October 13 –November 1

Manon

Magnificent classical ballet by Sir Kenneth Macmillan

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Would you choose love or a life in prosperity? This is the choice facing Manon in the ballet with the same name. The performance offers steps and lifts that will take your breath away, accompanied by Jules Massenet’s music.

Poverty and luxury

When Manon and Des Grieux meet in 18th century France and fall deeply in love, Manon’s brother Lescaut is in the process of offering her to the highest bidder. The lovers flee, but Lescaut follows with Monsieur G.M., who offers Manon a life in luxury as his mistress – and she accepts. She cannot, however, give Des Grieux up, and they together attempt to cheat Monsieur G.M. of his money. The plot is discovered, and Manon is convicted of prostitution and deported to New Orleans. And this is not the end. That comes later with shame, love and death in the marshes of Louisiana.

It’s probably not surprising that ever since the publication of Abbé Prévost’s novel L’Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut in 1731 that people have been fascinated by the story of Manon, and that it has formed the basis for several operas and ballets. Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s version of 1974 was met by critical reviews: Wasn’t it the case that the heroine here was amoral? What was it exactly that motivated her?

MacMillan replied that the answer lay in poverty: “Manon is not as afraid of being poor as she is ashamed of being poor,” he said, himself a man from a poor background who became possibly the most influential choreographer of his time. Both public and critics eventually came to love Manon, and it now has a given place in the repertoire of ballet companies all over the world.

Revamping a classic

When the Norwegian National Ballet staged the first Norwegian production of Manon in 2015, it marked the unveiling of a visual masterpiece. The Opera House workshops revamped this classical ballet, providing new set designs and costumes. “John-Kristian Alsaker's set design is simple but effective, and Ingrid Nylander's 18th Century-inspired costumes are a sight to behold,” wrote the critic for daily newspaper Dagsavisen, who also enjoyed the musical interpretation: “It's a treat to hear the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra perform Jules Massenet's music.”

This year, dancers from the Norwegian National Ballet and the Opera Orchestra will once again tell Manon's story, which features one of the most beautiful and most demanding pas de deux ever created. The music is a wonderful collage of various musical pieces by Massenet, including his yearning ‘Elégie’, which is the musical theme for the lovers.

Manon:
Maiko Nishino 13. og 18. Oct. (Des Grieux: Philip Currell)
Eugenie Skilnand 16. og 24. Oct., 1. Nov., (Des Grieux: Douwe Dekkers)
Melissa Hough 20. og 22 Oct. (Des Grieux: Connor Walsh | Connor Walsh appears courtesy of Houston Ballet)
Maria Kochetkova, 26. og 31. Oct. (Des Grieux: Yoel Carreño)

 

  • Choreography Sir Kenneth MacMillan
  • Music Jules Massenet
  • Set Designer John-Kristian Alsaker
  • Costume Designer Ingrid Nylander
  • Lighting Designer Kristin Bredal
  • Conductor Martin Yates
  • Artists Nasjonalballetten, Ballettskolen, Operaorkestret

Roles

Main roles

  • Manon

    Maiko Nishino
    Playing the following days
    • 13. Oct 2018
    • 18. Oct 2018
    Eugenie Skilnand
    Playing the following days
    • 16. Oct 2018
    • 24. Oct 2018
    • 1. Nov 2018
    Melissa Hough
    Playing the following days
    • 20. Oct 2018
    • 22. Oct 2018
  • Des Grieux

    Philip Currell
    Playing the following days
    • 13. Oct 2018
    • 18. Oct 2018
    Douwe Dekkers
    Playing the following days
    • 16. Oct 2018
    • 24. Oct 2018
    • 1. Nov 2018
    Yoel Carreño
    Playing the following days
    • 26. Oct 2018
    • 31. Oct 2018
  • Mistress

    Whitney Jensen
    Playing the following days
    • 13. Oct 2018
    • 18. Oct 2018
    • 20. Oct 2018
    • 22. Oct 2018
    Leyna Magbutay
    Playing the following days
    • 16. Oct 2018
    • 24. Oct 2018
    • 1. Nov 2018
    Sonia Vinograd
    Playing the following days
    • 26. Oct 2018
    • 31. Oct 2018
  • Lescaut

    Lucas Lima
    Playing the following days
    • 13. Oct 2018
    • 18. Oct 2018
    • 20. Oct 2018
    • 22. Oct 2018
    Martin Dauchez
    Playing the following days
    • 16. Oct 2018
    • 24. Oct 2018
    • 1. Nov 2018
    Aarne Kristian Ruutu
    Playing the following days
    • 26. Oct 2018
    • 31. Oct 2018
  • Monsieur GM

    Ole Willy Falkhaugen
    Playing the following days
    • 13. Oct 2018
    • 16. Oct 2018
    • 18. Oct 2018
    • 24. Oct 2018
    • 26. Oct 2018
    • 31. Oct 2018
    • 1. Nov 2018
    Kári Freyr Bjørnsson
    Playing the following days
    • 20. Oct 2018
    • 22. Oct 2018

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  • Scene
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    Main House
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    2 intermissions

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