Norwegian and international critics alike have acclaimed Hedda Gabler after it originally premiered in 2017. “The Norwegian National Ballet has taken dance theatre to a whole new level with Hedda Gabler,” wrote Dagsavisen. The production has been made into a movie by the French film company Bel Air and, in the autumn of 2019, the Norwegian National Ballet has been invited to perform Hedda Gabler in the prestigious Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
After returning home, audiences will have the opportunity to experience both Hedda Gabler and Ibsen's Ghost at the Main Stage. The performances are directed by Marit Moum Aune, with the assistance of Nils Petter Molvær as the performing composer.
Hedda Gabler is raised as a boy by her father, General Gabler. She is taught that she owns the world, so when she encounters locked doors as an adult, the disappointment is unbearable. She has returned home after a long honeymoon in Europe with her husband, Jørgen Tesman, and is bored. Everyone around her wants to limit her options and their expectations are beginning to suffocate her. When her former lover, Eilert Løvborg, shows up with a book manuscript in his bag and her childhood friend Thea Elvsted at his side, Hedda reacts in a manner that is dangerous for both herself and others.
Grete Sofie Borud Nybakken personally contributed to the role of Hedda Gabler – and has been overwhelmed with words of praise on her efforts. “Borud Nybakken performs a tour de force that is fascinatingly rigid yet simultaneously velvety smooth. She is on stage almost continuously and carries the performance with her strength and expressiveness,” wrote Aftenposten. “She is stone cold but with burning rage – yet without compromising on her tenderness,” wrote Morgenbladet. “A rare dance performance,” summed up the international magazine Seeing Dance.
Nybakken, who has demonstrated an amazing degree of fitness in recent years, claims that the role has changed her, both as a dancer and a person. Audiences now have a new chance to experience her as Hedda on the Main Stage.
- Free introduction in Norwegian one hour before the performance
- Theatrical smoke is used during this production.
- Pre-order intermission refreshments at the opera: pauseservering.no