After many years as principal dancer in the company Ingrid Lorentzen was appointed ballet director in 2012. Under her leadership the company has developed several signature works such as A Swan Lake, the Ibsen classics Ghosts and Hedda Gabler. She has invited internationally renowned choreographers including Alexander Ekman and Liam Scarlett, appointed Jo Strømgren and Alan Lucien Øyen to Artists in Residence, and successfully commissioned productions by theatre director Marit Moum Aune, who approaches the ballet scene in an innovative and exciting way.
The Norwegian National Ballet is recognized as one of the key companies to perform works by Jiří Kylián, and combined with their classical and contemporary productions they perform one of the world's most diverse repertoires. They are also gaining great acclaim internationally by touring with their signature productions. This success has also spread to Lorentzen's newly started youth company's/NNB2 (2016) works and tours.
Under Lorentzen's leadership their home audience has increased to the largest in the company's history.