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A Christmas special


6. December–13. December
Scene 2
2 h 15 min

Alternative Christmas story from successful director

Are there Christmas performances other than The Nutcracker? A resounding Yes is the answer from the Norwegian National Ballet’s house choreographer Alan Lucien Øyen, who created the performance Jingle Horse! — A Christmas special in 2015.

Now he’s back in the Second Stage together with actors from his own company Winter Guests and dancers from the Norwegian National Ballet. What happens when a group of world-weary actors – all with a complicated relationship to Christmas – are told to create a Christmas performance together with overworked dancers?

Frightfully cosy

Jingle Horse! is staged like a scene from a 50s TV show, inspired by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra’s ‘A Christmas Special’. We are witness to a series of stories all related to Christmas. We experience cosiness, eeriness, dance, Christmas songs, horror and ghosts, to name only a few.

“A Christmas performance in the best sense of the word,” says Alan Lucien Øyen, “festive yet bombastic, playful yet sad.”

Alternative Christmas

The award-winning director, choreographer and screenwriter are some of the most exciting voices in Norwegian dramatic art today. Last year, he created both dance and theatre in eight countries and even more cities. In September, he was responsible for the impressive The Hamlet Complex on the Main Stage at the Oslo Opera House, performed on one of the largest moving stage rigs ever built by the Opera House.

Personally, he is a big fan of both Christmas and The Nutcracker and, in Jingle Horse!, he aims to share alternative Christmas stories, as usual in collaboration with actor and screenwriter Andrew Wale.

  • The theatre piece is performed in English and is most suitable for viewers ages 15 and older.
  • We wish to point out that there will be cigarette smoke and limited use of strobe lights.

Artistic team and roles

  • Choreograpy/Direction
    Alan Lucien Øyen
  • Text
    Alan Lucien Øyen and Andrew Wale
  • Set Designer
    Martin Flack
  • Lighting Designer
    Torkel Skjærven
  • Sound Designer
    Gunnar Innvær
  • Artists
    Dancers from NNB and actors from winter guests og Nasjonalballetten
100–350 kr
  • Friday 6. December
    19.30 / Scene 2
  • Saturday 7. December
    18.30 / Scene 2
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  • Tuesday 10. December
    19.30 / Scene 2
  • Wednesday 11. December
    19.30 / Scene 2
  • Thursday 12. December
    19.30 / Scene 2
  • Friday 13. December
    19.30 / Scene 2