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2. March–24. March
Main Stage
3 h

One new and two legendary works in a single performance

Rising star Emma Portner is behind this evening’s newly created work, which shares the stage with famous works by Kylián and Balanchine.

Incomparable Emma Portner 

“More Emma Portner, please!” wrote the international press after seeing the duet islands, created by the Norwegian National Ballet. In 2021, Europe had the opportunity to see exactly how unique Portner is when she and islands were invited to join a celebrated group of choreographers during the touring production of Dialogues. She has now created a completely new work for the Norwegian National Ballet. 

Canadian Portner has become a phenomenon and has created dance works for everything and eeryone from Netflix, Apple and the Guggenheim Museum to Justin Bieber, Banks and Blood Orange. Now that she is returning to the Oslo Opera House, we can finally enter her incomparable dance universe once more. 

‘Islands’ is nothing short of a sensational introduction to Portner’s language of movement... More Emma Portner, please!

Lisa Boda / Dagens Nyheter 


Reunion with Kylián’s universe 

Jiří Kylián’s masterpieces continue to inspire new generations of dancers and combine modernity with technique and beauty. When the Norwegian National Ballet takes to the stage with 27’52’’, one of his most characteristic works will be performed by dancers who know their Kylián, thanks to several decades of collaboration with the choreographer who has rejuvenated ballet as an art form.  

The duration of the work is exactly as the title implies and deals with the very same – time – a unit that, according to Kylián, “controls our lives without us even knowing how to define it”. 

Playful and Balanchinian to Mozart 

Mozart’s music has been praised as music embodied through dance. George Balanchine also believed this and was of the opinion that Mozart’s Divertimento No. 15 is among the best ever written in its genre. Balanchine’s danceable interpretation of the musical piece has been called an indisputable masterpiece.  He himself was a skilled pianist and he literally created the choreography from the rhythms, phrasing and colours in Mozart’s musical score. 

“See the music, hear the dance,” said Balanchine said – and when the National Ballet now performs the lively Divertimento No. 15 for the very first time, the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra will be combining the music and movements of the dancers into a neoclassical ode to ballet. 

Artistic team and Cast

New Piece 

Choreographer Emma Portner 
Participants Norwegian National Ballet


Choreographer/Set DesignerJiří Kylián 
Music Dirk Haubrich 
Costume Designer Joke Visser 
Lighting Designer Kees Tjebbes 
Participants Norwegian National Ballet

Divertimento no 15 

Choreographer George Balanchine 
Music Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
Costume Designer Karinska 
Participants Norwegian National Ballet, Norwegian National Opera Orchestra 

100 – 800 kr
  • Thursday 2. March
    19:00 / Main Stage
  • Saturday 4. March
    18:00 / Main Stage
  • Wednesday 8. March
    19:00 / Main Stage
  • Friday 10. March
    19:00 / Main Stage
  • Saturday 11. March
    18:00 / Main Stage
  • Tuesday 14. March
    19:00 / Main Stage
  • Wednesday 15. March
    19:00 / Main Stage
  • Thursday 16. March
    19:00 / Main Stage
  • Thursday 23. March
    19:00 / Main Stage
  • Friday 24. March
    19:00 / Main Stage