
    Xavier Ronze
  • Costume design Smith
    Monica Guerra
  • Music director
    Bjarte Eike
  • Artists
    The Norwegian National Ballet, Barokksolistene

Baroque-fest at the Opera House

Once we knew the Norwegian National Ballet was going to devote an entire evening to the Baroque period, we brought in an orchestra that has taken early music to new heights: Barokksolistene. Headed by performer and conductor Bjarte Eike, they are enjoying great international acclaim. Together we have created a Baroque-fest in the Oslo Opera House, with Baroque Movement in the Main Stage and Dido and Aeneas and The Alehouse Sessions in the Second Stage.

Saturdance March 30 at 1pm.

At Saturdance events you can see excerpts from ballets about to première, and meet dancers, choreographers and Ballet Director Ingrid Lorentzen. The events provide an opportunity to get up close and personal with the dance and are free and open to everyone. And who knows, perhaps the youngest audience members will also have a chance to test out the dance floor afterwards? The events are held in the foyer.

There are no Saturdance events prior to repeat performances.

100.00 - 645.00 NOK
  • Saturday 6. April
    18.00 / Main Stage
  • Tuesday 9. April
    19.00 / Main Stage
  • Thursday 11. April
    19.00 / Main Stage
  • Friday 12. April
    19.00 / Main Stage
  • Wednesday 24. April
    19.00 / Main Stage
  • Thursday 25. April
    19.00 / Main Stage
  • Thursday 2. May
    19.00 / Main Stage
  • Sunday 5. May
    18.00 / Main Stage